WMU Launches Information Security Graduate Program

by Tyler Lecceadone
May 12, 2017 | Extended University Programs News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Haworth College of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University have collaborated to develop an information security graduate certificate for information technology professionals launching fully online in fall 2017.

The information security field's growth potential has a predicted 35 percent growth rate for the 10-year period ending in 2022. As business demands are increasing to train more individuals in the security of information systems, WMU's Haworth College of Business and the College of Engineering have collaborated to offer management and engineering graduate certifications for individuals working in the information security fields. The certifications are available for graduate students, or industry professionals with a bachelor's degree.

"WMU is committed to developing educational programs designed to support highly sought after skills identified by global business leaders," says Dr. Edwin Martini, associate dean of WMU's Extended University Programs. "These programs are designed to help students gain the experience and knowledge needed to excel."

WMU's information security graduate certificate will be offered as an online-only, accelerated, 15-credit program and includes two 10-month track options. Individuals will have the opportunity to specialize in either information security management, or secure software and engineering. Following completion of the graduate certificate, students will be exposed to various opportunities to gain the necessary knowledge to prepare for industry standards testing such as SANS GIAC, CISSP, CISA and ITIL, which are recommended when pursuing expanded IT career opportunities.

"We’ve developed this program to address global industry demands. As more individuals and businesses entrust sensitive data to online servers, information security becomes a very real concern," says Dr. Alan Rea, WMU professor of business information systems. "With a graduate certificate in information security, IT professionals are prepared to tackle these concerns."

Courses will be taught by WMU faculty from the Haworth College of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. More information regarding the information security graduate certificate is available at wmich.edu/infosecurity.