Interest in the use of mobile technology among organizations has seen a strong, upward trend over the past few years. The proliferation of smart phone and tablet devices has presented organizations with new challenges creating and developing a coherent strategy associated with this new innovation. In order to create this strategy, organizations will need an understanding of the mobile industry in general and specific technologies supporting the trend. People capable of creating and maintaining mobile technology strategies are needed, but the in-depth education necessary for these people is limited.
The certificate is designed to cover the mobile industry as well as the technologies, devices, operating systems, user interface design, and tools of mobile applications. The focus will be on the mobile industry and technologies that allow an organization to make decisions in this dynamic domain.
The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS, MS or PhD degree in areas such as business, social sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. The core courses will be offered at least once per year. The courses in the certificate program will be offered such that students can complete the program in a timely manner. 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 Master of Business Administration or to the Master of Science in Information Science and Technology. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count toward the MBA program or the MS in information science and technology degree program.
Once admitted to the certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken.
The mobile business and technology certificate program consists of 12 credit hours -- two core courses and two of five elective courses. Students will be responsible for prerequisite knowledge as determined by course instructors and listed in the Graduate Catalog. With the approval of the department, appropriate courses may be substituted for a certificate course if that course is not available.
The core courses are:
- IS&T 6335: Mobile Technology for Business - Taught Spring Semester
- ERP 5240: Enterprise Portal and Mobile Application Development - Taught Spring Semester
The elective courses are: (two must be chosen)
- ERP 6610: Advanced Customer Relationship Management in ERP Environment - Taught Fall Semester
- ERP 5310: Supply Chain Management Systems in an ERP Environment - Taught Fall Semester
- ERP 5210: Performance Dashboard, Scorecard, and Data Visualization - Taught Spring Semester
- IS&T 5652: Advanced Web Development
- IS&T 5886: Human-Computer Interaction Prototyping - Taught Fall Semester
Course description can be found in the catalog at catalog.mst.edu/graduate.
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:
(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).
Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program.