University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Blockchain Enterprise Systems Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Blockchain Enterprise Systems (BES) is a part-time certificate credential program designed to provide exposure to fundamental principles of blockchain, how blockchain systems relate to contemporary IS, techniques for management, development, and application of blockchain projects.

Program Overview

Blockchain technologies are trusted distributed ledger technologies that traditionally served as the foundational architecture underlying cryptocurrencies (e.g. Bitcoin, Ether, LiteCoin, etc.) and now as distributed applications and databases.

While blockchain technologies are seeing accelerated adoption and interest in business, the underlying technology and use-cases that provide value to organizations have come to the forefront of industry questions.

This program will begin with a managerial view focusing on helping organizations determine the scenarios under which blockchain technologies (Hyperledger & Ethereum) can (and should) fit into the organizational IT architecture to provide increased benefits.

The program also provides insights into blockchain application development and the implementation of use cases through real-world blockchain projects.

The Blockchain Enterprise Systems concentration includes courses in data analytics fundamentals, blockchain fundamentals, and development of blockchain technologies.

Credit hours earned in this program can also be applied to the Master of Information Systems degree program.

 

Enterprise Information Systems Graduate Certificate

Blockchain Enterprise Systems Graduate Certificate

Program Length: 8 months

Program Start Date: Summer

Application deadline
May 1st

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Admissions Information
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Required Test: N/A

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Blockchain Enterprise Systems Certificate Curriculum

Summer 3 credit hours
Fall 6 credit hours
Spring 3 credit hours




Admissions Information

Application Requirements for Graduate Certificates

Application Form - Apply Online. - You will not submit academic documents or letter of recommendation information with the application for admission. The Graduate School of Business will send you an email outlining how to activate your Applicant Center in UA Connect to upload documents and recommender information. Please allow up to five business days for email notification. 

Application Fee (non-refundable) - A $60.00 application fee must accompany application materials. The fee must be made payable to the University of Arkansas in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank. The application fee is non-refundable and no application will be processed without the fee.

Résumé - For applicants to the full-time programs, a copy of a current résumé is required. Be certain that your résumé indicates your full-time and part-time employment history, extracurricular collegiate, professional, and community activities, honors and awards, and foreign language proficiency. For applicants to the part-time programs, please submit a current work résumé.

Official Transcripts - Official transcripts from each college or university you attended, undergraduate and graduate, are required. Course work completed at one institution and posted on the transcript of a second institution is not acceptable. A transcript from the original institution is required (this includes summer course work, exchange programs, etc.). Transcripts must be received in sealed envelopes.

Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded for initial review, but official transcripts must be received to finalize any admission offer.

Letters of Recommendation - Three letters of recommendation are required in support of your application. *One should come from an individual who is familiar with your scholastic record and one should come from an individual who is familiar with your professional performance. The third letter can be from either a second academic or professional reference or from someone who knows you well and is familiar with your potential as a graduate student.Letters of recommendation are confidential, and will not be released to the applicant.

*Students applying to the Executive MBA, Professional Master of Information Systems, or the Information Systems Graduate Certificate Programs can submit three professional letters of recommendation.

Statement of Purpose - Please provide a thoughtful essay response to the following questions. Please limit your response to two pages, double spaced. 

What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How will the master’s degree program you wish to complete help you achieve these goals?

You are welcome to include any unique events, life experiences, and qualifications you feel distinguish your candidacy as well.


Student Outcomes

After completion of this certificate program, students will understand and have hands-on experience with:

  • Fundamentals concepts of blockchain technologies, uses-cases, and business value of blockchains
  • The benefits of a traditional and distributed data systems
  • Developing blockchain use-cases
  • Building and managing traditional and distributed data systems
  • Creating blockchain networks through existing platforms
  • Developing blockchain applications on various platforms (Hyperledger and Ethereum)
  • Integrating blockchain technologies into existing IT infrastructures
  • Developing mainframe skills in IBM zOS and zLinux environments
    • Partitioned datasets
    • zOS mainframe utilities
  • Working effectively in the Linux environment

Related Degree Programs

The Professional MIS program, as apposed to the full-time MIS, can be completed in less than 2 years. Students take 6 hours each semester and meet approximately one Saturday every month.

The full-time MIS program, as apposed to the part-time Professional MIS, can be completed in one year.



Frequently Asked Questions

You will gain focused knowledge and hands-on experience in a high-demand area of information systems. Whether you are interested in managing and leveraging your organization’s data resources using analytics, integrating and optimizing your organization’s processes using ERP, or transitioning into a career in the information systems field, you will be exposed to enterprise computing platforms and real-world data sets that will give you a competitive edge.

Nearly every course involves hands-on experience with one or more enterprise computing platforms and/or real-world data sets. Enterprise platforms include IBM (z13/DB2/zLinux), Microsoft (SQL Server/BI Studio/Visual Studio), SAP (FI/MM/SD/PP/SM/BI/ABAP), SAS (Enterprise Guide/Enterprise Miner), and Teradata (SQL Assistant/Warehouse Miner). Data sets have been provided from companies such as Sam’s Club, Dillard’s, Tyson Foods, and Acxiom.

These are credentialed certificate programs approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Additionally, the curriculum for each program has been reviewed and endorsed by one of our enterprise computing partners. Students who complete a certificate program may be eligible to receive a certificate endorsed by Microsoft (Enterprise Information Systems), SAS (Business Analytics – additional project requirement applies), or SAP (Enterprise Resource Planning).

Yes. The courses are offered as graduate-level classes by the Sam M. Walton College of Business, an AACSB accredited business school. Up to 12 hours of graduate credit received during one of these programs may be applied towards a 30-hour MIS degree program, which may be pursued part-time or full-time. Credit earned in the IT Toolkit course may not be applied toward MIS degree requirements.

To successfully complete coursework in the Professional MIS, Full-Time MIS, and Certificate programs, students should have a laptop/device that meets the following criteria: Specifications: Preferably 5 years old or less, 4 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB free disk space minimum Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8.x, or MacOS 10.x (Students using a Mac should install Windows on their machines) Network: Wireless enabled and/or Ethernet port Virus Protection: An up-to-date virus protection software. Walton College Virtual Desktop: Instructions for installing the Virtual Desktop client on your laptop/device can be found in your Walton Connect Blackboard site

No. Undergraduate GPA and work experience will be considered. If you choose to pursue the MIS program after completing your certificate, the GMAT or GRE may be required at that time.

The program is offered in a weekend/online delivery format with face-to-face meetings approximately one Saturday per month. Certificate programs take between 8 and 18 months to complete, depending on your program, start date, and desired pace. In order to complete a program in the shortest amount of time, the following start dates are suggested:

  • Business Analytics Certificate: Begin in August, finish in May (9 months)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Certificate: Begin in May, finish in May (12 months)
  • Blockchain Enterprise Systems Certificate: Begin in July, finish in May (11 months)

Yes. Each program involves 3 required courses and 1 elective. If an alternate elective is desired, you may consult the program advisor.

Yes, access to a computer and a high-speed internet connection is required for all courses in the program. A laptop will be required for in-class exercises in some courses. A web cam, headset, and microphone will be required for synchronous online class meetings.

  • Enterprise Resource Planning Certificate: May 1st
  • Blockchain Enterprise Systems Certificate: June 1st
  • Business Analytics Certificate: July 1st

Students entering our certificate programs are expected to have: an undergraduate degree from a 4-year institution experience using Microsoft Windows and Office (Word, Excel, Access) software aptitude and passion for learning and working with technology