Masters in Information Systems
The Master of Science in Information Systems is a technically-oriented degree that conveys a deeper understanding of technology in a business context. It allows students from any background to increase their technical expertise in Information Technology and Information Systems.
Graduates with a Master of Science in Information Systems would qualify for job opportunities in several areas:
- IT Security Specialist
- Cybersecurity Consultant
- Director of Information Security
- Data Analyst
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Business Intelligence Developer
- Information Specialist
- Information Systems Manager
- User Experience Designer
- User Experience Manager
- User Experience Architect
In addition to these and other job opportunities, graduates who wish to progress to a Ph.D. in Information Systems will have a solid foundation of coursework and a good exposure to Information Systems research.
Curriculum (33 Credit Hours)
Information Systems Core (9 Credits)
All students enrolled in the M.S. in Information System will complete three core courses:
- CSCI 5230 - Software Project Management
- CSCI 5520 - Research Methods in Computer Science
- CSCI 5730 - Enterprise Information Systems
Concentration (12 Credits)
Students, when applying to the program, choose one of four concentration options:
This concentration presents concerns related to the defense of an organization’s physical
and virtual information assets. It features the following courses:
- CSCI 5460 - Network and Information Security
- CSCI 5470 - Cyber Risk Governance
- CSCI 5480 - Cybersecurity Analytics
- CSCI 5607 - Information Risk Management
This concentration presents strategies for using data to gain business advantages,
through inspecting and cleaning data, using programming to analyze and visualize data,
and using the resulting information to make effective decisions. It features the following courses:
This concentration introduces students to managing an organization's information assets, including storing data and presenting it to consumers. The concentration includes a case study in the use of information systems in healthcare. It features the following courses:
User Experience Engineering
This concentration presents strategies for developing effective and usable user interfaces
for websites and other applications. Topics include information architecture, human-computer
interaction, consumer behavior in online environments, and web analytics, including
search engine optimization. It features the following courses:
Electives (6 Credits)
Students may choose two additional 5xxx courses with advisor approval. No more than 3 courses in the degree's program of study may be designated 5xx7.
Capstone Experience (6 Credits)
Students must choose one of the following capstone sequences. All students must pass a final oral examination by completing a presentation to their advisor and committee members. Consult with the department for more information about the presentation.
Independent Computing Project
This capstone allows students to complete a project under an advisor's mentorship. It includes two required courses:
- CSCI 5900 - Independent Study
- CSCI 5950 - Independent Computing Project
Information Systems Project
This capstone immerses students in a group effort to initiate, design, develop, test, and deliver a software product. It includes two required courses:
- CSCI 5915 - Information Systems Project 1
- CSCI 5925 - Information Systems Project 2
This capstone allows students to research a topic under an advisor's mentorship. It includes two required courses:
Additionally, thesis students are strongly encouraged to devote an initial independent study to their research.
The M.S.I.S. may be completed by taking courses in-person, online, or a combination of the two. In-person course offerings will normally be evening courses to allow maximum flexibility for participation.
In addition to admission policies established by the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, all applicants will be evaluated based on the following factors:
- Academic performance and/or professional experience. Academic and professional preparation in information systems or a computing field is helpful but not required. Students without previous coursework in information systems or information technology may be admitted provisionally.
- Three letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant’s academic ability, professional maturity, and communication skills.
- A personal essay that discusses the applicant’s reason for pursuing the M.S. in Information Systems.
International Applicants: Demonstration of English proficiency as specified by the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission Policies is required, together with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
The GRE is not required for admission to this program.