The Certificate in Information Systems is designed for students who hold bachelor’s degrees in fields other than information systems and who wish to continue their education in information systems but are not pursuing a graduate degree at this time. Candidates for the certificate are required to complete a total of 30 hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including the courses listed below or their equivalents, with a minimum of 24 credit hours of study in information systems to be taken at VCU.

The certificate is designed to provide more than a basic knowledge of information systems. Specifically, persons completing the program are expected to achieve competency in understanding information systems terminology, concepts and principles; computer program design, writing and testing; systems analysis/design through proper application and knowledge of current hardware and software; and planning and carrying out system development and the management of information systems. Students acquiring these skills are well-received in the business community and in governmental organizations.

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Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs
  • Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • Understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
  • Recognize the need for and be able to engage in continuing professional development
  • Use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice
  • Understand the processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment

Special requirements

Students cannot be accepted into a program until they have completed all the requirements for their bachelor’s degree and have achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA in their undergraduate work.

After acceptance in the program, certificate candidates are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of their program at VCU.

Academic regulations for School of Business post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificates

The School of Business has specific academic regulations that apply to students in the undergraduate certificate program.

INFO   160 is a prerequisite for INFO   202. INFO   202 is a prerequisite for INFO   350, INFO   364 and INFO   370. MATH   211 is a prerequisite for INFO   350, INFO   364 and INFO   370. INFO   202 and MATH   211 cannot be used as electives within the information systems post-baccalaureate program. Exceptions to prerequisite courses require recommendation of the adviser and permission of the department chair.

Degree requirements for Information Systems, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate)

INFO   300Information Technology Infrastructure3
INFO   323Ethical, Social and Legal Issues in Information Systems3
INFO   350Intermediate Programming3
INFO   361Systems Analysis and Design3
INFO   364Database Systems3
INFO   370Fundamentals of Data Communications3
INFO   461Information Systems Planning and Project Management3
INFO   465Projects in Information Systems3
Upper-level electives3
Total Hours27

Total minimum requirement 30 credits

Sample outline

(Most students are enrolled part time. Students planning full-time enrollment should consult with the program adviser.)

Year one
Fall semesterHours
INFO   300 Information Technology Infrastructure 3
INFO   361 Systems Analysis and Design 3
 Term Hours: 6
Spring semester
INFO   350 Intermediate Programming 3
INFO   370 Fundamentals of Data Communications 3
 Term Hours: 6
Year two
Fall semester
INFO   323 Ethical, Social and Legal Issues in Information Systems 3
INFO   364 Database Systems 3
 Term Hours: 6
Spring semester
INFO   461 Information Systems Planning and Project Management 3
Elective 3
 Term Hours: 6
Year three
Fall semester
INFO   465 Projects in Information Systems 3
Elective 3
 Term Hours: 6
 Total Hours: 30


INFO   320Business Intelligence and Data Mining3
INFO   450Advanced Programming3
INFO   451Advanced Technology for E-business3
INFO   463Business Process Engineering (spring only)3
INFO   468Information Engineering (fall only)3
INFO   472Infrastructure Services (fall only)3
INFO   474Advanced Networking and Security3
INFO   491Topics in Information Systems3
INFO   492Independent Study in Information Systems3
INFO   493Internship in Information Systems3

The following course combinations are recommended for students who wish to concentrate the focus of their electives:

Application development
INFO   450Advanced Programming3
INFO   451Advanced Technology for E-business3
Business analysis
INFO   463Business Process Engineering3
INFO   468Information Engineering3
Information and communications technology
INFO   472Infrastructure Services3
INFO   474Advanced Networking and Security3