Systems Development

Undergraduate Certificate

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    15
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $272.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $475.00

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The online Systems Development, undergraduate certificate is designed for students seeking a better understanding of how to optimize the design, implementation and use of information systems for organizational purposes.

Topics covered in this program are intended to advance the student’s education with a focused, professionally-oriented course of study.

Topics include:

  • Database environment management 
  • Project management 
  • Information systems analysis 
  • System design and implementation 

The goal of the online Systems Development, undergraduate certificate is to provide non-traditional and traditional students an opportunity to take a focused set of undergraduate courses that offer relevant knowledge on systems development. Prospective students in the workplace who have an associate degree would benefit from advanced certifications in targeted areas. Such certifications fit with organizational professional development requirements and could be used, at the discretion of the organization, as professional development units (PDUs).

The systems development, undergraduate certificate is intended for students who do not have an undergraduate degree. However, should a student decide to pursue a degree after starting or completing the certificate program, all credits taken for a certificate can be applied toward the completion of an undergraduate degree in the college.


About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. Completed coursework

    Introduction to Statistics (CIST 2500 or equivalent), Introduction to Management Information Systems (CIST 2100, BSAD 3100 or equivalent work experience) and 2 semesters of programming or equivalent work experience

  3. High school diploma or GED

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions  
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee 


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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
December 1
Summer Semester
July 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ISQA 3310Managing the Database Environment3

Course Number: ISQA 3310

Introduction to business database design and management functions. The focus is on the use of current database management systems (DBMS) to support the data management function of an organization. Topics include data modeling, database design, SQL, data management and database administration. Hands-on experience in database design, creation, and use is provided.

ISQA 3910Introduction to Project Management3

Course Number: ISQA 3910

This course will cover the basics of project planning, scheduling and control. Earned value management techniques and project quality will be covered. Risk management will also be covered. The student will be introduced to the IEEE Standards for Project Management. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the tools and techniques used to manage projects to achieve successful completion. The project management methods taught are suitable for a wide variety of project types such as software development or engineering projects (e.g. construction).

ISQA 4110Information Systems Analysis3

Course Number: ISQA 4110

This course examines and applies the principles of information systems analysis, following a structured systems development methodology. It surveys project management, feasibility and analysis and systems requirement definition using modern systems analysis techniques and automated tools. Course utilizes a case approach where students initiate the analysis and logical design of a limited-scope information system.

ISQA 4120System Design and Implementation3

Course Number: ISQA 4120

This is the second course in a sequence in computer information systems analysis, design, and implementation. This course extends the basic foundations of systems development started in ISQA 4110 and examines the activities comprising the design, construction and implementation of information systems.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ISQA 3300File Structures for Information Systems3

Course Number: ISQA 3300

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to computer file organizations and access methods. A fundamental understanding of the performance implications of each file organization is developed to allow the students to make information systems design choices that will optimize the performance of business information systems.

ISQA 4100/ISQA 8106Information Systems Architecture and Organization3

Course Number: ISQA 4100/ISQA 8106

This course examines the frameworks and tools used to develop an organization's information system architecture. It provides the analytical skills and conceptual frameworks with which to make recommendations and decisions regarding the integration of information technology components into an information system architecture.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $272.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $324.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $816.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $972.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $475.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $527.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1425.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1581.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

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