Graduate Certificates

I. Overview
II. Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

A. Grad Certificate in GIS Curriculum Requirements and Admission
B. Model Curriculum: MS Information Systems (MSIS) Incorporating Grad Certificate in GIS
C. Model Curriculum: MS Spatial Informatics (MSSI) Incorporating Grad Certificate in GIS

III. Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

A. Grad Certificate in IS Curriculum Requirements and Admission
B. Model Curriculum: MS Information Systems (MSIS) Incorporating Grad Certificate in IS
C. Model Curriculum: MS Spatial Informatics (MSSI) Incorporating Grad Certificate in IS

IV. Graduate Certificate in Computing for Educators

A. Grad Certificate in Computing for Educators Curriculum Requirements and Admission
B. Model Curriculum: MS Information Systems (MSIS) incorporating Grad Certificate in Computing for Educators
C. Model Curriculum: MS Spatial Informatics (MSSI) Incorporating Grad Certificate in Computing for Educators

V. Graduate Certificate in Data Science and Engineering

A. Grad Certificate in Data Science and Engineering Curriculum Requirements and Admission
B. Model Curriculum: MS Information Systems (MSIS) incorporating Grad Certificate in Data Science and Engineering
C. Model Curriculum: MS Spatial Informatics (MSSI) Incorporating Grad Certificate in Data Science and Engineering

I. Overview

Graduate certificates may be taken as stand-alone independent credentials or as part of and complementary to graduate degrees. Either way, an application to earn a graduate certificate needs to be completed at Apply Now. If planning to acquire a graduate certificate on the way to earning a graduate degree, both credentials need to be applied for separately.

Upon completion of the coursework requirements for a graduate certificate, acquisition of the certificate is indicated on your official University of Maine transcript. The courses one takes in acquiring a graduate degree may double or triple count toward graduate certificates. Prior to completing the graduate certificate, one must file a Program of Study even if all of the courses in the plan consist of only required courses.

The School of Computing and Information Science supports and manages student applications for graduate certificates in the following areas:

• Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
• Graduate Certificate in Information Systems
• Graduate Certificate in Computing for Educators
• Graduate Certificate in Data Science and Engineering

Incoming students are NOT required to have any previous computing background for any of these certificates. However, students with such backgrounds have greater flexibility in choosing electives within the affiliated MS graduate programs listed below.

All of these graduate certificates may be earned while on campus or online and are identical regardless of the modality pursued. Almost all of the SIE courses required in any of the listed certificate and degree programs listed below are offered simultaneously on campus and online.

For descriptions of any courses listed below, see the Graduate Catalog (select current year catalog and then Graduate Courses > Prefix (for example SIE  or BUA) > Filter). Alternatively, for SIE courses, consult the SIE course descriptions. The semester in which SIE courses are offered are published on pages 11-14 in the Graduate Student Guide.

II. Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

A. Curriculum Requirements and Admission (UMaineOnline Link)

For the official requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog (select current year catalog > Graduate Programs, Certificates and Specializations > Geographic Information Systems (Certificate))

Although the online graduate catalog is the authoritative source for information, the materials are listed as well below for your convenience.

1. Graduate Certificate in GIS Requirements
The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems requires completion of a minimum of 15 credits of coursework. The fifteen credits of coursework must include the following three core courses:

SIE 509 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
SIE 557 – Database System Applications
SIE 510 – GIS Applications

The remaining 6 credits may be selected from among the following set of courses:

SIE 507 – Information Systems Programming
SIE 512 – Spatial Analysis
SIE 515 – Human Computer Interaction
SIE 525 – Information Systems Law
SIE 550 – Design of Information Systems
SIE 505 – Formal Foundations for Information Science
SIE 555 – Spatial Database Systems
SIE 558 – Real-Time Sensor Data Streams

Only courses in which the student obtains a grade of B or higher count toward the completion of the Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate.

