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Applied Information Science, Undergraduate Certificate

Learn to navigate the challenges presented by the everyday creation and collection of masses of data with an Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Information Science from IU Online. This flexible, completely online program will enhance your employment options and data literacy.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 15

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $308.02

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $1083.63

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

As a student in the IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Information Science, you’ll learn to document and organize data, curate it for specific needs, and build infrastructures to understand its meaning. You’ll harness the potential of large datasets while exploring the social, ethical, and technical questions that arise from big data.

Specific areas of focus include:

  • Data analysis and manipulation
  • Data organization and access
  • Data policy development
  • Database design
  • Data management, including backup and security

You’ll earn an Indiana University certificate respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete an application for admission
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 12 credit hours)
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials
  • Submit official university transcripts (if applicable)

Application Deadlines

This program has rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Information Science prepares you for such careers as:

  • Data curator
  • Data project manager
  • Document management specialist
  • Logistics analyst
  • Logistics manager
  • Market research analyst
  • Operations research analyst

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Information Science, you must complete 15 credit hours.


Core Classes for the Applied Information Science Undergraduate Certificate
Course Number Course Name Credits
INFO-I 308* Information Representation 3 Credits
LIS-S 201 Foundations of Data Studies 3 Credits
LIS-S 202 Data Organization and Representation 3 Credits
LIS-S 301 Data Policy and Governance 3 Credits
LIS-S 305 Data Curation and Management 3 Credits

*You may substitute a different course on relational databases for INFO-I 308. Alternates include CSCI-N 211 and HIM-M 200.

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