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Master of Science in Information Systems Degree 100% Online

Master of Science in Information Systems - 100% Online

Master of Science in Information Systems Online Degree Program Overview

When you look at professions poised for growth, it’s hard to match Computer and Information Systems. Consider these numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

Occupation Job Growth (2016-2026)
Application Developer 31%
Information Security Analysts 28%
Web Developers 15%

As this sector grows, so will the need for IT managers. BLS research projects that the numbers of computer and information systems managers will rise by more than 44,000 between 2016 and 2026. 

At ECPI University, we’ve designed an Online Master of Science in Information Systems degree program that you can pursue completely online which means you can continue to grow in your profession while you prepare to advance into management. Through this program, you can develop a broad perspective of the business and management environments in which information system technologies play a strategic role, and enhance the practical and applied skills that can support organizational performance.

Here’s another thing you’ll like about ECPI University: our online classes meet year-round, allowing you to earn your master’s degree much faster. How much faster? Stick with your online program and you can earn your Master of Science in Information Systems in just 15 months.

 
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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 online 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 100% online 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

Course ID Course Name Credits
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

Self-Integration

0 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
COR090 Career Orientation Seminar 0

Electives

6 semester credit hours

(choose two courses)

Course ID Course Name Credits
IS631 Information System Security Management 3
IS641 Cloud Computing Management 3
IS650 Mobile Information System Management 3
IS690 Special Topics in Information Systems 3

Externship

The externships are non-credit and must be approved by the program director. Students must maintain full-time graduate study and commit to 20-40 hours a week, including time required to check-in with the externship mentor. The externship courses are pass/fail and students must pass the externship course to be able to stay in the externship program.

Course ID Course Name Credits
EXT550 Externship I 0
EXT600 Externship II 0
EXT650 Externship III 0
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 online 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.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found by clicking here.