Information Technology Infrastructure Certificate

At a Glance

Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 14
Schedule: Late afternoons and evenings
Admission: Fall Semester: July 15; 
Spring Semester: November 15; 
Summer Term: April 15

The Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure Undergraduate Certificate will help you develop the knowledge and skills to design, implement, and maintain the IT infrastructure that organizations need to manage daily business practices. Designed and taught by industry professionals, the curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning and application as well as theory, allowing you to apply what you've learned right away.

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that IT will be the fastest-growing sector of the economy through at least 2018, reaching $1.7 trillion in 2016. Employment of computer network, systems, and database administrators is expected to increase much faster than the average (28−31%) through 2018. This robust employment market is fueled by the global explosion in business dependence on IT and newer and faster technologies in areas such as cloud computing, service architectures, virtualization, green computing, mobile networks, and data collection.

What You'll Learn

You'll learn about IT best practices and gain an understanding of IT initiatives and operations from a business perspective. Furthermore, we're enhancing the curriculum significantly by creating distinct career-oriented tracks (subplans) that align with the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in IT Infrastructure (ITI). 

Each of the five tracks consists of a core course and is completed with two technical electives. If you don't choose a track, you can design your own certificate course of study. Your ITI adviser will help you determine the option that best fits your career goals.

You can review the new tracks and start planning your certificate now:

  • Data Science
  • Data Management
  • Systems
  • Security
  • Development and Operations (DevOps)
  • Networking

Please note that the new course names and credits earned will not be reflected in the University catalog until they achieve official status. This process will continue throughout 2016 and possibly into 2017.

Certificate Benefits

Real-world knowledge for professional success—that's what credit certificates at the University offer you. Enhance your capabilities, learn new skills, or begin working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree. These accredited credit certificate programs are:

  • designed for working professionals
  • shorter than degree programs
  • transferable as an area of study in a degree program
  • flexible and offered at varying times
  • taught by University faculty
  • approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents