Secure and Dependable Computing Systems

This academic certificate is offered by the Department of Computer Science. After completing this certificate, students will have a solid understanding of practical topics in network security; policy and mechanism, malicious code; intrusion detection, prevention, response; cryptographic techniques for privacy and integrity; emphasis on tradeoffs between risk of misuse, cost of prevention, and societal issues; concepts implemented in programming assignments; advanced topics in design and analysis of network, database, and operating system security; current trends and research in mandatory and discretionary security policies.

Certificate Coordinator: James Alves-Foss, Ph.D.

All students must contact the certificate coordinator to discuss background qualifications prior to starting the certificate. The certificate coordinator is a faculty member who will advise you before you declare for the certificate and while you are taking courses.

Certificate Application Prerequisite:
All students must have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

▼ Steps to Get Started and Complete This Certificate
Follow these steps to apply and complete this certificate:
  1. New Students: Students will need to apply online for admission as a Graduate Level/Academic Certificate student. There is a $30.00 fee for this application. You will also need to submit unofficial transcripts to Graduate Admissions that show you have completed a B.S. degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who have below a 3.0 cumulative GPA on their undergraduate record and wish to enroll in a graduate certificate program should contact the academic department or certificate coordinator before applying.

    Certificate-only students will be classified as certificate seeking at the graduate level and are not eligible for financial aid.  International graduate certificate applicants must meet the University of Idaho language requirement. Due to the nature of these programs, immigration regulations prohibit students requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa admission to certificate-only programs.   

    Current Graduate Students: Students already admitted as graduate students need to complete a graduate change of admission form (the bottom of page 2 of the Change of Curriculum form) to add a Graduate Academic Certificate as an additional curriculum to their study plan. Proper signatures will be needed from the department and turned in at the Registrar's Office for processing.

    Current Undergraduate and Non-degree Students: Current undergraduate students may earn a Graduate Academic Certificate if they are eligible to participate in graduate level courses. Non-degree students are not admitted to the College of Graduate Studies. They may, however, take graduate courses with permission of the instructor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies if they provide proof that they have earned a baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    For all levels, see more information at Certificate Programs.
    • Track your progress for your certificate in VandalWeb by first selecting the Student tab, then Degree Audit & Transcript, and choose Degree Audit.

      Certificate Policy:
      • A grade of 'B' or higher is required in all coursework for certificates offered by the College of Engineering.
      • Coursework must not be more than five years old unless it is being used in conjunction with the completion of a graduate degree.
      • Students may use up to three approved transfer credits toward the certificate with departmental approval.
    • When you’ve completed all course requirements, apply for the certificate award on VandalWeb by first selecting the Student tab then the Apply to Graduate. See information about graduation application and deadlines at the Registrar's Website.

    Course Selection

    This academic certificate consists of 12 credits selected from the courses listed below and approved by the certificate coordinator.

    Required Courses (6 credits)
    CS 536 Advanced Information Assurance Concepts 3
    CS 438/538
    Network Security
    Electives (6 credits)
    CS 448/548
    Survivable Systems and Networks
    CS 449/549
    Fault-Tolerant Systems
    CS 504
    Special Topics (as approved by the certificate coordinator)