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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 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*

BUS 9551

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.

ACC 9110

Financial Accounting3 credits

FIN 9770

Financial Decision Making3 credits

Courses in Specialization    (30 credits)

Required (15 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 9230

Globalization and Technology3 credits

CIS 9340

Principles of Database Management Systems3 credits

CIS 9490

Systems Analysis and Design3 credits

CIS 9590

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:

BUS 9801


BUS 9803

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

CIS 9797


CIS 9775


 Special Topics in Information Systems Strategy 3 credits

OPR 9721

Introduction to Quantitative Modeling3 credits

STA 9708

Applied Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions3 credits

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