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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Systems (Certificate)

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Technology is transforming today’s organizations and information has become the lifeblood of modern enterprises. Information systems are vastly increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations and allowing industry and commerce to provide innovative new services and products. As the need for information and its supply expands, the demand for knowledgeable analysts, integrators, designers, developers and administrators of such systems will continue to grow.


The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems requires completion of the following five courses:

SIE 505 Formal Foundations for Information Science (3 credits)

SIE 507 Information Systems Programming (3 credits)

SIE 515 Human Computer Interaction (3 credits)

SIE 525 Information Systems Law (3 credits)

SIE 550 Design of Information Systems (3 credits)


All of these required courses should be available to the student through distance technologies at least once within any two year period. Typically, distance students view class sessions over the internet that have been recorded with the

on-campus students. They accomplish the same assignments and exams. In some instances, may participate live over the internet.


If one of the courses has been waived due to previous course work or acquired skills, such as the software engineering course, students will be required to take an appropriate replacement course as specified by the graduate coordinator in consultation with the MSIS graduate faculty.


Course Descriptions

Courses in the two affiliated programs may be found in the On-line Graduate Catalog.


Student Eligibility and Admission Criteria

Students desiring to acquire the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems should apply for formal admission to the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program. If a student is unable to complete the full MS within a reasonable period of time, the student may request of the graduate coordinator that they be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems in lieu of completing the MSIS.

In addition to an application and official transcripts showing completion of an undergraduate degree, applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and three letters of reference. The time limit for completion of the Graduate Certificate is the same as that set by the Graduate School for completion of a master’s degree. For the on-line application for admission, consult www.umaine.edu/graduate/admissions/admissions


Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

(45 or fewer credits total)

This combination is for the student most interested in a graduate business degree but who wants some information systems skills and knowledge.

The MBA is a 30 credit graduate degree consisting of 21 required credits and 9 credits of electives (soon to be 24 required credits and six credits of electives).  The MBA may be taken live or via distance technology.

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems consists of the fifteen required credits from the MS in Information Systems graduate degree program. The certificate may be taken live or via distance technology. Similar to the business certificate, the information systems certificate is a gateway to the full MSIS program.

Some graduate business courses may be accepted on a case-by-case basis as part of the MSIS requirement and thereby reduce the total number of credits required for the combined program.



For the master’s degree in business, see MBA Programs at https://umaine.edu/business/degrees-and-programs/mba/

For the certificate in information systems see the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems at http://umaine.edu/msis/curriculum-and-degree-requirements/


Spatial and Information Systems Graduate Faculty

M. Kate Beard-Tisdale, Ph.D. (Wisconsin, 1988), Professor and Director of NCGIA-Maine. Geographic information systems, map generalization, data quality and its visualization, geographic information retrieval, spatio-temporal phenomena and information integration.

Max J. Egenhofer, Ph.D. (Maine, 1989), Professor and Director of School of Computing and Information Science. Spatio-temporal reasoning, user interfaces for geographic information systems, design of spatial database systems, and mobile spatial information appliances.

Nicholas A. Giudice, Ph.D. (Minnesota, 2004), Associate Professor and Director of VEMI Lab. Human computer interaction in real and virtual reality environments, indoor navigation, multimodal spatial cognition, information-access technology and multimodal spatial displays.

Torsten  Hahmann, PhD (Toronto, 2013), Assistant Professor. Spatial informatics, spatial ontologies as test bed for research about formal ontologies and their development, knowledge representation, artificial intelligence, and logic.

Reinhard Moratz, Ph.D. (Universitat Bielefeld, 1997), Associate Professor. Spatial knowledge representation in cognitive systems, spatial and mobile focused robotics, sensory perception of action within and communication over a space.

Silvia Nittel, Ph.D. (Zurich, 1994), Associate Professor and Director of Geosensor Networks Lab. Stationary and mobile sensor networks, decentralized in-network data collection algorithms for geosensor networks, management of distributed sensor data streams in real-time.

Harlan J. Onsrud, J.D. (Wisconsin, 1982), Professor and Graduate Coordinator. Legal, ethical, and institutional issues affecting creation and use of databases, ethics driven information systems design, assessment of social and societal impacts of spatial technologies.


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