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Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems (GCIS) is designed to prepare students for positions in the information systems field. The curriculum is focused on gaining a better understanding of the use of information systems to enhance business processes and the decision-making process associated with them.

Information systems professionals design, implement and deploy software solutions that are the driving force in every organization. This program accommodates students just beginning to explore the field and those with a thorough understanding of computerized information systems. Practical applications are emphasized throughout the program.

VIU’s GCIS 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

GCIS 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 556 Database Management Systems I 3
CMP 570 Enterprise Information Systemss 3

GCIS Elective Courses

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

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 550 IT infrastructure 3
CMP 558 Network and IS Security 3
CMP 591 Graduate Internship Level I 3
CMP 640 Decision Support and BI 3
CMP 680 Organizational and Socail Dimentions of Computing 3
  • System/Programmer/Business Analyst
  • Database designer
  • Systems manager
  • Data Architect
  • Information systems director

The following is a sample schedule of the possible sequencing of courses in the Graduate Certificate in IS program.

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 552 Information Systems 3
CMP 553 Analysis, Modeling and Design 3
CMP 556 Database Systems 3
Total Credits 9

Second Semester

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMP 570 Enterprise Information Systems 3
CMP XXX Program Elective 3
CMP XXX Program Elective 3
Total Credits 9