Advanced Certificate in Information Systems

Graduate Level Knowledge in Information Systems

The 18-credit Advanced Certificate in Information Systems is designed to satisfy the professional needs of students who wish to acquire graduate-level knowledge in Information Systems (IS), but who do not wish to pursue a full graduate degree. Prior experience or knowledge of IS is not required to take this program. Candidates who have taken an IS concentration at the graduate level at Marist are ineligible for this certificate. 

Because the courses require considerable time and effort, only one course is permitted in the first semester (this requirement may be waived by the graduate director based upon recent prior academic performance). Students generally carry two to four courses per calendar year and take two years to complete the certificate. The maximum time permitted for completion is four years from admission into the program.

All courses taken in the certificate program are graduate IS courses and may be later applied to the IS graduate degree program provided the grades earned are B or better. However, because of the more comprehensive nature of the IS master's program, admission requirements are more rigorous and additional technical competency may be gained through taking come prerequisite courses. Specific requirements would be identified when admission to the IS master's program is requested.

Information Systems Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems is obtained upon satisfactory completion of six courses (18 credits) from the graduate Information Systems program as follows:

MSIS 527 Systems & Information Concepts in Organizations - 3 credits
MSIS 537 Data Management I - 3 credits
MSIS 567 Data Communications - 3 credits
MSIS 647 Information Analysis - 3 credits
MSIS 657 Systems Design - 3 credits
• MSIS 720 Information Systems Independent Project - 3 credits

Information Systems Admission Requirements

Admission is based on prior academic performance and potential, a commitment to professional development, and demonstrated professional/leadership growth, as determined from the various documents submitted.

Applicants to the graduate certificate program in Information Systems must provide evidence of a significant business-related component in the baccalaureate or the master's degree along with:

  • Submit all official transcripts from prior college level coursework;
  • A current resume and written summary of technical or professional non-credit course education if applicable;
  • Optionally, at the graduate director's discretion, two letters of reference may be required;
  • A written statement summarizing career objective(s), the reason(s) for selecting the IS certificate program, and personal and professional expectations from the program.

Students admitted on a non-matriculated basis are permitted to take three credits of course work. Upon completion of three credits, they will receive matriculated status if they achieved at least a 3.0 GPA. All other prerequisites for matriculation must be met prior to receiving matriculated status. A cumulative 3.0 GPA is required to obtain the certificate.