Certificate Admissions

Admissions Requirements

The following are requirements and prerequisites for admission to this program.

All applicants must submit:

  • Official transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s aptitude and motivation to pursue studies at a level beyond the bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Successful completion of at least one three-credit college course with a grade of B or better in each of the following: 
    • Structured programming language. A course on structured programming using Java, C# or C++ is required. CMPINF 0401 - INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING is recommended to meet this requirement.
    • Statistics. A course covering data collection, descriptive and inferential statistics is optimal. It should cover measures of central tendency and variability, regression, correlation, non-parametric analysis, probability and sampling, Bayesian analysis, significance tests, and hypothesis testing. Either STAT 0200 - BASIC APPLIED STATISTICS or STAT 1000 - APPLIED STATISTICAL METHODS is recommended to meet this requirement.
    • Mathematics. A college-level mathematics course, in discrete mathematics or calculus, is required. Any of the following Pitt courses are recommended to meet the requirement: MATH 0120 - BUSINESS CALCULUS, MATH 0220 - ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS 1, or MATH 0400 - FINITE MATHEMATICS.

Deadlines

Degree Program Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term
Graduate Certificate in Big Data Analytics July 15 November 1  March 15
Fraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity, Policy, and Law July 15 November 1  March 15
Graduate Certificate in Information and Network Security July 15 November 1  March 15
Graduate Certificate in Information Science July 15 November 1 March 15
Graduate Certificate in Telecommunications July 15 November 1 March 15

Program Specific Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Big Data Analytics

15-Credit Post-Bachelor’s Certificates

A BS/BE degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

15-Credit Post-Master’s Certificates

A MS degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Science, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity, Policy, and Law

Students must have at least a BA or BS in Computer Science, Information Science, Engineering, or similar type of degree.

Graduate Certificate in Information and Network Security

15-Credit Post-Bachelor’s Certificates

A BS/BE degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

15-Credit Post-Master’s Certificates

An MS degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Science, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

Graduate Certificate in Information Science

An MS degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Science, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

Graduate Certificate in Telecommunications

An MS degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Science, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better