Information Security Certificate

Certificate Description

This certificate will prepare students for a career in information security. Twelve credits compose this certificate: two graduate courses in information security are required, along with two elective graduate security courses. Required courses give a solid foundation in computer and network security, and cryptography basics. Advanced courses build on this foundation and focus on specific areas. A successful student will be prepared to obtain certifications and enter the profession. 

Requirements for Admission

(For degree-seeking students only)

Admission requires a bachelors degree in computer science or computer engineering or approval by CISE department. The program is open to current UF graduate students as well as non-degree-seeking students.

Requirements for Completion

Required courses – (6 credits):
1. CIS 5370 Computer and Information Security (3) – letter grade
2. CNT5410 Computer and Network Security (3) – letter grade
Two additional courses must be selected from the following:
1. CIS 5372 Introduction to Cryptology (3) – letter grade
2. CIS 5xxx Penetration Testing — Ethical Hacking (3) – letter grade
3. CAP 6137 Malware Reverse Engineering (3) – letter grade
4. CIS 6xxx Special Topics in Cybersecurity (3) – letter grade
Students must complete all four courses with a grade of B or better to earn a certificate.


To review course descriptions and syllabi for these courses, please visit our Cybersecurity Courses page.

*For CISE Students:  The courses may also apply toward continuing education credits to maintain your CISSP.

More information and links to start your application may be found at

Please contact Dr. Ricahrd Newman  at with questions about this certificate program.