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Prepare yourself for a new career in the IT field. Our rigorous curriculum combines theory and practice to give you a balanced mix of skills and powerful tools to build a successful career in information management, systems analysis, computer programming or computer consulting. Upon successful completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems and Management (ISM), you are able to define, manage and execute a systems approach to the business environment; write computer programs; and design database systems. This professional certificate is based on a wide variety of core courses and electives.

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Courses

Required: 10 AcademicUnits
Core CoursesA minimum of 6 of the 10 semester units required must be taken from the Core Course list. You can choose to take all 10 semester units in the Core Courses list to fulfill the certificate requirements.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
COMPSCI X422 Introduction to Information Systems Analysis and Design 3 Online, Classroom Available
COMPSCI X423 Applied Business Process and System Analysis 3 Online Not Available
COMPSCI X433 Fundamentals of Data Communications and Networking 2 Online Available
EL ENG X458.4 Managing the Software Development Life Cycle 1 Not Available
COMPSCI X409.1 Introduction to Relational Database Management Systems 2 Classroom Not Available
COMPSCI X408 Concepts of Relational Database Management Systems 3 Online Available
BUS ADM X434 Software Project Management 2 Not Available
EL ENG X449.3 Software Quality Assurance Methodologies: Practices in the Software Industry 2 Not Available
BUS ADM X438.1 Software Requirements Analysis 1 Not Available
COMPSCI X426.1A UNIX/Linux System Fundamentals 2 Not Available
EL ENG X426.1B UNIX/Linux System Administration Programming: Shell, C and Perl 2 Not Available
COMPSCI X415 Using the UNIX Operating System 3 Not Available
ElectivesIf you choose not to take all 10 semester units in the core courses list, you must take elective courses to fulfill the certificate requirements. If students choose to take electives to fulfill the curriculum requirements, they have to follow these conditions: limit one 2-unit course in C or Java programming; limit one 2-unit course in Database Technology; limit one 1-unit course in Perl, Python, or PHP programming. Additionally, students can take Technical Communication I JOURN X465 as elective credit.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
EL ENG X478 Building Database Systems 2 Not Available
EL ENG X404.8 Business Intelligence With SQL Server 2 Classroom Not Available
EL ENG X412.1 C++ Programming I 2 Online Available
EL ENG X444.3 C# Programming I 1 Online Available
EL ENG X402.5 Data Modeling and Database Design 2 Classroom Not Available
EL ENG X405.6 Database Automation Using VBA 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X481.9 Database Marketing and Data-Driven Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 2 Classroom Available
EL ENG X429.9 First Course in Java 2 Classroom Not Available
EL ENG X24 Introduction to C Language Programming 2 Online Available
EL ENG X416.7 Introduction to Perl Programming 1 Online Available
EL ENG X436.2 Java: Discovering Its Power 2 Online, Classroom Available
EL ENG X436.4 Advanced Java: Developing With APIs 2 Not Available
EL ENG X436.5 Advanced Java: Language, Internals and Techniques 2 Not Available
EL ENG X401.9 Managing Data(bases) Using SQL 2 Classroom Not Available
EL ENG X400 PHP Programming for the Web 1 Online Available
EL ENG X442.3 Python Programming 1 Online Available
JOURN X465 Technical Communication I 2 Classroom Not Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

A bachelor's degree is required for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems and Management. Any major is acceptable for the bachelor's degree requirement. You will need to provide the following documents prior to registration:

  • a copy of your bachelor's degree;
  • an official transcript of courses taken for your degree;
  • and, if the degree was awarded outside the United States, a credential evaluation report.

You should have convenient root user or administrator access to a robust computer and the ability to install software. You are expected to acquire and install or have access to the software as required for course assignments related to this certificate. Please refer to the software creator's website or technical support staff about equipment configuration requirements and software compatibility.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum consists of 4–8 required courses (depending on specific courses taken) for a total of 10 semester units (150 hours of instruction). At least 6 semester units of the 10 required must come from the core courses list. Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate application fee.

All coursework must be completed within three years of registering for the certificate. However, requirements may be updated based on new developments in the field of study; we recommend completing the curriculum in a timely fashion.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems and Management (ISM), complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

You should register for the program before you complete your second course in the curriculum.

Mail the required admissions document to:

Stephen Chang
Technology and Engineering Programs
UC Berkeley Extension
1995 University Ave., Suite 200
Berkeley, CA 94704-7000

Please note that the application form will be denied or put on hold until the registration form is completed, and the admission documents (specified in the "Prerequisites for Admission" section) are received and approved by the academic department.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated cost of $3,600 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

The curriculum consists of 4–8 required courses (depending on specific courses taken) for a total of 10 semester units (150 hours of instruction). At least 6 semester units of the 10 required must come from the core courses list. Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate application fee.

You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.0 grade point average, with a grade of C or better (no C-minus grades) in each course. A Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. All coursework must be completed within three years of registering for the certificate.

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to sdchang@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-4151. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

Additional Information

If you are planning to take UNIX/Linux and/or database courses, it is recommended to have a preconfigured laptop or desktop computer with a combination of database software, Microsoft Windows and UNIX/Linux. You should also have administrator/root user privileges and a willingness to install software on your laptop or desktop computer.

Advisory Board

Michael Clancy
Senior Lecturer
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
UC Berkeley

Hari Hirani
Vice President of Engineering
Nayna Networks

Vallinayagam Nallaperumal
Co-Founder
Calibrainz Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

On-Site Training

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