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The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security is designed for students and practitioners who already hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree and are interested in further professional education in this field. The Graduate Certificate requires 15 semester credit hours (SCH) of coursework.

Requirements for Admission

The Graduate Certificate in Cyber-Security is available to students who are currently enrolled in a UTEP Graduate degree program and also to non-degree-seeking students who enroll solely to obtain a certificate. Depending on qualifications for study, students might need to complete leveling coursework at the undergraduate level. These courses will not be counted towards the certificate.

Students apply through the Graduate School, submitting an application form and the following supporting materials:

  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if appropriate.
  • Personal Statement of Purpose.
  • Letters of recommendation (optional).
  • Other evidence of relevant personal or professional experience, if applicable.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the interaction between data structures and algorithms. This can be demonstrated by completion of a course such as CIS 3355 Data Structures/Business Prog. or CS 2302 Data Structures, or by other means determined by the program committee.

Recommendations for admissions will be made on the basis of the following:

  • Grade point average in the upper-division or graduate work as appropriate.
  • GRE scores.
  • Professional commitment and interest as demonstrated by the personal statement and other supporting materials as available.
  • Letters of recommendation (if submitted).

Required Coursework

The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security is a 15-semester-credit-hour (SCH) program. All students are required to complete the following five core courses (15 SCH) with a B average or better and with no more than one C:

CS 4316Computer Networks3
CS 5352Computer Security3
CS 5380Software Engineering3
CS 5339Secured Web-Based Systems3
CS 5370Ethical & Legal Issues in Tech3
Total Hours15

Additional Information

The courses can also be applied toward one other degree in Computer Science (PhD, MSCS, MSIT), as long as they are compatible with the corresponding degree plan.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 15

Graduate Cybersecurity Certificate (All courses require a grade of C or better)
CS 4316Computer Networks3
CS 5339Secured Web-Based Systems3
CS 5352Computer Security3
CS 5370Ethical & Legal Issues in Tech3
CS 5380Software Engineering3
Total Hours15