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Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management

The IT arena presents a specialized set of management challenges. While there is some validity to the argument that management is an abstract skill which can be employed in any setting, the management problems which typically surface in large, complex IT projects, require a basic understanding of the underlying technologies. This certificate seeks to present a useful subset of these technologies.

Learning Outcomes: Students who complete this certificate will be able to
  • Gain a managerial level understanding of the role of the leader in crafting corporate and business strategies where technology provides the basis for the firm's competitive advantage.
  • Develop an entrepreneurial plan for a technology start-up business.
  • Distinguish the use of various business tools and strategies in managing a tech-based organization.
  • Demonstrate thorough grounding in the process of designing and implementing decision support systems in business.
  • Use of common software tools to develop simple decision support system implementations.
Target Audience and Time to Complete:

The target audience is Virginia Tech graduate students who are interested in adding expertise in information technology management to that gained in their current degree program. In addition, we also expect that a number of professionals will pursue the certificate both for job knowledge and career enhancement. Those students will be admitted as non-degree seeking certificate students.

In most cases time to completion will be two semesters. Degree-seeking students may take courses in conjunction with their regular course load. Students attending full-time can complete the certificate in a minimum of one academic year and a maximum of four academic years. Degree-seeking students attending part-time can complete the certificate in approximately two academic years and a maximum of three academic years.

Non-degree seeking, full-time students can complete the certificate in a minimum of one academic year (two semesters). Non-degree seeking, part-time students, taking one course per semester, can complete the certificate in two academic years (four semesters).

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How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management

Admission to the Graduate School and completing a Graduate Certificate Application are required for both degree- and non-degree seeking students. 

Degree-seeking applicants: The Graduate School requires completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better for admission to Certificate Status.  Applicants with an undergraduate GPA < 3.0 may qualify for Commonwealth Campus admission. Students pursuing a degree and a certificate simultaneously are classified within their degree program.

For students interested in pursuing both the Master's degree in MIT and the certificate in Information Technology Management no more than fifty percent of certificate courses will be included toward completion of the MIT degree. 

Non-degree seeking applicants
: A qualified person who wishes to enter Virginia Tech to obtain a graduate certificate, without being enrolled in a degree program, may apply for graduate admission to Graduate Certificate by completing the certificate application

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • GPA of 3.0 for admission for the last half of the credits earned for the undergraduate (bachelors) degree*
  • Official transcripts must be submitted
  • Academic background meets the requirements of the admitting academic unit
  • International Applicants must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based (PBT) or 80 internet-based test (iBT) is required for consideration of the application. On the iBT, sub-scores of at least 20 on each subject test (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) are required for admission. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission. Some departments have higher TOEFL or IELTS score requirements than those set by the Graduate School. 
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Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management

Number of Credit Hours: 

A total of nine credit hours are required. Transfer credits are not permitted. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the designated courses.

Required Courses: 

BIT 5594 Web Applications and Electronic Commerce: An examination of the concepts, technologies, and applications of electronic commerce. Topics include the World Wide Web as a platform for electronic commerce; intranets; electronic data interchange; electronic banking and payment systems; security and firewalls; software agents; and the social, legal, and international issues of electronic commerce. Pre: ACIS 5514 or BIT 5474

BIT 5474 Computer-Based Decision Support Systems: This course explains the characteristics, use, and development of decision support systems (DSS) within the context of other business information systems. The process of designing and implementing decision support systems in business is discussed from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Students will learn various ways of measuring the success of DSS implementation as well as the difficulties associated with all such measures. Students will learn to use common software tools to develop simple DSS and will learn to use the Internet as a decision making and productivity tool. (3H, 3C) 

MGT 5804 Strategic Leadership in Technology-based Organizations: This course focuses on the role of the leader in crafting corporate and business strategies where technology provides the basis for the firm’s competitive advantage. (3H, 3C)