Program Summary

Credits Required

9

Tuition per Credit

$924
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Make Strategic Decisions that Move Your Company Forward

The role of an enterprise architect is no longer just technical. Increasingly, it spans all areas of an organization. Today’s enterprise architects blend an understanding of the organization’s business, strategy, operations, and the technology that it employs. The skill set is indeed unique, and as the profession continues to grow, professionals with the requisite knowledge and skills will be in great demand.

Link Your Organization's Strategy with Its Execution

Enterprise architects compose holistic solutions that address the business challenges of the enterprise. A well-developed enterprise architecture is an important transformational resource for any organization, large or small, in providing the enterprise-wide view needed to effectively develop and utilize systems and technology for competitive advantage.

At the core of the modern-day enterprise architecture is finding better, more effective ways to analyze, design, and implement enterprise solutions that support the business of the organization. In addition, EA provides an analysis and planning discipline to help ensure that enterprise systems have the agility needed to align with and support changes in business strategy and underlying business capabilities.

This unique combination of skills and perspectives positions the professional enterprise architect for a wide variety of leadership roles in the organization.

Why Enterprise Architecture at Penn State

Penn State’s 9-credit certificate in EA integrates an introduction of the role of enterprise architect in strategic-, business-, and technology-planning methods with an ability to understand, analyze, justify, and communicate the solution of enterprise architecture problems to complement your current work experience. This online certificate program will give you the opportunity to interact with dedicated educators from one of the nation's most renowned research universities. These are the same faculty who teach on-campus courses in Penn State's highly-regarded IST programs.

Who Should Apply?

The certificate in EA was designed for working professionals with a bachelor’s degree and some relevant work experience. Students in the certificate program will have a wide variety of backgrounds that may include information technology, business, engineering, and the liberal arts.

Career Opportunities in Enterprise Architecture

One of the many advantages of EA is its application to a host of positions and opportunities. Although a relatively new career field in many organizations, EA is rapidly evolving—and many career paths are emerging. Enterprise architecture professionals are found in all types of organizations and industries today including:

  • federal government
  • defense
  • aerospace
  • health care
  • insurance
  • financial services
  • pharmaceuticals
  • telecommunications
  • consulting

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 create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.