Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity and Privacy

Information about the credit-bearing, degree-leading graduate certificate in Cybersecurity and Privacy offered through UTA's Computer Science and Engineering Department

Our credit-bearing, degree-leading Cybersecurity and Privacy Certificate is intended to give those who successfully complete it: 

  • an ability to write safe code to prevent common vulnerabilities and design methods to protect systems from attack
  • in depth knowledge of fundamental basics of cybersecurity and data privacy, as well as the hot topics such as blockchain and cryptocurrency

This certificate is managed by:

  • Dr. Jiang Ming, administrator
  • Dr. Ming Li, co-administrator
  • Dr. Shirin Nilizadeh, Assistant Professor of Instruction
  • Dr. Bahram Khalili, Associate Professor of Instruction and Graduate Advisor

All completed certificate coursework can be applied towards an MS or PhD degree.

Admission Requirements

CSE certificate students are required to have an undergraduate preparation equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or in a technical field relevant to the CSE curriculum. Students without a proper academic background, as determined by the graduate advisor at the time of the admission review, will be required to complete the CSE 5300 Foundation of Computing course and earn a passing grade in addition to the four required graduate courses. 

Individuals interested in the certificate program can apply for admission using the UTA application for admission via ApplyTexas. Should a certificate student wish to continue on to an MS or PhD degree program in the CSE department, the certificate courses may be used toward that advanced degree. Note that for admission to the MS degree program, all UTA and CSE graduate degree admission requirements, including GRE and GPA, would need to be met.

Course Requirements

The course requirements for the Cybersecurity and Privacy Certificate will be:

  • CSE 5300 - Foundation of Computing (**Required only if insufficient CSE background)
  • CSE 5380 - Information Security I 
  • CSE 5381 - Information Security II 
  • CSE 5382 - Secure Programming 
  • CSE 6388 - Advanced Special Topics in Information Security

A grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is required in all courses counted towards the completion of the certificate. The certificate program consists of 4-5 existing courses. Students enrolled in the certificate program will take courses with students studying for master’s and/or PhD programs in the CSE Department. 

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