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 #8 among the nation’s Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2024).
  • 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 2032

$164,070 median annual pay in 2022

Computer Network Architects

4% increase in jobs through 2032

$126,900 median annual pay in 2022

Database Administrators and Architects

8% increase in jobs through 2032

$112,120 median annual pay in 2022

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, at (visited October 03, 2023).

Best Technology Jobs, 2024 U.S. News & World Report

  • #1 Software Developer
  • #2 IT Manager
  • #3 Information Security Analyst
  • #4 Data Scientist
  • #5 Web Developer
  • #6 Computer Systems Analyst
  • #7 Computer Network Architect
  • #8 Database Administrator
  • #9 Computer Support Specialist
  • #10 Computer Systems Administrator
  • #11 Computer Programmer


Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

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.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including 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 Master of Science in Computer Information Systems.


Stu Jacobs

Stu Jacobs

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

Vijay Kanabar

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

Robert Schudy

Robert Schudy

Associate Professor, Computer Science
PhD, MS, University of Rochester; BA, University of California San Diego

Getting Started

To learn more or to contact an enrollment advisor before you get started, request information using the button below and tell us a little about yourself. Someone will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program and detail the next steps in earning your degree. You can also start your application or register for a course at Metropolitan College.