DataVisualization GettyImages 1081869336The Collat School of Business is offering three new graduate certificates in high-demand areas of management information systems. The certificates allow professionals to gain vital knowledge and skills in cybersecurity, business analytics and IT management without having to commit to completing a master’s degree program.

Students are required to complete five courses, typically two per semester, so the certificates can be earned in less than a year.

“We’ve had a lot of requests from companies looking for a way to train their employees quickly in these emerging areas,” said Paul Di Gangi, Ph.D., director of the graduate management information systems program. “We realized that we needed to be able to offer an alternative to the full master’s programs that requires additional classes and the time to complete.”

Companies like the idea of certificates, Di Gangi said, because their employees can immediately take courses with instant relevance to their daily work, such as taking the data visualization courseor cyber attacks and theat mitigation courses that align with the growing need for presenting information in user-friendly ways and protecting organizations from threats. Students always have the option to continue their education after receiving their certificate, taking the additional courses needed to earn their master’s degree if desired.

“They can try before they buy into our master’s program,” Di Gangi said. “Or they can stack their certificate with another certificate program from a different but related field. It’s modular and flexible, allowing students to really customize their education based on their individual needs.”

The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Management is designed to improve a working professional’s understanding of the field of cybersecurity and the role security plays in the modern organizational environment. The emphasis is on the managerial aspects of cybersecurity, including security strategy and planning, policy development, risk and vulnerability assessment and management, and managing under uncertainty during security incidents.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics with Information Technology is designed to improve a working professional’s understanding of the strategic role analytics plays in the modern organizational environment. The emphasis is on the application of IT tools for business analytics and its alignment with organizational strategy, data-driven decision making, and the visualization of data analysis for presentation to key organizational stakeholders. Students will gain an understanding of fundamental analytics concepts, the process of extracting, transforming, and loading data from a variety of sources into management datamarts that can be used for analysis by organizations, and the use of IT tools in the analytics field.

The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management is designed to improve a working professional’s understanding of the strategic role technology plays in the modern organizational environment. The emphasis is on the managerial application of technology in business and its alignment with organizational strategy, key stakeholders, and the translation of strategy into operational activities. Students will gain understanding of organizational strategy, leadership and persuasion techniques, financial budgeting and decision making with resource constraints, regulatory requirements and compliance procedures, and managing business operations under uncertainty.

Entry requirements for the graduate certificate programs are the same as the requirements to be accepted as a non-degree seeking student in the Graduate School. Learn how to apply as a non-degree seeking student