We are in the process of applying for a Graduate Certificate in Cryptography (GCC). Here is a draft of the application.
The GCC is a highly focussed program giving instruction into some of the mathematics behind modern secure information and communications systems. The programme of study specialises in mathematics relevant for public key cryptography, coding theory and information theory.
The GCC is for students who want to learn more about the mathematics which underlies modern secure information and communications systems. After obtaining this degree students would be well prepared to begin doctoral studies in the area or for a technical (possibly R&D) role in the communications industry.
- graduate students working in any area of mathematics who have taken basic algebra courses
- undergraduate students who are interested on a fast-track career in computer security and cryptography
- students who have taken graduate algebra in other universities
- graduate students who want to pursue a PhD in cryptography or computational mathematics
We especially invite former students or students who have taken the basic algebra courses elsewhere and want to take the specialized cryptography courses at OU in order to obtain the certificate. If you are interested in this program please fill out thefollowing form.
On the completion of the program the student receives a certificate. The completion of this certificate is also noted on the student's transcript.
In both cases, a petition is needed by the student to the Advisory Committee.
To help students better organize their studies we give the tentative schedule of all graduate algebra/cryptography courses at OU.
Schedule of Algebra/Algebraic Geometry/Cryptography is as follows:
Any changes to this program have to be approved by the Advisory Committee. The advisory committee has as members 3-4 world experts in the area and 2 faculty members from Oakland University. One of the members of the Advisory Committee who is a faculty member at OU will serve as graduate advisor for the program.
A student who graduates from the program has two main career paths: to work as a cryptography expert in industry or to continue a career path in academia and continue studies for a PhD in Mathematics or Computer Science.
Our program gives a very strong background in both theoretical mathematics and programing skills. We intend to help our alumni with employment opportunities in industry, NSA, government agencies etc. Students who choose to pursue PhD studies in cryptography can do so at Oakland University of in other universities throughout the world.
Our algebra group has a record of 100% employment success with our PhD alumni. They work in academia, NSA, and industry.