This certificate is designed to provide working professionals and non-MIS graduate students with a set of courses focused on the application of information technology. Information technology plays an important role for competitive advantage as a differentiator in many products and services. A certificate in MIS will enhance a student’s understanding of the role of information technology and how it must be managed effectively as an organizational resource.
Students must maintain good academic standing within the university, achieve a minimum grade of a B in each course applied toward the certificate, and complete all certificate course work within a period of six calendar years. Only courses taken at NIU may be applied toward the certificate. Courses used to satisfy the requirements for the certificate may also be applied toward a graduate degree with approval of the major department. All courses have Phase One prerequisites that are not part of the certificate curriculum.
Students interested in the certificate should apply no later than the beginning of their final semester prior to graduation, but they are urged to apply as soon as they begin their course work so the coordinator may advise students regarding course scheduling. Applications are available in the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems.