Management Information Systems

Graduate Certificate | Online & In-Class Participation

Program Description

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.

Acceptance into the MIS Certificate 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. Our programs are designed to meet your needs with convenient locations and flexible program delivery.

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.

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Management Information Systems

Admission Requirements & Process

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 

Core Course Offerings 

Below are the MIS core courses that are required for the certificate. Each course is worth 3 credits. 

The following MIS graduate certificate courses can be accepted as an elective for the MBA and the ODL 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 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.

Course Registration Information

These courses are offered through the Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education (PCDE) and will be video-conferenced between Ship and Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

For information on scheduling courses, please visit  or if rather speak to someone, please contact PCDE's Cathy McHenry at (717) 477-1502.

Tuition, Fees, and Payment Information

For information on tuition and fees, please visit 

Register for Courses

Current Students 

If you have a Ship email and password

Course registration will be accomplished using Self-Service Banner: 

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.

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.

MIS Contacts & Support

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