Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems (GCIS) allows students to gain specialized knowledge in information systems. Obtaining a graduate-level certificate in IS will provide a significant advantage to those seeking to advance their careers in the field of information systems or strengthen their technical proficiency.

This 18-credit-hour certificate program is designed for maximum flexibility and offers students a wide choice of courses and areas of concentration. Courses are available primarily in the evening to meet the needs of working professionals. Program electives and faculty are shared with the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program and provide the same high level of instruction and interaction.

GCIS Program Overview
  • The GCIS requires 18 credit hours.
  • Full-time students will complete the certificate in 2 semesters. Part-time students can finish in 3 or more semesters. All requirements must be completed within 3 years.
  • The GCIS does not have any required core courses. Students may take any graduate-level IS/OIS course at the Eccles School to meet the requirements.
  • Current graduate students as well as students not currently in a degree program (non-matriculated) are eligible for the GCIS program.
  • For current graduate students, certificate credits can cross-count toward your graduate program requirements.
  • For non-matriculated students, up to 9 GCIS credits can transfer in to the MSIS program, should you choose to pursue the full master’s degree.
  • Certificate students may start the program in fall or spring semester.
Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (non-matriculated students) or a minimum 3.0 GPA in their current graduate program.
  • A GMAT/GRE score is not required for admission to the GCIS.
  • There are no prerequisites for admission into the certificate program; however, some individual courses may have  prerequisites.
How to Apply - Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

Step 1: Apply for Non-Degree Seeking Admission

Applicants who are not current, matriculated University of Utah students will need to submit a non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) application for admission. (Note: the non-matriculated application is the same as the undergraduate application. Once the application is started, applicants can elect to apply for non-matriculated status).


To be eligible for non-matriculated admission, applicants must:

  • Have graduated from high school at least 3 years ago.
    • For GED-holders, a minimum 550 composite score with no individual score below 500 is required.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • International students requiring an F-1 visa are not eligible for non-matriculated admission.
    • Note that permanent residents and other international applicants must meet English-proficiency requirements.
  • Be in good standing with the last college or university attended and have a minimum 2.6 GPA. (Please note that while the university requires a 2.6 GPA, the certificate requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.)
  • Find more information about non-matriculated admission.

Submit your non-matriculated application

Step 2: Apply for the Graduate Certificate

Once you’re admitted as a non-matriculated student, you can submit the Eccles School graduate certificate application.

The GCIS application will ask applicants to:

  • Upload an unofficial copy of transcripts from your undergraduate degree institution
  • Provide a short personal statement telling us about your interest in the graduate certificate (1000 character limit)
  • Upload your current resume
  • Provide verification of University of Utah student status (student ID number)

Submit your GCIS application

Non-matriculated students are required to apply for non-matriculation admission prior to applying to the certificate program. For students not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, admission into the GCIS is contingent upon admission to the University as a non-matriculated student.

How to Apply - Current University of Utah Graduate Students

Application Requirements

The GCIS application will ask applicants to:

  • Provide a short personal statement telling us about your interest in the graduate certificate (1000 character limit)
  • Upload your current resume
  • Provide verification of University of Utah student status (student ID number)
  • List current graduate program, start date and anticipated graduation date

Submit your GCIS application

Application Deadlines
  • GCIS applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Certificate students may start the program in fall or spring semester.
  • Note: the University of Utah non-matriculated application may close at any time.
Estimated Tuition and Fees
  • Resident / Full-Time: $16,700
  • Resident / Part-Time: $17,900

These estimates reflect the tuition and fees for all required credit hours taken over the course of either two semesters (full-time) or 3 semesters (part-time) at the current tuition rates. Tuition rates are subject to change. For the most updated tuition information, please view the University of Utah tuition rate schedule.

Limitations and Exclusions
  • Access to individual career coaching is not available for non-matriculated students.
  • Financial aid is not available to non-matriculated students; however, private loans may be available.
  • A maximum of 15 credits may be retroactively applied toward the certificate program should students apply for the certificate after completing qualifying coursework.
  • MSIS capstone classes are not available to certificate students.
  • Scholarships are currently not available for certificate students.
  • International students seeking an F1 visa are not eligible to apply for the certificate as non-matriculated students.
  • Grades, credits and the certificate appear on an official university transcript.
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA in certificate courses is required for successful completion of the certificate.

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