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Program Overview

Information technology and systems are a critical part of our individual, corporate and national infrastructure. Ongoing threats to the security of information, whether stored or transmitted, constitute barriers to commerce and operations; present legal and managerial challenges; and place a financial burden on business, government and the general public. The Certificate in Cybersecurity is the first step in developing a trained cadre of information security specialists and information security astute managers. 

Entrance requirements

This program is designed for students who have a solid background in computer science or information technology, including database and telecommunications concepts, either through formal study or professional experience. Students who do not have the necessary background may obtain it by taking appropriate courses in computer science or information technology. The program director will advise the student of any prerequisite requirements.

Complete and submit the graduate school application available at

Grade point average
A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA is required for admission to the graduate school.

Request one copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended and a résumé of work experience. All documents should be sent directly to the graduate school.

About the program

This 15-credit program consists of the following courses:

Required Core Courses (9 credits)
CSIT 555 Information System Security (prerequisite for other core courses)
CSIT 532 Computer Forensics
CSIT 534 Network and Internet Security

Electives (6 credits) Choose two courses from below:
CSIT 537 Encryption and Cryptology
IT 521 Information Assurance and Risk Assessment
IT 535 Security Policy, Ethics and Law

Courses completed as part of the Certificate in Information Security may be applied toward the Master of Science in Information Technology or the Master of Science in Computer Science.


Courses in the Certificate in Cybersecurity program are taught by faculty of the computer science department at Hood College, and by part-time and adjunct instructors who are computer science professionals in government and private industry.

Ahmed Salem, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology and Director of the Information Technology MS and Cybersecurity Certificate programs
Professor Salem specializes in digital electronics, computer and network security, data communications and network architectures.

Elizabeth Chang, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Professor Chang specializes in website design and web programming.

George Dimitoglou, D.Sc.
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Professor Dimitoglou specializes in distributed systems, software engineering, operating systems and robotics.

Aijuan Dong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Professor Dong specializes in database management systems, image and video processing and segmentation, annotation, access and data mining.

Xinlian Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Computer Science MS program
Professor Liu focuses on research involving scientific visualization and grid computing.

William Pierce
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Professor Pierce focuses on digital electronics, microprocessors, computer operating systems and computer systems performance.

The Certificate in Cybersecurity is one of several graduate-level offerings sponsored by the Department of Computer Science. The department also offers a Master of Science in Information Technology, Master of Science in Management of Information Technology and a Master of Science in Computer Science.

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