Award: Certificate in Computer Information Systems
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Asst. Prof. David Law, 443-412-2264, dlaw@harford.edu; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

This certificate program is recommended for students with a baccalaureate degree wishing to explore and/or make a career change to the computer field. The courses prepare students to solve business, administrative or statistical problems by utilizing computer software, language, and systems.

Upon successful completion of this program of study, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze the use of commercial software applications, hardware, networks, programming, and other technologies in information systems at a level of competence appropriate to joining the workforce.
  2. Use, maintain and modify existing information systems.
  3. Design and implement new information systems.
  4. Demonstrate the skills to work in a business environment including working in teams, project management, and professional and effective communication with a wider audience.

 NumberTitle Credits
 BA 101Introduction to Business 3   
 CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3   
 CIS 104Computer Operating Systems 3   
 CIS 115Fundamentals of Programming 3   
 CIS 118Introduction to Microsoft Access 3   
 CIS 125Document Processing: MS Word  3   
 CIS 145Introduction to Microsoft Excel 3   
 CIS 205Introduction to Visual Basic.NET Programming 
 CIS 254Advanced Microsoft Office 3-4 
 ENG 101English Composition 3   
 ENG 209Technical Writing 3   
 OS 100Keyboarding Basics 1   
 CIS Elective *3-4 
 Total Credits34-36

* Any CIS course(s) may be taken to satisfy the CIS elective.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that careers in the computer industry are expected to increase by 11% adding over 88,500 positions by 2026. The report indicates continuing growth of the computer industry.


Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018, and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.

Computer Information Systems - Software
Program Level - Undergraduate certificate
Program Length 1.5 years

Occupations: Help desk technicians, computer support specialists
CIP Code: 11.0202
SOC Code: 15-1151.00
Link to O*Net: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1151.00

*How much will this program cost me?
In-State (in-county) Tuition and fees: $5,799.00
Out-of-State Tuition and fees: $9,057.00
Books and supplies: $1,582.00
On-campus room & board: not offered

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: *

* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2016-2017, *% finished in 18 months.

*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2016-2017. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2016-2017 is *%.

* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Template: http://ww2.harford.edu/gedt/11.0202S-GEDT.html