Database Management & Business Intelligence, Graduate Certificate

Database systems are the information heart of modern enterprises, where they are used for processing business transactions and for understanding and managing the enterprise. Business intelligence is the analysis of data to improve management of the enterprise and routine business operations such as intelligent supply chain management.

Students who complete the online Graduate Certificate in Database Management & Business Intelligence will be prepared to design and implement both transaction processing and decision support databases, and to use data mining technologies to discover the structure, trends, and relationships in the data to produce valuable business insights and effective decision support processes.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Database Management & Business Intelligence will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of database modeling and design, database implementation, distributed databases, object-oriented and object-relational databases, and databases for web applications, as well as typical data mining methods.
  • Proficiency in the design, implementation, performance tuning of different types of databases, and in performing data mining tasks on various types of data.
  • Competence sufficient to participate in the design and implementation of large, distributed database systems and business intelligence systems.

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Database Management and Business Intelligence?

  • 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 and Information Research Scientists

11% increase in jobs through 2024

$110,620 median annual pay in 2015

Computer Systems Analysts

21% increase in jobs through 2024

$85,800 median annual pay in 2015

Database Administrators

11% increase in jobs through 2024

$81,720 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

By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.

McKinsey & Company
Big data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity, 2011



Curriculum

Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Database Management & Business Intelligence consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

Academic credits earned toward the online Graduate Certificate in Database Management & Business Intelligence may be transferred to a Master of Science degree in Computer ScienceComputer Information Systems, or Telecommunication.

(Four courses/16 credits)

METCS669 Database Design and Implementation for Business

Students learn the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Students gain extensive hands- on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as they learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. Restrictions: Only for MS CIS. This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 469 (undergraduate) or MET CS 579. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements. [4 credits]

METCS674 Database Security

The course provides a strong foundation in database security and auditing. This course utilizes Oracle scenarios and step-by-step examples. The following topics are covered: security, profiles, password policies, privileges and roles, Virtual Private Databases, and auditing. The course also covers advanced topics such as SQL injection, database management security issues such as securing the DBMS, enforcing access controls, and related issues. Prereq: MET CS 579 or MET CS 669; or instructor's consent. [4 credits]

METCS699 Data Mining

Data mining and investigation is a key goal behind any data warehouse effort. The course provides an introduction to concepts behind data mining, text mining, and web mining. Algorithms will be tested on data sets using the Weka Data mining software and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (Business Intelligence Development Studio). Prereq: MS CS Prerequisites: MET CS 579; or instructor's consent. MS CIS Prerequisites: MET CS 669 and MET CS 546; 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. Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

Faculty

Jae Young Lee

Jae Young Lee

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
PhD, MS, University of Texas at Arlington; BS, Seoul National University (Korea)

Dr. 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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