The Master of Science in Information Systems (MS) program prepares students for leadership positions in which they can move beyond managing a business to improving it through information technology. The program emphasizes the management of information systems and technologies, and their strategic use. Technical topics such as IT infrastructure and enterprise systems integration are combined with business issues, including managerial skills and ethics. The program welcomes students with diverse academic and professional backgrounds.
Program Admission Requirements
- General admission requirements.
- Earned undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
- Provide an official copy of all academic transcripts and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores or GRE scores. Equivalency between the GMAT score and the GRE score is established using the ETS comparison table https://wwww.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool.
- One of the following:
- Minimum 3.0 GPA in upper division coursework (last 60 credit hours) or
- Score of 500 or higher on the GMAT or equivalent score on GRE.
- Total points of 1050 (GPA x 200 + GMAT) with a GMAT score of at least 450 or equivalent score on GRE.
- International students must have a satisfactory score on the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based for international students from countries where English is not the primary language).
- Prior to admission to a graduate program, students may complete a maximum of 9 credit hours of graduate level courses on a non-degree basis.
- Course waiver.
The program is divided into 21 credit hours of business foundation courses, 18 credit hours of required information systems core courses, and 12 credit hours of approved elective courses. Up to a maximum of 21 credit hours of foundation courses may be waived by equivalent undergraduate or graduate courses completed at a regionally accredited institution within the last six years with a grade of C or higher. Course equivalences are as follows: (Note: Without waivers, the program length is 51 credit hours.)
- ACG 6025 - Accounting Fundamentals for Mgrs - Intro to Financial Accounting (ACG 2021) and Intro to Managerial Accounting (ACG 2071)
- ECO 5005 - Foundations of Economics - Micro and Macro Economics (ECO 2013 and 2023)
- FIN 5405 - Foundations of Business Finance - Business Finance (FIN 3403)
- ISM 6021 - Management Information Systems - MIS upper division course (ISM 3011)
- MAN 6055 - Contemporary Management Concepts - Principles of Management (MAN 3025)
- MAR 6805 - Marketing Management - Principles of Marketing (MAR 3023)
- QMB 6305 - Statistical Methods for Management - Statistics I and II (STA 2023 and QMB 3200)
- Additional admission requirements.
Applicants to the master's program in IS must complete the following prerequisite courses or equivalent:
- Introduction Business Programming (ISM 3230)
- Database Concepts & Administration (ISM 3212)
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 51 HRS
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours. Note: A maximum of 21 credit hours of Business Foundation courses may be waived by equivalent undergraduate or graduate courses completed at a regionally accredited institution within the last 6 years with a grade of C or higher. Without waivers, the program length is 51 credit hours.
- Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework in the program.
- Satisfy all degree requirements within 7 years from the time of admission to the program.
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes
Transfer of Credits. Students may transfer a maximum of six credit hours of approved graduate level coursework from a regionally accredited institution. All transfer courses must have been completed within the past six years with a grade of B or higher. The evaluation of academic transcripts and articulation of transfer courses must be approved by the appropriate academic department. Refer to course waiver guidelines above.
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale throughout the program (see the Probation/Dismissal section of the Graduate Student Guidebook).
- A student who receives three grades of "C" or lower is automatically suspended from the program (see Probation/Dismissal section of the Graduate Student Guidebook).
- Foundation courses are prerequisite to required courses and concentration courses. Questions regarding course sequencing should be directed to the Graduate Advisor.
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