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Information Systems Management Certificate Program in Houston

Feb 14, 2019

The Houston area has multiple schools that offer information systems management training. To make an informed education decision, learn about the certificate options and program requirements for two of these colleges located within roughly 25 miles of downtown.

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Houston Information Systems Management Schools

Information systems (IS) management encompasses an array of different subfields that stretch into areas such as computer networks, security systems and even programming. The Houston area has several schools that collectively offer a diverse range of programs in many areas of this field. Read about the required courses at two colleges, and take a moment to review the table of school stats that follows. Also included are a few details on other program options in the area.

  • The University of Houston-Clear Lake, located around 25 miles from downtown Houston, offers graduate-level certificates in management information systems.
  • San Jacinto Community College may seem attractive to students interested in the networking aspects of information systems management. The school offers a couple of certificate programs that prepare students for a range of industry certifications in commercial networking systems, such as CISCO. The campus is about 20 miles from central Houston.

Comparison of Schools

Find out additional info about the profiled colleges in the table below. It covers a variety of areas -- including campus settings and tuition rates -- that can help you narrow down your options on where to study.

University of Houston-Clear Lake San Jacinto Community College
School Type 4-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 8,542* 30,509*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition (2017-2018) $8,710 in-state; $17,692 out-of-state (graduate tuition and fees)* $1,500 in-district; $2,580 in-state; $4,140 out-of-state (undergraduate tuition and fees)*
Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2016-2017) 59%* 42%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 72%* N/A-Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 74% full-time* 72% full-time*
Graduation Rate N/A* 28% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

University of Houston-Clear Lake

The University of Houston-Clear Lake administers certificate programs in management information systems through its business school, which prepares students for a range of occupations, such as systems analyst, web developer, business analyst and information systems manager.

Graduate Certificate Program in Management Information Systems-IS Management

This certificate program focuses more generally on the broad field of management information systems. The coursework places less emphasis on hardware and technical networking and programming skills than on the strategic aspects of information systems management, such as risk, scope, time, cost and quality.

Graduate Certificate in Management Information Systems-Business Applications Development

This program provides students with the practical and theoretical expertise needed to develop software-based solutions for business problems. Students engage in specific areas such as cabling systems, HTML language and graphic user interface. Course topics may cover broader areas that include Java programming, C# programming and Internet applications development.

Graduate Certificate in Management Information Systems-Networking and Security

Students in this certificate program will learn about a variety of issues in networking security through research and hands-on instruction. Specific areas of inquiry may include serial link protocols, LAN technologies, internet working concepts, hacking pre-emption and intrusion detection systems. The curriculum is comprised of such course topics as networking fundamentals, networking security and information systems auditing.

Graduate Certificate in Management Information Systems-Information Technology

This certificate is the most customizable of those offered at University of Houston-Clear Lake. Students take a required course in business programming (if they have not already passed six hours of programming courses at the college level), then take four courses of their choosing. Coursework is varied, with options including IS and IT management, internet applications, database administration, project management, Windows and more.

San Jacinto Community College

San Jacinto provides students with more than 180 programs in both academic and technical fields at low-cost. Areas of study include communications, health science and human services.

IT Beginning Network CISCO Occupational Certificate

This program is designed for students seeking expertise in the information systems subfield of network administration. Courses in this program will prepare students to obtain certification in the CISCO networking platform. Course topics may cover such areas as network fundamentals, LAN switching and routing protocols. Specific areas of inquiry include cabling principles, network configuration, IP addressing and Ethernet.

Information Technology Network Administration CISCO Certificate

As with the Beginning Network certificate program, this program prepares students for CISCO certification. However, more fundamental topics are covered, such as PC operating systems, integrated software, CISCO networking and computer hardware. Students who complete this program may gain a range of professional skills in areas that include installing computer systems, utilizing Windows operating system and embedding data.

Other Schools

Degree programs in this field are also available at Texas Southern University, located about five miles from downtown Houston, and the University of Houston, also five miles from downtown. Relevant options at Texas Southern include a health information management program. The University of Houston offers a master's in information system security.

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