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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Apr 15, 2021
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Information Science

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The 24-credit Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) provides a personalized program of study beyond the MSIS degree. The program will provide you with an opportunity to explore a specific field of interest or to update skills and competencies. This certificate program is designed for people who do not wish to pursue the PhD degree.

In this quickly-evolving field, it is critical for professionals to gain knowledge of leading-edge topics and to update their skills to reflect the latest in technology and research. Our CAS will keep your skills current.


Candidates for the Information Science certificate must complete the following requirements:

  • A total of 24 credits in graduate-level courses acceptable to the advisor and passed with a grade point average of at least B (3.00 on a 4.00 scale)
  • Fifteen of the 24 credits must be taken from among the approved courses for the MSIS degree program.

Course work must be completed within a period of four calendar years from the student’s initial registration in the certificate program.

Admissions Requirements

The following are requirements and prerequisites for admission to the certificate program.

An MS degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Science, Telecommunications, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field with a scholastic average of a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better

All applicants must submit:

  • Official transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s aptitude and motivation to pursue studies at a level beyond the bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

Applicants must have successfully completed at least one three-credit college course with a grade of B or better in each of the following:

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