M.S. Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems program (M.S.-I.S.) is designed to meet the needs of three distinct groups:

  1. Students with a baccalaureate degree in Information Systems;
  2. Students with a baccalaureate degree in another area who have information systems skills and desire to develop new career skills in Information Systems; or
  3. Students with a baccalaureate degree in another area who lack information systems skills and desire to develop new career skills in Information Systems.

Students should select an advisor and discuss the courses required for their degree early in their graduate program.

The M.S.-I.S. requires completion of at least 36 hours of graduate credit. Students may choose to do a thesis as part of this degree program. The degree is offered online, face-to-face, or a combination of the preceding two formats.

Common Courses (30 Credits)

Courses that are common to all emphases may be applied to all. At least 36 hours are required for the degree.

Required Courses
CIS 5304Data Communications for Managers3
CIS 5307Advanced Systems Analysis and Design3
CIS 5311Management Information Systems3
CIS 5316Advanced Database Management3
CIS 5351Information Technology Project Management3
CIS 5382Research Methods in Computer Information Systems3
Approved Electives
Approved graduate-level CIS electives9
Approved graduate-level electives3
Emphasis Requirements (See Below)6
Total Semester Credit Hours36

Without Thesis

CIS 5090Computer Information Systems Comprehensive Examination0
Approved Electives
Approved graduate-level CIS elective3
Approved graduate-level electives3
Total Semester Credit Hours6

With Thesis

Required Courses
CIS 5398Computer Information Systems Thesis (Semester 1)3
CIS 5398Computer Information Systems Thesis (Semester 2)3
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Course Information and Schedule 

The Course Information page includes a complete list of courses and course descriptions. 

See the courses offered this semester using the Online Course Schedule.

Program Level Student learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates should demonstrate ability to write effectively on technical and non-technical subjects in computer information systems.

  2. Graduates should demonstrate ability to orally communicate effectively on technical and non-technical subjects in computer information systems.

  3. Graduates should be able to work well as a part of diverse teams.

  4. Graduates should be able to evaluate computer information systems solutions for business situations and select optimal solutions.

  5. Graduates should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills in areas including, but not limited to, the ethical, legal, security, and social issues inherent in information systems.

  6. Graduates should be able to demonstrate the knowledge required to engage in continued professional development.

  7. Graduates should demonstrate the skills and abilities necessary to research and evaluate current and emerging trends and technologies in order to build effective organizational solutions.

  8. Graduates should demonstrate an understanding of the role information systems plays in supporting organizational decision-making and for achieving competitive advantage.

  9. Graduates should demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to analyze business needs, and then acquire and/or design and develop the appropriate solution from existing and emerging technologies and tools.