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Online IT Fundamentals Certificate

The IT Fundamentals Certificate is a 15 credit post-baccalaureate certificate which provides an introduction to the background and practice of information technology. This certificate can be completed 100% online or on campus.

The certificate is intended for students with non‐technical backgrounds who are interested in pursuing professions or graduate study in the field of information technology. Interested and qualified students may transfer from this certificate to the M.S. in Information Technology or the M.S. in Cyber Security programs.


To qualify for an admission,certificate-seeking applicants must​ meet the following requirements:​

  1. Submit an admission application
  2. Graduate from an accredited college or university that is recognized by Valparaiso University.
  3. Graduate with at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA in all prior undergraduate and / or graduate coursework.
  4. Pay $30 application fee (ask assistant director of graduate admissions for a fee waiver).

Please submit questions to an assistant director of graduate admissions at or 219.464.5313


Course #Course DescriptionCredits
Required Courses9 Cr
IT 502Introduction to Programming3 Cr
IT 510Introduction to Information Technology3 Cr
IT 603Information Management3 Cr
ElectivesChoose two or three courses from the following options:6 Cr
IT 533Data Mining3 Cr
IT 535Networking3 Cr
IT 540Web Programming3 Cr
IT 560Mobile Computing3 Cr
IT 630User Interface3 Cr
Total Required Credits15 Cr