Graduate Certificate in Computer Security

The program will explore concepts and principles of cryptography and network security, including:

  • classical and modern cryptography
  • cryptanalysis
  • secret key cryptosystems
  • public key cryptosystems
  • digital signature and authentication
  • hash functions and message digest
  • key distribution and key management
  • network security protocols

The focus of this class is on practical aspects and application of cryptosystems and security protocols in network systems such as the Internet. The goal of this program is for the participant to acquire an understanding of the concepts and principles of cryptography and network security, and to have a hands-on experience in the practice and application of cryptosystems, security protocols and current network security standards. The successful participant will know:

  • what are network security threats and attacks
  • what are security requirements of computer and network systems
  • what are techniques enforcing security requirements and how to implement these techniques/protocols

Program Requirements

A graduate certificate will be issued when a student has completed 12 graduate credit hours in one of the specialization areas. After finishing the requirements for the graduate certificate, the student may opt to finish the remaining requirements towards a MS degree.*

  • 1 Core Course: 58000 Algorithm Design, Analysis, and Implementation (3 cr.) P: 46300 and 47000
  • 3 Specialization Courses:
    • 53600 Data Communication and Computer Networks (3 cr.) P: 40200
    • 59000 Network Security (3 cr.)
    • 59000 Advanced Information Assurance (3 cr.)

Students admitted directly to the Computer Science Master of Science graduate program may earn this certificate in conjunction with their M.S. degree provided that all the requirements of the certificate program are satisfied.


Required Disclosures to Current and Prospective Students
Federal regulations issued by the Department of Education require that Indiana University make certain information about this certificate program available. Disclosure of this data is a condition of awarding federal financial assistance to eligible students in this non-degree academic program.

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*Admission and completion of Certificate does not guarantee MS program admission.


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