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An undergraduate certificate acknowledges an area of specialty or grouping of courses that enhance the student’s degree program. Certificates are not certifications. Certifications are only awarded by governmental and professional agencies. Credit courses offered for a certificate require a grade of C or higher and minimum of 6 and a maximum of 30 credits are required. All students who enroll in certificate programs must be defined as Penn State students.

Within the College of IST we offer the Enterprise Architecture (ENARCH) and National Security Agency (NSA) certificates.

Students interested in earning either the Enterprise Architecture or National Security Agency (NSA) certificates must enroll in these programs through Update Academics within LionPATH before the semester in which application for graduation is submitted.  Upon graduation, a notation will appear on transcripts indicating the completion of the certificate of enrollment.  If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Laurie Shirey.

Enterprise Architecture (ENARCH)

Supporting Coursework (12 credits)

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is one of the fastest growing career fields today. Organizations of all types are struggling to find qualified individuals at all levels to meet the growing demand in this field. Knowledge of EA is very beneficial for all Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) students.

National Security Agency

Supporting Coursework (28 credits)

The NSA certificate of achievement and letter of recognition indicate students have completed the courses representing the required knowledge units as specified by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for Professionals in Information Assurance and Cyber-Defense as part of Penn State’s designation as a Center of Academic Excellence.