Graduate Certificate in Secure Computing

Transforming the landscape

Cybersecurity is the new frontier and Indiana University is at the forefront. We're taking a comprehensive approach to exploration, bringing together leading minds in security, policy, and research to address our greatest challenges—at home and abroad.

School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering's secure computing program offers students an interdisciplinary approach to information security that considers the numerous modern technical challenges, and then goes beyond technology to consider the social and practical aspects of protecting data, privacy, and other assets. In our program, you will receive a technical foundation in designing, implementing, and managing secure information technology systems. You'll also gain insight into the social, legislative, and economic considerations that affect the decisions people and businesses make about their own security.


This certificate is open to all graduate students and undergraduates who have completed their undergraduate requirements, although formal graduation is not required.


Appropriate technical background in computer science, informatics, or related field.


Students who are pursuing or who have received the certificate will have full access to the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Career Services Office resources, personnel, and services.

Admissions Requirements and Application Procedure

Interested persons should apply at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the semester in which they would like to start.

For native English speakers and non-native English speakers currently enrolled at IU or recently graduate from IU:

  1.   Online application for “Graduate Certification in Secure Computing”.
  2.   Application Fee (non-refundable).  A fee waiver is provided for US active-duty military or those who have been active within the past 12 months (documentation must be attached).
  3.  Transcript. Electronically submit a copy of the official transcript(s) from each previous undergraduate or graduate institution via the online application under the "Additional Upload" section of the “Department   Information” tab. All pages from one or more transcripts should be combined into a single .pdf document.
  4.  Statement of Interest not to exceed 400 words. 
  5.  One Letter of Recommendation.  A request will be sent through the portal to the recommender. 
  6.  Resume’, including listing any awards or publications.

For non-native English speakers, who are not otherwise enrolled at IU or recently graduated from IU:

Demonstration of proficiency in English at the same level and required of M.S. students in SICE.  This would require a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100.  The TOEFL score should be reported to Institution Code 1324, Department Code 78 (“Physical Sciences” heading, “Computer Sciences”). 

All items listed above must be submitted electronically with the online application. Do not mail any supporting materials to the Computer Science Graduate Office. Documents submitted to Indiana University will not be returned to the student.

Academic Requirements

A student must complete 12 credits with a grade of B- or higher including:

 At least 6 credits from the following courses.

At least 6 credits from the following courses:

  • B587 Information Security Law (3 cr.) (Law)
  • B730 Cybersecurity (3 cr.) (Law)
  • B708 Information Privacy Law I—Constitutional Privacy Issues (3 cr.) (Law)
  • B7XX Information Privacy II—Privacy Regulation (3 cr.) (Law)
  • B7XX EU Data Protection Law (2 cr.) (Law)
  • B7XX Health Privacy Law (2 cr.) (Law)
  • B7XX Financial Services Privacy Law (2 cr.) (Law)
  • T560 IT Risk Management (3 cr.) (Business)
  • T579: Information Systems Security (Business)
  •  S538: Organizational Information Systems Security (Business)
  • T578: Cybersecurity Law and Policy (Business)

The certificate can be completed in residence in one semester (online completion may require additional semesters), and sufficient courses will be offered so that students can complete the requirements in either fall or spring. The certificate may also be pursued over multiple semesters. Not all courses are offered every semester, so interested students are advised to check in advance to see when courses in which they may be particularly interested are offered. Generally courses are not offered in the summer. Other cybersecurity certificates are available from the Kelley School of Business and the  Maurer School of Law.