Tracks and Curriculum Options
As an MS in Information Systems student, you have the option of two distinct tracks: technology or management. Both tracks cover three areas ― software life cycle, information technology management, and business strategic management. For either track, you’re required to successfully complete between 30 and 43.5 credits, depending on your prior academic preparation.
- Technology Track ― Emphasizes the software lifecycle. In this track you’ll take additional computer science and software engineering courses.
- Management Track ― Emphasizes information technology management and business strategic management. In this track you’ll take additional business courses.
In either track, you may choose two electives from a variety of courses in management information systems, management, computer science, and software engineering. Electives for the MS in Information Systems include:
- Network and Software Security
- Intelligent Systems
- Data Mining
- Cloud Computing
Practicum and Thesis
Both tracks culminate with a 6-credit practicum or 6-credit thesis that you’ll complete under the supervision of an experienced faculty member.
The practicum is a two-semester project in which you’ll work with other students in a team to solve a real problem for a real client against a deadline. The thesis involves doing original research on a management information systems topic.