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Graduate Certificate in Information Science

390 Yearly Graduations
$73,300 Median Salary
$36,300 Median Debt
There are 61 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a graduate certificate in IS. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 13.6% of IS graduates were international students.

Education Levels of IS Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 390 students earned their graduate certificate in IS. This makes it the 3rd most popular graduate certificate program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in IS at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 9,118
Master’s Degree 6,516
Associate’s Degree 906
Graduate Certificate 390
Undergraduate Certificate 374
Basic Certificate 309
Doctor’s Degree 166

Earnings of IS Majors With Graduate Certificate

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in IS is $73,300. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $73,300 and the high is $73,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in IS is $36,300. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $39,287 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $33,312.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $423.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue graduate certificate in IS. About 60.3% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 235
Women 155
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificate in IS

The racial-ethnic distribution of IS graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 30
Black or African American 46
Hispanic or Latino 26
White 208
International Students 53
Other Races/Ethnicities 27
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of IS Graduate Certificate Students

There are 61 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in IS. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
98 Yearly Graduations
12% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for IS students seekinga graduate certificate is Pennsylvania State University - World Campus. Roughly 14,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,484 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,682 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 98 graduate certificate were handed out to IS majors at Penn State World Campus. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 12% were women.

#2

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
45 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of North Texas. Each year, around 38,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,295 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,900 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 45 people received their graduate certificate in IS from UNT. About 78% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

43 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is The University of Texas at Dallas. Roughly 27,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 people received their graduate certificate in IS from UT Dallas. About 63% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Norwich University

Northfield, Vermont
26 Yearly Graduations
15% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Norwich University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in IS. Roughly 4,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,234 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,904 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their graduate certificate in IS from Norwich. About 15% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
24 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in IS. Roughly 35,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their graduate certificate in IS from GMU. Of these students, 38% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

20 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - University College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in IS. Roughly 59,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 graduate certificate were handed out to IS majors at University of Maryland - University College. Of these students, 40% were women and 65% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota
18 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Dakota State University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in IS. Roughly 3,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,541 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,939 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their graduate certificate in IS from Dakota State. About 39% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
15 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Wisconsin - Madison. Roughly 42,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 graduate certificate were handed out to IS majors at Wisconsin. Of these students, 73% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan
11 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Wayne State University. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,024 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,285 per year.

The IS program at Wayne State University awarded 11 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 73% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
11 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Johns Hopkins University. Roughly 25,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their graduate certificate in IS from Johns Hopkins. About 64% of this group were women, and 45% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

10 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Nebraska at Omaha comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in IS. Roughly 15,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,224 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,558 per year.

The IS program at University of Nebraska at Omaha awarded 10 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 30% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

10 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in IS. Roughly 37,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 people received their graduate certificate in IS from Cincinnati. Of these students, 40% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Bowie State University

Bowie, Maryland
9 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Bowie State University. Each year, around 6,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,647 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,614 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 graduate certificate were handed out to IS majors at Bowie State University. About 22% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
7 Yearly Graduations
14% Women

The 14th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Purdue University - Main Campus. Each year, around 42,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,208 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,208 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 graduate certificate were handed out to IS majors at Purdue.

#15

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, New Jersey
6 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New Jersey Institute of Technology is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in IS. Roughly 11,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,448 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,624 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 graduate certificate were handed out to IS majors at NJIT. Of these students, 33% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Roughly 11,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,495 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,760 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their graduate certificate in IS from UA Little Rock. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#17

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Commonwealth University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in IS. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,177 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,701 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 graduate certificate were handed out to IS majors at VCU.

#17

Pace University - New York

New York, New York
4 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Pace University - New York. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,714 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,320 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their graduate certificate in IS from Pace University. About 25% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, Hawaii
3 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hawaii Pacific University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in IS. Roughly 4,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $27,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,250 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 graduate certificate were handed out to IS majors at Hawaii Pacific University. Around 67% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#19

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northwestern University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in IS. Each year, around 22,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 people received their graduate certificate in IS from Northwestern U. About 67% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

IS Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Information Science 390

Below are some popular majors that are similar to IS that offer graduate certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Information Technology 1,078
Computer Information Systems 537
Computer Software Applications 331
Other Computer Sciences 167
Computer Systems Analysis 155

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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