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FAQ - Information Technology

How many courses per semester may I take?
We do not have any limits on the number of courses that a student may take each semester.  However, we recommend students with a full-time work schedule take no more than two courses per semester.

Is there any particular course sequence I should follow?
While the courses in the IT certificate program are structured primarily in a way that provides maximum flexibility to allow students to start any term, it is recommended that students begin by taking IT 3220 Strategic Business Value of IT.  IT 4400 Web Application Development --Building Dynamic Web Sites is the capstone course for the program and, therefore, must be taken after the other four required courses in the program have been completed.  The student's chosen elective course can be taken at any time.

Are all of the courses in the Certificate in Information Technology offered online?
Yes.

Can I enroll in just a few courses?  I'm not interested in applying for and earning the certificate.
Yes.

Can I take courses before applying to the program?
Individuals must apply to and be offered admission to earn a certificate. A maximum of two courses that will count towards satisfying the requirements for the certificate may be taken at SCPS prior to admission.

Can I transfer credit into this program from another institution?
Individuals can transfer one course for academic credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The transfer course will count towards one elective course in the certificate program, and must have been taken within the last three years. Transfer courses are not accepted for required courses in the certificate. Official transcripts and course syllabus are required for an analysis of the content, level, and comparability of the transfer course, as well as the quality of the student’s performance with a grade of B- or better.  Official transcripts with a request for transfer of credits can be sent to SCPSadmissions@virginia.edu or School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 104 Midmont Lane, PO Box 400764, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4764 Attn: Admission Services

What grades must I earn to be awarded the certificate?
Students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the certificate to be awarded. Should a grade fall below a C, the student has the option of retaking the course in order to complete the requirements and be awarded the certificate.    

Does this program lead to a degree program?
The Certificate in Information Technology is designed to be a stand-alone certificate program.  Students interested in pursuring a degree program are encouraged to contact their chosen higher education institution for transfer credit acceptance.

What are the job prospects in the field of information Technology?
Projected job growth in computer-related technical fields through 2022 is quite strong, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Preparing yourself to take advantage of this trend is a wise choice. Below are just a few of the occupations available with their projected job growth by 2022:

  • Information Security Analyst: 37%  
  • Computer Systems Analyst: 25%
  • Computer Support Specialists: 17%
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators: 14%

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* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

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My own experience confirms my belief in the importance of education and lifelong learning. I know what it's like to take courses online and to make sacrifices to devote myself to my studies. But I also know the kind of opportunities education opens up.
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Angela Orebaugh

Certificate In Cyber Security Analysis
Certificate In Cyber Security Management
Certificate In Information Technology
Ph.D, George Mason University - Information Technology

Angela came to SCPS after over 20 years in the IT and computer science industries, starting her career as a database programmer and working her way up to a job as a fellow and chief scientist leading cybersecurity initiatives at Booz Allen Hamilton. She is the director of the certificate programs in Cybersecurity Management and Information Technology, and developed and launched the Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis program in 2018.

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University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies
104 Midmont Lane PO Box 400764, Charlottesville, VA 22904