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Computer Technology Certificate

About the Computer Technology Certificate

The Computer Technology certificate program is designed to provide graduate students and professionals working in various organizations with course work focused on current state-of-the-art computer technology. Key areas include:

  • Data Communications and Networking Technology
  • Database Technology
  • Multimedia and Web Technology
  • Management of Computer Technology
  • Applications of Computer Technology 


The admission requirement is the same as regular degree seeking graduate students. That is, a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of graded academic course work is required.

Applying for Admission to the Certificate Program

If you are a new student pursuing only the certificate program, use the standard admission application for graduate study to apply for the certificate program. In the area of study, please indicate the name of the certificate for which you are applying. Then, contact the graduate coordinator to schedule an admission meeting.

If you have been already admitted to the Master of Science in Technology degree program, use a Change of Status Form to add the certificate program to your graduate studies. Submit the form to the School of Technology and the Graduate School.

These areas have been identified by employers as the most demanded skills in the new Internet economy.

Graduation with the Certificate

During your last semester, you will follow the same graduation procedure as any other graduate degree. In other words, you need to apply for graduation at the beginning of each semester according to deadlines set by The Graduate School.

You also need to inform the graduate coordinator about your plan to graduate with the certificate. E-mail your final study plan to the graduate coordinator at the beginning of your graduating semester. A study plan lists all the courses to be applied to the certificate program, including department prefix, course number, title, semester, grade and instructor. Please indicate your E-Number and full name on your study plan.

If you graduate with a Master of Science in Technology degree plus a certificate, you will need one graduation application for each program.


Required Core (12 Semester Hours)

TEC 5313        Networking and Advanced Data Communications

TEC 5323        Advanced Database Technology

TEC 5333        Management of Computer Technology

TEC 5343        Multimedia and Web Technology

Electives (6 Semester Hours from the following list)

AET 4813        Advanced Digital Media Technologies

AET 4833        Automatic Identification and Data Capture                                          

MAT 5035      Topics in Computer Science: Cryptography                          

MAT 4870      Data Structure and Algorithm Analysis                                   

MAT 4970      Principles of Operating System                 

TEC 5223        Instructional Technology

TEC 5353        Cyber Security                                                                  

TEC 5363        Database Security and Reliability

TEC 5373        Java Application in Technology

TEC 5413        Biometric Security

TEC 5513        Advanced Computer Integrated Manufacturing

TEC 5523        Systems Simulation

TEC 5970        Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Integration, and Execution 

* Other special topics OPD4850/AET4970/TEC5970 courses as approved by the academic advisor.

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Contact Information

Dr. David W. Melton
Coordinator of Graduate Study

School of Technology
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-5762

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