Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

(Effective Fall 2015, enrollment into the Certificate in Information Systems (CIS) program will no longer be available.)

Current students who are enrolled in the CIS program prior to Fall 2015 may opt to remain active in the CIS certificate or may request to change to a different certificate or master's degree program.

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems is designed for professionals with minimal or no software development experience who have expertise in a functional area, such as accounting, finance, education, management, retail, law, manufacturing, medicine, agriculture or government. This certificate meets the demands of a growing audience of software users who require education in the appropriate use of computer software and software development. 

Upon satisfactory completion of the required six courses with an average GPA of 2.7 or better, the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems will be awarded. Satisfactory completion of the certificate provides an opportunity for the student to continue in the Master of Science program; however, master's students cannot transfer into the certificate program.

Required Courses [3 courses]:

  • SEIS 601 Foundations of Software Development (waived with appropriate programming experience)
  • SEIS 610 Software Engineering
  • SEIS 635 Software Analysis and Design

Electives [choose 3]

  • Choose three electives from the GPS course list (or four electives if SEIS 601 is waived). You may select any GPS courses you wish except the following: SEIS 600, SEIS 620, SEIS 621, SEIS 776, SEIS 777.
  • Please note: SEIS 778 Internship/Seminar may be taken, but the course will not count toward the 18 credits required for completion of the certificate.

View SEIS Course Catalog.


  1. A bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent). 
  2. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7. (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.)
  3. NOTE: Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems will learn how to program in a high-level language as a part of the curriculum. However, prior programming experience is not an entrance requirement.