Online 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 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 #6 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2018).
- 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.
Computer and Information Systems Managers
12% increase in jobs through 2026
$139,220 median annual pay in 2017
Computer Network Architects
6% increase in jobs through 2026
$104,650 median annual pay in 2017
11% increase in jobs through 2026
$87,020 median annual pay in 2017
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017-18 Edition
Best Technology Jobs, 2018 U.S. News & World Report
- #1 Software Developer
- #2 Information Security Analyst
- #3 IT Manager
- #4 Computer Systems Analyst
- #5 Computer Network Architect
- #6 Computer Systems Administrator
- #7 Database Administrator
- #8 Web Developer
- #9 Computer Support Specialist
- #10 Computer Programmer
Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.
Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.
Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Advanced 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
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 Cyber 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 535 or 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. Students learn about unstructured "big data" databases and gain hands-on experience with MongoDB and Spark, which are integrated into the course web site. Prereq: MET CS 579 or MET CS 669; or instructor's consent. [4 credits]
Admission & Prerequisite Information
Applicants to the program are required to have a bachelor’s degree.
Lecturer, Computer Science
MS, Southern Connecticut State University; BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Vijay Kanabar, PMP
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Administrative Sciences; Director, Project Management
PhD, University of Manitoba; MS, Florida Institute of Technology; MBA, Webber College; BS, University of Madras, India; PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute
Associate Professor, Computer Science
PhD, MS, University of Rochester; BA, University of California San Diego
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