Undergraduate Certificate in Information Sciences and Technology

An information technologist works with computer servers

A Certificate in IST Can Help Move Your Career Forward

As information technology continues to change, businesses and organizations will need computer and IT professionals with the right skills and training to help them meet their technology needs.

Our certificate program is designed to prepare you for a leadership role in any IST–related field. You can enhance your existing skills or prepare for further study as you explore the social, ethical, and policy issues surrounding information technology.

Why an Online Undergraduate Certificate in IST at Penn State

This online certificate program will give you the opportunity to interact with dedicated educators from one of the nation's most respected research universities. These are the same faculty who teach on-campus courses in Penn State's highly regarded IST programs.

And, if you choose to continue your education, credits earned in this program can often be applied toward either an Associate in Science in IST or a Bachelor of Science in IST from Penn State. Contact an academic adviser for more information.

Who Should Apply?

This program is ideal if you have some experience in the information systems field but need additional knowledge and skills or want to formalize your present skills. The certificate is also a great way to enhance your professional development for your current employment.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

A career in IT offers many opportunities for specialization. Depending on your experience and skill set, you could work in start-up companies or established tech firms. Service industries, government, and health care companies also tend to employ a large number of tech workers.

You can prepare for positions such as:

  • web developer
  • computer support consultant
  • data center operations support
  • media technician
  • help desk analyst
  • technical support specialist

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We strive to create an online learning environment that brings you as close to the face-to-face experience as possible. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.