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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 21, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Information System Design Certificate

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This innovative 18-credit program responds to the increasing industry demand for information system professionals. Offered in partnership with the School of Computing and Information (SCI), this multifaceted undergraduate certificate can be completed as a stand-alone continuing education program or serve as preparation for a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.

Who should participate:

  • Professionals in another field who wish to enter the information management field
  • Individuals working in the technology field who want or need more formal training to progress in their careers
  • People wanting to prepare for a master’s degree in information sciences

Upon completion of this certificate, participants will be able to:

  • Use scientific programming language to introduce information structures such as linked lists, stacks, and queues
  • Develop program modules using a current programming language
  • Utilize the theories of data structures and programming language design

These competencies may be applied to positions such as system designer, database developer, database manager, interactive system designer, expert system designer, information retrieval specialist, network designer, database marketer, or administrator who advises and implements technology purchases and upgrades.

This certificate is applicable to fields such as banking, healthcare, library science, judicial systems, communication, education, agriculture, private industry, and government.

Admission requirements

Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application form must be completed and submitted online to the College of General Studies.

Program Prerequisites

Before applying to this program, students should have completed 1) a college algebra class, and 2) an introductory informations systems course or a programming course, earning a C or better in both.

Please note: Catalog numbers and titles changed as of Fall 2020 (Term: 2211). For course codes and titles prior to Fall 2020, visit the AY 19-20 University Catalog program page: Information System Design Certificate 

See also the SCI Courses website for updated course descriptions. 

Obtaining the Certificate

To receive the certificate, you must fill out an online graduation application through the Pitt Portal prior to completing your last term in the program. Visit Graduation / Diplomas on the Registrar’s website for the instructions and check the  Graduating with a CGS degree/ certificate website for the submission deadline.  Contact a CGS advisor to confirm that all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term. 


Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.

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