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Earn an Online Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Information and Security Technology Architecture
In today's highly competitive business environments, enterprise-wide decision-making depends on first acquiring detailed and high-level summary information, much of it based on the integration and management of IT resources from a strategic and business-driven viewpoint.
The 9-credit online Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Information and Security Technology Architecture program, offered by Penn State World Campus in partnership with Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, can provide information technology and business professionals with advanced knowledge of:
- the enterprise information technology stack
- enterprise architecture gap analysis
- migration planning
- governance and measurement
- security and network management strategy, including intrusion detection, encryption, authentication, and network management
This certificate is designed to help you gain an important career advantage in the areas of enterprise architecture and security technology architecture.
The Penn State Difference
This program combines a highly focused curriculum with a flexible, convenient, online format, allowing you to maintain your professional commitments as you acquire a valued credential. You can learn from faculty who have extensive experience teaching in online education environments, with a range of expertise in such fields as cybersecurity, business, information science, computer science, engineering, and artificial intelligence.
Your Course Work
With this certificate's comprehensive curriculum, you can build a strong knowledge base and technological skills that encompass enterprise architecture and technology, giving you the expertise you need to advance in the ever-expanding field of security architecture.
Who Should Apply?
If you're working in a field related to enterprise architecture, this certificate can help you expand your understanding of integrating enterprise architecture and technology, allowing you to add a respected credential to your résumé and help you advance your career. The program is also appropriate if you have a strong background in information technology, business, or engineering and security, or have other certifications such as CISSP, PMP, or TOGAF.
You can earn the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Information and Security Technology Architecture as a stand-alone certificate or as a step toward completing the online Master of Professional Studies in Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation program. If you apply and are accepted into the master's degree program, the 9 credits you earn in the certificate may be applied toward the master's degree.
Required Courses (9 credits)
If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Graduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||Cost|
|11 or fewer||$1,007 per credit|
|12 or more||$12,082 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
Paying for Your Certificate
Students pursuing a certificate are considered "nondegree," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid, including the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. A private alternative loan may be an option to consider.
Additionally, Penn State offers many ways to pay for your education, including an installment plan and third-party payments. Penn State World Campus also offers an Employer Reimbursement and Tuition Deferment Plan. Learn more about the options for paying for your education.
Students pursuing a degree and meeting all other eligibility requirements may qualify for financial aid.
How to Apply
Deadlines and Important Dates
Your degree application, including receipt of all transcripts, should be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.
- Fall Deadline: Apply by July 1 to start August 21
- Spring Deadline: Apply by November 1 to start January 8
If you have questions about the admissions process, contact our admissions counselors.
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
A bachelor's degree in a related area (e.g., engineering or science), while not necessary for admission, is helpful in the successful completion of the certificate. It is expected that students will have a solid foundation in information technology and enterprise architecture with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience.
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
A copy of an official transcript from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed — Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State but must list Penn State as part of your academic history.
GPA and Test Scores — For admission to the certificate program, a 2.75 GPA, either overall or from the last 60 credits, is needed. To be awarded the certificate, students must successfully complete 9 credits of graduate course work with a grade-point average of 3.0. A minimum of 2 years relevant work experience is recommended.
GRE scores are not required for nondegree graduate students.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.
Reference (1) — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering the name, email address, and mailing address of one professional reference. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to your reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform the recommender they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application.
Three program-specific questions — Please submit your responses with your application.
Start Your Application
Begin the graduate school application
- Choose Enrollment Type: "Certificate Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
- Choose "Enterprise Information and Security Technology Architecture" as the certificate
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.
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Start or Advance Your Career
Start or Advance Your Career
You can use the knowledge gained from this program and the support of Penn State career resources to pursue careers in a variety of fields, depending on your goals.
A Head Start toward a Master’s Degree
A Head Start toward a Master’s Degree
Not only can this program help create opportunities in your career, it can also give you a solid head start toward a full master’s degree.
To learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Information and Security Technology Architecture, offered in partnership with the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, please contact:
Graduate Programs Manager
College of Information Sciences and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
E108 Westgate Building
University Park PA 16802
Email: [email protected]
For general questions about Penn State World Campus, please contact:
World Campus Admissions Counselors
Email: [email protected]
Michael R. Bartolacci
DegreePh.D., Industrial Engineering, Lehigh University
DegreeMBA, Lehigh University
DegreeB.A., Engineering, Lafayette College
Dr. Michael R. Bartolacci is an associate professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Berks. He conducts research in telecommunications modeling, electronic commerce modeling, customer relationship management, manufacturing modeling, and international aspects of telecommunications.
DegreeEd.D., Educational Leadership and Management, Drexel University
DegreeM.Ed., Saint Francis University
DegreeB.S., Computer Science, Penn State
Dr. David Fusco is an associate teaching professor and director of experiential learning in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at University Park. Dr. Fusco teaches courses in cybersecurity, enterprise technology integration, and leadership. In 2018, Dr. Fusco received the George J. McMurtry Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award.
Edward J. Glantz
DegreePh.D., Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
DegreeMBA, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
DegreeB.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State
DegreeB.A., General Arts and Science, Penn State
Dr. Edward J. Glantz, P.E., has been with the College of IST faculty since 2009. Prior to joining IST, Dr. Glantz served 10 years as a faculty member of Penn State's Smeal College of Business. His career spans more than 20 years of managing technology, research, and marketing in the manufacturing and telecommunication industries, including startup work.
DegreeM.S., Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
DegreeB.S., Computer Science, Lenoir-Rhyne University
David Hollar is a principal enterprise architect for the MITRE Corporation’s Enterprise Strategy & Transformation Innovation Center, providing advice and guidance to senior executives within the federal government. He has more than 25 years of experience working with federal government and private industry on system development, enterprise architecture, and transition planning and execution. His areas of interest and expertise also include enterprise transformation, technology strategy, and risk analysis.
DegreePh.D., Computer and Information Science, Rutgers University Graduate School of Management
DegreeMBA, Lehigh University
DegreeB.A., Economics, Albright College
Dr. Rosalie Ocker is an associate teaching professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University Park. Prior to working in academia, Dr. Ocker was a consultant at Arthur Anderson (now Accenture), where she worked in the financial services sector, developing financial trading systems for firms on Wall Street. She also worked at Morgan Stanley as an internal consultant. Dr. Ocker teaches EA 871: Enterprise Architecture Foundations I and EA 594: Capstone Project.
DegreePh.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida
DegreeM.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida
DegreeB.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida
Dr. Mahdi Nasereddin is an associate professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Berks. His current research interest is in the application of artificial intelligence, simulation metamodeling, simulation optimization, and experimental design.