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For additional program information see the Zicklin School website

Today’s competitive business environment requires that companies leverage Information Technology to gain a competitive edge and to operate efficiently. The Master of Science in Information Systems provides students with the managerial and technological skills that support these goals.  The focused program consists of 31.5 credits in IS-related courses and an abbreviated business core (waivable based on prior academic background).   Students take core courses in key topics such as database management systems, global issues in IT, systems analysis and design, and IS strategy and may customize their degree by selecting from diverse elective courses. Graduates of the program are employed in diverse industries in positions such as project managers, system developers, technology leads, IT managers, and systems analysts.  The MS program conforms with the DHS - STEM program so that international students who graduate from the MS program may be eligible for an additional 17-month extension on their optional practical training (OPT).


English Language Proficiency **
Students who completed their undergraduate education in a non-English speaking country will be required to take non-credit bearing modules in Grammar Troubleshooting and American English Pronunciation offered by the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies. These modules may be waived based on a waiver exam. The modules are not required for students who completed a four-year degree in an English-speaking country.

Courses in Specialization    (31.5 credits)

Required (13.5 credits)
Business Communication I1.5 credits
Information Systems for Managers I (with CIS 9002 formerly CIS 9000)1.5 credits
Information Systems for Managers II (with CIS 9001 formerly CIS 9000)1.5 credits
Principles of Database Management Systems3 credits
Systems Analysis and Design3 credits
Information Systems Development Project3 credits

Electives    (18 credits)

Choose 12-18 credits

Students may select courses, according to preference, from the list below, or alternatively may select from a focused list (below) constituting a concentration in Data Analytics.

Graduate Internships I, II, and III (in IS)3 credits
Globalization and technology3 credits
Sustainability and Information Technology3 credits
Object-Oriented Programming I3 credits
Networks and Telecommunications3 credits
Cybersecurity3 credits
Social Technology and Business 
Object-Oriented Programming II3 credits
Data Warehousing and Analytics3 credits
E-Business Principles and Technologies3 credits
Digital Media Management3 credits
Business Modeling with Spreadsheets3 credits
Information Technology Project Management3 credits
Emerging Trends in Information Technology3 credits
Information Technology in Financial Markets3 credits
Risk Management Systems3 credits
Business Intelligence3 credits
Programming for Analytics3 credits
Data Visualization3 credits
 Data Mining for Business Analytics



 3 credits
Integrating Information Technology and Business Processes3 credits
Special Topics in Information Systems Technologies1.5 credits



Special Topics in Information Technologies3 credits
Special Topics in Information Systems Strategy1.5 credits
Business Electives: Choose 0-6 credits from the list below:
Financial Reporting3 credits
Current Topics in Financial Accounting3 credits
Special Topics in Accountancy3 credits
 Corporate Finance 3 credits
 Service Operations Management I 1.5 credits
 Service Operations Management II 1.5 credits
Introduction to Quantitative Modeling3 credits
Managerial Statistics3 credits
**Students may take CIS 9001 along with other specialization courses for which CIS 9001 is the pre-or co-requisite in their first semester
New Concentration in Data Analytics
Students will take all required courses(13.5 credits), and will select 9-12 credits from the following list of electives. To complete teh remaining 6-9 elective credits, students will select fro he information systems and business electives listed above.
Object-Oriented Programming I3 credits
Programming for Analytics3 credits
Data Warehousing and Analytics3 credits
Data Visualization3 credits
Data Mining for Business Analytics3 credits

*The requirements below are pending approval of the New York State Department of Education, effective Spring 2017.

**Effective for all MS-Information Systems students admitted in Spring 2016 or later. Students admitted prior to Spring 2016 should consult their preliminary course evaluation and/or waiver exam results, since other requirements and conditions apply.

***Students may take CIS 9001 along with other specialization courses for which CIS 9001 is the pre- or corequisite in their first semester.

+Formerly ACC 9110 Financial Accounting; new course title effective spring 2017.

++Formerly FIN 9770 Financial Decision Making; new course title effective Spring 2017.

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