Database Management & Business Intelligence Graduate Certificate

Database systems are the information heart of modern enterprises, where they are used for processing business transactions and for understanding and managing the enterprise. Business intelligence is the analysis of data to produce insights useful for managing the enterprise and, increasingly, in routine business operations such as intelligent supply chain management. Students who complete the certificate in Database Management & Business Intelligence will be prepared to design and implement both transaction processing and decision support databases and to use data mining technologies to discover the structure, trends, and relationships in the data to produce valuable business insights and effective decision support processes.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Database Management & Business Intelligence will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of database modeling and design, database implementation, distributed databases, object-oriented and object-relational databases, and databases for web applications, as well as typical data mining methods.
  • Proficiency in the design, implementation, performance tuning of different types of databases, and in performing data mining tasks on various types of data.
  • Competence sufficient to participate in the design and implementation of large, distributed database systems and business intelligence systems.

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 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

Academic credits earned toward the Graduate Certificate in Database Management & Business Intelligence may be transferred to a Master of Science degree in Computer ScienceComputer Information Systems, or Telecommunication.

Program Requirements—On Campus

Prerequisites

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

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation for Business or
    MET CS 579 Database Management
  • MET CS 699 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management

And one selected from the following:

MET CS 674 Database Security
Fall ‘14

The course provides a strong foundation in database security and auditing. This course utilizes Oracle scenarios and step-by-step examples. The following topics are covered: security, profiles, password policies, privileges and roles, Virtual Private Databases, and auditing. The course also covers advanced topics such as SQL injection, database management security issues such as securing the DBMS, enforcing access controls, and related issues.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Wolfe FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Wolfe FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Carroll ARR
MET CS 689 Designing and Implementing a Data Warehouse
Fall ‘14

This course provides students with the technical skills required to plan, implement, and maintain a data warehouse using a DBMS such as Oracle Warehouse Builder. It describes basic data warehousing concepts. Key topics: Design a data warehousing system; implement a database designed with a star schema, gather data from primary data sources, transform data, and load data in to a DBMS. Students will create a cube using OLAP and analyze cube data using client applications. Upon successful completion, students will be familiar with the typical data warehouse components and architecture, and have an understanding of the practical uses of data warehousing.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Seltser FLR ARR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 780 Database Administration

This course prepares students to perform the day-to-day administration of a database system. While most of the examples in this course are based on Oracle database administration, the course also covers the differences in administering Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL and examples. The course covers administration on Windows, Linux and Unix platforms. 4 credits.   [ 4 cr. ]

Program Requirements—Online

Program requirements for the online Database Management & Business Intelligence Graduate Certificate can be viewed here.

Program Requirements—eLive

Prerequisites

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

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation for Business
  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 699 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management

View course descriptions.