Program Overview

Database & Information Technology Certificate Program

The database and internet technologies certificate focuses on a set of skills that allows students to function in the roles of designer, analyst, project manager or administrator — not just in the current database development environment but also in future dynamic computing environments. It focuses on the modeling and design of relational database systems as well as the development of real-world applications based on best practices and sound design principles. Practical emphasis is placed on normalization procedures, user interfaces, client/server technologies, web e-commerce databases and database security issues. Coursework will expose students to commercially available database systems to verify database design, balance the program load between client and server, store large-scale data into data warehouses, exchange data between databases and process XML data flows.

Additional Information

Applicants must possess a graduate degree in order to be considered for this program. However, no prior IT experience or coursework is required.

Once admitted, students must successfully complete CIS 414 prior to enrolling in CIS 419.

Required Courses

To earn a certificate, students must complete the following four courses.

  • CIS 414 Object Oriented Programming
  • CIS 419 Web Application Development
  • CIS 435 Practical Data Science Using Machine Learning

and either one of the following:

  • CIS 431 Database Administration or
  • CIS 436 Big Data Management and Analysis

In some cases, students who have completed equivalent coursework previously may be allowed to replace the required course with another course in the field.

Please note that courses completed in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree.


  • CIS 414-0 OR 414-DL Object-Oriented Programming
  • CIS 419-0 OR 419-DL Web Application Development
  • CIS 431-DL Database Administration
  • CIS 435-DL Data Science/Machine Learning
  • CIS 436-DL Big Data Management/Analytics