University of Maine


Graduate Certificate in Information Systems



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

Format: Online

Program Description:

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.

Unless students know positively that they will not pursue a full master’s degree online, students desiring to acquire the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems should apply for formal admission to the MS Information Systems (MSIS) program. If a student is unable to complete the full MS within a reasonable period of time, the student may request of the graduate coordinator that they be awarded the 5-course Graduate Certificate in Information Systems in lieu of completing the MSIS. Up to two graduate courses may be taken as a Non-degree Student prior to formal admission. Students desiring only the Graduate Certificate should complete that application instead.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 15

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1330

In State Tuition (per year): 418/credit hour USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 1330/credit hour USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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