Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MMIS)
The M.S. in Management Information Systems is a 36 credit-hour program. It focuses on the application of information technology to the collection, retention, and dissemination of information for management planning and decision making. The program concentrates on areas such as project management, decision support systems, computer languages, client-server and distributed computing, database systems and data warehousing, telecommunications, system analysis and design, human-computer interaction, electronic commerce, information security, computer graphics, and multimedia.
The program blends theory and practice into a learning experience that develops skills applicable to complex real-world problems. It is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the field and to provide an enduring foundation for future professional growth.
The program’s formats offer full-time students the opportunity to earn the master’s degree in 12 months and working professionals the opportunity to earn the degree in 16–24 months.
Students have the option to earn the M.S. in Management Information Systems with concentrations in Information Security Management and Business Intelligence / Analytics (also 36 credit hours). The concentration curricula are each also available as graduate certificates, requiring a total of 15 credit hours (five courses). The concentration and graduate certificate in Information Security Management are recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) based on its certification of the school’s curriculum under NSA national training standards NSTISSI No. 4011 (Information Systems Security Professionals) and CNSSI No. 4013 (System Administrators). As a result of this certification, Federal agencies may sponsor civilian and military personnel to take the school’s certified graduate courses, and the school is authorized to issue certificates to students who complete such courses. Individuals may apply to take one or more certified information security courses as non-degree students. These programs are available online or on-campus. Students who complete a concentration may also request the corresponding graduate certificate.
Graduates with the M.S. in Management Information Systems are able to: (1) communicate management information systems concepts, designs, and solutions effectively and professionally; (2) apply knowledge of management information systems to produce effective designs and solutions for specific problems; (3) identify, analyze, and synthesize scholarly literature relating to the field of management information systems; (4) evaluate software development tools, software systems, and modern computing platforms.
These programs are designed for students with undergraduate majors in management information systems, computer information systems, information technology, business administration, or a related field, and having knowledge and significant experience in computer applications. Students who cannot demonstrate competence in programming in a high-level language such as C, C++, or Java must take MMIS 501 Introduction to Java Programming. This course is in addition to the required 36 credit hours at the 600 level. MMIS 501 must be completed prior to taking courses at the 600 level; however, some exceptions may be permitted by the program director.
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Option for Early Admission into the Ph.D. Program
This option provides the opportunity for master’s students in management information systems to earn the Ph.D. in information systems in a shorter time. In addition to the requirements specified in the section Early Admission into the Ph.D. Program, the student must have completed MMIS 610 Survey of Computer Languages; MMIS 620 Management Information Systems; MMIS 627 Enterprise Information Systems, Technologies, and Infrastructures; MMIS 630 Database Systems; and MMIS 660 Systems Analysis and Design.
Core courses and electives are listed below. Students may substitute up to two electives for two core courses. Students who wish to take an additional elective must request approval from the program office prior to registration. If the thesis option is elected, students must take ten core courses plus six thesis credits. Plans for the thesis option must be made with and approved by the program office.
Core Courses (three credits each)
Electives (three credits each)
Required courses are listed below. Students may choose any two (other) MMIS courses as electives. If the thesis option is elected, students must take the ten required courses plus six thesis credits. Plans for the thesis option must be made with and approved by the program office.Required Courses (three credits each)
Students must take all five concentration courses listed below. Students also choose five more courses from the core course list further below. For their final two courses, students may choose any two (other) MMIS courses as electives. If the thesis option is elected, students substitute six thesis credits for the final two courses. Plans for the thesis option must be made with and approved by the program office.
Concentration Courses (three credits each)
Core Courses (three credits each) Choose five.