Professional Enterprise Systems Certificate: Robert Morris University Professional Enterprise Systems Certificate | Robert Morris University


For a company or business to function, it has to rely on large computer applications to handle multiple operations and coordinate key internal processes. These applications are known as enterprise systems, and can include anything from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to customer relationship management software.

RMU's Professional Enterprise Systems Certificate is a graduate-level program that prepares you to build, manage, and maintain complex enterprise systems across a wide range of applications. Students receive an introduction to structured programming through use of the COBOL language; and are introduced to the Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM), CICS Enterprise Transaction Processing System and CICS COBOL applications, as well as the design, implementation, testing and application integration of an IBM DB2 enterprise database system.

This program is currently offered at our Moon Township location, as well as Online.

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Please contact one of our Graduate Enrollment Counselors for the most current requirements.

The 15 credit Graduate Enterprise Systems certificate would take three semesters or one year (12 months) 

  • Introduction to COBOL (3 credits)
  • Advanced COBOL Programming (3 credits)
  • Enterprise Transaction Processing Systems using CICS/COBOL (3 credits)
  • Enterprise Operating Systems (3 credits)
  • Enterprise Database Systems (3 credits)

Most of our graduate programs can be completed in 27 months or less, through in-class, online or hybrid study. Take classes one night a week through your course of study. Admission is rolling and classes start fresh every eight weeks. You can also choose to pursue your degree full- or part-time.

The IBM Academic Initiative System z program seeks to ensure that the next generation of mainframe experts will be available to help more companies and organizations leverage the superior security, availability, scalability, and efficiency of the mainframe. The demand for IT skills is growing, especially for students who have mainframe or enterprise computing skills.
Enterprise Computing:

• All of the top 25 world banks run their businesses on mainframes.
• 71% of global Fortune 500 companies are System z clients.
• 9 out of the top 10 global life/health insurance providers process their high-volume transactions on a mainframe.

See comments from IBM and Industry executives about our curriculum and its relationship to enterprise computing.

The Enterprise Systems Programs are offered in cooperation with the IBM Academic Initiative.  The IBM Academic Initiative is a global program that facilitates the collaboration between IBM and educators to teach students the information technology skills they need to be competitive and keep pace with changes in the workplace.

Members get access to a wider range of assets for themselves and their students, are eligible for additional discounts and assistance, and can build collaborative partnerships with IBM and other institutions in the open source community.

The Wheatley Center 
The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in the Wheatley Center. This soaring, 50,000 square-foot complex, glowing with colored LED accents, includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café. The new building also provides access to geographic information systems software and business intelligence software.