Master of Science in Information Systems


Master of Science in Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems Overview

The Master of Science in Information Systems program is designed to prepare students for leadership in information technology (IT). The program is focused on providing knowledge and skills to apply the principles and concepts related to the development and management of information systems and technology locally and globally. Students could earn a master’s degree in as little as 15 months through a year-round schedule.

The program is designed for IT professionals, executives, and baccalaureate degree graduates who realize the necessity of delivery value to customers. 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.

Master of Science in Information Systems 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
  • Information Security Engineer

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.

Master of Science in Information Systems 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.

Master of Science in Information Systems Curriculum

Program Requirements

MSIS Externship Requirements

  • To be successful in the IT field today, the industry requires that graduates have a degree, certifications, and work experience. The externship requirements for MSIS are intended for students with limited or no in-field work experience. The Program Director determines whether a student's education is best served through the externship requirements. If that is determined to be the case, then the externships are considered required for graduation from the MSIS program.
  • No additional credit is earned. Each externship must be approved by the faculty course manager in advance of participation. Externships are pass/fail.
  • Externships at the graduate level are work experiences (both paid/unpaid) that may include consultancy-type projects and/or applied research that solves problems. The externship courses prepare students with job application skills (COR 090 Career Orientation Seminar), provide practice in a virtual environment (EXT 550 Externship I), and enable students to perform in-field in a real job environment (EXT 600 Externship II and EXT 650 Externship III). Students apply what they have learned in class to the job (EXT 600 and EXT 650).
  • Externships are work experiences designed to apply the material learned in class. The externships are open to international and domestic students. Students will be assigned a mentor throughout the externship. The program consists of up to three semesters of externship.
  • Students must consult with their PDSO or DSO for clarification on the process and the requirements of USCIS and SEVP relative to the externship.

For International students, the externships are Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Regulations for CPT are as follows:

  • CPT is integral to your major and the experience must be part of your program of study.
  • When you enroll at the graduate level, your designated school official (DSO) may authorize CPT during your first semester if your program requires this type of experience. As your DSO for details.
  • Your DSO will provide you a new Form I-20, "Certificate of Eligibility of Non-immigrant Student Status," that shows that the DSO has approved you for this employment.
  • You can work on CPT either full-time or part-time.
  • CPT requires a signed cooperative agreement or a letter from your employer.
  • If you have 12 months or more of full-time CPT, you are ineligible for OPT, but part-time CPT is fine and will not stop you from doing OPT.

Additional Requirements


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