Advanced Information Technology (Business Informatics) Graduate Certificate

The Boston University Metropolitan College Graduate Certificate in Advanced Information Technology provides students with state-of-the-art knowledge of modern enterprise IT and systems analysis. It offers hands-on experience in the most important contemporary business informatics areas such as advanced database management, web development, IT project management, and enterprise information security. Students who earn this certificate will have gained the skills to provide unique expertise to enterprises dealing with the major IT challenges of today, along with a solid foundation for exploring the advanced IT challenges of tomorrow.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Information Technology will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge in the field of information technology, with strengths both in the theory and practice of information technology.
  • Proficiency in technical skills used in modern enterprise information systems, as well as comprehensive skills in the analysis of requirements, design, architecture, and implementation of computer applications systems.
  • Competence sufficient for effective management of information systems projects.

Program Options

Available on campus and in the following formats:

  • Online
  • eLive: By combining the convenience of online study and the dynamic of face-to-face learning, the eLive format provides added flexibility and new avenues of opportunity for those with demanding schedules. Each course for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Information Technology combines online study with four on-campus Saturday meetings per semester.

Admission Information

Prerequisite courses or evidence of proficiency in these areas must accompany the application to the program. If college-level credit courses are not in evidence, the department will determine what prerequisite courses must be completed in addition to the graduate certificate requirements. Students claiming equivalent proficiency in prerequisite courses from non-academic sources must take an examination to demonstrate such proficiency.

Official transcripts of previous academic work, two letters of recommendation, personal statement and résumé are required as part of the application.

A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College prior to acceptance into the program may be applied toward the certificate.

Minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate certificate program is C (2.0), but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and satisfy the certificate requirements.

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Transfer of Credits to Degree Programs

Those who complete both the Certificate in Information Technology and the Certificate in Advanced Information Technology will have satisfied all but two of the courses required to complete the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems.

Program Requirements

Prerequisites

Any bachelor’s degree. Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

MET CS 601 Web Application Development
Fall ‘14

This course focuses on building core competencies in web design and development. It begins with a complete immersion into HTML essentially XHTML and Dynamic HTML (DHTML). Students are exposed to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), as well as Dynamic CSS. The fundamentals of JavaScript language including object-oriented JavaScript is covered comprehensively. AJAX with XML and JSON are covered, as they are the primary means to transfer data from client and server. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Sheehan FLR 134 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Heda FLR ARR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Bishop ARR
MET CS 632 Information Technology Project Management
Fall ‘14

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of software project management. Students learn techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling software projects. There is substantial focus on software cost estimation and software risk management. Students will obtain practical project management skills and competencies related to the definition of a software project, establishment of project communications, managing project changes, and managing distributed software teams and projects.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Campbell FLR 266 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Campbell FLR 266 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
Fall ‘14

The course provides an in-depth presentation of security issues in computer systems, networks, and applications. Formal security models are presented and illustrated on operating system security aspects, more specifically memory protection, access control and authentication, file system security, backup and recovery management, intrusion and virus protection mechanisms. Application level security focuses on language level security and various security policies; conventional and public keys encryption, authentication, message digest and digital signatures. Internet and intranet topics include security in IP, routers, proxy servers, and firewalls, application-level gateways, Web servers, file and mail servers. Discussion of remote access issues, such as dial-up servers, modems, VPN gateways and clients.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Jacobs FLR 264 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Jacobs FLR 264 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management
Fall ‘14

This course covers advanced aspects of database management systems including advanced normalization and denormalization, query optimization, object-oriented and object-relational databases, data warehousing, data mining, distributed databases, XML, XSL, and databases for web applications. There is extensive coverage of SQL and database instance tuning. Students learn about the advanced object-relational features in DBMS such as Oracle, including navigational query, BLOBs, abstract data types, and methods. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
OL IND Schudy ARR

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