Graduate Cyber Security Certificate

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Graduate Cyber Security Certificate Overview

What are the security risks inherent in wireless communication? How do you make a network more secure? How do you thwart a cyberattack? Our 12-credit, 100% online Graduate Cyber Security Certificate is designed to address these and many other critical questions. Over the course of the program, you’ll explore advanced encryption techniques, learn how to identify security vulnerabilities and breaches and the tools needed to combat them, and examine various aspects of network security.  

Our program’s 100% online format enables you to complete classwork from virtually any location. The skills, experience, and new credential you’ll gain can empower you to pursue a rewarding new professional path in cyber security.  

Other program benefits include:

  • Efficiency: The required credit hours are graduate-level and stackable towards UT Permian Basin's master's degree in computer science. It's a great option if you plan on applying for the full master's degree at a later time. 
  • Flexibility: Join the certificate program at any time throughout the year, and take the required coursework in any order you choose. 

Simulcast Courses 

Select courses for our program are simulcast, which means they’re presented online through a live streaming video feed that you’ll view at a scheduled time. Like all program courses, you can participate in these classes from any location with internet access.  

Advancement Potential for Graduate Cyber Security Certificate Holders 

According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), an agency overseen by the Department of Homeland Security, advanced, specialized training can help cyber security professionals progress in the fieldCISA states that this training can drastically improve your “value and competitiveness,” potentially positioning you for advanced cyber security roles, including: 

  • Lead Cyber Security Analyst  

  • Software Security Engineer 

  • Security Officer 

  • Network Architect/Engineer 

Graduate Cyber Security Certificate Courses

Our online Graduate Cyber Security Certificate program consists of four courses, for a total of 12 credit hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
COSC 4380 - Cryptography (SIMULCAST)
16 weeks
3
This course is intended as an introduction to cryptography. Students will learn the history of cryptography, symmetric and asymmetric, digital signatures, authentication, identification, and network applications to cryptography. This course is simulcast online via a live streaming video feed.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Spring 2023
COSC 6350 - Wireless Security
16 weeks
3
This class covers fundamental work and current topics of interest in mobile and wireless security. Intended for graduate students who are interested in doing research or pursuing a career related to cyber security.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Spring 2023
COSC 6351 - Computer Forensics (SIMULCAST)
16 weeks
3
This course presents an overview of the principles and practices of digital investigation. The objective of this class is to emphasize the fundamentals and importance of digital forensics. This course is simulcast online via a live streaming video feed.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Fall 2022
COSC 6378 - Computer and Network Security
16 weeks
3
Issues in setting up and maintaining a secure network will be studied in detail. Current issues and security trends will be covered as well as standards for security and a study of the most prominent security websites and organizations. Various security measures, such as cryptography, will be investigated.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • Official transcripts 

Conditional Admission Requirements 
If you do not have a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours of coursework, you may qualify for conditional admission.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Official transcripts
  • An essay discussing relevant industry experience  

Official Transcripts 
Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to: 
 
UT Permian Basin 
Office of Admissions 
4901 E. University Blvd. 
Odessa, TX 79762 
 
Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu. 

Application Fee 

The application fee is $40. 

 

If you have any questions regarding the admission requirements, please email studentinquiries@online.utpb.edu 

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
yuan_q@utpb.edu 

Dr. Yuan holds a PhD in computer science from Florida Atlantic University. His research interests include mobile computing, routing protocols, peer-to-peer computing, cloud systems, and network security. The purpose of his research is to develop new concepts, algorithms, and techniques and to harness existing techniques in network and security applications. He is currently head of the computer science graduate program and the Undergraduate Cyber Security Certificate program at UT Permian Basin.

Professor 
Department of Computer Science 
lee_i@utpb.edu 

Dr. Ilhyun Lee holds a PhD in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology. His research interests are in computer systems on operating systems, real-time systems, and database systems. The purpose of his research is to develop new concepts, algorithms, and techniques and to utilize the existing techniques in real-world applications. All of his research includes both theoretical and practical methods. He is currently chair of the computer science and information systems programs.

Professor 
Department of Computer Science 
lee_h@utpb.edu 

Dr. Haesun Lee holds a PhD in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology. Her primary areas of interest are programming languages, object-oriented software design, and real-time operating systems. She has published and continues to do research in the areas of scheduling (bounded predictable tasks, periodic tasks, soft aperiodic tasks, and more), development process (conceptual through detailed), and validation methods and approaches (theoretical and practical applications). The purpose of her research is to develop new concepts and algorithms and apply them to real-world problems. Dr. Haesun Lee was a recipient of the 2006 UTPB Outstanding Teacher Award.

Assistant Professor 
Department of Computer Science 
gyawali_s@utpb.edu 

Dr. Gyawali received a PhD in computer engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He is currently an assistant professor in the department of computer science. His research interests include misbehavior detection, cyber security, cellular-based vehicular communications, machine learning, and intelligent transportation systems. He is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Communications Society.

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