Data Management Certificate

Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, College of Information Science & Technology

Vision Statement

Data management focuses on the processes and techniques to manage data as a valuable organizational and societal asset throughout the data lifecycle. The certificate will give students theoretical and practical training in database design and development, database administration, data integration, data engineering, and data governance. Students will be exposed to a variety of data types and different kind of databases such as relational database, data warehouse, and NoSQL and big data databases.

Program Contact Information

Martina Greiner, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
282B Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 
402.554.2174
mgreiner@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

General Application Requirements and Admission Criteria

Program-Specific Requirements

Application Deadlines (Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022)

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 1

Other Requirements

  • Individuals with an undergraduate degree and one to two years of work experience in information systems (IS) related roles are eligible to apply for this certificate programs.
  • The minimum undergraduate grade point average requirement for the data management certificate is 3.0 or equivalent score on a 4.0 scale. Applicants should have the equivalent of a 4-year undergraduate degree.
  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the United States, OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission. Minimum scores required for this program are:
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 563, Internet-based TOEFL: 85, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 53, Duolingo: 105
  • Resume: Submit a detailed resume indicating your work experience and background
  • Applicants with International Transcripts: Any applicant to this program who has completed undergraduate or graduate coursework at an international higher education institution outside of the United States may submit transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation) in lieu of a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or Educational Perspectives.  This graduate program will conduct an in-house credential evaluation of your transcript(s).
    • UNO reserves the right to require a course-by-course evaluation from WES, ECE, or Educational Perspectives if the program is unable to complete an evaluation or should there be any questions or concerns about the documentation that is received. The applicant will be notified by the individual program if an external course-by-course evaluation is required.
      • *Note: If admitted, official transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation)/official course-by-course transcript evaluation, and any applicable official exam scores are required.
  • OPTIONAL Statement of Purpose: Applicants may submit a statement of purpose with a maximum of 750 words that address:
    • motivations for pursuing graduate education
    • relevant qualifications or work experience that demonstrate potential for success in the graduate program
    • career goals
    • why you want to study at UNO

The data management graduate certificate consists of three core courses (9 credits) and two electives (6 credits) for a total of 15 credit hours. Specific course requirements for the graduate certificate are described below. There are three prerequisite courses which may be waived by the chair of the graduate program committee, based on courses already taken, applicable work experience, test out exams offered by the department, or the recommendation of faculty teaching the prerequisite courses.

Degree Requirements

Prerequisites
The following courses are prerequisites of the required courses. Elective courses may have additional prerequisites. All prerequisites must be completed with grades of "B" or better.

  • One programming class such as CIST 1400 or equivalent
  • One semester of undergraduate database management or equivalent, e.g.,
    • ISQA 3310 Managing the database environment
    • CSCI 4850 Database Management Systems
    • ISQA 8040 An overview of systems development

No more than two courses (6 credit hours maximum) can be used on two MIS-related certificates (Data Analytics, Information Assurance, Project Management, and Systems Analysis and Design).

Required Courses
ISQA 8306DATABASE ADMINISTRATION3
ISQA 8410DATA MANAGEMENT3
ISQA 8450NOSQL AND BIG DATA TECHNOLOGIES3
Electives6
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
INFORMATION AND DATA QUALITY MANAGEMENT
ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE AND SYSTEMS INTEGRATION
INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT), BIG DATA AND THE CLOUD
INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY AND ETHICS
FROM DATA TO DECISIONS
DATA MINING: THEORY AND PRACTICE
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I
CARTOGRAPHY AND DATA VISUALIZATION
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 1
SPECIAL TOPICS: INFORMATION SYSTEMS & QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 1
Total Credits15

Topic of ISQA 8080 and ISQA 8086 must be related to data management. Prior approval from the GPC is required to use this course. Other courses related to data management that are not included in the list of electives may count towards the certificate after approval by the GPC.