Start your career focused in technology management that integrates dynamic business and network database design. Rely on your analytical mind to drive your business success. This certificate program provides students with an opportunity to gain expertise in business software applications and to develop an in-depth knowledge of organizational information systems.


The increasingly critical role of information systems within organizations has created a strong demand for graduates who are knowledgeable about both information systems and business design. This certificate program provides students with the opportunity to gain expertise in business software applications and to develop an in-depth knowledge of organizational information systems. Students enrolled in this certificate program will choose a focus area in either Accounting Information Systems (AIS) or Management Information Systems (MIS).


The AIS option leads to accounting and technical skills necessary for successful careers in accounting and accounting information systems in today’s technology-oriented marketplace. The MIS option includes a combination of applied and theoretical courses in business computer applications, programming, analytics, and the development of information systems. This option equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary for a variety of careers in business and data analytics.


Program Preparation

This certificate program is open to undergraduates, graduates, and post-baccalaureate students. Core accounting, applications and information systems courses are necessary prior to enrollment in certificate program.


Degree Roadmap

In size and scope, the certificate is between a minor and a major. To be awarded an AIS or MIS certificate, students must complete the course requirements listed below and the SOU requirements for a BA or BS degree or the transfer equivalent. A majority of the credits must be taken at SOU.


Degree Integration

The CBIS is integrates smoothly with any degree program but is particularly well suited for students majoring in Management, Accounting, Marketing, or Computer Science.  The knowledge gained pertains to computer software structure and can be applied to almost any area of study.

In size and scope, the certificate is between a minor and a major. To be awarded an AIS or MIS certificate, students must complete the course requirements listed below and requirements for a BA or BS degree at SOU or the transfer equivalent. A majority of the credits must be taken at SOU. All courses taken for the certificate must be completed with a grade of C or better. A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in all certificate courses.

Course requirements may be found in the SOU online catalog. 

2011-12 catalog; 2012-13 catalog; 2013-14 catalog; 2014-15 catalog; 2015-16 catalog; 2016-17 catalog

Al Case, CPA
Associate Professor
(541) 552-6556
casea@sou.edu