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Database Administration Adv. Cert.

This program has been discontinued. No new students will be admitted.

Dianne Bills, Graduate Program Director
(585) 475-2700,

Program deactivated: Effective fall 2013, the advanced certificate in database administration will no longer admit new students. This change will not affect currently matriculated students.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

In today's information society, dependable information management systems are a vital strategic resource that supports sound business processes and effective decision-making. As one of the cornerstones of information technology, database systems facilitate capturing, processing, managing, and analyzing data in a structured and controlled manner that can provide both timely strategic information and insight into historical trends.

This certificate program provides an opportunity for individuals to gain the theoretical foundation, first-hand experience, and expertise to begin or expand upon a professional career in database administration. The courses are designed to provide the knowledge necessary to successfully create, deploy, and manage databases using major commercial database management systems.

Careers in database administration are available across all segments of the economy, in business and industry, academic institutions, and governmental agencies. Graduates of the certificate program can work as database developers, database engineers, database administrators, or engineering services technical specialist, to name a few.

The certificate is offered for part-time study in an on-campus format. It can be taken alone or in combination with graduate study in other programs such as the MS degrees in information technology or other programs that allow an external four-course concentration.


Program deactivated
Effective fall 2013, this program will no longer admit new students. This change will not affect currently matriculated students.

Database administration, advanced certificate, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
4002-720 Data Modeling and Database Implementation 4
4055-744 NIX Fundamentals (for the database domain) 4
4002-785 Fundamentals of DBMS Architecture and Implementation 4
4002-787 Database Performance and Tuning 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 16

With the appropriate background, the certificate can be completed in either three or four academic quarters, depending upon the number of courses taken concurrently. For individuals with solid relational theory background, another course can be substituted for Data Modeling and Database Implementation (4002-720).

All requirements for the certificate must be completed within the seven years of the date of the oldest course counted toward the degree. Bridge courses are excluded.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in database administration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate (or equivalent) degree from a regionally accredited institution,
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B average),
  • Submit a current resume,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) for all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants, whose native language is not English, must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) is required.
  • Since this is a part-time program, RIT cannot issue I-20 forms to international students.

Additional information


Prior academic study or extensive work experience in object-oriented programming (OOP) is a prerequisite of the program. Solid programming skills, the equivalent of at least two programming courses in a current OOP language, such as Java (preferred), C++ or C#, is required. If students have equivalent work experience, sufficient detail should be included in the personal statement along with a current resume so that the applicant's depth of experience and knowledge can be determined. Some form of verification, such as in a confidential letter of recommendation, is also recommended. RIT offers courses that may be used to bridge areas where gaps occur in an applicant's application.