Texas Tech University

Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Graduate Certificate

The 15-hour Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure brings together the relevant computing, engineering, and legal aspects of critical infrastructure with a focus on security for cyberphysical systems. The program is structured to reach a wide range of graduate students, including working professionals and on-campus students. Working professionals who are not seeking a graduate-level degree can earn this certificate by completing cybersecurity courses through distance learning. On-campus graduate students also have the option to take courses that define a cybersecurity concentration. The program options involve defining the courses that define the interdisciplinary core and disciplinary tracks.

Program Overview

  • 15 credit hours
  • Most courses are offered online; however, some courses are only offered face-to-face in Lubbock.
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual. Learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time Student status..
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment.

  1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.
    • When asked to select your major, you will choose Graduate Certificate Program.
    • When asked to indicate your major area of interest/specialty, type Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure.
    • When asked what degree you will seek, choose Certification.
    • In the Custom Questions section of the application, be sure to choose Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure from the list of available Graduate Certificate programs.
  2. Complete additional application as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
    • Students who plan to pursue only the Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Graduate Certificate and do not plan to earn a master's degree do not need to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the University.
    • Applicants must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
  3. Check the Applications tab in your Raiderlink for notification of a change in your admissions status.
    • If you are accepted to the Graduate School and the College of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan.

Program Requirements

Certificate programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master’s program. Most courses are offered online; however, some courses are only offered face-to-face in Lubbock, Texas. Get additional course information.

Required Courses IE/ECE: 9 hours
Number Title Prerequisite Frequency of Offering Distance Offering
ECE/IE 5382 Cybersecurity for Information Systems IE 3341, or MATH 3342, or consent of instructor (for non-engineering students) Once per year Yes
ECE/IE 5383 Industrial and Networked Control Systems Consent of instructor Once per year Distance eventually
ECE/IE 5381 Introduction to Critical Infrastructure Consent of instructor Once per year Distance eventually
The electives by department (6 hours) are:
Number Title Prerequisite Frequency of Offering Distance Offering
ECE 4325/5325 Telecom Networks ECE 3304 or 3323 Every other Fall semester No
ECE 4375/5375 Microprocessor Architecture ECE 3362 Every other Spring semester No
ECE 4332/5332 Cybersecurity for the Smartgrid Graduate control theory course or permission of instructor Once per year No
IE 4384/5384 Security for Systems and Software A previous course on software development, programming concepts, or consent of instructor Once per year Yes
IE 4385/5385 Cyber Attacks A previous course on software development, programming concepts, or consent of instructor Once per year Yes
IE 5308 Risk Assessment of Human Behavior MATH 2360, IE 3341 Every other year Yes
IE 5319 Risk Modeling and Assessment None Every other year Yes
IE 5320 Systems Theory None Every other year Yes
ME 5312 Control Theory I MATH 2360, 3354, 4351, or consent of instructor Once per year No
ME 5314 Non-Linear Dynamics ME 5311 or 5316 Once per year No
CS 4331/5331 Information Assurance Consent of instructor Every other year No
CS 4331/5331 Network Security CS 4392 Every other year No
CS 5331 Opportunistic Mobile Networks CS 4392 or consent of instructor Every Fall semester No
CS 5332 Secure Software Engineering CS 5373, 5374, and a Java programming course Every other year No
LAW 6021 Cybersecurity Law and Policy None Every other year No

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in reporting courses, policies and other statements, the University reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice.

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