2. GIS Graduate Certificate Admission
Students to be admitted into the Geographic Information Systems Certificate must hold an undergraduate degree and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Candidates must submit a transcript of their undergraduate degree, essay, and optionally one reference letter. Students can apply to transfer up to 3 credits of graduate course work (that has not counted toward another degree) into the GIS Graduate Certificate, except for the three core courses, which must be taken at the University of Maine. While a course may be waived due to substantial repetition of course content, the total of 15 credits in course work must still be acquired. The GIS Certificate Coordinator must approve transfer credits after assessing whether they are appropriate as well as assess proposed waivers and substitution courses on the program of study. Apply at Apply Now.

3. Continuation of GIS Certificate to M.S. in Spatial Information Science and Engineering or M.S. in Spatial Informatics
Before or upon completion of the GIS Graduate Certificate, students may apply for the MS Spatial Information Science and Engineering degree [Project Option] or the MS Spatial Informatics degree (online only). Students may transfer from the GIS Graduate Certificate only those SIE courses in which they received a grade of B or higher. If aspiring to both credentials, it is typically less work to apply for both graduate programs at the same time when initially applying to grad school.

4. Additional Information
Curriculum for MS Spatial Information Science and Engineering [Project Option] and MS Spatial Informatics
Course Descriptions: See http://gradcatalog.umaine.edu/  > Graduate Courses or see SIE course descriptions
Program of Study Forms: Find at Forms and Documents

B. Model Curriculum: MS Information Systems (MSIS) incorporating Grad Certificate in GIS

A typical Program of Study for the MSIS that also meets the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in GIS would include the following courses:

Core Requirements for MS Information Systems
SIE 507 – Information Systems Programming
SIE 515 – Human Computer Interaction
SIE 525 – Information Systems Law
SIE 550 – Design of Information Systems
SIE 505 – Formal Foundations for Information Science
Core Requirements for GIS Grad Certificate
SIE 509 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
SIE 557 – Database System Applications
SIE 510 – GIS Applications
Further Elective Requirements for MSIS
– two further elective courses listed at MSIS Curriculum

C. Model Curriculum: MS Spatial Informatics (MSSI) incorporating Grad Certificate in GIS

A typical Program of Study for the MSSI that also meets the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in GIS would include the following courses:

Core Requirements for MS Spatial Informatics
SIE 507 – Information Systems Programming
SIE 515 – Human Computer Interaction
SIE 525 – Information Systems Law
SIE 550 – Design of Information Systems
SIE 505 – Formal Foundations for Information Science
Core Requirements for GIS Grad Certificate
SIE 509 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
SIE 557 – Database System Applications
SIE 510 – GIS Applications
Further Elective Requirements for MS Spatial Informatics
– two of any further elective courses listed at SIE Graduate Courses as approved on your Program of Study

III. Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

A. Curriculum Requirements (UMaineOnline Link)

For the official requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog (select current year catalog > Graduate Programs, Certificates and Specializations > Information Systems (Certificate))

Although the online graduate catalog is the authoritative source for information, the materials are listed as well below for your convenience.

1. Graduate Certificate in Information System Requirements
The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems requires completion of a minimum of 15 credits of coursework. The fifteen credits of coursework must includes the following five core courses:

SIE 507 – Information Systems Programming
SIE 515 – Human Computer Interaction
SIE 525 – Information Systems Law
SIE 550 – Design of Information Systems
SIE 505 – Formal Foundations for Information Science

Only courses in which the student obtains a grade of B or higher count toward the completion of the Information Systems Graduate Certificate.

2. Information System Graduate Certificate Admission
Students to be admitted into the Information Systems Certificate must hold an undergraduate degree and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Candidates must submit a transcript of their undergraduate degree and an essay. Students can apply to transfer up to 3 credits of graduate course work (that has not counted toward another degree) into the IS Graduate Certificate. While a course may be waived due to substantial repetition of course content, the total of 15 credits in course work must still be acquired. The IS Certificate Graduate Coordinator must approve transfer credits after assessing whether they are appropriate as well as assess proposed waivers and substitution courses on the program of study. Apply at Apply Now.

