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Enterprise Architecture

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

MARY BETH ROSSON, Associate Dean for Gradaute and Undergraduate Studies
Office of the Dean
E397F Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-3450


The certificate in Enterprise Architecture (EA) is designed to provide an introduction to EA and increase the knowledge of professionals seeking advanced leadership roles within an organization. EA strives to align the enterprise information systems and technology with business strategy and goals to enable the most effective use of technology to both support and grow an organization. All candidates are required to complete nine (9) credits.

The certificate program is an attractive option not only for those who desire advanced education and do not want a full Master's Degree program, but also for students who might want to take a certificate to determine if they are interested in a complete professional graduate degree program in Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation. Up to 15 credits of Penn State coursework taken in non-degree status can count towards a graduate degree in EA, but completion of the coursework neither implies nor guarantees admission to a graduate degree program at Penn State. Courses taken in the certificate program may be applied toward a graduate degree in Enterprise Architecture, subject to restrictions outlined in the Transfer of Nondegree and Certificate Graduate Credits. Certificate students who wish to have certificate courses applied towards a graduate degree in Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation must apply and be admitted to that degree program. Admission to the Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation graduate degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed.

To be awarded the certificate, students must successfully complete 9 credits of graduate course work including EA 871 (3), EA 873 (3), and EA 874 (3).

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the
Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

A bachelor's degree in a related area (e.g., information sciences, business architecture, or computer science), while not required, is helpful in the successful completion of the certificate. It is expected that students will have a foundation in information technology or enterprise architecture with a minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional work experience. Applicants with less than two years of relevant professional work experience may be considered but may be required to take pre-requisite courses. For admission to the certificate, a 2.75 GPA, either overall or from the last 60 undergraduate credits, is needed. GRE scores are not required for non-degree graduate students.

Required Courses (9 credits)
EA 871 Enterprise Architecture Foundations I (3)
EA 873 Enterprise Modeling (3)
EA 874 Enterprise Information Technology Architecture (3)

Pattern of Course Scheduling

The certificate is highly flexible and is designed to meet the different needs of students and organizations. The courses are delivered online through the World Campus. With online delivery, the
certificate can easily fit into the work schedule of professionals from around the globe.

Student Aid

Refer to the Student Aid section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students in this certificate are not eligible for graduate assistantships.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.


Effective Date: Fall Semester 2018
Expiration Date: Fall Semester 2023

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2018

Blue Sheet Item #: 46-04

Review Date: 1/9/2018


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