Information Systems, Master of Science

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Information Systems program is designed to prepare students to leading roles in 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 can earn your master’s in less than 15 months through our year-round scheduled.

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

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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About the Profession

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, or Security Administrator. With significant, successful work experience in the field, management opportunities could be available to the graduate.

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.

Program Outline

To receive the Master of Science in Information Systems, student must earn 36 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of four semesters or 15 months of instruction. The Program requirements are as follows:

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

30 semester credit hours

IS510Object-Oriented Programming


IS520Database Management Systems


IS530Introduction to Information Security


IS610Mobile Application Development


IS630Information Security Policy and Practice


IS640Cloud Computing and Virtualization


IS670Software Engineering


IS680Information System Project Management


IS698Information System Design Project I


IS699Information System Design Project II



6 semester credit hours

(choose two courses)

IS631Information System Security Management


IS641Cloud Computing Management


IS650Mobile Information System Management


IS690Special Topics in Information Systems