Certificate Programs

The School of Information offers five graduate-level certificate programs. All certificates can be completed online and all certificates require a minimum of 12 credit hours for completion. Certificate programs are designed to provide students an opportunity to master technical aspects in specialized areas of study.  Certificates do not award a degree or diploma; however, you may apply up to 12 credits earned for a certificate toward a master or specialist degree with approval.

Students interested in pursuing a certificate must apply and be approved.  Learn more about certificate admission requirements.

Certificate Programs

Certificate Completion Requirement

To earn a certificate, students must:

      • Apply and be approved to pursue a certificate program.
      • Complete the required number of credit hours of course work from the approved list of courses on each individual certificate program section.
      • Earn a grade of “B” or higher in EACH OF THE COURSES completed for a certificate.
      • Submit the online iSchool Graduate Certificate Completion Request Form requesting completion of the certificate at the beginning of the term in which the requirements for the certificate will be complete.

Courses used to satisfy one certificate may not be used to satisfy another certificate. Students must request completion of the certificate BEFORE completion of the master’s or specialist degree has been earned. Certificates cannot be awarded or posted once the degree-seeking program has been completed.

Health Information Technology Certificate

The FSU School of Information Certificate in Health Information Technology (HIT) prepares individuals for the burgeoning field of HIT by educating students in the management of health information through the use of technology.

Certificate Requirements

Required:  LIS 5418 Introduction to Health Informatics (3 credits)

Take a total of 9 credit hours from the following courses. For more information about the courses listed below, see the graduate course descriptions.

LIS 5255 Information, Technology, and Older Adults (3 credits)

LIS 5419 Consumer Health Informatics (3 credits)

LIS 5631 Health Information Sources (3 credits)

LIS 5788 Management of Health Information Technology (3 credits)

Information Architecture Certificate

The FSU School of Information Certificate in Information Architecture prepares information professionals to design, build, and manage a website as an information resource. This certificate program offers opportunities to enhance skills in areas of Web design, Web applications, administration, and usability, building on students’ existing knowledge of Web technologies.

Certificate Requirements

Required:  LIS 5275 Usability Analysis (3 credits) (effective Summer 2015)

Required: LIS 5786 Introduction to Information Architecture (3 credits)

Take a total of 6 credit hours from the following courses. No other courses may be substituted for any of the courses listed below. For more information about the courses listed below, see the graduate course descriptions.

LIS 5263 Theory of Information Retrieval (3 credits)

LIS 5313 Digital Media: Concepts and Production (3 credits)

LIS 5362 Design and Production of Networked Multimedia (3 credits)

LIS 5364 Web Site Development and Administration (3 credits)

LIS 5367 Advanced Web Applications (3 credits)

LIS 5472 Digital Libraries (3 credits)

LIS 5484 Introduction to Data Networks for Information Professionals (3 credits)

LIS 5487 Information Systems Management (3 credits)

LIS 5489 Network Administration (3 credits)

LIS 5751 Computers as Persuasive Technology (3 credits)

LIS 5782 Database Management Systems (3 credits)

Information Leadership & Management Certificate

The FSU School of Information Certificate in Information Leadership and Management prepares information professionals to be managers and leaders in their respective fields by enhancing their understanding of the unique challenges facing their profession now and in the future. This certificate program offers training in leadership, management, policy, strategy development, decision-making, customer service, team building, negotiating, and budget and finance.

Certificate Requirements

Required: LIS 5442 Information Leadership (3 credits)

Take a total of 9 credit hours from the following courses. No other courses may be substituted for any of the courses listed below. For more information about the courses listed below, see the graduate course descriptions.

LIS 5403 Human Resource Management for Information Professionals (3 credits)

LIS 5405 Leadership in Technology (3 credits)

LIS 5408 Management of Information Organizations (3 credits)

LIS 5411 Introduction to Information Policy (3 credits)

LIS 5426 Grant Writing, Evaluation, and Administration (3 credits)

LIS 5487 Information Systems Management (3 credits)

LIS 5602 Marketing of Library and Information Services (3 credits)

LIS 5788 Management of Health Information Technology (3 credits)

COM 5450 Introduction to Project Management (3 credits)

Reference Services Certificate

The FSU School of Information Certificate in Reference Services prepares information professionals to assume the role of an information, research, and instructional specialist in order to provide assistance to patrons. The certificate program offers training in searching, selecting, and using information resources in a wide range of forms and formats; understanding information needs; and communicating and working effectively with diverse populations.

Certificate Requirements

Required: LIS 5603 Introduction to Information Services (3 credits)

Take a total of 9 credit hours from the following courses. No other courses may be substituted for any of the courses listed below. For more information about the courses listed below, see the  graduate course descriptions.

LIS 5008 Advanced Online Searching (3 credits)

LIS 5105 Communities of Practice (3 credits)

LIS 5241 International and Comparative Information Services (3 credits)

LIS 5273 Practical Library and Information Science Exploration (3 credits)

LIS 5417 Introduction to Legal Resources (3 credits)

LIS 5474 Business Information Needs and Sources (3 credits)

LIS 5524 Instructional Role of the Informational Specialist (3 credits)

LIS 5576 Information Needs of Adults (3 credits)

LIS 5631 Health Information Sources (3 credits)

LIS 5661 Government Information (3 credits)

Youth Services Certificate

The FSU School of Information Certificate in Youth Services prepares information professionals to be successful youth services specialists. This certificate program offers training in resources, services, and evaluation focused on the information needs and interests of children and youth.

Certificate Requirements

Required: LIS 5564 Information Needs of Children (3 credits)

Required: LIS 5565 Information Needs of Young Adults (3 credits)

Take a total of 6 credit hours from the following courses. No other courses may be substituted for any of the courses listed below. For more information about the courses listed below, see the graduate course descriptions.

LIS 5524 Instructional Role of the Informational Specialist (3 credits)

LIS 5566 Multicultural Literature and Information Resources for Children and Young Adults (3 credits)

LIS 5567 International Literature for Children and Young Adults (3 credits)

LIS 5577 Graphic Novels in Libraries (3 credits)

LIS 5603 Introduction to Information Services (3 credits)