Information Assurance Certificate
Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, College of Information Science & Technology
The goal of the ISQA graduate certificate program is to allow post-baccalaureate students and working professionals to expand their educational background and complete work that could count towards a graduate degree. Earning the graduate certificate will enhance skill sets; provide exposure to new information technologies, theories and practices; allow individuals to work toward various professional certifications; increase growth potential with employers; and increase prospects of obtaining a graduate degree. The graduate certificate program offers existing technical and managerial professionals the chance to improve and hone their communication skills to aide in their professional development.
The information assurance (IA) certificate will provide students with the technical, organizational and managerial background to assist in planning, deploying, and managing security technologies to achieve information assurance.
Program Contact Information
Martina Greiner, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
282B Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI)
Ms. Leslie Planos, Advisor
176C Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI)
Ms. Vanessa Hatfield-Reeker, Advisor
175C Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI)
Other Program-Related Information
The certificate in information assurance can be obtained online, but students will need to consult with the GPC on course offerings.
Application Deadlines (Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021)
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: December 1
- Summer: April 1
Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the United States, OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.
- Paper-based TOEFL: 550
- Computer-based TOEFL: 223
- Internet-based TOEFL: 80
- IELTS: 6.5
- PTE: 53
- Applicants with International Transcripts: Any applicant to this program who has completed undergraduate or graduate coursework at an international higher education institution outside of the United States may submit transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation) in lieu of a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or Educational Perspectives. This graduate program will conduct an in-house credential evaluation of your transcript(s).
- UNO reserves the right to require a course-by-course evaluation from WES, ECE, or Educational Perspectives if the program is unable to complete an evaluation or should there be any questions or concerns about the documentation that is received. You will be notified by the individual program if an external course-by-course evaluation is required.
- *Note: If you are admitted, official transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation)/official course-by-course transcript evaluation, and any applicable official exam scores are required.
- The minimum undergraduate grade point average requirement for the Information Assurance Certificate program is 3.00 or equivalent score on a 4.00 scale. Applicants should have the equivalent of a four-year undergraduate degree.
The following courses are prerequisite courses for the required courses. Elective courses may have additional prerequisites. All prerequisites must be completed with grades of "B" or better.
|Select one of the following:||3|
|ISQA 8030||INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ETHICS||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-9|
|AN OVERVIEW OF SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT|
|INFORMATION SYSTEMS ANALYSIS|
and SYSTEM DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION
and MANAGING THE DATABASE ENVIRONMENT
No more than two courses (6 credit hours maximum) can be used on two MIS-related certificates (Data Analytics, Information Assurance, Project Management, and Systems Analysis and Design).
|ISQA 8546||COMPUTER SECURITY MANAGEMENT||3|
|ISQA/CYBR 8570||INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY AND ETHICS||3|
|ISQA 8580||SECURITY RISK MANAGEMENT AND ASSESSMENT||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|INFORMATION WARFARE AND SECURITY|
|SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 1|
|SPECIAL TOPICS: INFORMATION SYSTEMS & QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 1|
|INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 1|
Topic must be related to information assurance. Prior approval from the GPC is required to use this course.
Completion of the Certificate
During what is expected to be the semester the certificate is completed and prior to the posted deadline, students should apply for the certificate through MavLINK on or before the deadline. If you complete the application form and do not complete all of the requirements for the certificate, contact the Office of Graduate Studies as soon as possible. You must reapply during the next semester in which you expect to complete the certificate; no additional fee is charged to reactivate your application.
The following requirements are due 12 working days prior to commencement:
- “Incomplete” and “NR” grades from previous terms must be removed so that the grade will be in the Office of Graduate Studies.
- All fees, fines, and other obligations due the university must be settled.
For students currently enrolled in courses that are a part of their plan of study, enrollment must be maintained in order to complete the certificate. A grade for any current enrollment must be received by the Registrar's Office no later than the close of business on the fifteenth working day following the end of a semester.
Awarding of Graduate Certificates
The Office of Graduate Studies will mail the certificate to students when all requirements are completed and all obligations to the university are satisfied. The Graduate College will not approve any changes in the student's permanent record once the certificate is awarded.