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Graduate Certificates in CIS

Elmhurst College offers two graduate-level certificates in computer information systems. Both programs can be completed either on-campus through hybrid learning or entirely online through the Elmhurst College Online Center. Whether you choose to pursue application development or network administration, a certificate from Elmhurst will take you where you want to go.

Application Development Graduate Certificate
Job opportunities for software developers, database administrators and web developers are expected to grow 20 percent to 30 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A certificate in this dynamic field will prepare you to succeed.

Elmhurst's certificate program in application development uses the existing application development courses from the master's program in CIS, together with a project management and organizational behavior course. Students who complete the five courses for credit will receive an Application Development Graduate Certificate, or they may complete an additional five courses and earn an MCIS degree.

Coursework
Five courses are required:

  • MBA 508 Project Management
  • CS 530 Database Systems and Programming
  • BUS 551 Organizational Behavior
  • CS 501 Windows Application Development
  • CS 550 Web Development

If a student chooses to complete the MCIS degree, additional coursework will include:
CS 504, CS 511, CS 545, CS 570 and CS 575.

Network Administration Graduate Certificate
Demand for network and computer systems administrators is high and is expected to grow 28 percent by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This certificate program combines the existing network administration courses from the MCIS degree with a course in project management. Students who complete the five courses for credit will receive a Network Administration Graduate Certificate, and can complete the additional five courses required to get their MCIS degree.

Coursework
Five courses are required:

  • MBA 508 Project Management
  • CS 504 Computer Network Concepts
  • CS 511 Local Area Networks
  • CS 545 Wide Area Networks
  • CS 570 Internetworking Technologies

If a student chooses to complete the MCIS degree, additional coursework will include:
CS 575, CS 530, BUS 551, CS 501 and CS 550.

Program Director
Linda M. Krause, M.S.E.E.
(630) 617-3224
lindak@elmhurst.edu

How to Apply
To apply for either graduate certificate program in CIS, go to the online application and follow the instructions for non-degree students. A bachelor's degree is required for entrance into the program.

If you wish to complete the additional five courses to earn the master's degree in CIS, you must apply for the MCIS program, following all of the admission requirements for the program.

For more information, contact the School for Professional Studies at (630) 617-3300 or sps@elmhurst.edu.

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