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The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information is widely recognized for our excellence in cybersecurity research and education. Since 2004 when we were first designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) to our recent top ten ranking (#7) out of more than 400 institutions of higher education, our school has been at the forefront of emerging trends in the Cybersecurity field.

The 15-credit certificate program in Security Assured Information Systems (SAIS) is designed to address the needs of professionals with a Bachelor of Science or a Master of Science degree in Information Science or a related field in order to expand their professional skills and qualifications in developing and maintaining secure information systems.


Core Courses

Post-bachelor’s students must complete the following three courses with a grade of B- or better:

Post-master’s students must complete the following three courses with a grade of B or better:

  • INFSCI 2150 Information Security and Privacy
  • INFSCI 2170 Cryptography
  • TELCOM 2821 Network Security

Elective Courses

Post-bachelor’s students must complete two of the following courses with a grade of C or better:

Post-master’s students must complete two of the following courses with a grade of B or better:

  • INFSCI 2540 Software Engineering
  • INFSCI 2620 Developing Secure Systems
  • INFSCI 2621 Security Management
  • INFSCI 2731 Security in E-Commerce
  • INFSCI 2955 ST: Systems & Techology: Cybersecurity & Privacy Regulation
  • TELCOM 2120 Network Performance
  • TELCOM 2813 Security Management
  • TELCOM 2825 Network Systems and Network Infrastructure Protection