Advanced Certificate in Information Studies and Technology
24.0 quarter credits
This non-degree program provides specialized training beyond the master's degree so that practitioners can update and extend their skills and knowledge by adding position-relevant coursework in order to meet their current employment requirements. It is not intended to provide coursework that can be applied to the IST master's or doctoral degrees. The program leads to an Advanced Certificate in Information Studies and Technology awarded through the College of Information Science and Technology.
Applicants must have completed a master’s degree in areas such as library science, computer or information science, information systems, instructional technology, software engineering, or other appropriate degrees from a suitable accredited program that has prepared them for advanced study in the area chosen for specialization. Applicants must meet all the general requirements for admission to graduate studies and the College of Information Science and Technology. Admissions requirements include: completed graduate application form, photocopies of transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended, essay, resume and Graduate Record Examination (or equivalent), if required.
The Advanced Certificate in Information Studies and Technology consists of a minimum of eight courses that must be completed within three calendar years. Students must take four INFO courses as well as complete the final independent study within the College. The three remaining courses may be taken from offerings within the College or from other programs in the University, based on consultation with the student's advisor and agreement of the faculty mentor.
More courses, including a practicum in place of the independent study, may be required for students holding a master’s in library science who are seeking certification as School Library/Media specialists in Pennsylvania.]
For additional information, view the College of Information Science and Technology's Advanced Certificate in Information Studies and Technology web page.