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Graduate Certificates 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

In 2018-2019, 390 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 Certificates

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 certificates in IS. About 60.3% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 235
Women 155
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates 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 0 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 certificates 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 39,300 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 University of Texas at Dallas comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in IS. Roughly 29,500 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.

The IS program at The University of Texas at Dallas awarded 43 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in IS. Roughly 3,900 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 graduate certificates were handed out to IS majors at 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 certificates in IS. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 graduate certificates were handed out to IS majors at 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 Global Campus comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in IS. Roughly 58,200 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 people received their graduate certificate in IS from UMGC. 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 certificates in IS. Roughly 3,200 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 graduate certificates were handed out to IS majors at 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. Each year, around 44,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The IS program at University of Wisconsin - Madison awarded 15 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. 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*

Wayne State University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in IS. Roughly 26,800 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their graduate certificate in IS from Wayne State. 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*

Johns Hopkins University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in IS. Roughly 27,000 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.

The IS program at Johns Hopkins University awarded 11 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. 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*

The 11th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Nebraska at Omaha. Each year, around 15,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 graduate certificates were handed out to IS majors at UNOMAHA. 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*

The 11th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 39,200 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 graduate certificates were handed out to IS majors at UC. 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*

Bowie State University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in IS. 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 certificates 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

Purdue University - Main Campus is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in IS. Each year, around 45,500 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.

The IS program at Purdue University - Main Campus awarded 7 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

#15

New Jersey Institute of Technology

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

New Jersey Institute of Technology comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in IS. Roughly 11,500 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 certificates 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*

University of Arkansas at Little Rock comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in IS. Each year, around 9,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The IS program at University of Arkansas at Little Rock awarded 6 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 certificates 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.

The IS program at Virginia Commonwealth University awarded 4 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

#17

Pace University - New York

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

Pace University - New York is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in IS. Roughly 13,300 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 graduate certificates were handed out to IS majors at 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*

The 19th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Hawaii Pacific University. 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.

The IS program at Hawaii Pacific University awarded 3 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. 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*

The 19th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Northwestern University. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. 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. 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 certificates.

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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