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Management Information Systems Generalist Graduate Certificate

About The Program

Metro State offers graduate certificate programs designed to meet the rapidly-evolving needs of business professionals who use information technology and want to develop more skills in the field of management information systems (MIS).

If you are a general business graduate with workplace experience in information systems or an MIS or other IT technical professional, the Management Information Systems Generalist Graduate Certificate brings you up to speed on important MIS management issues. The program helps you understand new MIS technologies and how to manage them and be aware of important new strategies for managing many architectures including internet-based or distributed computing environments, and many others. You also learn project management skills that are crucial in the MIS environment and in great demand in the marketplace. Finally, you will learn how to integrate many new MIS and management models.

The expected outcomes for students who take Metro State management information system courses include:

  • Improved preparation for management in an increasingly information-intensive world
  • Ability to develop organizational strategies based on using MIS as competitive tools
  • Broadening your knowledge of technology management areas, including project management, and of MIS technology and its applications

Student outcomes

Upon completing a Graduate Certificate in Management Information Systems Generalist, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and manage information systems needs and recommend appropriate technological solutions for business problems.
  • Design and develop organizational strategies based on using MIS as competitive tools.
  • Evaluate information technology implementations for gaps and create solutions.
  • Apply sound project and product management principles related to MIS technology and its applications.

Potential career opportunities

By completing 22 credits of courses, Management Information System GCERT graduates will be prepared to work a variety of careers which include:

  • Computer and IT Management
  • Business Continuity Analysis
  • Network and Computer Systems Administration
  • Help Desk Analysis
  • Systems Specialist
  • Technical Consulting
  • Business Process Analysis
  • Software Engineering

Gain MIS skills to pair with an existing degree

Learn new MIS technologies and strategies while earning a Management Information Systems Generalist Graduate Certificate. Paired with a business degree, this program from Metro State allows you to develop project management skills that are beneficial to those working in MIS.

How to enroll

Program eligibility requirements

  • Must have earned a baccalaureate degree.
  • Prerequisite undergraduate course in statistics with grade of B or higher or completion of MBA Math.

International Students

This is not a degree-granting program, therefore applications from international students studying on an F-1 student visa cannot be accepted into this program.

Application instructions

Metro State University is participating in the common application for graduate programs (BusinessCAS). Applications are only accepted via the CAS website.

CAS steps

  1. Select the term for which you are seeking admission (below), and navigate to the CAS website. Open applications include:
  2. Create or log in to your account and select the Management Information Systems Generalist Graduate Certificate program.
  3. Carefully review all instructions and complete all four sections of the application.

Specific application requirements for individual programs can be found on each program page in CAS. Carefully read the instructions that appear throughout the application pages. You can only submit your application once. If you need to update information you have submitted, please notify

Application fee

A nonrefundable $58 fee is required for each application.
Applications will not be processed until this fee is received.

Active-duty military, veterans, and Metro State alumni can receive an application fee waiver. Contact

Courses and Requirements


If the Director of the MIS Graduate Program determines that you have full prior competence in a certificate course, you may be given credit for the competency and allowed to take sufficient alternate credits to meet the total credit requirement of the certificate (e.g. if you have completed a graduate 4 credit Project Management course that is accepted, you would be allowed to consider that function completed within the Certificate, and can then take an alternate 4 credits, agreed upon with the Director).

Requirements (22 credits)

+ Courses listed and four (8) additional MIS graduate level credits.

Management Information Systems (MIS) evolved from essentially an organization's support operation to a strategic element of an organization's life and survival. This course explores information systems' new and expanding roles in the enterprise. Models examined showing how new technologies are assimilated into the organization, how to plan for systems within the overall strategic management process, assess the risk in system development projects, and become a "sophisticated user" of information systems. Traditional and new technologies are utilized. The course also includes a solid review of the strategic and tactical impact of computers, networks and new technologies. . This course broadens understanding of the design and implementation of various computerized information systems to support management decision making and evaluation, and prepares the student to integrate new technologies and configurations into the management process.

Full course description for Management Information Systems

This course provides a systematic and comprehensive overview of project leadership and management. Topics covered include all aspects of project management from project initiation issues, RFP formulation, proposal decisions, preparation, and evaluation, project planning and implementation to organization, risk assessment, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Also included are project planning techniques such as PERT, CPM, Earned Value Analysis, and project monitoring and simulation using Microsoft Project software.

Full course description for Project Management

This course provides students with techniques and strategies to work on complex business problems while exercising strong critical thinking skills. It also helps them develop potential solutions. This course then focuses on how to take the results of students' professional work and present complex material in a manner that helps them clearly explain and market their information.

Full course description for Problem Formulation and Data Presentation

Any IT development project contains significant risks. However, keeping the status quo is also risky in rapidly changing technological and competitive environments. This course is designed to familiarize the student with risk analysis concepts derived from many sources including financial, actuarial and statistical studies, insurance and risk analysis, software quality assurance methodologies, management and audit trails and many others. Student will learn to assess the risk in an information systems portfolio and develop strategies for managing the many risk types discussed: Prerequisites: MIS 600.

Full course description for Risk Analysis in Information Technology