Information Security

Program Director: Dr. Tracy Christofero


Available Online




Program Overview:
The Graduate Certificate in Information Security requires 15 hours of course credit. The Certificate is intended for students who will be pursuing federal and Department of Defense funded projects as well as security positions in the private sector.

Program Highlights:

  • The  certificate meets government requirements for certification and continuing education for several security certifications.
  • Some classes are offered online.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure:

  • Under the Code of Federal Regulations 668.6B, the following information is provided to prospective students seeking only the certificate (not simultaneously with a degree) to help them make informed decisions about this program, which does not lead to a degree. NOTE: Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) codes are issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC is linked to the occupational profile on O*NET, the nation’s primary source of occupational information.
Intended Occupation for Certificate Holders Standard Occupation Code
Computer Security Specialists 15-1071.01
Security Management Specialists 13-1199.02
Security Managers 11-9199.07
Computer and Information Systems Managers 11-3021


Standard Time to Completion: 2-3 semesters.

Curriculum:  5 courses | 15 credits
Required Courses Credits
IS 631 Information Security
IS 656 Communications and Network Technologies
IS 646 Computer Systems Security
IS 647 IT Disaster Planning & Recovery
TM 615 IT Strategies


Cost of books and supplies (estimate): $500

Most Recent Full Year (Fall 2010-Summer 2011):

  • Number of certificate-only students enrolled: one
  • Number of certificate-only students completing: N/A
  • On-Time Completion Rate: N/A
  • Job Placement Rate: N/A
  • Median Loan Debt: N/A
Certificate Application Essentials:
How to apply:

  • Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select the Information Security Certificate on the application form.
  • Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website.
  • Students can pursue the graduate certificate while enrolled in the Technology Management, MS program.
  • Students already enrolled in the Technology Management master’s program who wish to earn the certificate should submit a Secondary Program Request form:
  • Admission requirements for the Information Security certificate are the same as for the Technology Management MS graduate program. (See Graduate Catalog).

Deadline for Application: December 1 (Spring semester); August 1 (Fall Semester) May 1 (Summer)