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Information Technology

The increased prevalence of Information Technology in all sectors of our society is challenging the workforce in unique ways. Users of software applications are challenged by its increased sophistication, connectivity, vulnerability, and the serious implications of user’s mistakes. This certificate provides solid foundations in essential Information Technology skills, which have become a must have for any professional. The twelve credit hours four-course certificate is hands-on and will cover the foundations of software development, databases, networking, system administration, information security, and ethical values. The certificate will be offered using the CECH virtual environment and can be completed in one summer.


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School of Information Technology
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


PO BOX 210002
Cincinnati,OH  45221
Rebekah Michael
Phone: 513-556-1701

Career Possibilities

Jobs vary greatly depending on undergrad and previous experience.

  • Preparation for Advanced Degree - Complete a Master's in Information Technology
  • Business Analyst
  • Software Application Subject Matter Expert
  • Software Application Trainer
  • IT Administration
  • IT Management

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

Students who complete the certificate will be able to

  • Identify and explain the specialty areas and concepts of Information Technology
  • Describe the current developments and historical backgrounds relating computers to social, legal, philosophical, political, constitutional, and economic issues
  • Demonstrate proficiency in software design and implementation
  • Demonstrate proficiency in network security design and analysis
  • Demonstrate proficiency in database design and analysis

Students who successfully complete this certificate are empowered to effectively conduct their profession in a sophisticated digital environment. Students with an undergraduate degree in a non-computing field and who receive a 3.0 GPA in the certificate, will be eligible for admission to the MSIT program.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Information Technology Graduate Certificate Curriculum

Predominant Program

    Information Technology Graduate Certificate Core Curriculum
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6101 Introduction to Information Technology , 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6102 Computing fundamentals: Hardware and Operating Systems , 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6103 Foundation of Programming , 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6104 Digital Media Creation and Publishing , 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6105 Network Basics , 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6106 System Administration Basics , 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6111 Introduction to Database Management Systems , 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6112 Cybersecurity Fundamentals , 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6113 Application programming , 1
    Faculty Approved Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6114 IT Infrastructure and Services , 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6115 Switching and Routing , 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6121 Scripting for Network and Security , 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6124C: Teaching Preparation: Web Development, 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6126C: Teaching Preparation: Database Management I, 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6150 Teaching Preparation: IT Fundamentals, 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6180Teaching Preparation: Computer Networking, 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6190 Teaching Preparation: Computer Programming I, 1
    • XXXXxxxx, IT6181 Teaching Preparation: System Administration, 1

Special Programs

Information Technology is a part of nearly every industry. You have your degree and expertise in your job but you will advance into this new digital age with Information Technology expertise. You can quickly get this information from UC Information Technology faculty by completing the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology. In a single semester, you can gain a foundation in and understanding of Information Technology history and current trends, software design and implementation, network security design and analysis and database design and analysis. 

This will allow teachers, doctors, nurses, chemists…any professional to develop insight into how information technology works within their domain and how they can make improvements. You can work within your current field and translate IT to domain experts, become a business analyst for your industry, become the IT expert in a K-12 school, or change positions completely to help develop applications for your industry that need to be developed by someone who understands your work.  

Admission Requirements

Transcripts will be collected via the graduate certificate application process to validate GPA and past degree.  Each student will be accepted or denied by the graduate program director.

Admission Criteria:

  • A U.S. Bachelor's degree or foreign equivalent
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or foreign equivalent
  • Complete certificate application
  • Proof of English proficiency if English is not the student's native language (TOEFL+570 paper based; 88 internet based)

This program is open to anyone who has a bachelor's degree and meets the admission criteria.  The graduate director will conduct holistic review of applications and will accept or deny applications.

International Student Requirements

Admission Criteria:

  • A U.S. Bachelor's degree or foreign equivalent
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or foreign equivalent
  • Complete certificate application
  • Proof of English proficiency if English is not the student's native language (TOEFL+570 paper based; 88 internet based)

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 3.0 university grade point average.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • File formal application for the certificate by the posted semester of graduation deadline.

Application Deadlines

Summer Admits only-Deadline for application: April 1st.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

School of Information Technology Accreditation – ABET Accredited

One of the first 10 ABET-accredited IT programs in the nation