May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
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Information Technology Governance [Graduate Certificate]

Information systems assurance, security, and governance, including auditing, have become particularly important issues for public businesses large and small. Coupled with the increased visibility of security threats in the forms of hackers, viruses, and other malware, security and risk management have seen increased attention from IT professionals. With the increased adoption of enterprise systems and the above influences, the industry is also focusing more on application control and identity management. The ITG Graduate Certificate program includes courses on concepts and practices in Business Governance Processes, Application Control, Security Identity Management, Risk Management, and IT Auditing, all in line with the framework for this specialization advanced by the Information Systems Assurance, Security and Control Association (ISACA), International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (IISSCC), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Association for Information Systems (AIS). Some specific goals of Information Technology Governance (ITG) may be listed as:

  • Strategic alignment of Business and IT with an emphasis on Business Governance
  • Assurance that the investments in IT generate business value
  • Mitigation of the risks associated with IT
  • Conformance of the organization to Security, Privacy, Trade Practices, Intellectual Property Rights, Records Management, Legislation and Regulations (Laws of the Land), and alignment to Best Practices to streamline and reduce costs and improve revenues.

The objectives for learning and practical experience for the ITG Graduate Certificate may be stated as follows:

  • Responsibility: Individuals and groups within the organization understand and accept their responsibilities in respect of both supply of and demand for IT. Those with responsibility for actions also have the authority to perform those actions.
  • Strategy: The organization’s business strategy takes into account the current and future capabilities of IT; the strategic plans for IT satisfy the current and ongoing needs of the organization’s business strategy.
  • Acquisition: IT acquisitions are made for valid reasons, on the basis of an appropriate and ongoing analysis, with clear and transparent decision making. There is an appropriate balance between benefits, opportunities, costs, and risks, in both the short term and the long term.
  • Performance: IT is fit for purpose in supporting the organization, providing the services, levels of service, and service quality required to meet current and future business requirements.
  • Conformance: IT complies with all mandatory legislation and regulations. Policies and practices are clearly defined, implemented, and enforced.
  • Human Behavior: IT policies, practices, and decisions demonstrate respect for Human Behavior, including the current and evolving needs of all the “people in the process.”

Program Admission

Graduate School Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. The University is transitioning application platforms; pay close attention when selecting the application below.

The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Department Information

Accounting & Finance | Hung-Lian Tang​, Ph.D., Department Head | 403 Hill Hall, 734.487.3320,

Advisor Information

David Chou, Ph.D., 604 Hill Hall, 734.487.2454,

Degree Requirements: 15 hours

A maximum of three graduate credit hours may be transferred to a College of Business graduate certificate in an area of specialization. Please view the course description for prerequisite.