Chief Information Officer (CIO) Management Certificate (DL) - Curriculum 198

Program Officer

Matt Geiser, CDR, USN
Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 219A
(831) 656-3953, DSN 756-3953 

Academic Associate

Raymond Jones, COL, USA (Ret.), Professor of Practice

Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 241
|(831) 656-3960, DSN 756-3960


Program Manager

Christina Hart
Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 334
(831) 656-6269, DSN 756-6269

The GSDM Chief Information Officer (CIO) Cyber Management Certificate will provide the critical education required by the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 to manage government information technology systems.  This certificate will allow its graduates to effectively manage the resources, people, processes, and technologies necessary to ensure our information technology systems optimize mission performance and information assurance.  This certificate meets all of the Clinger-Cohen educational competency requirements.

Four Quarter Certificate

This certificate requires the completion of four courses (at least 12 credits) that were not counted for another certificate. The following four courses are required:


GB4021 (4-0) Strategic Management of Information Technology:  This course provides the student with a general understanding of the key components and underlying concepts related to the valuation of technology within organizations. Topics include e-business, e-government, strategic outsourcing, software make vs. buy decisions, business process, re-engineering with technology, and the impacts of technology on force transformation. A special emphasis is placed on Enterprise IT support for Supply Chain Management.

MN3331 (5-2) Acquisition of  Defense Systems:  This course provides the student with an understanding of the underlying concepts, fundamentals and philosophies of the Department of Defense systems acquisition process and the practical application of program management methods within this process. Topics integrate information systems throughout the course and, include the evolution and current state of systems acquisition management, the system acquisition life cycle, requirements analysis, systems engineering, contract management, resource management, test and evaluation, user-producer acquisition management disciplines and activities; and program planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling.

MN3309 (4-1) Software Acquisition Management for Strategic and Tactical System:  This course focuses on the key aspects of mission critical computer resources with particular emphasis on major weapon systems embedded software. The course analyzes software development, software risk management, software in the systems acquisition life cycle, software metrics, contracting methods for software, software test and evaluation, and software configuration management. The course addresses the underlying management principles involved in software acquisition.

CY3201 (3-0) Foundations of Cyber Operations:   This distance learning course explores the foundations of cyberspace operations. The broad goals of the course are to cover the three main domains of cyber – science and technology, computation and data analytics, and strategy, policy and ethics. Conceptually cyberspace operations are the employment of cyber capabilities to achieve objectives in, or, through cyberspace. Nation state militaries, agencies or proxies use these operations as a component of conflict or warfare for political utility or competitive advantage.  This course analyzes the offensive and defensive dimensions of cyberspace operations based on actual campaigns and incidents.