Management Information Systems 

Graduate Certificate | Online & In-Class Participation

Shippensburg University offers working professionals the opportunity to strengthen their communication skills, develop and administrate effective information systems with a certificate in Management Information Systems (MIS). The MIS certificate is ideal for individuals who have an undergraduate degree and seek to upgrade their management and technical skills in order to enhance performance in technologically advancing world. 

Program Highlights

  • Complete program at your own pace within 1 year or 2 years, by taking one to two courses per semester, depending upon your schedule and availability. 
  • 12 credits total, including 4 required core courses  (see below for complete course descriptions)
  • Each class is limited to 25 students, allowing students to interact directly with their faculty member on a regular basis.
  • Courses count toward earning a masters degree in business administration, computer science, and organizational development and leadership. Learn more about Ship's graduate programs.

Program Delivery

Flexible, Convenient Locations

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.


To be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate in Management Information Systems, applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Complete the graduate certificate application
  • Submit official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts 


Course Descriptions

The following MIS graduate certificate courses must be successfully completed to obtain the certificate. Also, these courses are accepted as an elective for  the Business Administration MBA and Organizational Development Leaderships ODL master's degree programs. 

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 Database Design
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.


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Program Support & Contacts 

General Program Information

(Admissions, Registration, Course Schedules)

Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education (PCDE)

Program Information

(Course Content, Academic Advising, Workplace Applicability)

Azim Danesh, Ph.D. 
Professor of Management Information Systems 

Joseph Catanio, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Management Information Systems

Program Faculty

  • Joseph Catanio, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management of Information System
  • Azim Danesh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management Information System
  • Viet T. Dao, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management Information System
  • Mike Marsh, Ph.D., Professor of Management of Information Systems