Why UM-Flint

Intelligent Systems

The continual advancement in intelligent systems has changed the way these technologically advanced machines observe and respond to the world around them. Machine intelligences have been revolutionary in industries such as automotive, manufacturing, navigation, security, surveillance, and gaming. Intelligent systems are extremely complex and require advanced training in image processing, artificial intelligence, computer vision, noise filtering, texture description, image registration and tracking, and cybersecurity. 

Through research, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of employment options in machine learning, machine vision, and automated driver assist systems (ADAS). Our Intelligent Systems certificate is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills, and training in these areas to prepare them for a high-demand career field. 

Cyber Classrooms

With our Cyber-classrooms at your fingertips, we have the most flexible options to complete your graduate certificate at UM-Flint, including 100% online. The cyber-classrooms allow students to work from anywhere with computer access. In this enhanced learning environment, content is provided via our Mediasite viewer for students that are enrolled each semester. Students enrolled in these courses, will have access to course recordings online. For more information on Cyber Classrooms, click here.

Fast Track Option

Available for students without an undergraduate degree in computer science or a related field, this option consists of courses focused on the core competencies of Networking, Architecture, Algorithms, and Databases. Those who possess an undergraduate degree in a liberal arts or business field may be required to take some additional math and programming courses. All of the Fast Track pre-requisite courses are taught in the cyber-classroom format.

Complete the MS in CSIS

All 12 graduate credits in this certificate transfer into our Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems



Students with insufficient preparation may be required to take some of the following prerequisite courses:

A. Mathematics

  • MTH 118 - Calculus for Management and Social Sciences (4)

B. Programming

All students  (except for UM-Flint CSC alumni) are required to take a programming proficiency test and, based on its score, may be required to take:

  • CSC 500 - Intensive Programming and Computer-Based Problem Solving (3)

C. Additional Computer Science Course

Students without a Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Intelligent Systems, or related bachelor's degree are required to take:

  • CSC 375 - Data Structures (3)


Four courses from:

  • CIS 515 - Cloud Computing (3)
  • CIS 564 - Semantic Web Services (3)
  • CSC 546 - Advanced Artificial Intelligence (3)
  • CSC 548 - Advanced Image Processing and Computer Vision (3)
  • CSC 587 - Advanced Data Mining: Algorithms and Applications (3)

All requirements must be completed within six calendar years of initial enrollment in the program.

Additional information can be found in the catalog.



Applicants without a computer science-related bachelor's degree may enter the program while they complete the Fast Track coursework to allow them to quickly attain the required background knowledge. 

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate your scholarly and/or professional ability ((This requirement is waived for all University of Michigan Alumni.)
  • Statement of Purpose describing your objectives for graduate study and reasons for selecting this program
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. Because this is a certificate program, students are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Early Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Final Deadline: August 1
  • Winter: November 15 
  • Spring: March 15 
  • Summer: May 15

*You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships. Because this is a certificate program, students enrolled are not eligible for federal student loans. More information is available here