|Format||Credit Hours||Tuition||Application Deadline||Test Requirements|
|100% Online||15 credits||$461/cr. in-state and $576/cr. out-of-state*||Rolling Admissions||None|
*This special e-tuition rate applies to out-of-state students enrolled in a UMaineOnline degree or certificate program.
Graduate Certificate in Information Systems
The Information Systems graduate programs focus on technical, managerial and policy issues associated with constructing and managing computer-based information systems for modern organizations. All areas of private and public enterprise rely on information systems for communication, planning, providing services, control and supporting decisions. The objectives of our IS graduate programs are to meet the growing demand in society for graduates with high-level information system skills and provide a path for women and men from diverse fields to rapidly transition to information system career paths by providing them with foundation graduate level courses in information systems. The program is explicitly designed to accommodate students from wide-ranging undergraduate degree backgrounds.
The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems is earned by those students who complete fifteen credits of required courses under the MS Information Systems graduate degree program. All of the required courses should be available to the student through distance technologies at least once within any two-year period. If one of the courses has been waived due to previous course work or acquired skills, students are required to take an appropriate replacement course as specified by the graduate coordinator in consultation with the MSIS graduate faculty.
For additional information on the Information Systems Certificate Program see their website.
Core Courses (15 credits)
The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems requires completion of the following five courses:
- SIE 505: Formal Foundations of Information Systems (3 credits)
- SIE 507: Information Systems Programming (3 credits)
- SIE 515: Human Computer Interaction (3 credits)
- SIE 525: Information Systems Law (3 credits)
- SIE 550: Design of Information Systems (3 credits)
For the course descriptions, see the Graduate Catalog (select current year catalog and then Graduate Courses > Prefix (for example SIE or BUA) > Filter).
All of these required courses should be available to the student through distance technologies at least once within any two year period. Students may, as a general rule, view class videos and accomplish assignments at any time throughout a week in any of the offered program courses and have the weekly opportunity (or requirement) to participate in a one to two hour “live” discussion session at a mutually convenient time for distance class members prior to due dates for weekly assignments.
If one of the courses has been waived due to previous course work or acquired skills, such as the software engineering course, students will be required to take an appropriate replacement course as specified by the graduate coordinator in consultation with the MSIS graduate faculty.
While all the faculty members in the School of Computing and Information Science may contribute to teaching and research in any of its academic units, the core Information Systems faculty members include:
For detailed background, research and contact information on other professors in the School, please see Faculty and Staff.
At a minimum, an applicant must have a four-year US bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or a four-year international equivalent. We generally seek an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis. Within their curriculum, all applicants should have completed a university course in Algebra as a minimum math prerequisite for admission. Previous programming courses or experience are recommended but not required. The review committee considers both the curriculum completed and the institution attended in its assessment.
All students apply through the Graduate School and the entire application packet, including transcripts, must be received before a formal acceptance will be issued typically. Applications processed through the Graduate School are accomplished on a rolling basis and no strict deadlines apply. However, to be considered for Fall or Spring admission, completed applications must be received 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the term. Those applying for campus-wide research assistantships or scholarships should complete their application packets by January 1 for September admission.
The future business climate will be characterized by rapid technological change, intense global competition, faster product life cycles and more complex, specialized markets. In such an environment the information needs of organizations are increasingly complex and rapidly changing. Individuals with information systems expertise who can design and develop information systems, manage sophisticated information resources, work on interdisciplinary teams and communicate effectively with business managers, engineers, and other end-users are in short supply. A major goal of our graduate programs is to produce individuals who can make significant contributions to economic development by ensuring that businesses have the expertise needed to remain competitive.
The demand for graduates of graduate-level information systems programs both in-state and nationally is high. Information technologies are key to enabling the growth of businesses. Individuals in all areas of private and public enterprise rely on information systems for communication, planning, control, and decision support. The advanced knowledge provided by graduate-level information systems programs is needed across a wide range of commercial settings. While the market-place demand for students with graduate course work in information systems is already high, the demand for such skills is predicted to steeply increase in the years ahead.