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Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance

Businesses today operate in complex technology-based environments. To ensure efficiency and accuracy in information systems and for prevention of fraudulent practices, businesses require their information systems and processes to be audited. Stakeholders need assurance of confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. VIU’s Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance (GCITAC) courses enables students to learn security concepts and understand how IT-related risks can be minimized through security and control measures. Students will also develop an understanding of major regulatory requirements.

VIU’s GCITAC program is generally completed within one year of full time study. It consists of four (4) core courses (12 credits) and two (2) electives (6 credits). The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core courses 4 12
Elective courses 2 6
Total 6 18

GCITAC Core Courses

Each candidate must complete the following four (4) core courses (12 credits):

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 550 IT infrastructure 3
CMP 558 Network and Information Security 3
CMP 620 Information Technology Governance 3
CMP 630 Network Security Audit & Forensics 3

GCITAC Elective Courses

Candidates must select two (2) courses (6 credits) from the list of courses below:

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 552 Information Systems 3
CMP 553 Analysis, Modeling, and Design 3
CMP 570 Enterprise Information Systems 3
CMP 591 Graduate Internship Level I 3
CMP 640″ Decision Support and Business Intelligence 3
  • Information security auditor
  • Network security auditor
  • Information security administrator
  • IT manager

The following is a sample schedule of the possible sequencing of courses in the Graduate Certificate in ITAC program.

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 552 Information Systems 3
CMP 558 Information Systems Security 3
CMP 620 Information Technology Governance 3
Total Credits 9

Second Semester

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 630 Information Technology Audit and Forensics 3
CMP XXX Program Elective 3
CMP XXX Program Elective 3
Total Credits 9