Computer Security and Digital Forensics Undergraduate Certificate

Study security measures that protect network systems and data with the Undergraduate Certificate in Computer Security and Digital Forensics from Temple’s College of Science and Technology. As threats to security increase, so does the need for professionals with backgrounds in computer and information security. Students in this 10-credit-hour certificate program form a deeper knowledge of computer systems and digital forensics, broadening their career opportunities and professional goals.

Courses focus on computer and information systems, the laws involved with information security and security breach investigations. Required course topics include

  • criminal justice, an introduction to the laws in the criminal justice system and enforcement of these laws;
  • digital forensics, focused on the cyber crime laws, information analysis and reporting, and investigation techniques; and
  • network security, a thorough review of computer systems, email and web security.

Who might be interested?

The Computer Security and Digital Forensics Certificate (Undergraduate) is open only to those students who are majoring in Computer and Information Sciences programs. It is tailored for students in programs such as Computer Science, Information Science and Technology, and Computer Science and Mathematics, as well as professionals currently working in information technology (IT) fields who are seeking advanced experience.

Students receive a solid background in the various types of security breaches and how they are prevented, as well as an understanding of computer networks and systems.

This certificate can be added to your existing curriculum, affording you the opportunity to learn more about specific technology methods for security breach prevention.

Credit Requirements

To earn this certificate, you must complete 10 credits of coursework. Undergraduate students in Computer and Information Science programs must complete four required courses prior to beginning the certificate program. Undergraduate students must take at least two courses for the certificate that are not counted toward any elective requirements for their major.

Students who are currently working in IT must have at least two years of experience with security domains or systems and network administration.

Current students pursuing academic degrees in programs outside of the College of Science and Technology may need approval before adding this certificate to their curriculum.

Learn more about requirements for the Computer Security and Digital Forensics Undergraduate Certificate.

Delivery Method

All classes take place in person at Temple’s Main Campus.

Classes & Curriculum

Students are required to complete three courses during their studies, including

  • Computer and Network Security or Wireless Networks and Security;
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice or Computer Crimes; and
  • Introduction to Digital Forensics.

Learn more about required courses for the Computer Security and Digital Forensics Undergraduate Certificate.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Certificate Program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full or part time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $19,488.00 per year
Out-of-state: $31,584.00 per year

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