Graduate Certificate in Management Information Systems

Program Description

The MIS department offers a certificate in Management Information Systems for working professionals who have an under-graduate degree and who seek to upgrade their management and technical skill sets in order to become more fluent in a technologically challenging environment.  Admittance to the Management Information Systems Certificate post-baccalaureate programs is open to individuals who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have an interest in the information technology certificate. This program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals and can be completed in one year by taking one to two courses per semester, depending upon students’ schedule and availability. Students interested in pursuing an MBA degree at Shippensburg University can apply two of the core courses (see below) toward meeting the MBA elective requirement. 

  Certificate in MIS 
Total Credits 12 

   (see below for specific courses 

4 Required Core Courses

Core Course Program Delivery

Students may take the program at Shippensburg University or at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, PA. Videoconferencing technology is used to link the students and faculty member at these two locations in real time. One-half of each course is taught using this technology to broadcast instruction to the remote site, and to allow the faculty member and students to interact with each other face-to-face from multiple sites. The other half of each course is spent on web-based activities, providing student with flexibility and convenience in completing coursework. Each class is limited to 25 students, allowing students to interact directly with their faculty member on a regular basis.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the graduate Certificate or Letter of Completion in Management Information Systems, applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Complete the graduate certificate application
  • Submit official undergraduate AND graduate (if applicable) transcripts

Course Registration

The following MIS Graduate Certificate courses are offered for the spring semester. These courses are also accepted as an elective for the MBA and the ODL programs. 

For other graduate programs at Ship, please consult your advisor. 

These courses are offered under the Extend Studies office and will be video-conferenced between SU and Dixon University Center. For information on scheduling courses, please visit or contact: Cathy McHenry at 717-477-1502.


ISS515 Information Systems Project Management
May – June 


MBA547 Management Information Systems and Applications
June - August



ISS 550 Database Design
August - December



ISS 570 Information Analysis
January - May

Earn a Master's Degree

The courses in the MIS certificate program can also count towards and serve as a pathway to three different Shippensburg University Master’s degrees – business administration, computer science, and organizational development and leadership.


Current Students - if you have a Ship email and password: 

Registration will be accomplished using Self-Service Banner: Self-Service Banner  

To register, you need to use the self-service Banner system: 

New Students

Before registering for a class at Shippensburg University, you must complete a Graduate Non-Degree online application:

     1. Go to Set up a username
         and password (record this information as you will need it later to enroll in a
         class. Make sure to click SUBMIT or your application will not be processed.)
     2. Your application will be reviewed and processed within 2 business days.
     3. Once your application has been processed, you will receive directions for
         enrolling in a course at the email address you provided in your application.

Other Information

Tuition, Fees, Bills, Refunds, Employer Payments: 

For information about applying financial assistance from your employer to pay your tuition and/or fees: 

If you have any questions or encounter any problems, contact the Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education Studies (PCDE) at or Cathy McHenry at 717-477-1502.

Core Courses (required for the Certificate; 3 credits each)

ISS515 Information Systems Project Management

Introduces the student to the principles and practices necessary to be an effective information systems team member or project manager. Covers project scope, time, costs, quality and human resource management techniques as applied to project management problems and issues unique to the IS environment. Student will obtain hands-on experience using MS Project as well as other project management software. Course emphasis on the techniques of project management, leadership, teamwork, and project risk management. Casework is a major part of this course.

ISS570 Information Analysis

Designed to provide the student with the necessary skills to accomplish the systems analysis and logical design of information systems. Includes the role of a modern systems analyst as a problem solver in the business organization. Progresses through the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), and includes project planning, project management, and feasibility assessment. Different methodologies, models, tools, and techniques used to document requirements, analyze and design systems will be introduced.

ISS550 DatabaseDesign

Designed to provide the student with the fundamentals of a database environment and address data and information management issues in a global multi-user business environment. Students will develop an understanding of the various roles within the data administration function of an organization. Covers the design and development of database management systems and various computer platforms.

MBA547 Management Information Systems and Applications

Designed to provide a managerial overview of the role of information systems in the business environment, the roles, and responsibilities of those involved, and the potential future trends in information technology and their implications on the business world. Information is a powerful resource and information systems (IS) are used in almost every business function within every industry. Knowledge of information and how it flows within processes is an essential element of success in virtually any position. While not everyone in business needs to be an IS professional with detailed technical expertise; everyone needs an in depth understanding of the subject to know how to use and manage IS in his or her profession.

Elective Course Options (required for the Certificate)

Students interested in the Certificate option must also choose two courses from the following list. For course descriptions, refer to the graduate catalog at

  • Any MBA course (3 credits each)
  • BSN510 Economic and Information Systems Environment (4 credits)
  • BSN511 Business Operations and Analysis (4 credits)
  • BSN512 Essentials of Accounting and Finance (4 credits)
  • BSN513 Organizational Behavior and Marketing (4 credits)
  • BSN514 Strategic Management and Leadership (4 credits)
  • GEO420 GISIII: Advanced Geographic InformationSystems (3credits)
  • GEO517 Applied Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
  • SOC550 Leadership Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • SOC560 Leadership, Change, and Innovation (3 credits)
  • Any 400, 500, or 600 level course in the ComputerScience program (3or 4 credits each)

For More Information Contact

Dr. Danesh:, 717- 477-1674 or
Dr. Catanio:, 717-477-1526


Office of Professional, Continuing & Distance Education (PCDE)

MBA Program