Advanced Information Technology, Graduate Certificate

Designed for students who wish to increase their understanding of information technology and business informatics, while preparing for CISSP® and PMP® industry certifications, the online Graduate Certificate in Advanced Information Technology (business informatics) builds upon topics covered in the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology program, also available online. The four-course curriculum explores how to develop web applications based on databases, expanding the understanding of databases to include all database technologies common in business. Students learn how to define, design, and manage IT projects, while developing a solid grasp of increasingly important areas of network and system security.

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 application systems.
  • Competence sufficient for effective management of information systems projects.

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Advanced Information Technology?

  • Four-course certificate program comprises courses shared by the MS in Computer Information Systems, ranked #3 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2016).
  • Students benefit from a supportive online network, with courses developed and taught by PhD-level full-time faculty and professionals with hands-on expertise in the industry.
  • Small course sections ensure that students get the attention they need, while case studies and real-world projects ensure that they gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies.

Meet Dr. Suresh Kalathur, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Computer Information Systems program.

Career Outlook

Computer and Information Systems Managers

15% increase in jobs through 2024

$131,600 median annual pay in 2015

Computer Network Architects

9% increase in jobs through 2024

$100,240 median annual pay in 2015

Database Administrators

11% increase in jobs through 2024

$81,710 median annual pay in 2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Best Technology Jobs, 2016 U.S. News & World Report

  • #1 Computer Systems Analyst
  • #2 Software Developer
  • #3 Web Developer
  • #4 IT Manager
  • #5 Information Security Analyst
  • #6 Database Administrator
  • #8 Computer Systems Administrator



Curriculum

Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Information Technology consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

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

(Four courses/16 credits)

METCS601 Web Application Development

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. Prereq: For CIS Students: MET CS 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology, or instructor's consent. For CS and TC Students: MET CS 231 or MET CS 232, or instructor's consent. [4 credits]

METCS632 Information Technology Project Management

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 credits]

METCS695 Enterprise Information Security

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. Prereq: MET CS 625; or instructor's consent. [4 credits]

METCS779 Advanced Database Management

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. Prereq: MET CS 579 or MET CS 669; or instructor's consent. [4 credits]

Applicants to the program are required to have a bachelor’s degree.

Faculty

Stu Jacobs

Stu Jacobs

Lecturer in Computer Science
MS, Southern Connecticut State University; BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Vijay Kanabar

Vijay Kanabar, PMP

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Administrative Sciences; Director of Project Management Programs
PhD, University of Manitoba; MS, Florida Institute of Technology; MBA, Webber College; BS, University of Madras, India; PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

Robert Schudy

Robert Schudy

Associate Professor of Computer Science; Director of the Online MS in Computer Information Systems
PhD, MS, University of Rochester; BA, University of California San Diego

Getting Started

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