Graduate Certificate: Management Information Systems, Information Assurance

The Graduate Certificate in Management Information Systems / Information Assurance is designed to provide business professionals with the conceptual tools and language to more effectively deploy information technology and enhance organizational performance.

The certificate can be completed as a part of the WSU MBA Program in the Goddard School of Business and Economics or as a stand-alone certificate. The courses will be offered in a hybrid delivery format with eight weeks of face-to-face interaction enhanced by online discussions and learning activities.

Topics include:

  • Information security and regulatory compliance
  • Effective database and network management
  • Knowledge of the latest tools for the collection, storage and utilization of information
  • Opportunities for cost savings and process improvement through information technology


All courses (except IS&T 6800, MACC 6570) are taught in our 8-week hybrid format (combining one weekly evening class meeting, 5:30-8:30pm with online instruction).  We follow the WSU semester calendar, dividing each semester into two 8-week class sessions.

MBA 6310 Information Technology in the Enterprise

Information technology from an enterprise perspective with an orientation toward the management of technology for competitive/strategic advantage. Managers will be increasingly responsible for making decisions with respect to implementing new technology. This course will provide the background knowledge to enable managers in traditional business units to function as full participants in decisions involving the purchase and application of technology to create a business advantage.

MBA 6640 Information Assurance in the Enterprise

This course covers the basic principles and concepts in information assurance. It examines the managerial, operational, and organizational issues of securing information systems. Topics include legal and ethical issues in computer security; privacy concerns; malware; security awareness at the executive, technical and user levels; physical security, personnel security issues; policies and procedures; the need for enterprise security awareness; and the need for an enterprise security organization. Case studies and exercises in the computer lab will be used to provide examples of the need for organizations to develop security procedures and policies.

 MBA 6800 Directed Study (1-3 cr. hrs.)


MBA 6630 Networking & Information Systems

This course covers the role of networking technology in information systems. Through hands-on and conceptual knowledge, students will learn how data communications and networks are used to facilitate decentralized and distributed systems in support of decision making. Various aspects of networking including standards, media, network design and applications will be covered. Students will gain hands-on familiarity with a local area network and the Internet.

MBA 6530 E-Business

The Internet has become an important influence in the world. Business on the internet, in terms of operations, marketing, security, etc., has increased concomitantly in influence. This course will provide a foundation for understanding the possibilities and potential pitfalls for doing e-business. Students will complete a group consulting project with an organization as part of this class.

MBA 6160 Applications of Decision Models

This course presents a rigorous treatment of quantitative decision-making with emphasis on data collection, analysis, and model building. The course emphasizes experience in structuring realistic business problems, collecting data, developing an appropriate model for analysis, and interpreting and defending results. A number of cases are employed. 

MACC 6570 Information Systems Auditing

Methods, techniques, controls, and procedures used in the audit of computerized accounting systems.

Certificate Admission Requirements

For those who wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Contract Management for Business independently of the Goddard School MBA Program, we are now accepting applications. The following are required for admission to the certificate program:

  • Regionally-accredited bachelor’s degree in any field (original undergraduate transcripts). The minimum required for admission is a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.  If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, admission consideration may be based on a GPA calculated based on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate work.  The average undergraduate GPA for successful applicants is 3.4. 
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application fee
  • Completion of the online application

Application Instructions

  • Applications should be completed online - please follow the instructions on the application page. You must create a user account, and can save the application, and login to further edit and add information before before final submission of the application. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Online applicants may upload their resumes.
  • Official copies of undergraduate transcripts and international transcript evaluations should be sent directly to the MBA Program Office.
  • Applicants must enter e-mail addresses of those providing references, and they will be contacted by e-mail to upload their recommendations online.
  • When you have completed the application, please print and keep a copy of your completed application for your records.

For more information about applying, please contact us.

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