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Certificate in Information Technology

The Certificate in IT Management is a four course, affordable option for professionals who need to gain or upgrade their IT skills to meet current market demands focusing on the managerial aspects of information technology.

This program is suitable for students who would like to become IT Managers, IT Project Managers, IT Consultants, IT Strategists, Chief Information Officers (CIO), or Chief Technology Officers (CTO) among others.

You will be prepared to create IT strategies that support the business, innovate with IT, and manage projects, as well as develop and maintain the IT architecture and infrastructure of an organization.


Application Process

  1. A completed application form and non-refundable application fee
  2. Evidence of an interview with an admission counselor
  3. Official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Normally, a grade point average of approximately 3.0 or higher in upper division undergraduate work is expected


After completing the certificate program in IT Management, students will be able to:

  • Understand the methods used to design and implement IT solutions in modern organizations
  • Learn how to manage IT strategically in order to gain or sustain competitive advantage and business value
  • Design the IT governance, architecture and infrastructure in modern organizations
  • Learn about project management phases, knowledge areas, tools and techniques and their applications
  • Strategically manage emergent technologies in modern organizations

Program Completion Time

The certificate can be completed in as little as six months, and is based on a sequence of four 3-unit graduate courses for a total of twelve credits. This requires enrollment for at least two terms, based on 11-week term schedules. The completion time does not account for any pre-requisite courses a student may need.

Admission Requirements

The program requires a background rooted in general business, computer programming and quantitative tools.

View Requirements

At a minimum, all students entering the program need to have completed the following courses which are pre-requisites into the program:

  • At least one business course (e.g. Organizational Management, Organizational Behavior).
  • Object Oriented Programming.
  • Quantitative methods for business or Business statistics.

These courses are offered at Cal Lutheran (and are not part of the certificate program). Relevant work experience in the IT field will also be considered.

An undergraduate degree in information systems, business, computer science, engineering, math, physics, and other natural sciences or related fields is required for admission to the program. Students with other backgrounds will be considered based on their work experience and/or completion of pre-requisite courses as noted above.

International students (who have completed a degree outside of the US) need to submit English proficiency requirements such as Toefl of minimum 88 or IELTS or minimum 6.5.



The curriculum consists of four courses total. The following are required courses:

IT 508 Information Technology Management

This course introduces students to important concepts and techniques needed to understand and leverage information technology within an organizational context. Students will learn the fundamentals of design and implementation of information systems in the modern organization, business process improvement thorough the use of information technology, organizational data modeling, project management concepts, data governance mechanisms, technology-enabled change management among other topics.

IT 512 Project Management

This course introduces the elements and architecture of computer and data communication networks, demonstrates the fundamental principles of computer networking, and provides experience in the practical use of current networking technology. Students will also learn to make knowledgeable decisions pertaining to strategies and architectures for the deployment of telecommunication technologies in organizations.

*Students who successfully complete IT 512 would meet the educational hours required to sit for either CAPM or PMP exams based on PMI standards. These courses must be taken first in the certificate program.


Students will also choose any two of the electives below:

IT 509 Data Management

This is a required course that must be taken first in the certificate program. The course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts, techniques and tools used in design, development and application of relational database technology in organizations. Topics include data modelling based on organizational requirements and data manipulation via structured query language tools.

IT 510 Software Planning and Development

This course uses structured software development methodologies to develop an understanding of the overall process of developing an information system starting with planning, analysis, design and implementation of the system. The course also exposes students to various graphic modeling processes such as data flow diagrams used in business process reengineering, design of user interfaces and system behaviors.

IT 511 Data Communication and Networking

This course introduces the elements and architecture of computer and data communication networks, demonstrates the fundamental principles of computer networking, and provides experience in the practical use of current networking technology. Students will also learn to make knowledgeable decisions pertaining to strategies and architectures for the deployment of telecommunication technologies in organizations.

IT 513 Information Security

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to recognize threats and vulnerabilities present in current information systems and how to plan for such risks. Students will have the opportunity to try real security and attack tools to understand how they work and how they might be used and counteracted.

IT 514 Distributed Systems

This course provides students an understanding of the principles on which the Internet and other distributed systems are based, their architecture, algorithms and design and how they meet the demands of contemporary distributed applications. The course addresses the skills needed to design and maintain software for distributed applications through topics such as client/server software and N-tier architectures, middleware, Internet technologies, application development, system management, mobile and ubiquitous computing and distributed multimedia systems. Students will also learn the distributed systems infrastructure that supports Google both in terms of core search functionality and the increasing range of additional services offered by Google.

IT 520 IT Strategy and Business Value

This course explores strategic information technology management issues associated with doing business in digital times. It provides a framework to understand how information technology strategy aligns with business strategy and focuses on developing an understanding of the key information requirements for developing an information technology strategy and systems architecture. The course will focus on digital technology trends transforming how business is done, information management and architecture, e-business models and strategies, mobile commerce, social networking, engagement and social metrics and business process innovation.

IT 521 Healthcare Information Technologies

The current trend towards computerizing the healthcare industry through interoperable electronic health records (EHR) is creating very exciting opportunities for IT and business professionals in a diverse range of organizations including hospitals, IT firms (EHR vendors), government departments and health funds. This course is designed to introduce students to the various aspects of information management in healthcare organizations. At the same time, the course focuses on unintended consequences resulting from deployment of advanced technologies in the healthcare filed including user responses and usability considerations. Privacy and security laws in HIPAA will also be discussed.

IT 522 Enterprise Systems

Enterprise systems attempt to integrate all departments and functions across an organization onto a single computer system that can serve every department’s particular needs for up-to-date and accurate data. These systems dictate a standard data format across the entire organization, they are modular and multifunctional. This course examines various types of enterprise systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, supply chain management systems (SCM), customer relationship management systems (CRM) and knowledge management systems (KM) that support and enhance business activities.

IT 523 IT Architecture and Infrastructure

The ability to respond dynamically to changing business requirements is paramount for IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) organizations. Virtualization, IT

modernization, and real-time infrastructure architecture are increasingly essential to this agility. This class will balance hands on interaction with infrastructure technologies and equipment as well as applications of technologies and services. Other topics include enterprise architecture and governance, cloud computing, enterprise-wide efficiency, green computing.

IT 524 Emergent Technologies and Issues

This course provides students with a basic understanding of emerging technologies as they relate to innovation and information systems in organizations, and the management strategies required to understand, leverage, and benefit from these technologies. Students will identify current, real technologies that are emerging or about to emerge into the mainstream, investigate those technologies, and ones from recent history, from a number of perspectives, to look at the impact of technologies on systems, business operations, and corporate and technology strategy. They will study the impact, benefits, and downsides of standards as they relate to information technology and delve into how those standards, and other factors, might affect the timing for implementation of emerging technologies in organizations.

IT 582 Special Topics (IT Management)

Special topics courses vary and are used to introduce students to new topics in the Information Technology field.

Tuition & Fees

Fall 2020 - Summer 2021
Tuition Alumni: $450 per credit
Non-Alumni: $555 per credit
Technology Fee $55 per term
$275 maximum per academic year
Application Fee $25 online
$50 paper
Late Registration Fee
for registration submitted after the add/drop deadline
Late Transaction Fee
for employer reimbursement applications
received after the second week of the semester
Transcript Fee $5.00 minimum
Additional fees may apply, refer to the Registrar's site

All fees are subject to change without notice. The University reserves the right to change, delete or add to this pricing schedule as deemed appropriate. Transcripts and diploma will not be released for any student who has an outstanding balance owed to Cal Lutheran.