Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity and
Information Assurance

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About the Program

This certificate program highlights important aspects of information security and assurance technologies. The University of Memphis is designated by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education & Research, and its information assurance courses are accredited by the Committee for National Security Systems. These security standards specify the minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to fulfill the duties of an information systems security professional, senior system manager, and system administrator.

This certificate program is administered by the Computer Science Department, but the courses are taught by different departments and colleges. Any graduate student meeting admission requirements is eligible to join the certificate program.  This program has been approved by the federal government to be financial aid eligible.

A flyer for the program is available.


Students must complete 12 hours (4 courses) from the following coursework with at least a 3.0 average:

At least 6 hours of major IA courses:

  • Computer Security
  • Cryptography and Data Security
  • Network and Internet Security

IA electives:

  • Capstone Project
  • System Administration
  • Cyber Ethics
  • Computer Forensics
  • Cyber Law
  • Corporate and White Collar Crime

Admission Requirements

The certificate program may be pursued concurrently with other graduate programs at the University. In particular, students currently admitted to a graduate program at the UofM may join this certificate program. To apply, students must submit:

  • Application form
  • Transcripts of prior graduate study
  • Two letters of recommendation

For detailed admission and program requirements, please refer to the University's Graduate Catalog.

Online Option

This certificate program is available fully online.  The course requirements for the online option are the same as those for the traditional program, but note that only some course options are available online.  Please apply using the same link for traditional students below.  Questions about the online program can be directed to uofmglobal@memphis.edu.

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