Graduate Certificate in IT Foundations

The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Foundations is aimed at individuals who hold an accredited bachelor’s degree in an area unrelated to computing but who would like to transition into a Master’s program in Information Technology, or obtain an entry-level positions in the industry.  Students who obtain the certificate have skills and knowledge in the areas of programming, web development, database systems, system administration and information assurance and security. All the courses in the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Foundations are offered both face-to-face and online. No Credit by Examination or course substitution. 

If you are interested in finding out more about our Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Foundations please contact the coordinator for the MSIT program, Dr. Lei Li by email at or by telephone at 470-578-3915.

Program Requirements

  • Course Number
    Course Name
    Credit Hours
  • IT 5413
    Software Design and Development
  • IT 5423
    Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, and Networks
  • IT 5433
    Databases: Design and Applications
  • IT 5443
    Web Technologies and Application Development (prereq IT 5413)
    Total: 12

Please note, no courses can be transferred into graduate certificates.

No foundation courses can be waived or transferred into the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Foundations.

MSIT students can request a waiver for a foundation course if:

  • The equivalent undergraduate or graduate course was completed in another accredited college or university,
  • The course is completed with a grade of "C" or better,
  • The course credit was earned within the last ten years.

Students can earn credit for foundation courses by participating in the credit-by-exam process.