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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 30 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).


Required for all MS Students*
Business Communication I1.5 credits
Program specific, 1.5 credit equivalent business communication instruction approved by the Graduate Curriculum Committee.

Preliminary Courses    
(6 credits)

Students with appropriate academic background will be able to reduce the number of credits in preliminary requirements. English language courses offered by the Continuing and Professional Studies area are required for non-native English speakers; the courses may be waived based on a waiver exam.

Financial Accounting3 credits
Financial Decision Making3 credits

Courses in Specialization    (30 credits)

Required (15 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
Globalization and Technology3 credits
Principles of Database Management Systems3 credits
Systems Analysis and Design3 credits
Information Systems Development Project3 credits
(Electives can be substituted for the above six courses given equivalent previous academic course background. Previously taken courses in CIS should be evaluated by the faculty advisor prior to registration.)

Electives    (15 credits)*

Choose five courses from:


Graduate Internships I, II, and III (in IS)3 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



 Special Topics in Information Systems Strategy 3 credits
Introduction to Quantitative Modeling3 credits
Applied Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions3 credits

*Effective spring 2016: Revised elective choices; BUS 9551 or equivalent.

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