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.


The Trump administration abandons a plan to strip visas from international students taking only virtual courses.

 July 14, 2020

From the New York Times.

For your information while we await official word from SEVP.

The Trump administration has walked back a policy that would have stripped international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online, ending a proposed plan that had thrown the higher education world into turmoil.

The policy, announced on July 6, prompted an immediate lawsuit from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and on Tuesday, the government and the universities reached a resolution, according to the judge overseeing the case.

The agreement reinstates a policy implemented in March amid the pandemic that gave international students flexibility to take all their classes online and remain legally in the country with student visas.

“Both the policy directive and the frequently asked questions would not be enforced anyplace” under the resolution, Judge Allison Burroughs said, adding that the agreement applied nationwide.

The initial guidance, issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, would have required foreign students to take at least one in-person class or leave the country. Students who returned to their home countries when schools closed in March would not have been allowed back into the United States if their fall classes were solely online.

The higher education world was thrown into disarray, with most colleges already well into planning for the return to campus in the fall. Two days after it was announced, Harvard and M.I.T. filed the first of several lawsuits seeking to stop it.

The attorneys general of at least 18 states, including Massachusetts and California, also sued, charging that the policy was reckless, cruel and senseless. Scores of universities threw their support behind the litigation, along with organizations representing international students.

On Tuesday, more than a dozen technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, also came out in support of the Harvard and M.I.T. lawsuit, arguing the policy would harm their businesses.

“America’s future competitiveness depends on attracting and retaining talented international students,” the companies said in court papers.

John Tucker
Southern States University

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