Business Information Systems, M.S.

The Master of Science in Business Information Systems program will prepare students with the skills needed to work in the information technology industry.  The program is designed as a bridge between business and technology.  As opposed to a pure computer science program, this program caters to the burgeoning need for information systems professionals who understand the business aspects of technology.

FINC 537Business Information Systems Principles and Ethical Issues3
FINC 540Business Information Systems Analysis, Design and Acquisition3
FINC 535Data Management3
FINC 6X3Computer Networks and IT Infrastructure3
FINC 6X4Information Systems Project Management3
FINC 6X5Information Systems Development3
FINC 6X6Information Systems Security and Risk Management 3
FINC 7XXCapstone in Information Systems3

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • The completion of a Bachelor's degree.
  • The minimum requirement for admission to the MS program is 3.0 GPA.
  • Students whose undergraduate GPA is between 2.75-2.99 will be considered for admission and matriculation with the following conditions:
    • Business undergraduate majors with a GPA below 3.0 (2.75-2.99) must take BUSI 599 Graduate Business Essentials in the first semester and attain a grade of B to continue in the MS program.
    • Non-business majors must take BUSI 599 Graduate Business Essentials in the first semester and attain a grade of B to continue in the MS or MBA program.
  • Meet all minimum requirements of the Graduate Studies Office. These requirements include: completed application; transcripts; recommendation letters; essay; and resume. An interview may be requested.
  • Additional requirements for international students include: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test result, and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or World Education Services (WES) evaluation of international transcripts.
  • Up to nine credits of graduate courses from other institutions may be accepted with approval of the School of Business.

This is a sample degree map only. Sample Degree Maps are based on full-time status. Full-time for graduate learners is defined as taking nine credits or more in a term. Term is defined as an academic time period during which the school holds classes. Graduate business programs are conducted in two distinct sessions of 7 weeks each during each term of fall, spring or summer. Full time graduate students may take up to 12 credits in a single term. This is a sample degree map and sequence for required course work. Individual plans may vary based on specific learner needs. Students without an undergraduate business degree or degree in a related discipline may be required to take BUSI 599 Graduate Business Essentials (9 credits).

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
FINC 537 Business Information Systems Principles and Ethical Issues 3
FINC 540 Business Information Systems Analysis, Design and Acquisition 3
FINC 535 Data Management 3
 Credits9
Semester 2
FINC 6X3Computer Networks and IT Infrastructure 3
FINC 6X4Information Systems Project Management 3
FINC 6X5Information Systems Development 3
 Credits9
Summer 1
Elective 1 3
 Credits3
Second Year
Semester 3
FINC 6X6Information Systems Security and Risk Management 3
FINC 7XXCapstone in Information Systems 3
Elective 2 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits30

The specific learning outcomes for the M.S program in Business Information Systems are stated below.  These learning outcomes are aligned directly with the learning outcomes for information systems programs specified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
• LO1: Analyze a business problem and to apply principles of information systems and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
• LO2: Design, implement, and evaluate an information systems solution to meet a given set of requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
• LO3: Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
• LO4: Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments based on legal and ethical principles.
• LO5: Perform effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
• LO6: Support the delivery, use, and management of information systems within an information systems environment.