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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secure Software Engineering Certificate

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Maureen Doyle, Ph.D., Interim Department Chair

Wei Hao, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director



The goal of the Secure Software Engineering (SSE) certificate program is to give software engineers advanced knowledge of principles and best practices to incorporate security throughout the software development lifecycle.


Regular Admission

Applicants are eligible for regular admission if they have completed:

  1. A bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited institution.
  2. A bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or at least two years of related experience.
  3. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all computer science courses.

Students without the proper background may still be admitted conditionally and required to complete additional computer science courses. Admission questions should be directed to the MSCS graduate program director, Dr. Wei Hao at (859) 572-5659 or

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Academic Requirements

Completion of the SSE certificate requires satisfactory completion of the four core courses and two electives.

Total Hours: 18

Depending on the student’s background, a student also may need to successfully complete one or more prerequisite courses. Contact Dr. Wei Hao regarding questions about the prerequisite courses.

Students enrolled in the MSCS degree program can obtain the SSE certificate as part of their MSCS academic studies without increasing their total course hours by successfully completing CSC 582  and CSC 666  as two of the required MSCS electives. Students interested in this option must apply to the SSE certificate program, be accepted and successfully complete the courses listed above.

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