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Certificate in Business Information Systems (CBIS)

Al Case (AIS Advisor), 541-552-6556
Patricia (Trish) Styer (MIS Advisor), 541-552-6483

The increasingly critical role of information systems within organizations has created a strong demand for graduates who are knowledgeable about both information systems and business. This certificate program provides students with the opportunity to gain expertise in business software applications and to develop an in-depth knowledge of organizational information systems. Students enrolled in this certificate program will choose a focus area in either Accounting Information Systems (AIS) or Management Information Systems (MIS).

The AIS option provides students with the accounting and technical skills necessary for successful careers in accounting and accounting information systems in today’s technology-oriented marketplace. The MIS option includes a combination of applied and theoretical courses in business computer applications, programming, analytics, and the development of information systems. This option equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary for a variety of careers in business and data analytics.

In size and scope, the certificate is between a minor and a major. To be awarded an AIS or MIS certificate, students must complete the course requirements listed below and the SOU requirements for a BA or BS degree or the transfer equivalent. Students must complete 20 of the final credits of the certificate at SOU. All courses taken for the certificate must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher in all certificate courses. This certificate program is open to undergraduates, graduates, and post-baccalaureate students.

See the SOU School of Business brochure for this certificate.

Program Requirements

Program prerequisites include:

Focus Area Coursework (24 credits)

Credits must be taken from one of the focus areas listed below.

Accounting Information Systems (AIS)

(28 credits)

Management Information Systems (MIS)

Requirements (8-16 credits)

Complete a minimum of 8 credits from this section. CS 200 or CS 256 is required. Additional courses from this section may be completed toward the 24 credit MIS Focus total.


*Must be in a related area and be approved in advance by the certificate advisor.