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Graduate Certificate in Informatics

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Admissions Counselors
Melissa Smith
SPGS Enrollment Manager
Keegan Hunzeker
Admissions Counselor

Admissions Requirements

  • High School Diploma OR GED*
  • Minimum 17 English/Reading ACT scores, OR placement test**
  • Minimum 19 Math ACT score, OR placement test**


  1. Complete an information meeting, either on-campus or over the phone.
  2. Complete and online application.
  3. Submit all official transcripts – high school* and college.
  4. Build a plan of study with your advisor.

*Waived for those with 24+ hours of transferable college credit. For those with less than 24+ hours of credit, high school transcripts (or GED results) will be required as part of the admission process.

**If students have 24+ hours of transferable college credit, no ACT or assessment exams are required. If students have less than 24 hours of transferable college credit and no ACT, then the ACCUPLACER exam will be required as part of the admission process.


To be successful, you’ll need a current (three years old or less) personal computer and access to a high-speed (2 Mb or faster Internet connection. The Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac platforms are the recommended operating systems. At least 100GB of available hard drive space will be needed to load the necessary software. Chromebooks and netbook-type computers will not be compatible with some course requirements.

To participate successfully in courses in the various MNU programs, (and particularly for all online courses and programs) all students must have individual access to a personal computer of one of the following types. It is recommended that your system be no more than three years old.:

    • Microsoft Windows (PC):
      Windows personal computer (desktop OK, laptop recommended), with the Windows 7 or newer Windows operating system, or a Windows 8.x or Windows 10 tablet computer (e.g., Microsoft Surface) or newer.
      NOTE: Windows Smartphones are NOT sufficient technologies by themselves. 
    • Apple:
      Mac (desktop OK, laptop recommended), with the Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) or newer Mac operating system
      NOTE: Apple tablets (e.g., iPads) and Apple smartphones (e.g., iPhones) may be handy to have for some courses and activities, but they are NOT sufficient technology by themselves. 
    • Others:
      No other devices are supported or recommended for MNU online courses and programs
      Android devices (tablets and smartphones) WILL NOT work for some critical functions.
      Chromebooks and other Netbook computers MAY NOT work for some features and functions, and therefore are not recommended. 
    • Recommended Extras:
      Webcam, for creating presentations for assignments Multimedia headset (microphone and headphones) for creating presentations for assignments and for participating in online real-time conferences.