Online Information Technology Graduate Certificate

The online Graduate Certificate in Information Technology offers hands-on experience in various aspects of software design and implementation, while providing comprehensive knowledge about the state-of-the-art in information technology. Industry reports reveal that today’s business world seeks graduates who possess broad business perspectives; systems/IS skills, including hardware and software programming; a strong grasp of communication and teamwork; analytical abilities; and cutting-edge technology knowledge in areas of systems analysis, web technology, data communications, and database systems.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of the goals, functions, and operations of an IT organization
  • Proficiency in analytical and technical skills in various aspects of software design and implementation
  • Competence in the field of information technology, and the ability to contribute to its advancement

Along with building these qualities and skills, the online Information Technology program prepares students to:

  • Assess the information needs of different organizational levels within an organization
  • Design or fully participate in designing systems for an organization that are both competitive and efficient
  • Create an information systems architecture that aligns with organization goals
  • Design systems that people can control, understand, and use in a socially and ethically responsible manner

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Information Technology?

  • Four-course certificate program comprises courses shared by the MS in Computer Information Systems, ranked #4 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2017).
  • 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.

 

Watch Dr. Robert Schudy, associate professor of computer science and director of the online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems program offered by Boston University’s Metropolitan College.

Career Outlook

Computer and Information Systems Managers

15% increase in jobs through 2024

$131,600 median annual pay in 2015

Computer Network Architects

9% increase in jobs through 2024

$100,240 median annual pay in 2015

Database Administrators

11% increase in jobs through 2024

$81,710 median annual pay in 2015

Web Developers

27% increase in jobs through 2024

$64,970 median annual pay in 2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Best Technology Jobs, 2017 U.S. News & World Report

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

Curriculum

Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Information Technology consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

Academic credits earned toward the online Graduate Certificate in Information Technology may be transferred to the online Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.

(Four courses/16 credits)

METCS625 Business Data Communication and Networks

This course presents the foundations of data communications and takes a bottom-up approach to computer networks. The course concludes with an overview of basic network security and management concepts. Prereq: MET CS 200, or instructor's consent. This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 425 (undergraduate) or MET CS 535. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements. [4 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]

METCS682 Information Systems Analysis and Design

Object-oriented methods of information systems analysis and design for organizations with data- processing needs. System feasibility; requirements analysis; database utilization; Unified Modeling Language; software system architecture, design, and implementation, management; project control; and systems-level testing. [4 credits]

METCS782 IT Strategy and Management

This course describes and compares contemporary and emerging information technology and its management. Students learn how to identify information technologies of strategic value to their organizations and how to manage their implementation. The course highlights the application of I.T. to business needs. CS 782 is at the advanced Masters (700) level, and it assumes that students understand IT systems at the level of CS 682 Systems Analysis and Design. Students who haven't completed CS 682 should contact their instructor to determine if they are adequately prepared. Prereq: MET CS 682, or instructor's consent. [4 credits]

Applicants to the program are required to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

 

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.