Information Technology Graduate Certificate

This certificate provides students with hands-on experience in various aspects of software design and implementation, offering comprehensive knowledge about the state-of-the-art in information technology. Reports and surveys from the industry reveal that today’s business world seeks graduates with good technical skills. With this in mind, the Information Technology Graduate Certificate helps students build:

  • Broad business perspective and experience
  • Systems/IS skills, including hardware and software programming
  • Communication/interpersonal/team skills
  • Analytical and thinking skills
  • Cutting-edge technology knowledge in areas of systems analysis, web technology, data communications, and database systems

The certificate develops the skills required to assist an organization with major Information Systems challenges such as:

  • Assessing the different information needs of different organizational levels within an organization
  • Designing or fully participating in designing systems for an organization that are both competitive and efficient
  • Creating an Information Systems architecture that aligns with the organization’s goals
  • Designing systems that people can control, understand, and use in a socially and ethically responsible manner

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

  • Advanced knowledge of the goals, functions, and operations of an IT organization.
  • Proficiency in analytical and technical skills in various aspects of software design and implementation.
  • Competence in the field of information technology, and the ability to contribute to its advancement.

Program Options

Available on campus and in the following formats:

  • Online
  • Blended: By combining the convenience of online study and the dynamic of face-to-face learning, the blended 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.

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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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.

Prerequisites

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

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

This course presents the foundations of data communications and takes a bottom-up approach to computer networks. The course concludes with an overview of basic network security and management concepts. Prereq: MET CS 200, or instructor's consent. This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 425 (undergraduate) or MET CS 535. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.  [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2016
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Arena PHO 211 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND Arena PHO 211 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND Mansur ARR
O2 IND Rizinski ARR
Spring 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Arena CAS T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Arena CAS T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Mansur ARR
O2 IND Rizinski ARR

Students learn the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Students gain extensive hands- on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as they learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. Restrictions: Only for MS CIS. This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 469 (undergraduate) or MET CS 579. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.  [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2016
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Maiewski FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND Matthews CGS 313 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND Mansur ARR
O2 IND Farr ARR
Spring 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Maiewski FLR W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Maiewski FLR W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Mansur ARR
O2 IND Farr ARR

Object-oriented methods of information systems analysis and design for organizations with data- processing needs. System feasibility; requirements analysis; database utilization; Unified Modeling Language; software system architecture, design, and implementation, management; project control; and systems-level testing.   [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2016
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Guadagno CGS 527 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND Guadagno CGS 527 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND Braude ARR
O2 IND Polnar ARR
BCL IND Siegel U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Spring 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Guadagno CGS R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Guadagno CGS R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Polnar ARR
O2 IND Staff ARR

This course describes and compares contemporary and emerging information technology and its management. Students learn how to identify information technologies of strategic value to their organizations and how to manage their implementation. The course highlights the application of I.T. to business needs. CS 782 is at the advanced Masters (700) level, and it assumes that students understand IT systems at the level of CS 682 Systems Analysis and Design. Students who haven't completed CS 682 should contact their instructor to determine if they are adequately prepared. Prereq: MET CS 682, or instructor's consent.   [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2016
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Arakelian FLR 267 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND Arakelian FLR 267 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND Williams ARR
O2 IND Arakelian ARR
BCL IND Siegel S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Spring 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Arakelian SCI M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Arakelian SCI M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Williams ARR
O2 IND Arakelian ARR

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