Credits and costs
Enhance Your Penn State Degree
Add a minor to get even more value out of your education.
Gain Specialized Knowledge
Earning a minor enables you to complement your major, pursue a personal interest, or explore a different field of study.
As technologies evolve and businesses adapt newer infrastructures, such as cloud computing and mobile computing, the level of risk and vulnerability increases. Hacks and data breeches occur more frequently than ever before, and employers want their staff and new hires to have increasingly higher levels of knowledge and sophistication when it comes to data security and privacy.
The Minor in Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) can familiarize you with the framework and theories that define security and related risk analysis. The courses were designed to engage you in the challenges and problems of assuring information confidentially and integrity, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various methods of assessing and mitigating associated risk in your major field.
The minor in security and risk analysis can provide you with a specialized skill set that can serve you well in almost any industry. You can also opt to take courses that focus on a particular area of interest, including risk management, network security, or cyber forensics.
The SRA minor is a 21-credit program, with course work that exposes you to a variety of topics, including an introduction to security and risk analysis, threat of terrorism and crime, information security, and the legal and regulatory environment of privacy and security.
The minor — open to all interested undergraduate World Campus students who meet the prerequisites — could be a beneficial addition to almost any major. To successfully complete the program, you must take at least 6 credits at the 400 level and receive a grade of C or above in all courses.
You can choose additional course work from areas that most interest you, including risk management and network security. Your academic adviser can help you select the area most in line with your interests.
Required Courses (9 credits)
Additional Courses (6 courses)
Additional 400-Level Courses (select 6 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
Undergraduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register and the number of total credits you have accrued at or transferred to Penn State. 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?||If you have 59 or fewer credits||If you have 60 or more credits|
|11 or fewer||$620 per credit||$664 per credit|
|12 or more||$7,527 per semester||$8,125 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.
How to Apply
Please work with your adviser if you have questions about adding a minor. You can find your adviser's contact information in your student portal or by calling advising at 814-863-3283.
To be eligible for admittance into the security and risk analysis minor, you must:
- be a current Penn State undergraduate student in your fifth semester and be in a bachelor's degree major
- maintain a grade of C or better in all courses for the minor
- confirm that the minor code and major code do not match (for example, a student with an SRA major cannot apply for a minor in SRA)
Adding a Minor
If you have achieved fifth-semester standing (60 credits completed), you can apply for admission to the minor. To begin, please follow these steps:
- Talk with your academic adviser about incorporating the minor into your major and to develop a semester-by-semester plan for meeting requirements.
- You can apply for the minor by adding it in LionPATH. You should do this as early as possible, but you can apply up to the late drop deadline of your graduating semester.
- You will receive a confirmation email once you declare the minor in LionPATH.
Review the technical requirements for this program.
To learn more about the Minor in Security and Risk Analysis, offered in partnership with the College of Information Sciences and Technology, please contact:
World Campus Advisers
Email: [email protected]