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Information Assurance Adv. Cert.

Program overview

This advanced certificate provides the fundamental knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics necessary for information assurance in networked environments. Students learn to make computers and networks resistant to attack by closing off vulnerabilities and by monitoring intrusions. The application of forensics allows successful attacks on computer systems to be detected. This involves gathering information on the nature and extent of the attack for presentation in a court of law, as well as assessing the extent of the damage to an organization. Courses taken as part of this certificate can transfer into the MS program in computing security.


Information assurance, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CSEC-744 Network Security 3
CSEC-603 Enterprise Security 3
CSEC-742 Computer System Security 3
CSEC-730 Advanced Computer Forensics 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 12

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in information assurance, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with course work or extensive work experience in networking theory and practice, systems administration, programming (C/C++), and OS scripting, 
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average or a first class degree from a foreign university),
  • Submit transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, and
  • Complete a graduate application.

While GRE scores are not required, they are strongly recommended for applicants with an undergraduate GPA that is lower than required. Relevant employment experience can strengthen a candidate's application for admission.

Additional information

Study options

This certificate is intended for part-time study; therefore, RIT cannot issue I-20 paperwork. Currently, courses are only offered on-campus. 

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