Graduate

Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture Requirements

The professional role of the information architect encompasses project management and the organization of work flows within a team-based approach to the design of information structures. The information architect is ultimately responsible for identifying the rationale and long-term objective(s) underlying the organization of a collection of data resources; for setting functional specifications and content requirements that address current and future objectives of the collection; for designing the structural organization of the collection, including its category structure and labeling scheme or controlled vocabulary; for mapping navigation pathways and information flows within the collection; and for determining the metrics that will be used to measure the success of the resulting structure.

Students must complete 18 graduate credit hours; credits counted toward another degree may not be applied toward the Certificate.

If a student has completed equivalent graduate coursework in one or more of the required content areas prior to admission to the program, [or the course has not been offered while the student is completing the Certificate,]this coursework may be applied to satisfy content requirements for the certificate.

Required courses:

Coursework must be completed within three (3) years of entering the certificate program. No credits may be transferred from another graduate or undergraduate program in order to satisfy the requirement for 18 credit hours of coursework. The student must maintain a GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale with a minimum course grade of B. Any course in which the student earns a grade of less than B must be repeated to remain in the certificate program.

Elective Courses

If a student has completed equivalent graduate coursework in one or more of the required content areas prior to admission to the program, this coursework may be applied to satisfy content requirements for the certificate. The student may then select from a list of elective courses to meet the 18 credit hours of coursework required for the certificate.