3. Continuation of IS Certificate to M.S. in Information Systems or MS in Spatial Informatics 
Before or upon completion of the IS Graduate Certificate, students may apply for the MS Information Systems (all courses are both on campus and online) or the MS Spatial Informatics degree (online only). Students may transfer from the IS Graduate Certificate only those courses in which they received a grade of B or higher. If aspiring to both credentials, it is typically less work to apply for both graduate programs at the same time when initially applying to grad school.

4. Additional Information
MSIS Curriculum
Course Descriptions: See http://gradcatalog.umaine.edu/  > Graduate Courses or see SIE course descriptions
Program of Study Forms: Find at Forms and Documents

B. Model Curriculum: MS Spatial Informatics incorporating Grad Certificate in Information Systems

Because it requires only the five required courses contained within the MS Spatial Informatics program, the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems is automatically fulfilled by acquiring the MS Spatial Informatics assuming a graduate certificate application was submitted and approved in advance of meeting the grad certificate requirements.

C. Model Curriculum: MS Information Systems incorporating Grad Certificate in Information Systems

Because it requires only the five required courses contained within the MS Information Systems program, the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems is automatically fulfilled by acquiring the MS Information Systems assuming a graduate certificate application was submitted and approved in advance of meeting the grad certificate requirements.

IV. Graduate Certificate in Computing for Educators

A. Curriculum Requirements and Admission (UMaineOnline Link)

For the official requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog (select current year catalog > Graduate Programs, Certificates and Specializations > Computing for Educators (Certificate))

Note that while this graduate certificate program has been designed specifically for teachers and other educators, the individual courses within it are germane for students across many disciplines. The courses strive to serve the substantive content computing needs of graduate students in many domains.

Although the online graduate catalog is the authoritative source for information, the materials are listed as well below for your convenience.

1. Graduate Certificate in CFE Requirements
The Graduate Certificate in Computing for Educators requires completion of a minimum of 15 credits of coursework. The fifteen credits of coursework must include:

the following three core courses:

SIE 504 The Beauty and Joy of Computing (typically summer)
SIE 507 Information Systems Programming (typically fall)
SIE 508 Object Oriented Programming (typically spring)

one course from among the following courses:

SIE 509 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
SIE 516 Interactive Technologies for Solving Real-World Problems
SIE 557 Database Applications
SIE 558 Real Time Sensor Databases
COS 465/565 Data Visualization
COS 470/570 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

one course from among the following pre-approved electives:

• Any previously listed course above not yet taken
SIE 550 Design of Information Systems
SIE 505 Formal Foundations for Information Science
SIE 510 Geographic Information Systems Applications
SIE 512 Spatial Analysis
SIE 515 Human Computer Interaction
SIE 517 Spatial Interaction Design
Any other 500 level SIE course
• EDT 520 Digital Age Teaching and Learning Methods
• EDT 571 Methods of Integrating Inclusive Computational Thinking
• Any other 400 or 500 level COS course

Only courses in which the student obtains a grade of B or higher count toward the completion of the Computing for Educators Graduate Certificate.

2. Typical Course Progressions for Graduate Certificate in Computing for Educators
The following are illustrative only and many other course elective options exist as well as taking multiple courses per semester.
Fall Beginning: Fall: SIE 507, Spring: SIE 508, Summer: SIE 504, Fall: SIE 509, Spring: SIE 510
Spring Beginning: Spring: SIE 517, SIE 525, or UMA 400 level Python Course, Summer: SIE 504, Fall: SIE 507, Spring: SIE 508 or elective, Summer or Fall: SIE 508 or elective

3. Computing for Educators Graduate Certificate Admission
Students to be admitted into the Computing for Educators Graduate Certificate must hold an undergraduate degree and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Candidates must submit a transcript of their undergraduate degree, essay, and optionally one reference letter. Students can apply to transfer up to 3 credits of graduate course work (that has not counted toward another degree) into the Computing for Educators Graduate Certificate. While a course may be waived to avoid substantial repetition of course material, the total of 15 credits in course work must still be acquired. The Graduate Coordinator must approve transfer credits after assessing whether they are appropriate and will as well assess proposed waivers and substitution courses on the program of study. Apply at Apply Now.

