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The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recognizes that many adult learners are returning to the classroom to complete their first bachelor’s degree or to earn an advanced degree to meet the demands of an every-changing workforce. Many of these non-traditional learners seek the convenience and flexibility of an academic curriculum that can fit into their busy personal and career schedules. Additionally, they want to earn a degree that is relevant and will advance them in today’s competitive career market.

To assist adult learners in achieving their goals, IST offers a portfolio graduate degrees and certificates that are industry-focused and practitioner-informed through online learning via Penn State World Campus.

Degrees and Certificates

Today, as corporations conduct most of their business and financial transactions over computer networks, knowledgeable computer experts are in high demand. Top security measures need to be put into place to protect data, combat cyber-attacks, and prepare for the next generation of computer networks. The College of IST has responded by creating master of professional studies (MPS) degree programs that target seasoned professionals and leverage their extensive industry knowledge. View Orientation for College of IST MPS and Graduate Certificate Students.

The 33-credit Master of Professional Studies in Information Sciences (MPS in IS) degree is designed for professionals and organizational leaders who want to take on greater responsibilities related to information technology, and for those who want to transition into a career that uses information sciences to support decision making. The Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (CIA) option focuses on information analysis, cyber security, information assurance, and decision support. Graduates in the CIA option can work in fields including intelligence analysis, information assurance engineering, and systems integration. Apply now.

Enterprise architecture (EA) is the process of translating business vision and strategy into effective enterprise change by creating, communicating, and improving the key requirements, principles, and models that describe the enterprise’s future state and enable its evolution and transformation. The goals of EA are to improve organizational efficiency, effectiveness, and agility by delivering business-aligned enterprise systems. The 36-credit Master of Professional Studies in EA degree offers you a comprehensive education in the principles and practices of EA by integrating strategic, business, and technology planning methods in order to understand, analyze, justify, and communicate business solutions. Apply now.

Cyber threats and cybersecurity are increasingly critical areas of focus for the U.S. government, with the Department of Homeland Security serving as the coordinating agency. If you are a computer and information systems specialist looking to advance your career, or to move into the government or private sector supporting government initiatives, the Information Security and Forensics (ISF) option in the Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security degree will help you achieve your goals. The 33-credit degree includes core courses that build an understanding of the theories, skills, and technologies associated with network security, cyber threat defense and forensics, intelligence analysis, risk assessment, security policy development, and privacy protection and assurance. Apply now.

Today, as corporations conduct most of their business and financial transactions over computer networks, knowledgeable computer experts are in high demand. Top security measures need to be put into place to protect data, combat cyber-attacks, and prepare for the next generation of computer networks. The College of IST has responded by creating master of professional studies (MPS) degree programs that target seasoned professionals and leverage their extensive industry knowledge. View Orientation for College of IST MPS and Graduate Certificate Students.

Targeted for mid- to high-level information technology professionals in all industry sectors, the 15-credit Information Systems Cybersecurity certificate provides a solid graduate-level education for individuals who desire to strengthen their knowledge and skills in information security and information security management. In consultation with an academic adviser, the courses in the certificate may also be applied towards the requirements for an MPS or graduate degree. Apply now.

The 9-credit Graduate Certificate in EA introduces you to the role of an enterprise architect in strategic-, business-, and technology-planning methods and teaches you how to understand, analyze, justify, and communicate the solution of enterprise architecture problems in your current work experience. You can complete the certificate as a stand-alone certificate or as your first step to completing the MPS in EA. As you earn your certificate online, you can continue working in your current position, and begin applying what you’re learning immediately. Apply now.

Nearly all types of organizations — from retail establishments and manufacturing plants, to service industries and health care — need information technology. And as information technology operations continue to expand, so does the demand for additional seasoned workers. Earn an undergraduate certificate, associate degree, or bachelor's degree from the College of Information Sciences and Technology, delivered online through Penn State World Campus, and distinguish yourself with a respected and recognized degree from Penn State.

The 125-credit Information Sciences and Technology (IST) bachelor degree, with the Integration and Application option, will provide you with the skills needed to succeed in the global marketplace. This degree will enhance your knowledge of core information technologies and prepare you to apply that knowledge in a real-world setting. Through a combination of independent study and team projects with fellow students, you will build an understanding of how information technologies are used and how they support organizational functions, project management, teamwork, problem solving, and presentation skills. Apply now.

The 120-credit Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) bachelor degree looks at how to design secure systems, evaluate and measure risk, and ensure that proper levels of privacy are maintained for individual technology users, businesses, government, and other organizations. In this degree, you will learn how to determine the required confidentiality, integrity, and availability of an asset (i.e., a person, structure, facility, information, material, or process that has value).

SRA courses specific to information and cyber security are a crucial part of the program. These courses will provide you with an understanding of the theories, skills, and technologies associated with network security, cyber threat defense, information warfare, and critical infrastructure protection across multiple industries. Apply now.

The 60-credit Information Sciences and Technology associate degree is designed for working professionals with little or no formal background in information technology and will prepare you for positions ranging from computer support specialist and network administrator to application programmer and information systems support specialist. This degree gives you a thorough knowledge of information systems, and includes extensive practice using contemporary technologies in the creation, organization, storage, analysis, evaluation, communication, and transmission of information. Apply now.

Nearly all types of organizations — from retail establishments and manufacturing plants, to service industries and health care — need information technology. And as information technology operations continue to expand, so does the demand for additional seasoned workers. Earn an undergraduate certificate, associate degree, or bachelor's degree from the College of Information Sciences and Technology, delivered online through Penn State World Campus, and distinguish yourself with a respected and recognized degree from Penn State.

The 13-credit Information Sciences and Technology certificate is designed to prepare you for an entry-level position in information technology (IT). In this program, you will learn about data organization, networking and telecommunications industries, and new media. You will also discover how IT issues relate to broader business strategies. In consultation with an academic adviser, the courses in the certificate may also be applied towards the requirements for an associate degree or bachelor degree. Apply now.

The speed at which technology changes and data travels is astonishing - in just 60 seconds, hundreds of terabytes of data are transferred around the globe. Our government and private industry data-sharing infrastructures, connected both physically and digitally, face increased vulnerability. The 13-credit Security & Risk Analysis certificate is designed to address and prevent those vulnerabilities, governments and industries need qualified candidates to fill available positions. In consultation with an academic adviser, the courses in the certificate may also be applied towards the requirements for an associate or bachelor degree. Apply now.

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