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Graduate Certificate Program in Cybersecurity

Expand your knowledge of cybersecurity with UMass Lowell's four-course graduate certificate.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

Advance your knowledge of network threats, data encryption, wireless network security, data authentication, data recovery and forensics, network architecture and emerging network technologies with UMass Lowell's online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity. This program is ideal for systems administrators, network managers and other IT professionals who already possess a bachelor's in Information Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems or related degrees. Applicants should be familiar with C programming and have knowledge of pre-calculus, statistics and discrete structures.

This program differs from traditional graduate computer science courses because of its focus on application-specific details, case studies and the operational framework required by today's IT professionals. Credits earned can be applied toward the Master of Science in Information Technology and the Master of Science in Security Studies: Cybersecurity Concentration.

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Curriculum Outline

Course Descriptions

This course focuses on the best approach for organizations to develop a ransomware protection strategy, plan / program and operational practices to defend against damaging ransomware attacks. The class includes an overview of recent ransomware attacks, the top trends of today's ransomware variants, a model for describing common tactics and techniques used by ransomware gangs (based on the MIRE ATT&CK framework, tools and playbooks used by the top ransomware families. The class discusses common ransomware controls models (NIST Risk Management Framework and Cybersecurity Framework), ransomware best practices (NIST SP1800 Ransomware Practice Guides and CISA MS-ISAC Ransomware Guide), as well as training and workshops based on Red Team, Blue Team and Purple Team Exercises. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts in the design and implementation of computer communication networks, their protocols, and applications. Topics to be covered include: an overview of network architectures, applications, network programming interfaces (e.g. sockets) , transport, congestion, routing, and data link protocols, addressing, local area networks, network management, and emerging network technologies. Cannot be used toward MS or D.Sc. in Computer Science. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

MSIT, IT Certificate Program

This course is aimed to provide students with a solid understanding of key concepts of computer network security and practical solutions to network security threats. Topics to be covered include common network security attacks, basic security models, data encryption algorithms, public-key cryptography and key management, data authentication, network security protocols in practice, wireless network security, network perimeter security and firewall technology, the art of anti-malicious software, and the art of intrusion detection. Pre-Req: BS in IT or Equivalent. Cannot be used toward MS or D.Sc. in Computer Science. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

MSIT, IT Certificate Program

Identifying, preserving and extracting electronic evidence. Students learn how to examine and recover data from operating systems, core forensic procedures for any operating or file system, understanding technical issues in acquiring computer evidence and how to conduct forensically sound examinations to preserve evidence for admission and use in legal proceedings. 3 credits.
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MSIT, IT Certificate Program

This course covers principles and practices of wireless networks, including cellular networks, wireless LANs, ad hoc mesh networks, and sensor networks. The potential attacks against these wireless networks and the security mechanisms to defend these networks will be discussed. Topics to be covered include cellular network architecture, wide-area mobile services, wireless LANs and MACs, introduction to emerging wireless networks, survey of malicious behaviors in wireless networks, securing wireless WANs and LANs, securing wireless routing, securing mobile applications, wireless intrusion detection and prevention, challenges in securing next-generation wireless networks, and privacy issues in wireless networks. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

MSIT, IT Certificate Program

This course starts with an overview of modern distributed models, exposing the design principles, systems architecture, and innovative applications of parallel, distributed, and cloud computing systems. The course will focus on the creation and maintenance of high-performance, scalable, reliable systems, providing comprehensive coverage of distributed and cloud computing, including: Facilitating management, debugging, migration, and disaster recovery through virtualization. Clustered systems for research or ecommerce applications. Designing systems as web services. Principles of cloud computing using examples from open-source and commercial applications. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

MSIT, IT Certificate Program

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Students enrolled in graduate certificate programs through UMass Lowell must complete all courses indicated in the curriculum outline. Students may complete the certificate program at their own pace by registering for and successfully completing one or more courses each semester, depending upon his/her personal time constraints. Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with no more than one course grade below B to receive the certificate.

Online courses meet throughout the year during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters (see Calendar for details). Online students generally log into their online course website one or more times per week to retrieve lectures and assignments or to participate in a chat session. Online students should expect to spend 6 to 10 hours per week engaged in course-related activities for each course. For more information on online courses, visit our online program home page .

Completing a Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate certificate courses must be completed within a five-year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and no more than one course with a grade below B. Once all courses for a graduate certificate have been completed, students must complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form. Students must submit their clearance form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.

Tuition & Fees

At UMass Lowell, we believe that students should have as much information as possible up front so they can make informed decisions before enrolling in a degree program or signing up for a course.

Tuition for all undergraduate courses offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition for all online graduate courses is also the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is priced per credit. To calculate the tuition for a course, simply multiply the per-credit tuition by the total number of credits per course. Exception: If the total number of course contact hours is greater than the total number of credits, the per-credit tuition is instead multiplied by the total number of contact hours.

Spring 2023 Tuition

Cost Per Credit Cost Per 3-Credit Course*

Graduate

Online $585 $1,755
Online Business** $655 $1,965
Online IT and Engineering*** $600 $1,800
Online Education $470 $1,410
Graduate Online Education Courses in the Ed.D. and Ph.D.**** $495 $1,485
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*If the number of contact hours exceeds the number of credits, tuition is calculated by multiplying by the total number of contact hours.
**Applies to ACCT, BUSI, ENTR, FINA, MGMT, MKTG, MIST and POMS courses.
***Applies to CHEN, CIVE, EECE, ENGN, MECH, PLAS and MSIT courses.
****Applies to graduate online education courses in the Ed.D. and Ph.D.

Additional Costs

Term Registration Fee $30
Late Fee $50
Graduate Degree and Certificate Application $50

Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Admission Requirements

While the certificate program is designed to be readily accessible to students who have completed a four-year program in Computer Science, Information Technology or Information Systems, we understand that the IT community includes many individuals who have completed degrees in other majors and have made career adjustments to the field. 

To accommodate the community at large, our specific certificate program admission requirements are:

  • A transcript showing proof of completion of an undergraduate BS or BA degree from an accredited institution
  • Mathematical experience to include a minimum of one semester of Precalculus, one semester of Discrete Mathematics and one semester of Statistics, or the equivalent experience
  • C Programming proficiency, to include a minimum of one class of C Programming and one class of data structures, or the equivalent experience
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Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 800-656-4723 (for U.S. students) or 978-934-2390 (for international students).

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For general questions about registering for courses or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program, call 800-480-3190. Our admissions and advising teams are here to help!

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