The MSIS is an applied program that brings together the fields of management, computer science and software engineering. Students take traditional face-to-face classes, as well as hybrid classes (classroom meetings alternated with online instruction), and can pursue the program on a full-time or part-time basis. To be qualified for both business and other operationally oriented organizations, students take classes that involve business management, managing the workforce, technology, and project management.
MSIS students have the option of two distinct tracks:
For either track, students are required to successfully complete between 30 and 45 credits of course work. Depending on prior academic preparation, applicants may be required to complete up to 15 credits of foundation courses, which are included in the 45 credits above, to help them obtain the background necessary for the track for which they have applied. Students who are admitted with an appropriate background can achieve the degree by completing as little as 30 credits of course work.
The MSIS program meets professional standards by adhering in principle to the model curriculum approved by the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).*
Students in either track choose two elective courses from a variety of courses in management information systems, management, computer science, and software engineering. These electives cover such topics as network and software security, cryptography, intelligent systems, data mining, cloud computing, and risk management..
Both tracks culminate with either a 6-credit practicum or a 6-credit thesis done under the supervision of an experienced faculty member.
The practicum option is recommended, as it provides students with real-world experience and leads them into thinking about the policies and strategies that information systems make possible.
*MSIS 2006: Model Curriculum and Guidelines for Graduate Degree Programs in Information Systems, Communications of the AIS, Volume 17. Article 1.