Information Assurance (IA) and Information Technology (IT) Security (Graduate Certificate)
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The Information Assurance (IA) and Information Technology (IT) Security Graduate Certificate program is designed to meet the fast-moving needs of security professionals from a managerial perspective, addressing national standards for this area. New information technologies arrive at lightning speed, allowing us to share information across town, across the country, or around the world faster than ever before. The need for organizations to manage the security needed to make these technologies safe and useful is crucial.
The National Security Agency's (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate is dedicated to providing information assurance solutions that keep our information systems safe from harm, thus protecting national security. Metropolitan State University is committed to enhancing its initiative in information assurance by offering this Graduate Certificate Program through the College of Management. Metropolitan State University has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (security) by the National Security agency (NSA).
- provides students and organizations with education, information, and training which focuses on how to respond to cyber threats or cyber criminals
- helps students and organizations develop and deploy policies and other safeguards of information assets.
The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and The National Security Agency (NSA) certify that Metropolitan State University offers a set of courseware that has been reviewed by National Level IA Subject Matter Experts and determined to meet National Training Standards for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, CNSS National Standards 4011, 4013, and 4016. These include:
- NSTISSI-4011, National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals
- CNSSI-4016, National Information Assurance Training
- CNSSI-4016, National Information Assurance Training Standard for Risk Analysts (RA)
- MIS 600 Management Information Systems (4 credits)
- MIS 683 Process Analysis and Design (2 credits)
- MIS 675 Risk Analysis and IT (2 credits)
- MIS 680 Introduction to Information Assurance (4 credits)
- MIS 681 Data, Network Security & Convergence Issues (4 credits)
- MIS 682 Analysis of Strategic and Tactical Security IT Planning (4 credits)
If the MIS Coordinator determines that you have full prior competence in a certificate course, you may be given credit for the competency and allowed to take sufficient alternate credits to meet the total credit requirement of the certificate. (E.g., if you have completed a graduate 4 credit Management Information Systems course that is accepted, you would be allowed to consider that function completed within the Certificate, and can then take an alternate 4 credits, with approval of the Coordinator.)
The College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates your application for evidence of undergraduate scholarship, professional experience and demonstrated aptitude for successful graduate business study. If you meet all application requirements, you are given full admission to the program. If you have one or more prerequisite courses to complete and your application otherwise supports the conclusion that you can successfully undertake graduate study, you may be granted conditional admission to a program. As a conditionally-admitted student, you must complete these prerequisites prior to completing any graduate course work. Applicants denied admission may not take graduate level courses in the program.
Registration by Undergraduate Students
With permission of the MMIS Director, you may register for "special" graduate level prerequisite courses during your last semester of undergraduate studies.
Reapplication for Denied Applicants
If your application for admission to the program is denied, you may reapply for admission only after a minimum of six months has passed after the denial. You will need to demonstrate a substantive difference in the reapplication to be considered for admission.
If your application to the program is denied, you may apply for another College of Management graduate program. A new application form must be accompanied by the application fee, a new goals essay, updated resume, two new references and GMAT scores and/or assessment test scores appropriate to the degree for which you are applying.
English and Quantitative Competence Assessment
All College of Management students, except those in special international cohort programs, are expected to demonstrate English and quantitative competence at a level to support success in graduate studies. If your abilities are assessed to be inadequate for graduate study, you may be required to enroll in appropriate undergraduate courses until your skills have been brought to a satisfactory level. These undergraduate courses must be successfully completed prior to taking any graduate level courses.
COM Graduate Student Orientation
Once you are fully admitted to a College of Management graduate program you will be required to attend a graduate student orientation session before or during your first semester of course work. If you do not attend an orientation session, a hold will be placed on your records preventing you from registering for further graduate classes until you attend orientation.
Applicants should allow 7-10 business days for review once all required application materials are received and sent to the College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee.
To be considered for admission you must submit:
- Non-refundable application fee
- Official transcripts
- Test scores
- Current resume
- Goals essay
See Applying to the Program for application packets, details on the requirements, deadlines and International Student application requirements.
Once fully admitted, you may transfer up to 8 credits into your graduate program. A course is accepted in transfer only if it has been completed within the last five years from an accredited institution, no degree was granted, and a letter grade of B or better was earned in the course. Courses are accepted in transfer only upon the approval of the Graduate Programs Director in consultation with discipline coordinators.
Students must remain in satisfactory academic standing to continue in a College of Management master's degree or graduate certificate program. Only courses for which they receive a letter grade of C (2.0) or better count toward degree or certificate requirements. The option of a competence/no competence with a narrative transcript is not available to College of Management graduate students. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and passing grades (i.e., C or better) for all required courses included in any graduate or certificate programs are required for graduation. Academic standing is calculated at the end of each semester.
Students receiving a letter grade of C+ or below in any graduate course, or who have a cumulative GPA that drops below 3.0, will be placed on academic probation. They will be removed from academic probation when their cumulative GPA rises above 3.0 and they have repeated and passed any required courses for which they received an F.
Required courses for which a student receives an F must be repeated and passed in order to graduate. College of Management master’s and graduate certificate students may repeat courses if they receive a grade of C or C+, upon approval of the Graduate Studies Director. If a course is repeated once, only the higher grade is used in computing the grade point average. If a course is repeated a second time, the grade point average includes grades earned in both of the repeat attempts. No course may be taken more than three times.
Dismissal From the Program Due to Unsatisfactory Academic Standing
Students who receive a grade of F in a required course must re-take the course and pass it in order to complete their program and graduate. They have up to one year from the time an F was received to re-take the course. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program. If a student who received an F cannot complete the course with a passing grade within the two allowable re-takes, they will be dismissed from the program.
Appeal of Removal from the Program Due to Unsatisfactory Academic Standing
Students who are removed from the program may appeal their removal to the College of Management Dean. The appeal must be made in writing and provide specific grounds for the appeal. The appeal is due to the Dean within 30 days of the date of the letter notifying them of the decision to remove them from the program. The Dean has 30 days to respond in writing to the appeal. Appeals received after 30 days will not be considered.
Readmission after Dismissal
Students who have been dismissed from a graduate program may apply for readmission no sooner than one calendar year after the last semester of study. To reapply, they have to complete the same process that was required for their initial admission and they must meet all the requirements of the Program as of their time of readmission. Readmission decisions are not automatic.
You have two years from your first semester of graduate study to complete your certificate program requirements. You may request an extension of the time limit by writing to the College of Management Graduate Programs Office. Such requests must be received prior to the expiration of the time limit. Requests for extensions should include your reason(s) for requesting the extension, a summary of your plan to finish graduation requirements, and a specific date for the extension to expire. Extension decisions are made by the College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee and are not automatic.
Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Resident faculty members are primarily:
- Holders of doctoral degrees in their fields
- Authors of applied and refereed publications
- Experienced in their academic fields.
Additionally, the College of Management has a strong community faculty who are fully committed to educational excellence. All community faculty have graduate degrees, either a master’s or a doctorate, as well as business expertise in their fields. The College of Management assures the quality of its community faculty through a careful selection process, extensive training through our own Teaching Academy, and regular student evaluations.
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