Information Systems Master Degree

Information Systems

Information Systems
M.S. in Information Systems
Overview

The Master's is fast becoming the new bachelor's. Standards are higher and the pool of knowledge is deeper, which means many advanced positions now require advanced education. When a highly sought-after position comes your way, will you be able to compete? If not, a Master of Science in Information Systems could give you that all-important edge.

This program is designed for IT Professionals, executives, and baccalaureate degree graduates who want to enter leading roles in IT. The degree provides students with theoretical, practical, and applied skills in computer-based information systems and the technologies that support them. Additionally, it offers a broad perspective of the business and management environments in which information system technologies play a strategic role. Students can earn their master’s in less than 15 months through our year-round scheduled.

Program Description

The curriculum builds on a foundation of communication and problem solving, theoretical and applied understanding of basic technical concepts, protocols, and software/hardware components of information systems technologies. Students enhance their understanding and practical knowledge of desktop, mobile, and web technologies; software and mobile app development; database management; information assurance and information system security management; cloud computing and virtualization, systems analysis, and capstone project.

Upon successful completion of this degree program, the graduate should be able to:

  • Understand how basic software development and networking concepts apply to cloud computing and virtualization.
  • Design, implement, and manage a complex relational database.
  • Be able to manage an information system project from conception through closure.
  • Be aware of information assurance issues and the essential skills required to implement and maintain security in information systems.
  • Evaluate the impact of information systems on business operations and prescribe remedies.
  • Design and implement an information system using the appropriate programming paradigm and programming language.
  • Design and implement desktop, mobile, and web applications.

Possible Career Track

Graduates of a graduate-level CIS degree program have many career options. They often have career paths that eventually lead them into IT management positions. They may manage complex IT projects, design computer systems using the most current information technologies, and develop innovative hardware and software system architectures. They may develop test plans and ensure their correct implementation. Graduates also may work as network architects or administrators who design computer networks, including wireless networks. Graduates of the M.S. in Information Systems degree program will be able to work in a wide variety of positions in business, industry, and government venues.

Possible job titles for an M.S. CIS graduate include:

  • Desktop, Web, or Mobile Application Developer
  • vArchitect
  • Cloud Administrator
  • Security Administrator

Some positions may require background checks, drug screenings, and/or security clearances, depending on the position and industry. Graduates will be expected to have good problem-solving and decision-making skills. Technical competency in Software Development, Database Design, Information Assurance, Cloud Computation, and Storage, Virtualization Technologies, and Mobile App Platforms is desirable.

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

30 semester credit hours

IS510

Object-Oriented Programming

3

IS520

Database Management Systems

3

IS530

Introduction to Information Security

3

IS610

Mobile Application Development

3

IS630

Information Security Policy and Practice

3

IS640

Cloud Computing and Virtualization

3

IS670

Software Engineering

3

IS680

Information System Project Management

3

IS698

Information System Design Project I

3

IS699

Information System Design Project II

3

Electives

6 semester credit hours

(choose two courses)

IS631

Information System Security Management

3

IS641

Cloud Computing Management

3

IS650

Mobile Information System Management

3

IS690

Special Topics in Information Systems

3

Program Outcomes

The curriculum builds on a foundation of communication and problem solving, theoretical and applied understanding of basic technical concepts, protocols, and software/hardware components of information systems technologies. Students enhance their understanding and practical knowledge of desktop, mobile, and web technologies; software and mobile app development; database management; information assurance and information system security management; cloud computing and virtualization, and systems analysis. A capstone project is required.

Upon successful completion of this degree program, the graduate should be able to:

  • Understand how basic software development and networking concepts apply to cloud computing and virtualization.
  • Design, implement, and manage a complex relational database.
  • Be able to manage an information system project from conception through closure.
  • Be aware of information assurance issues and the essential skills required to implement and maintain security in information systems.
  • Evaluate the impact of information systems on business operations and prescribe remedies.
  • Design and implement an information system using the appropriate programming paradigm and programming language.
  • Design and implement desktop, mobile, and web applications.

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