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 #9 among the nation’s Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2022).
- 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.
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10% increase in jobs through 2029
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Best Technology Jobs, 2022 U.S. News & World Report
- #1 Information Security Analyst
- #2 Software Developer
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- #4 IT Manager
- #5 Computer Systems Analyst
- #6 Web Developer
- #7 Database Administrator
- #8 Computer Network Architect
- #9 Computer Systems Administrator
- #10 Computer Support Specialist
- #11 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 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.
(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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Teamwork/Collaboration. [4 credits]
This course introduces fundamental concepts, principles of cybersecurity and their use in the development of security mechanisms and policies. Topics include basic risk assessment and management; basic legal and ethics issues, various cyber attacks, defense methods and tools; security principles, models and components; different crypto protocols, techniques and tools, including symmetric and asymmetric encryption algorithms, hashing, public key infrastructure, and how they can be used; security threats and defense to hardware, operating systems, networks and applications in modern computing environments. Hands-on labs using current tools are provided and required. Prerequisite: METCS535 or METCS625 or instructor's consent. [4 credits]
METCS779 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 credits]
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
- Two 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.
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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