Online Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

Online Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

The online Graduate Certificate in Information Systems develops the technical and managerial skills needed to construct and manage modern computer-based information systems. The program creates a path for those from diverse academic backgrounds to transition to an information system career by providing a foundation in information systems.

The certificate is half of the credits of the online M.S. in Information Systems and can serve as a stepping-stone to earning the full degree.

For more information, visit the Information Systems website.


Core Courses

The following courses are required (15 credits):

  • 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)



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or a four-year international equivalent.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application Materials

We have rolling admissions so you can apply and be accepted at any time. When you are ready to apply, please first review the application instructions. Then submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Current resume or CV
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended
  • 300-500 word essay based on the following prompt

Contact Us

Have questions about earning your Graduate Certificate in Information Systems online with UMaine? Contact Todd Cooley, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.3072 or at

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All areas of private and public enterprise rely on information systems for communication, planning, providing services, control and supporting decisions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 11% from 2020-2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 42,400 openings for computer and information systems managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Also, the median salary for computer and information systems managers is $151,150.

Notable Companies Employing Alumni

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Maine State Department of Transportation


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.

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