Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Information Systems Certificate

Learn how to translate business goals to technology solutions in our Information Systems certificate program, which was created for business professionals who frequent interact with technology divisions.

The certificate will provide you with the knowledge you need on the structure and operation of business information systems and how to leverage information systems analysis. The certificate is highly flexible: you can tailor your courses to align with your professional goals.

About the Certificate Program

The Certificate in Information Systems is a graduate-level, five-course certificate that provides business professionals with a basic foundation in information systems. It focuses on the relationship between the goals of the organization and its information system. Students will learn how to prioritize requirements to meet the goals and implement an information systems design that supports them. 

This is an ideal specialization for students who are currently pursuing a graduate business degree, and a great option for MBA graduates who need to retool or to enhance their resume. 

Courses

The Certificate in Information Systems requires completion of five courses. There is one required core course, and four electives that focus on specific areas of interest.

Required Courses

This course uses database systems as the focus for studying concepts of data modeling and data manipulation. Procedures for creating, managing, sorting, and processing data are discussed. Concepts of relational database methods are covered as well as the issues that arise in managing information in a database and using it to support business processes.

Outcome: Understanding the development and use of business database systems.

Elective Courses (Select 4)

This course focuses on helping future business leaders, in increasingly competitive environments, think about the strategic use of technology in the development and management of competitive advantages. The course will use case discussions, expert presenters and real-world projects to help students understand how to leverage emerging technologies (Eg. Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Cognitive Analytics) as well as an understanding of innovation processes (Eg. Design Thinking) in developing sustainable business strategies.

Outcome: Think strategically about information technology to gain a competitive advantage.

Provides a core set of skills for planning, managing and executing systems analysis and design processes in e-business and Web-based environments. Topics typically include project initiation and planning, methods used in the determination of information requirements, prototyping, techniques used in systems design, testing and implementation strategies.

Outcome: Understanding of the development and implementation of business information systems.

This course focuses on how to effectively use a computer programming language to support decision making in business. Examples include using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to create applications within Microsoft Excel or using Python for manipulating and analyzing data. In addition to covering the concepts of programming using the specified language, this course covers developing user interfaces, working with external data and debugging code. By the end of this course, the student will be able to build custom procedures and create user-defined functions in the programming language used.

This course will be based on current best practices in IS development and focus on the importance of quality as an activity applied throughout the entire systems development process.
The course will cover techniques for ensuring quality in systems development such as software defect prevention and removal methods. Examples of how such concepts and techniques are used in firms in different industries will be examined. The following topics will also be discussed: software metrics, quality in software requirements, Function Point Analysis & Metrics, and Quality Management Systems such as Six Sigma, ISO 9000, Capability Maturity Model and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).

The art and science of project management as applied to a variety of business and technical projects in commercial, public, and private sectors. Covers: project life cycle and methodology; teambuilding;  project organization, stakeholders and leadership; proposals and contracts; techniques for project planning, estimating, scheduling, and control; PMO. 

Outcome: Understanding of the broader role of the project manager with regard to all project stakeholders, and of methods, tools, and procedures for initiating, defining, and executing projects.

Scheduled classes are offered on an ad hoc basis. Specific titles, prerequisites and content will vary.

Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of specialized topics not otherwise covered by department regular course offerings

Program Structure

Courses are scheduled to enable completion of the certificate within 9 to 12 months. Sessions meet once per week, for ten weeks. Courses are offered at our Water Tower Campus in Chicago (weekday evenings or Saturdays), with some courses also available online. 

All courses completed in the certificate program can be applied toward a Quinlan MBA degree or M.S. in Information Systems Management.

Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

While there are no specific course prerequisites for this certificate, experience with Excel is useful. Students must have the U.S. equivalent of a BA or BS degree.

Application Deadlines

All academic programs in the Quinlan School of Business are on the quarter system, and new students begin during all quarters.

QuarterApplication DeadlineQuarter Starts
Fall July 15 Late August
Winter Oct. 1 Early November
Spring Jan. 15 Late February
Summer April 1 Late May

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