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This graduate certificate is designed primarily for students who earned an undergraduate degree in an area other than information systems and are interested in acquiring solid foundations to pursue further education and a career in information systems, software engineering, information security and assurance, or a related discipline.

The graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


The admission requirement for the certificate in foundations of information systems is a four-year bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Also, the admission to the Information Systems, MS allows automatic admission to the certificate program.

Banner Code: VS-CERG-FIS

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 12

Students must complete four courses with an average grade of B or higher for a total of 12 credits of graduate study.

Required Courses

Take each one of the following foundation courses (no substitutions are allowed):

INFS 501Discrete and Logical Structures for Information Systems3
INFS 515Computer Organization Course and Operating Systems3
INFS 519Program Design and Data Structures3
SWE 510Object-Oriented Programming in Java3
Total Credits12