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Certificate in Information Technology

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The Certificate in Information Technology program is designed to give participants the knowledge, skills, and abilities to begin a career in an IT-related field. The certificate addresses the role of IT in organizations and the various technologies comprising the broader area of information technology, and their interworking. A total of seven courses at the graduate level build strong foundation skills in core subject areas and develop analytical, critical, and creative thinking. Elective courses guide students into functional IT subjects, or allow a broader focus, affording students the ability to develop skills necessary to take on the many challenges present in this constantly evolving field.  Students who join the program should expect to acquire the core knowledge and skills needed to understand and assist in the development and management of IT systems.




To receive the Certificate in Information Technology from Southern States University, students must successfully complete the four (4) required core courses and three (3) electives for a total of 26 credit hours, which is equivalent to 260 contact hours. Students must complete the requirements within a five (5) quarter period.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:


  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the role of IT in organizations and the various technologies comprising the broader area of information technology, and their interworking.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the information systems life–cycle.
  • Exhibit information systems project management skills.
  • Assist in the design a complete IT system with database, networking, and other technologies and tools comprising IT.
  • Have the skills necessary to obtain at least an entry-level job in an IT-related position within one year of graduation from the program.


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Certificate in Information Technology - Courses

Required Courses (4 courses)                                                  14 Quarter Credits


IT-500IT Foundations2.0Quarter Credits
IT-501Information Technology Systems4.0Quarter Credits
IT-502Systems Analysis and Design4.0Quarter Credits
IT-510Database Systems4.0Quarter Credits


Electives (Choose 3 courses)                                                12 Quarter Credits



IT-513Computer Networks4.0Quarter Credits
IT-516Web Information Systems4.0Quarter Credits
IT-517Electronic Commerce Systems4.0Quarter Credits
IT-520Information Security4.0Quarter Credits
IT-530Cloud Computing4.0Quarter Credits
IT-531Data Analytics4.0Quarter Credits
IT-532Computer Forensics4.0Quarter Credits
IT-533Ethical Issues in IT4.0Quarter Credits


Certificate in IT Program Requirements


Certificate in IT – Required Courses414
IT Electives312
Certificate in IT – Total Graduation Requirements726






Certificate in Information Technology


English Language Proficiency Policy for all Degree-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University degree programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:


  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the iBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • (For applicants inside the U.S.) Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA for Information Technology Certificate program applicants for at least one academic term.


Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.


Students applying for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology program are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:


  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission.
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100.
  • Provide verification of completion of a Bachelor’s Degree with at least one math course beyond college algebra with a grade of B or better.
  • An official transcript of record from a USDE-recognized accredited institution, and submit official transcripts from all other universities or colleges previously attended; if a degree is awarded, transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (https://www.naces.org/members)
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations.
  • Submit two official Letters of Recommendation (professional or academic references only).
  • Provide a current resume.


Stay home except for essential needs - Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

SSU Students, Faculty & Staff
In full compliance with California Governor Gavin Newsom’s order just announced this evening requiring all California residents to stay home except for essential needs, Southern States University will immediately convert all administrative offices to operate remotely. This is consistent with classroom instruction already moved to online only effective with the spring quarter as authorized by our accreditor (ACICS), and in the case of international students studying on F-1 visas, by the Department of Homeland Security/Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
Please know that even under these unusual and unpredictable circumstances, we are here to support our students, both educationally and personally. SSU faculty and administration can continue to be reached electronically via email, phone or Moodle.
Thank you for joining the State of California and SSU Administration in doing everything possible to keep us safe, while enabling our students to pursue and complete their educational goals.


John Tucker
Southern States University


SSU Classroom Instruction Moving Online Effective Spring Quarter

SSU Students, Faculty & Staff

Consistent with other accredited universities in California, Nevada and throughout the US, Southern States University will be converting all classroom instruction to online modality only effective with the start of Spring Quarter on April 6, 2020 (returning students in April 13, 2020). The current quarter will conclude as planned next week on March 21, 2020.

This action is being taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to help contain the spread of the virus. For those students studying on F-1 visas, rest assured that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has issued guidance enabling a full course of study to be delivered entirely online in response to this international health crisis. Your F-1 status will remain active with all classes delivered online.

Should any currently enrolled students need or wish to make arrangements to complete the current quarter remotely, please contact your instructors to make the necessary arrangements.

All SSU offices and services will remain open to serve our students. Our staff can be contacted as usual during business hours, including remotely, to address whatever needs you may have.

Lastly, please observe the precautions we are all being advised to take by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Those include frequent hand washing (at least 20 seconds); limit physical contact with others such as handshakes or hugs and avoiding large crowds (including during spring break). For up-to-date information on the coronavirus, please see the C.D.C. website at this link:


Thank you all for doing your part in addressing this international health crisis.

John Tucker
Southern States University

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