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Information Systems

Master of Science

Program Length: 15 months

Degree Overview

Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems addresses the growing need for professionals who need to possess both analytical skills and business acumen with the goal of improving business through information technology and management. These professionals must be familiar with the theory and practice of storing, organizing, retrieving and analyzing information in a variety of settings.

Technical expertise alone is not sufficient for success, and graduates will need to be skilled in the topics of understanding how to organize information, analyze user information, design or evaluate information systems that allow for efficient and effective user interaction, be able to provide and assure the quality and value of information to decision makers, understand the economic and social environment in which their organization functions, be familiar with relevant issues in law, economics, ethics, and management.

Typical positions filled by a professional with a master of science in information systems include; positions within the office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Information Technology/Information Systems/Information Management Director, systems analyst, systems architect, and strategic technologist.

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

MAT 610 Quantitative Methods 4.0
MBA 601 Financial Accounting for Management 4.0
MBA 603 Marketing Management 4.0
MBA 612 Leadership Theory 4.0
MBA 613 Advanced Human Resource Management 4.0
MIS 550 Systems Analysis and Design 4.0
MIS 560 Storage Area Network Architecture and Management 4.0
MIS 570 Management Information Systems 4.0
MIS 580 Information Systems Security 4.0
MIS 590 IT Project Management 4.0
MIS 650 Data Management, Analysis and Reporting 4.0
MIS 660 Human Computer Interaction 4.0
MIS 670 Information Systems Strategic Planning 4.0
MIS 680 Decision Support Systems and Methods 4.0
MIS 690 Information Systems Capstone Project 4.0

Course Description

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Quantitative Methods

This course introduces mathematical and statistical analysis as related to business information, including profit and inventory analysis. Theory, tools, and techniques involved with information systems as used by management are introduced. Other topics include research design, data collection and organization, sampling, inferential statistical methods, and results interpretation. (Prerequisite: MAT220 or equivalent within the last five years, or with consent of the Dean)

Credits: 4.0

Financial Accounting for Management

An examination of accounting procedures related to recording, reporting, analyzing, and interpreting financial data. Applies accounting concepts and perspectives to financial and business decisions. Emphasis is placed on applying technical accounting procedures in the evaluation and analysis of business events.

Credits: 4.0

Marketing Management

The development and execution of a company's marketing plan are emphasized in this course. All elements of the marketing organization are reviewed, and their contributions to an effective marketing effort are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the impacts of telecommunications and information technology on marketing.

Credits: 4.0

Leadership Theory

This course addresses the theory and practice of leadership in organizations. Explores traditional and modern theories of leadership, as well as the practical application of these theories in the workplace. In addition to covering the traditional concepts of leadership in organizations, this course takes an in-depth look at the power and influence a leader has over the organization and its members.

Credits: 4.0

Advanced Human Resource Management

This course covers the major aspects of human resource management. It provides an assessment of the human resource management field. Topics include: equal employment opportunity, job analysis, strategic planning, recruitment, selection, and training and performance appraisal. Also covers compensation, benefits, safety and health, and labor-management relations.

Credits: 4.0

Systems Analysis and Design

This course focuses on systems analysis and design with emphasis on information systems development and the latest systems development methods, tools, and techniques in systems analysis and design. Topics include systems analysis fundamentals, the role of the systems analyst, understanding and modeling organizational systems, process specifications and structured decisions, and quality assurance and implementation.

Credits: 4.0

Storage Area Network Architecture and Management

This course focuses on storage networking and how Storage Area Networks (SANs) can help consolidate conventional server storage onto networks, how they make applications highly available no matter how much data is being stored, and how they make data access and management faster and easier. Additional emphasis is placed on the evolution of the technology and SANs, applications for SANs, storage networking and what it means for the information processing architecture of an enterprise, and issues for implementation and adoption.

Credits: 4.0

Management Information Systems

This course introduces students to management information systems essential for creating competitive firms, managing global corporations, and providing useful products and services to customers. Emphasis is placed on the digital integration of the firm through enterprise applications, management of the supply chain, customer relationships, and enterprise systems.

Credits: 4.0

Information Systems Security

This course focuses on the managerial aspects of information security such as access control models, information security governance, and information security program assessment and metrics. Topics include information-assurance plans and strategies, providing training for security awareness, configuration security management, information assurance (IA), and legal issues.

Credits: 4.0

IT Project Management

This course presents an understandable, integrated view of the many concepts skills, tools, and techniques involved in information technology project management. Topics include analysis of business requirements, development and deployment cycles, creating project plans for successful delivery, implementing risk management techniques and mitigation strategies, scheduling task cycles, implementing monitoring tools and controls to track project progress.

Credits: 4.0

Data Management, Analysis and Reporting

This course introduces students to information data management, analysis, and reporting methodologies in business. Emphasis is placed on the various performance measurement methods used in business and shows their practical impact on business outcomes. Students will learn how to collect information, summarize, analyze, present, and interpret data using current software tools.

Credits: 4.0

Human Computer Interaction

This course introduces students to the world of human-computer interaction and takes students through the process of developing effective interactive information technologies. Emphasis is placed on accessibility and diversity, aging, literacy, hearing, vision, physical disabilities, and children. Additional topics include sensor-based interactions, tangible interfaces, augmented cognition, cognition under stress, ubiquitous and wearable computing, and privacy and security.

Credits: 4.0

Information Systems Strategic Planning

This course provides an introduction to the information systems used in the strategic planning process and methodologies, which drive business information management/information technology strategy and computing architecture. Topics include the concepts, the techniques, and the templates for analyzing, organizing, communicating, and implementing an information systems strategy.

Credits: 4.0

Decision Support Systems and Methods

This course provides students with up-to-date techniques and insight into management support system technologies. Emphasis is placed on how support system technologies can be used for better decision making while focusing on the Executive Information Systems (EIS) intended to facilitate and support the information and decision-making needs of senior executives.

Credits: 4.0

Information Systems Capstone Project

Students are required to complete a project or write a thesis that integrates and demonstrates their mastery of the learning objectives and the integration of the skills and concepts of the degree program.

Credits: 4.0

Total Courses: 15Total Credits: 60

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Available Online: This program is delivered fully online.

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