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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)

BUS 9551**

Business Communication I1.5 credits

CIS 9001***

Information Systems for Managers I (with CIS 9002 formerly CIS 9000)1.5 credits

CIS 9002

Information Systems for Managers II (with CIS 9001 formerly CIS 9000)1.5 credits

CIS 9340

Principles of Database Management Systems3 credits

CIS 9490

Systems Analysis and Design3 credits

CIS 9590

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.

BUS 9801, 9802, 9803

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

CIS 9230

Globalization and technology3 credits

CIS 9240

Sustainability and Information Technology3 credits

CIS 9310

Object-Oriented Programming I3 credits

CIS 9350

Networks and Telecommunications3 credits

CIS 9355

Cybersecurity3 credits

CIS 9375

Social Technology and Business 

CIS 9410

Object-Oriented Programming II3 credits

CIS 9440

Data Warehousing and Analytics3 credits

CIS 9444

E-Business Principles and Technologies3 credits

CIS 9445

Digital Media Management3 credits

CIS 9467

Business Modeling with Spreadsheets3 credits

CIS 9480

Information Technology Project Management3 credits

CIS 9550

Emerging Trends in Information Technology3 credits

CIS 9555

Information Technology in Financial Markets3 credits

CIS 9556

Risk Management Systems3 credits

CIS 9557

Business Intelligence3 credits

CIS 9650

Programming for Analytics3 credits

CIS 9655

Data Visualization3 credits

CIS (STA) 9660

 Data Mining for Business Analytics


STA 9660


 3 credits

CIS 9700

Integrating Information Technology and Business Processes3 credits

CIS 9791

Special Topics in Information Systems Technologies1.5 credits

CIS 9793


CIS 9771


Special Topics in Information Technologies3 credits

CIS 9795

Special Topics in Information Systems Strategy1.5 credits
Business Electives: Choose 0-6 credits from the list below:

ACC 9110+

Financial Reporting3 credits

ACC 9810

Current Topics in Financial Accounting3 credits

ACC 9993

Special Topics in Accountancy3 credits

FIN 9770++

 Corporate Finance 3 credits

MGT 9702

 Service Operations Management I 1.5 credits

MGT 9704

 Service Operations Management II 1.5 credits

OPR 9721

Introduction to Quantitative Modeling3 credits

STA 9708

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.

CIS 9310

Object-Oriented Programming I3 credits

CIS 9650

Programming for Analytics3 credits

CIS 9440

Data Warehousing and Analytics3 credits

CIS 9655

Data Visualization3 credits

CIS/ STA 9660

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.