This certificate is designed primarily for those students who have earned a bachelor's degree or current undergraduate students who desire deeper knowledge than what can be accomplished through the IT minor. It allows students to augment the knowledge gained through their major-related courses with a foundation of information technology (IT) topics and their application within organizations to achieve organizational objectives. Completing this undergraduate certificate provides students with the necessary skills to improve their attractiveness to employers in our technology-driven society. The certificate requires a minimum of 24 credits, including 15 credits of core courses. Beyond these requirements, students must select three additional IT courses (9 credits, at least 3 upper division credits). Students pursuing the IT undergraduate certificate should consult with an advisor to select their additional courses.

Students pursuing only the undergraduate certificate in information technology will not maintain full-time status which requires a minimum of 12 credits per semester.

Banner Code: VS-CERB-INFT

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 24-28

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time basis only.

Requirements

Students must complete all requirements within a concentration.

Concentration in General (GEN)

The Information Technology certificate is designed primarily for those students who have earned a bachelor's degree or current undergraduate students who desire deeper knowledge than what can be accomplished through the IT minor. It allows students to augment the knowledge gained through their major-related courses with a foundation of information technology (IT) topics and their application within organizations to achieve organizational objectives. Completing this undergraduate certificate provides students with the necessary skills to improve their attractiveness to employers in our technology-driven society. The General Concentration requires a minimum of 24 credits, including 15 credits of required courses. Beyond these requirements, students must select three additional IT courses (9 credits, at least 3 upper division credits). Students pursuing the IT undergraduate certificate should consult with an advisor to select their additional courses.

Requirements

IT 102Discrete Structures3
or MATH 125 Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)
IT 104Introduction to Computing (Mason Core)3
IT 105IT Architecture Fundamentals3
IT 106Introduction to IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming3
Select one from the following:3
Object Oriented Techniques for IT Problem Solving
Applied IT Programming
Multimedia and Web Design
Database Fundamentals
Information Security Fundamentals
Total Credits15

Technical Focus Courses

Select 9 credits from the approved list of technical focus courses; at least 3 of those credits must be at the upper division level.9
Total Credits9

Students must satisfy all prerequisites and other requirements in order to take any of the courses listed below. Courses chosen for the technical focus must be chosen with a coordinator in the Information Sciences and Technology department. Not all courses are offered each semester.

IT 206Object Oriented Techniques for IT Problem Solving3
IT 207Applied IT Programming3
IT 213Multimedia and Web Design3
IT 214Database Fundamentals3
IT 223Information Security Fundamentals3
IT 300Modern Telecommunications3
IT 304IT in the Global Economy (Mason Core)3
IT 306Program Design and Data Structures3
IT 308Event-Driven Programming3
IT 314Database Programming3
IT 315Mobile Development3
IT 322Health Data Challenges3
IT 324Health Information Technology Fundamentals3
IT 328Health Information Emerging Technologies3
IT 331Web I: Web Development3
IT 332Web Server Administration3
IT 335Web Development using Content Management Systems3
IT 341Data Communications and Network Principles3
IT 344Information Storage and Management Technologies3
IT 353Information Defense Technologies3
IT 357Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing3
IT 366Network Security 3
IT 390Rapid Development of Scalable Applications3
IT 410Web Programming3
IT 413Digital Media Editing3
IT 414Database Administration3
IT 415Information Visualization3
IT 431Web II: Advanced Web Development3
IT 436Agile Web Development with Open Source Frameworks3
IT 441Network Servers and Infrastructures3
IT 445Advanced Networking Principles3
IT 455Wireless Communications and Networking3
IT 462Information Security Principles3
IT 465Peer-to-Peer Systems and Overlay Networks3
IT 466Network Security and Cryptography3
IT 467Network Defense3
IT 484Voice Communications Technologies3
IT 488Fundamentals of Satellite Communications3

Concentration in Entrepreneurship (ENTR)

The Information Technology certificate with Entrepreneurship concentration prepares IT and engineering students for successful careers as entrepreneurs in the area of information technology. Specifically, they will acquire a unique body of knowledge related to innovation, both on the information technology/engineering/inventive side and on the entrepreneurial side, which will give them a competitive advantage in the difficult market where only very few new companies are able to survive and grow.

This certificate and concentration are designed for students who are working on or possess an undergraduate degree in information technology, computer science, engineering or a related domain and want to focus on IT innovation and entrepreneurship. The Concentration in Entrepreneurship requires a minimum of 28 credits, including 9 credits of required courses, 12 elective credits, and 7 capstone credits.

Students enrolled in this certificate and concentration must be part of an entrepreneurship team (E-Team) with the goal of creating an IT venture. The E-Teams will be mentored by faculty associated with the certificate. Students who will create, or be a core team member of, a start-up company that has cumulated revenues and funding of $10,000 during their enrollment in the certificate will graduate with a Certificate of Excellence in IT Entrepreneurship.

Requirements

MBUS 300Accounting in a Global Economy3
MBUS 301Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy3
IT 343IT Project Management3
Total Credits9

Electives 

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Mobile Development
Rapid Development of Scalable Applications
Agile Web Development with Open Source Frameworks
Application Maintenance and Spiral Development
Turning Ideas into Successful Companies
Decision Making in IT Ventures
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise
Total Credits12

Capstone Sequence Courses

IT 492Senior Design Project I (Mason Core) 13
IT 493Senior Design Project II (Mason Core) 14
Total Credits7
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 Section on IT Entrepreneurship.