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Certificate in Information Security

As IT security needs evolve, continuing education is essential for current and new IT professionals to enhance their skills in protecting networks, systems and architecture.

Our Certificate in Applied Studies (CAS) in Information Security prepares IT professionals for these challenges. The certificate provides a credential for students changing careers, professional development for seasoned IT professionals or the prerequisites for graduate study in information security.

The CAS in Information Security requires 12 semester hours — only four courses — and can be completed in as few as two semesters.

The focused curriculum is complemented by small class sizes (the average is 12-15) and adjunct professors who are themselves working professionals in the information security field. The result is opportunities to learn cutting-edge theory from teaching practitioners and to apply that theory on the job — sometimes the very next day!  

Check out careers available for information security professionals.

Notice: Certificate Changes Effective Fall 2018

Effective for Fall 2018, the Certificate in Information Security will increase required semester hours from 12 to 21 hours. This change will be reflected in the 2018-19 SPCS Catalog for Degree Programs, and will make the certificate program eligible for federal financial aid. Students in progress toward earning the certificate should contact the program chair or advisor to discuss how this change may affect your course of study.

Note: This program is currently not eligible for federal financial aid.

Certificate in Information Security

Certificate in Information Security

An earned bachelor's degree is prerequisite to enrollment in this certificate program.


Minimum 12 semester hours from the following. Only sections of ISYS 398U with a security focus will count toward the certificate.

ISYS 302U Local Area Networks (LAN)
ISYS 303U IT Security
ISYS 355U Computer Programming in Java
ISYS 398U Selected Topics
ISYS 402U Advanced Networking Topics
ISYS 491U IT Security Planning & Risk Management

Contact Us

Information Systems Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133