Certificate Program in Information Technology (IT)

The Sage College’s undergraduate certificate program in Information Technology (IT), offered through Russell Sage Online, is an introductory program designed to introduce and/or reinforce fundamental concepts of information technology within the framework of computer information systems. The online Certificate in Information Technology program exposes students to a set of relevant courses in computer information systems such as data communications and networking, programming, relational database systems, information systems development, web applications development and computer security. Upon completion of the online Certificate in Information Technology program, students are prepared for an entry-level position in the various areas of information technology and also this program serves as a gateway to various undergraduate programs in information technology.

Upon completion of the Certificate program in Information Technology (IT), students will be able to:

  • Assume an entry-level position in various areas of information technology.
  • Gain the foundation to transfer to various undergraduate programs in information technology, including the B.S. in Information Technology and Cybersecurity through Russell Sage Online.
  • Gain knowledge and skills needed to earn more specialized and industry-relevant certifications that are crucial to enter a wide variety of careers in information technology.

Prerequisite Courses:

• ITC-101 Information Technology Fundamentals*


Core Requirements: (33 credits)

This course is designed to convey the essentials of data communication networks. Major topics include layered network architectures, TCP/IP model, link layer error and flow control mechanisms, packet switching, wired/wireless local and wide area networks. We will also discuss important network management topics such as domain management and security. Prerequisite(s): ITC 201; For Russell Sage Online degree students only.

This course introduces the principles of computer security. Topics include theory and practice of network security, firewalls, Windows, UNIX and TCP/IP network security. Security auditing, attacks, viruses, intrusion detection and threat analysis will also be covered. Prerequisite(s): ITC 201; For Russell Sage Online degree students only.

The notion of “object” directs the discipline of programming presented in this course. The C# serves as the medium through which key ideas are introduced. The “smaller” issues of message passing and control flow are presented, as are the “larger” issues of abstraction, encapsulation, and hierarchy. Variables and typing, procedures and parameters are discussed. Functionality provided in specific java packages is employed. Standard algorithms are presented. Problem solving strategies are articulated and exploited. Prerequisite(s): ITC 201; For Russell Sage Online degree students only.

This course will examine basic principles of data and databases with an emphasis on relational database modeling. Topics such as database design, creation, maintenance, user interface and SQL queries will be presented from an end-user perspective. Prerequisite(s): ITC 201; For Russell Sage Online degree students only.

This course systematically describes the entire life cycle needed to create an information system, including aspects such as system architecture, requirements analysis, interface design, output design and project management issues. This class focuses on both theory and methods of systems analysis as applied to business environment. It is intended to give students a solid foundation in information systems design and analysis using an object-oriented approach. This approach is widely accepted in the information industry and academic environments. The text integrates case studies to present and apply the concepts of the analysis of information systems most commonly used in business applications.

ITC-209 is a hands-on course for developing web sites with various software applications, a markup language, digital images and web programming (JavaScript & PHP). This course will also cover HTML5, CSS3, Macromedia Dreamweaver and Macromedia FLASH. We will explore web programming concepts with Perl and CGI. Throughout the course we will consider issues related to project planning, information systems architecture, usability, content development and accessibility. All web pages designed in this class will meet W3C guidelines for web compliance and must validate XHTML and CSS according to the W3C Markup Validation Service. Prerequisite(s): ITC 201; For Russell Sage Online degree students only.

*This course may be waived at the discretion of the program director for students with previous IT-related coursework or relevant experience.


The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) offers rolling admission with start terms in fall, spring and summer. Applications are encouraged well in advance to the start of each term so that there is ample time for transfer credit evaluations and financial aid packaging.

Working directly with an admission counselor, we evaluate the amount of transferable credit and work experience you have. We strongly encourage you to have at least 40 completed college credits or an associate degree. It is required that applicants have 40 completed college-level credits in good academic standing to be accepted.

How to Apply

Choose one of the following:

Students must submit:

  • A completed application for admission
  • An official transcript from EACH post-secondary institution attended since high school. To do this, complete and print the Official Transcript Request Form (located on the last page of this document) and fax it to 800-473-2512.
  • A one- to two-page career goals essay

International students must submit additional information including WES transcript in order to be admitted.

Students can expect to receive an admission decision within two weeks after their admission file is considered complete. Students who have completed the admission procedures and gained acceptance to an undergraduate degree or certificate program will be classified as a matriculated student, are eligible for financial aid and will be assigned a faculty advisor.

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