Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems (GCIS) allows students to gain a broad background in information systems, as well as more specialized knowledge in areas such as data mining, and analytics, business intelligence and analytics, software and systems architecture, product and process management, and IT security. Obtaining a graduate-level certificate in IS will provide a significant advantage to those seeking to advance their careers in the field of information systems or strengthen their technical proficiency.

This 18 credit hour certificate program is designed for maximum flexibility and offers students a wide choice of courses and areas of concentration. Courses are available primarily in the evening to meet the needs of working professionals. Program electives and faculty are shared with the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program and provide the same high level of instruction and interaction. The Operations and Information Systems (OIS) Department also offers a number of flexible transfer options should students want to apply coursework from the Graduate Certificate program towards the completion of the full MSIS degree.

View the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems information sheet.

Certificate Overview

  • 18 credit hours are required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems. All certificate requirements must be completed within 3 years. 
  • There are no required courses as part of the certificate requirements. Students may take any graduate level IS course at the David Eccles School of Business to meet credit requirements (listed as IS or OIS in the course catalog).  Courses offered outside the OIS department may be eligible but require program director approval.
  • Certificate credits can cross-count towards graduate degree program requirements.
  • University of Utah / School of Business graduate tuition rates apply.
    • Full resident tuition for 18 credits (6 credits a semester for 3 semesters) is estimated at $17,300 or $16,200 (9 credits a semester for 2 semesters) for the 2014 academic year. 
    • Tuition rates may change. Please view the University of Utah tuition rate schedule for more information.
  • Certificate students may start the program in fall, spring or summer semester.
  • The certificate is open to current students as well as those not currently in a degree program; see below for more information on how to apply as a non-matriculated student.
  • Certificate students can transfer up to 9 credits into the MSIS program.
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is required for admission into the certificate program.
  • Grades and credits appear on an official transcript.
  • The certificate appears on an official university transcript.
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA in certificate courses is required for successful completion of the certificate.

Certificate Limitations and Exclusions

  • Access to the Graduate Career Management Center is limited for non-matriculated students.
  • Financial aid is generally not available to non-degree seeking students; however, private loans may be available. 
  • A maximum of up to 15 credits may be retroactively applied towards the certificate program should students apply for the certificate after beginning qualifying coursework.
  • MSIS Capstone classes are available exclusively to MSIS program students.
  • Scholarships are currently not available for certificate students.

Application Requirements

  • There are no pre-requisites for admission into the program; however, some courses may have individual pre-requisites.
  • A GMAT / GRE score is not required for admission into the certificate program.
  • International students are not eligible to apply as non-matriculated students.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (non-matriculated students) or a minimum 3.0 GPA in their current graduate program.

How to Apply - Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

Admissions requirements and application instructions for applicants not currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Utah are as follows:

Step #1 – Apply for non-matriculated (non-degree-seeking) admission to the University of Utah .

Applicants who are not current, matriculated University of Utah students will need to apply as a non-matriculated student to the University of Utah Admissions Office.  ($45 application fee)

Eligibility: to be eligible to register as a non-matriculated student, you must:

  • Have graduated from high school at least 3 years ago.
  • Be a domestic U.S. student. Students on visas may be eligible for non-matriculated status. Please contact our office for more information. Permanent residents, asylum, refugee, and students on visas must meet our English proficiency requirement.
  • If you took the GED, a composite score of 550 with no individual score below 500 is required.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended and have a GPA of at least 2.6. (Please note that while the university requires a 2.6 GPA, the certificate requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.)
  • Please see the University graduate admissions website for a full list of non-matriculated application requirements here.

Step #2 – Complete the David Eccles School of Business Graduate Certificate application:

  • Online School of Business Certificate Application
  • The online application will ask applicants to:
    • Upload an unofficial copy of all transcripts from undergraduate degree institution
    • Provide a short essay describing how this certificate will fit into your educational and professional goals
    • Upload a current professional resume
    • Provide verification of University of Utah student status (University of Utah Student ID number)

Non-matriculated students are required to apply for non-matriculation admission prior to applying to the certificate program.  For students not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, admission into the IS Certificate is contingent upon admission to the university as a graduate non-matriculated student.

How to Apply - University of Utah Current Graduate Students

Admissions requirements for applicants currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Utah include:

  • Online School of Business Certificate Application
  • The online application will ask applicants to:
    • Upload an unofficial copy of all transcripts from undergraduate degree institution
    • Provide a short essay describing how this certificate will fit into your educational and professional goals
    • Upload a current professional resume

Application Deadlines

  • Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Certificate students may start the program in fall, spring or summer semester.