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M.S. Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems program (MS-IS) 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, and
  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 MS in Information Systems 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 as a combination of the preceding two formats. To learn more about the graduate programs, please visit the website http://www.tamuct.edu/departments/computer/index.php.

M.S. Information Systems Non-Thesis

Program Requirements

Required Courses
CISK 504Telecommunications for Manager3
CISK 507Sys Analysis for Managers3
CISK 511Managing Information Systems3
CISK 516Applied Database Management3
CISK 551IT Project Management3
CISK 593Comprehensive Exam0
CISK 598Research Methods in Info Sys3
Approved Electives
Approved graduate level CIS electives12
Approved graduate level electives6
Total Semester Credit Hours36

For more detailed information about the MS in Information Systems see the department website at http://www.tamuct.edu/departments/computer/index.php.

M.S. Information systems Thesis track

Program Requirements

Required Courses
CISK 504Telecommunications for Manager3
CISK 507Sys Analysis for Managers3
CISK 511Managing Information Systems3
CISK 516Applied Database Management3
CISK 551IT Project Management3
CISK 598Research Methods in Info Sys3
CISK 588Thesis6
Approved Electives
Graduate-Level CIS Electives9
Any approved graduate-level electives3
Total Semester Credit Hours36

For more detailed information about the MS in Information Systems see the department website at http://www.tamuct.edu/departments/computer/index.php.

Required Courses

CISK 504. Telecommunications for Manager. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examines the management and utilization of data communication technologies including technical components, configurations, applications, protocols, legal issues, software and management issues, Local Area Network (LAN) technologies, and security issues.

CISK 507. Sys Analysis for Managers. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Investigates and compares various analysis approaches for application automation while highlighting management considerations for planning and developing automated systems. Systems life cycle models and case studies are used. Prerequisite(s): CISK 503 and CISK 516, or approval of the department chair.

CISK 511. Managing Information Systems. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Studies the management and use of information and technology as a resource to create competitive businesses, manage global operations, provide useful products, and provide quality services to customers, whether public or private. Examines information systems management, intellectual property, privacy, organizational and societal impact, legal issues, ethics, security issues, decision making, strategic information systems, and organizational support systems.

CISK 516. Applied Database Management. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examines the objectives and methodologies of database management. Topics include data models, database design, data dictionaries, fourth generation programming languages, data integrity, security, and privacy. Students use a commercial database.

CISK 593. Comprehensive Exam. 0 Semester Credit Hours.

This is the sign up for the CIS comprehensive exam. Students should take this exam in their last semester, their second to last semester, or when all the core classes have been taken. Students taking the thesis option do not need to take this exam.

CISK 551. IT Project Management. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Studies the genesis of project management and its importance to improving the success of information technology projects. Project management concepts and techniques are emphasized, and students are required to apply these concepts by working on a group project as a project manager or active team member. Prerequisite(s): CISK 511 or approval of the department chair.

CISK 598. Research Methods in Info Sys. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course examines timely topics related to computer-based systems. The course develops research skills, problem-solving skills, applies the scientific method refines presentation skills, and promotes team involvement. The course operates in a distributed team environment using the Internet as its communication vehicle.

CISK 588. Thesis. 1-6 Semester Credit Hours.

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is accepted. Prerequisite(s): CISK 518, CISK 598, and consent of major advisor, or approval of the department chair.

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