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Graduate Certification Program: Technology Security

The graduate certificate program in Technology Security is designed to provide graduate students and professionals working in industry and business with focused course work on technology security including facility security, network and database security, as well as management policies on security of technological systems. The program will help prepare the workforce in Illinois to be knowledgeable and competitive in the security profession and the security market.


The admission requirement is the same as regular degree seeking graduate students. That is, a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of graded academic course work is required.

Applying for Admission to the Certificate Program

If you are a new student pursuing only the certificate program, use the standard admission application for graduate study to apply for the certificate program. In the area of study, please indicate the name of the certificate for which you are applying. Then, contact the graduate coordinator to schedule an admission meeting.

If you have been already admitted to the Master of Science in Technology degree program, use a Change of Status Form to add the certificate program to your graduate studies. The form is available from The Graduate School, and should be forwarded to the The Graduate School.

These areas have been identified by employers as the most demanded skills in the new Internet economy.

Graduation with the Certificate

During your last semester, you will follow the same graduation procedure as any other graduate degree. In other words, you need to apply for graduation at the beginning of each semester according to deadlines set by The Graduate School.

You also need to inform the graduate coordinator about your plan to graduate with the certificate. E-mail your final study plan to the graduate coordinator at the beginning of your graduating semester. A study plan lists all the courses to be applied to the certificate program, including department prefix, course number, title, semester, grade and instructor. Please indicate your E-Number and full name on your study plan.

If you graduate with a Master of Science in Technology degree plus a certificate, you will need one graduation application for each program.


Required Core Courses (12 Semester Hours)

AET 4823 - Facility Security

TEC 5353 - Cyber Security

TEC 5363 - Database Security and Reliability

TEC 5333 - Management of Computer Technology

Electives (Six semester hours from the following list)

AET 4833 - Automatic Identification and Data Capture

MAT 5035 - Topics in Computer Science: Cryptography

MAT 4870 - Data Structure and Algorithm Analysis

MAT 4970 - Principles of Operating Systems

TEC 5313 - Networking and Advanced Data Communications

TEC 5323 - Advanced Database Technology

TEC 5343 - Multimedia and Web Technology

TEC 5373- Java Application Technology

TEC 5314 - Biometrics Security

TEC 5523 - Systems Simulation

 Other special topics OPD4850/AET4970/TEC5970 courses as approved by the academic advisor.