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  • 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
    • Cryptography
    • 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.