Graduate Certificate in Information Systems & Cloud Computing

Department of Computer Science

Program Description   |   Curriculum   |   Course Descriptions
Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

This certificate program is tailored to the working professional who wants to expand their knowledge of advanced data management technologies. Cloud computing, object-oriented database structure, data mining, and mobile database systems form the core of the study.

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Admission Requirements:

The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS degree in computer science, engineering, or a scientific discipline, and who have a minimum of two years of professional experience, or are currently accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T. The only additional requirement for students entering a graduate certificate program is that they satisfy the prerequisites for any course they take in the program.

The certificate program consists of four courses: two are core courses and two are elective courses. In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken.

Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status, but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. If the four course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will upon application be admitted to the MS program in computer science as long as they have a BS in computer science, electrical engineering, or computer engineering, and as long as they meet the minimum undergraduate GPA requirements and core computer science course requirements. All computer science certificate courses and up to one non-computer science certificate course taken by the students admitted to the program will count towards their computer science MS degree.

Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B average is maintained in the courses taken.

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Curriculum

Required:

  • CS 5402: Data Mining & Machine Learning
  • CS 6304: Cloud Computing & Big Data Management
  • CS 6302: Heterogeneous and Mobile Databases

Choose one course from the following three:

  • CS 5300: Data Base Systems
  • CS 6402: Advanced Topics in Data Mining 
  • CS 6601: Privacy Preserving Data Integration and Analysis

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Course Descriptions: 

Course description can be found in the catalog at catalog.mst.edu/graduate. 

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Graduate Degrees:

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Computer Science (MS)

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