Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Information Systems Certificate

Learn how to translate business goals to technology solutions in our Information Systems certificate program, which was created for business professionals who frequent interact with technology divisions.

The certificate will provide you with the knowledge you need on the structure and operation of business information systems and how to leverage information systems analysis. The certificate is highly flexible: you can tailor your courses to align with your professional goals.

About the Certificate Program

The Certificate in Information Systems is a graduate-level, five-course certificate that provides business professionals with a basic foundation in information systems. It focuses on the relationship between the goals of the organization and its information system. Students will learn how to prioritize requirements to meet the goals and implement an information systems design that supports them. 

This is an ideal specialization for students who are currently pursuing a graduate business degree, and a great option for MBA graduates who need to retool or to enhance their resume. 


The Certificate in Information Systems requires completion of five courses. There is one required core course, and four electives that focus on specific areas of interest.

Required Courses

  • INFS 492:  Database Systems

Elective Courses (select 4)

  • INFS 493: Strategic Uses of IT
  • INFS 496: Systems Analysis and Design
  • INFS 791: Programming for Business Decision Making
  • INFS 798: Quality in Systems Development
  • ISSCM 484: Project Management
  • ISSCM 799: Requirements Analysis **to be added soon

Program Structure

Courses are scheduled to enable completion of the certificate within 9 to 12 months. Sessions meet once per week, for ten weeks. Courses are offered at our Water Tower Campus in Chicago (weekday evenings or Saturdays), with some courses also available online. 

All courses completed in the certificate program can be applied toward a Quinlan MBA degree or M.S. in Information Systems Management.

Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

While there are no specific course prerequisites for this certificate, experience with Excel is useful. Students must have the U.S. equivalent of a BA or BS degree.

Application Deadlines

All academic programs in the Quinlan School of Business are on the quarter system, and new students begin during all quarters.

QuarterApplication DeadlineQuarter Starts
Fall July 15 Late August
Winter Oct. 1 Early November
Spring Jan. 15 Late February
Summer April 1 Late May

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