Advanced Information Technology 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.
Advanced Information Technology Program Options
Available on campus and in the following formats:
- 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.
Admission & Prerequisite Information
MET prioritizes the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in the rolling admission process. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible and no later than the priority application deadlines for each term.
Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree, in any field of study, from a regionally accredited college/university (or the international equivalent) prior to enrollment at Metropolitan College. The following materials are required for a complete application:
- Completed Application for Graduate Admission and application fee
- All college transcripts
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official English proficiency exam results (International students)
Applicants are not required to have a degree in computer science for entry to a program within the Department of Computer Science. Upon review of your application, the department will determine if the completion of prerequisite coursework will be required, based on your academic and professional background.
A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College before acceptance into the program may be applied towards the certificate.
Transfer of Credits to Degree Programs
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.
(Four courses/16 credits)
MET CS 601 Web Application Development
|A1||IND||Sheehan||SCI 117||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 632 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Teamwork/Collaboration. [ 4 cr. ]Fall 2020
|A1||IND||Heda||PSY B47||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 695 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 cr. ]Fall 2020
|A1||IND||Zhang||CAS 229||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Zhang||CAS 229||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management
This course covers advanced aspects of database management including normalization and denormalization, query optimization, distributed databases, data warehousing, and big data. There is extensive coverage and hands on work with SQL, and database instance tuning. Course covers various modern database architectures including relational, key value, object relational and document store models as well as various approaches to scale out, integrate and implement database systems through replication and cloud based instances. Students learn about unstructured "big data" architectures and databases, and gain hands-on experience with Spark and MongoDB. Students complete a term project exploring an advanced database technology of their choice. Prereq: MET CS 579 or MET CS 669; or instructor's consent. [ 4 cr. ]Fall 2020
|A1||IND||Polnar||PSY B49||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
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