Tulane School of Professional Advancement offers Applied Computing Systems & Technology program offers flexible degree and certificate options based on the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) published model. Students enrolled in this program will be prepared to pursue careers in information technology, cybersecurity, and programming. The curriculum balances advanced problem-solving techniques and business acumen with practical solutions for computer-based problems. Courses cover an in-depth range of topics in the information systems and technology fields.
Demand for applied computing systems and technology skills continue to increase, creating a competitive and ever-expanding career market for graduates. With real-world experience as industry leaders in the field, the program faculty at Tulane SoPA gives students direct access to professional networks and the most relevant information.
To learn more about specific degree and certificate offerings within Applied Computing Systems & Technology, candidates can choose from the following options:
The Applied Systems Computing & Technology department at the School of Professional Advancement offers four program concentrations: Integrated Application Development, Business Systems Analysis, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity. The first two are primarily focused on computer-based solutions and information systems required to run a business. Information Technology involves the management and maintenance of the infrastructure responsible for running information systems. The final concentration, Cybersecurity, focuses on the development of secure database systems and protection of networks.
Three of the available concentrations have associated certificate programs available to students who have already earned a bachelor's degree. Requiring six credit hours for completion, the following post-baccalaureate certificates offer an accelerated solution for career advancement:
By 2020, the need for qualified information security professionals is expected to grow by nearly 30 percent. To help meet the need for the expanding job market, the Cybersecurity concentration is designed to prepare students for success in IT Security, Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, and Information System Security. The concentration covers key areas of cyber and computing security that impart the knowledge and skills needed to prevent malicious cyber activity and to build and maintain secure systems and networks. Security professionals can work for government agencies or in the private sector with roles in corporate IT security.
Pursuing a concentration in Information Systems, either in Integrated Application Development or Business Systems Analysis, prepares students to design, build, and implement information systems for businesses or other enterprises. Professionals in information systems management help facilitate top-level strategic planning and managerial decision making to improve the efficiency of an organization. Some common job titles associated with an information systems degree include Programmer, Software Engineer, Systems Developer, Systems Analyst, Systems Integrator, Systems Engineer, Web Designer, Database Developer, Database Specialist, Data Scientist, IS Manager, and Chief Information Officer.
While IT falls under the greater umbrella of Information Systems, it focuses primarily on the technology used to operate and maintain an organization's internal systems. The Information Technology concentration takes an in-depth look at decisions relative to the acquisition and operation of hardware and mission-critical software. They are involved in selecting, installing, configuring, and supporting the complete computing environment of an organization. Some common job titles in the field are Network Specialist, Support Specialist, Network Administrator, Security Specialist, System Administrator, Web Administrator, IT Managers, and Chief Technology Officer.
Our academic advisors at the School of Professional Advancement can help you determine which concentration will best meet your career and academic goals. With flexible programs, including online learning and in-person instruction, you can pursue a continuing studies degree at your pace and on your schedule. Whether you're going back to school for an advanced M.P.S. degree or looking to jumpstart a career change with a bachelor's degree in an expanding industry, Tulane SoPA offers career-building curriculum to get you on the right path. Request more information to learn more about this program.