Online Graduate Certificate in Program Protection Planning

Learn techniques designing and delivering secure, trusted systems across the life cycle

The Department of Defense strongly emphasizes the need for intelligent and effective Systems Security Engineering to achieve program protection. Organizations that develop high-technology products are at risk from a number of threats to their critical data and infrastructure and systems they design and deliver. The best practices of Systems Security Engineering must be used to provide built-in protection to these critical systems in order to ensure and sustain the highest level of security throughout their life cycle.

The First Graduate-level Program in this Essential Discipline

The courses in this certificate program provide students with practical, actionable strategies for implementing Systems Security Engineering to understand system design and operational risks in order to minimize vulnerabilities and detect and mitigate threats. 

Certificate Requirements

Please see the prerequisites necessary for this program to determine if you have the correct background and experience.

WPI's Graduate Certificate in Program Protection Planning covers the essential topics that systems engineers and the defense industry needs. It is comprised of six courses (18 credits) - five required courses and one elective - taught by subject matter experts who are heavily involved in industry.

Students may transfer all six courses into WPI's MS in Systems Engineering if they choose Operations Risk Management as their elective.

Students with an MS in Systems Engineering Can Earn an Advanced Certificate.

Students who already posess an MS in Systems Engineering can earn an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Program Protection Planning by taking the following courses. SYS 501 will be waived. Only those courses not taken as part of a master's degree program will count towards the advanced certificate. Your academic advisor will help you to determine the appropriate course schedule.

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • SYS 501. Concepts of Systems Engineering
  • SYS 579D. Engineering Dependable and Secure Systems
  • SYS 579#. Supply Chain Risk Management
  • SYS 579#. Protection Planning Across the Program Life Cycle
  • SYS 579#. Practical Applications of Systems Security Engineering

Electives (Choose one of the following for 3 credits)

  • CS 557. Software Security Design and Analysis
  • CS 558. Network Security
  • OIE 541. Operations Risk Management
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A Program Protection Plan helps program offices consciously think through what needs to be protected and to develop a plan that provides that protection.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense