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Information Systems Design

Virginia Tech's 100% online graduate certificate in Information Systems Design is offered by the online Master of Information Technology program (VT-MIT). This three-course certificate can be earned as a stand-alone credential or as part of the full degree program.


The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Design is intended to teach students about different types of computer systems that organize and manage data. Students will learn how to create computer databases to store information using database design models such as the relational design model and the structured system analysis method. The program will teach student about data structures and programming languages. Students will gain an understanding of the theoretical and pragmatic approaches to designing and implementing databases. Graduates will be able to design, test, and employ computer-based systems.


The curriculum will focus on teaching students the theoretical and practical considerations for creating and using computer systems to manage information. Students will gain an understanding of different types of databases (e.g., relational, network, hierarchical) and database designs (e.g., logical, physical). Students will learn how to create computer-based databases that can manage and maintain information.


9 credit hours of graduate level courses:

  • ACIS 5504: Information Systems Design & Database Concepts (3 credits)
  • ACIS 5524: Advanced Database Management Systems (3 credits)
  • ACIS 5534: Information Systems Development (3 credits)


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(CIP 11.0401)

Program Website: 
Informations Systems Design

Program Director: 
Parviz Ghandforoush