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2021 Best Information Science Graduate Certificate Schools

30 Colleges
$73,300 Avg Salary
$36,300 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Information Science Graduate Certificate School for You

With 17,779 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, information science is the #4 most popular major in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for computer science students. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Computer Science Degree Search has created its Best Information Science Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 30 schools in the United States to see which graduate certificate programs offered the best educational experiences for computer science students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Information Science Graduate Certificate Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for IS majors pursuing a graduate certificate.

Top 10 Best Information Science Graduate Certificate Schools

#1

Norwich University

Northfield, VT

Our 2021 rankings named Norwich University the best school in the United States for information science students working on their graduate certificate. Norwich is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Northfield.

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#2

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Johns Hopkins University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Information Science Graduate Certificate Schools list. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Pennsylvania State University - World Campus is a great place for information science students working on their graduate certificate. Penn State World Campus is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

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#4

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Northwestern University is a great place for information science students working on their graduate certificate. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Missouri University of Science and Technology. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Information Science Graduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #6 on this year’s Best Information Science Graduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a very large student population.

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Bowie State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for information science students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #7 on the list. Bowie State University is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Bowie.

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New Jersey Institute of Technology landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best graduate certificate information science programs. NJIT is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Newark.

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With a ranking of #9, Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for information science students working on their graduate certificate. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the city of University Park.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best graduate certificate information science programs. Located in the large city of Cincinnati, Cincinnati is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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One of 10 majors within the computer science area of study, information science has other similar majors worth exploring.

IS Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Information Science 17,779

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to The Opte Project.

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