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 #6 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2018).
  • 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.

 

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.