4. Continuation of Computing for Educators Graduate Certificate to M.S. in Information Systems or Alternative M.S.
Before or upon completion of the Computing for Educators Graduate Certificate, students may apply for the MS Information Systems (MSIS) degree. Students may transfer from the Computing for Educators Graduate Certificate only those courses in which they received a grade of B or higher. If aspiring to both credentials, it is typically less work to apply for both graduate programs at the same time when initially applying to grad school. Alternatively the successful candidate might apply the graduate certificate credits in pursuit of a MS Data Science, MS Spatial Informatics, or MS Spatial Information Science and Engineering [Project Option] degree.

4. Additional Information
Curriculum for MS Information Systems
Curriculum for MS Spatial Information Science and Engineering [Project Option] and MS Spatial Informatics
Course Descriptions: See http://gradcatalog.umaine.edu/  > Graduate Courses or see SIE course descriptions
Program of Study Forms: Find at Forms and Documents

B. Model Curriculum: MS Information Systems (MSIS) incorporating Grad Certificate in Computing for Educators

A typical Program of Study for the MSIS (ten courses) that also meets the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Computing for Educators would include the following courses:

Core Requirements for MS Information Systems
SIE 507 – Information Systems Programming
SIE 515 – Human Computer Interaction
SIE 525 – Information Systems Law
SIE 550 – Design of Information Systems
SIE 505 – Formal Foundations for Information Science
Core Requirements for Computing for Educators Grad Certificate
SIE 504 The Beauty and Joy of Computing
SIE 508 Object Oriented Programming
Restricted Choice from Computing for Educators – Choose one from among:
SIE 509 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
SIE 557 Database Applications
SIE 558 Real Time Sensor Databases
COS 465/565 Data Visualization
COS 470/570 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Further Elective Choices from Computing for Educators Requirements – Electives already met in first category above
Further Elective Choices from MSIS Requirements – Choose any two further elective courses listed at MSIS Curriculum as approved for your Program of Study

C. Model Curriculum: MS Spatial Informatics (MSSI) incorporating Grad Certificate in Computing for Educators

This model curriculum is exactly the same as above in B. except for the very last requirement where you instead substitute:

Further Elective Choices for MS Spatial Informatics – Choose of any two further elective courses listed at SIE Graduate Courses as approved for your Program of Study.

IV. Graduate Certificate in Data Science and Engineering

A. Curriculum Requirements and Admission (UMaineOnline Link is forthcoming)

For the official requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog (select current year catalog > Graduate Programs, Certificates and Specializations > Data Science and Engineering (Certificate)) (forthcoming – see instead graduate school website for now)

Although the online graduate catalog is the authoritative source for information, the materials are listed as well below for your convenience in addition to here.

1. Graduate Certificate in Data Science and Engineering Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Data Science and Engineering (GCDSE) consists of 15 credits. Students in consultation with their adviser should not select courses that are duplicative of courses that may have been taken in the student’s undergraduate degree program.  If a previously taken course is duplicative of an elective course in one of the five core theme areas, simply select another course in that area or another theme core area so that the total is still 9 course credits in three of the five Core Theme Areas. The GCDSE is offered wholly on-campus as well as entirely online.

