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New Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Architecture Offered Beginning Spring 2013

Posted May. 15, 2012

Beginning in Spring 2013, the School of Digital Sciences will offer an 18-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Enterprise Architecture, complementing existing Bachelor's and Master's degrees in that area.

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a professional area of practice that assists enterprises in designing solutions to achieve their current and future business objectives.  While enterprise architecture has most often been applied to complex technology environments with high technology investments, the practice is relevant for all types and sizes of enterprises.  All enterprises have business goals and objectives, and all have resources that must be aligned with those goals in an effective and efficient way.  Enterprise architecture is a critical first step in achieving those goals.  One of the most important lessons from enterprise architecture is the importance of design and engineering before implementation.  This insight is fundamental to Kent State University’s Enterprise Architecture program.

Thanks to a gift of curricular materials from the Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence (EACOE), a unique feature of Kent State University's new School of Digital Sciences is its offering of courses and degree concentrations in the field of enterprise architecture.  The School's Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Digital Sciences degree both offer a concentration in Enterprise Architecture, and a new graduate certificate program in that that area will begin in Spring 2013.

Since Fall 2011, Kent State University’s School of Digital Sciences has offered a 32-credit Master of Digital Sciences degree, which is a professional master’s degree for graduates from a variety of backgrounds.  The Master of Digital Sciences degree has five concentrations, one of which is Enterprise Architecture.

Beginning in Spring 2013, the School of Digital Sciences will also offer an 18-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Enterprise Architecture.  This new certificate program is intended for students who do not have the time or funds to invest in a 32-credit Master's program, or who already have a Masters degree, or whose work environment values completion of a certificate program.

With judicious choices from the wide range of available electives, both graduate programs can be completed online.

For more information, see the school's Enterprise Architecture page, or contact the School's Director, Robert A. Walker, at 330-672-9105 or rawalke1@kent.edu.