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Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management (GCISM) develops students’ abilities to conceptualize and manage the design and implementation of high-quality information systems. The curriculum focuses on the concepts, methods and practical applications of information systems in the global workplace.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ISM will be able to manage the in-house and outsourced development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services. Program graduates will demonstrate professional competencies that will make them valuable contributors and managers of cross-functional global teams working together in implementing change processes and innovation in the organizations by introducing, managing, and updating new and existing information systems.

VIU’s GCISM program is generally completed within one year of full time study. It consists of four (4) core courses (12 credits) and two (2) electives (6 credits). The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core courses 4 12
Elective courses 2 6
Total 6 18

GCISM Core Courses

Each candidate must complete the following four (4) Core Courses (12 credit hours):

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 552 Information Systems 3
CMP 553 Analysis, Modeling, and Design 3
CMP 610 Managing IS Development 3
CMP 611 Global Information System Development 3

GCISM Elective Courses

Candidates must select two (2) courses (6 credits) from the list of courses below:

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 556 Database Management System I 3
CMP 591 Graduate Internship Level I 3
CMP 612 IT Project Management 3
CMP 614 Management Information Systems in Supply-Chain Management 3
CMP 620 Information Technology Governance 3

GCISM Program Prerequisites

All new students in this certificate program need certain basic skills in order to succeed in the program. Students who do not have the requisite background in business administration and information technology need to take some or all of the prerequisite courses before they begin studying the courses in the program. In some cases, the program prerequisite courses may have course prerequisites to be taken before enrolling in the program prerequisite courses.

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 120 Programming Logic 3
CMP 350 Database Concepts 3
BUSS 210 Introduction to Business 3
BUSS 301 Principles of Management 3
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The following is a sample schedule of the possible sequencing of courses in the Graduate Certificate in ISM program.

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 552 Information Systems 3
CMP 553 Analysis, Modeling and Design 3
CMP 610 Managing IS Development 3
Total Credits 9

Second Semester

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 611 Global Information System Development 3
CMP XXX Program Elective 3
CMP XXX Program Elective 3
Total Credits 9