The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems (IS) is designed to prepare students for positions in the information systems field. The curriculum is focused on gaining a better understanding of the use of information systems to enhance business processes and the decision-making process associated with them. Information systems professionals design, implement, and deploy software solutions that are the driving force in every organization. This program accommodates students just beginning to explore the field and those with a thorough understanding of computerized information systems. Practical applications are emphasized throughout the program. VIU’s Graduate Certificate in IS is the study of information systems, including their design, development, deployment, and usage in various organizations. Research in this field covers a wide range of topics including design and architecture, deployment and execution, and management of information systems and the underlying technology in organizations.
This certificate will be earned by completing the program course requirements of 18 credit hours, beyond the program prerequisite courses.
All new students of the Graduate Certificate in IS program need certain basic skills in order to succeed in the program. Students who do not have the requisite background in business administration and information technology need to take some or all of the prerequisite courses before they begin studying the core courses. In some cases, the program prerequisite courses may have course prerequisites to be taken before enrolling in the program prerequisite courses.
VIU’s Graduate Certificate in Information Systems teaches students the significance of an effective information system for any organization and the creation and execution of an information system for achieving an organization’s objectives. Students will be able to use technology as a competitive advantage and understand how technology helps to achieve the key business goals of an organization. Upon the completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Enable IT process automation from problem detection through resolution;
- Select and implement methodologies and techniques to solve business problems;
- Support the organizational decision making process;
- Evaluate technologies for suitability in the business context;
- Integrate technologies, products, and services into cohesive systems.
Graduates of this program can anticipate the following types of careers:
- System/programmer/business analyst
- Database designer
- Systems manager
- Information systems director
VIU’s Graduate Certificate in IS program is generally completed within two years of full-time study. It consists of four (4) core courses (12 credit hours) and two (2) elective courses (6 credit hours).