T​he candidate must complete 15 credits consisting of:

(a) Required Course​: DSE 510 Practicum in Data Science and Engineering (3cr),

(b) 9 course credits from at least three of the five Theme Areas

(c) 3 further course credits from within the Foundation CoursesTheme Areas, or Domain Specializations

2. DSE Graduate Certificate Admission

Students to be admitted into the Data Science and Engineering (DSE) Certificate must hold an undergraduate degree and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Candidates must submit a transcript of their undergraduate degree and an essay. Students may apply to transfer up to 3 credits of graduate course work (that has not counted toward another degree) into the DSE Graduate Certificate. While a course may be waived due to substantial repetition of course content, the total of 15 credits in course work must still be acquired. The DSE Certificate Graduate Coordinator must approve transfer credits after assessing whether they are appropriate as well as assess proposed waivers and substitution courses on the student’s program of study. For further DSE admission details, see here. Apply at Apply Now.

3. Continuation of DSE Certificate to M.S. in Data Science and Engineering (both online and on-campus), M.S. in Information Systems (both online and on-campus), M.S. in Spatial Information Science and Engineering (on campus only), or M.S. in Spatial Informatics (online only)
Before or upon completion of the DSE Graduate Certificate, students may apply for continuation of their coursework through any of the above listed all-coursework master’s degrees. Students may transfer from the DSE Graduate Certificate only those courses in which they received a grade of B or higher. If aspiring to both credentials, it is typically less work to apply for both the graduate certificate and MS program at the same time when initially applying to grad school.

4. Additional Information
Curricula for Master’s Degrees: MS Data Science and Engineering, MS Information Systems, MS Spatial Informatics, MS Spatial Information Science and Engineering [Project Option]
Course Descriptions: See http://gradcatalog.umaine.edu/  > Graduate Courses. Or, for some courses, see SIE course descriptions
Program of Study Forms: Find at Forms and Documents

B. Model Curriculum: MS Information Systems (MSIS) incorporating Grad Certificate in Data Science and Engineering (DSE)

A typical Program of Study for the MSIS that also meets the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in DSE would include the following courses:

Core Requirements for MS Information Systems
SIE 507 – Information Systems Programming (DSE Foundation Course)
SIE 515 – Human Computer Interaction (DSE Theme 4 Course)
SIE 525 – Information Systems Law (DSE Theme 5 Course)
SIE 550 – Design of Information Systems (DSE Theme 2 Course)
SIE 505 – Formal Foundations for Information Science (DSE Domain A Course)
Core Requirements for DSE Grad Certificate
(a) Required Course​: DSE 510 Practicum in Data Science and Engineering (3cr),
(b) 9 course credits from at least three of the five Theme Areas. Themes 2, 4, and 5 are already  met by SIE 550, SIE 515 and SIE 525 above.
(c) 3 further course credits from within the Foundation CoursesTheme Areas, or Domain Specializations. This one course requirement is already met by SIE 507, or SIE 505

Further Elective Requirements for MSIS
– Select four further elective courses listed at MSIS Curriculum to bring the total to ten courses.

C. Model Curriculum: MS Spatial Informatics (MSSI) incorporating Grad Certificate in Data Science and Engineering (DSE)

A typical Program of Study for the MSSI that also meets the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in DSE would include the following courses:

Core Requirements for MS Spatial Informatics
SIE 507 – Information Systems Programming (DSE Foundation Course)
SIE 515 – Human Computer Interaction (DSE Theme 4 Course)
SIE 525 – Information Systems Law (DSE Theme 5 Course)
SIE 550 – Design of Information Systems (DSE Theme 2 Course)
SIE 505 – Formal Foundations for Information Science (DSE Domain A Course)
Core Requirements for DSE Grad Certificate
(a) Required Course​: DSE 510 Practicum in Data Science and Engineering (3cr),
(b) 9 course credits from at least three of the five Theme Areas. Themes 2, 4, and 5 are already  met by SIE 550, SIE 515 and SIE 525 above.
(c) 3 further course credits from within the Foundation CoursesTheme Areas, or Domain Specializations. This one course requirement is already met by SIE 507, or SIE 505

Further Elective Requirements for MSSI
– Select four further SIE elective courses listed at MSSI Curriculum to bring the total to ten courses.