Master of Science in Management Information Systems

Master of Science in Management Information Systems Program

The MSMIS curriculum reflects a vast expansion of the technical base of IT education, and includes 40 courses distributed in three areas of focus or tracks:Information Systems Management, Digital Business and Knowledge Management, and Information Security Management. The curriculum, which is based on the recommendations of professional societies in the information systems field and feedback from potential employers, integrates the most relevant theoretical and practical concepts, which will enable you to understand the complex and dynamic environments in which information systems and information technology are used. It emphasizes the use of information systems and information technology to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

The program also includes a concentration in Information Assurance (IA). The IA concentration will equip you with the critical knowledge and skills for developing organizational standards, managing current policies, and analyzing emerging issues in the area of internal and external information threat management; a crucial need for any company or institution in the information era. Students in the IA concentration can focus on any of the following three tracks: Web/database security, network security, or information assets protection. The curriculum, designed primarily for online delivery, is aimed at employed adult learners that cannot commute daily to campus, and will provide authentic learning experiences through virtual laboratories that mimic the work environment of IT security professionals.

The specific skills you will acquire in the MSMIS (IA degree option) include:

  • Design, implement, maintain, diagnose and audit information systems under the principles of high security and integrity.
  • Mastery of the knowledge and skills required in contemporary systems security and be able to keep them up-to-date through self-study.
  • Conduct applied research in Information Assurance areas, for providing solution to problems found in this field.
  • Secure computers and networks from hacker attacks, malicious code, espionage or natural disasters, and detect potential threats.
  • Protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and their delivery systems, whether the data are in storage, in process or in transit.

The IA curriculum, which is driven by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) 4011 standards and the IT Security Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK) – a competency and functional framework for IT security workforce development, is a major factor in the recognition of Bowie State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Students will be able to:

  1. Prepare high quality requirement specifications using state-of-the-art modeling techniques to a business problem.
  2. Develop data models using state-of-the-art modeling techniques to a requirement specification of a business problem.
  3. Critically analyze and question knowledge clams in IS.
  4. Students shall be able to write effectively.

    Be able to prepare and present expected outputs from the analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance phases of information system development.

    Be able to write formal, clear, and accurate documentation of information systems.

  5. Students shall be able to communicate verbally effectively.

    Be able to orally present comments, suggestions and arguments associate with information systems.


An applicant must meet the admission requirements established by the graduate school. The prerequisite for the program is a GPA of 2.5 or better and a bachelor's degree in business, management, computer information systems, computer science, engineering, or a related field that includes the following courses:

  • College Algebra
  • Business Statistics
  • Programming Languages
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Management
  • Computer Applications

Students who do not meet all of the prerequisite conditions may be granted conditional admission and may be required to complete some or all of the following prerequisite foundation courses before attempting any of the core courses in the curriculum. Students who have some work experience in the information systems field, but do not have the required academic background, may qualify for admission to the MIS Program. Students are encouraged to contact the MIS Department to discuss qualifications for admission into the Program.


The Master of Science in management information systems requires 36 semester hours consisting of seven core courses and five electives chosen from one of the three concentration tracks: information systems management, digital business and knowledge management, or information security management. The common core courses provide an understanding of the technical and managerial challenges associated with managing information technology in the business enterprise. The concentration-specific courses address both the theoretical and practical aspects of each area of concentration as an integral part of an effective information management system. Students are required to complete an information systems project in the practicum course and an analytical or scientific research paper in the Professional Seminar course. Students are also required to pass a written comprehensive examination, which can be attempted after the completion of at least 15 semester hours.


INSS 615

Principles and Practices of Information Systems Development*

INSS 630

Information Systems in Organizations*

INSS 638

Data Communications and Networks*

INSS 640

Information Systems Analysis & Design*

INSS 650

Database Management and Decision Systems *

INSS 880

Information Systems Practicum (to complete an information systems project)

INSS 890

Professional Seminar (complete analytical or scientific research paper)

*Courses recommended to be completed before attempting the comprehensive examination.

Information Security Management Track

INSS 635

Communications Theory

INSS 636

Information Systems and Telecommunications

INSS 735

Information Systems Security

INSS 765

Information Measures

INSS 770

Auditing, Monitoring, and Intrusion Detection

INSS 773

Digital Business Security

INSS 777

Advanced Information and Network Security

INSS 778

Information Security Risk Management

INSS 779

Advanced Information Assurance

INSS 887

Emerging Issues in Information Security Management

Digital Business and Knowledge Management Track

INSS 655

Human Information Processing

INSS 662

Decision Support and Intelligent Decision Systems

INSS 663

Electronic Commerce and e-Business Technologies

INSS 673

Fundamentals of Digital Business Strategy

INSS 715

Knowledge Management Systems

INSS 750

Database and Distributed Systems Security

INSS 755

Data Warehousing and Mining

INSS 758

Health Informatics

INSS 885

Special Topics: e-Business Venture Creation

INSS 893

Emerging Issues in Digital Business and Knowledge Management

Information Systems Management Track

INSS 620

Software Structures

INSS 625

Individual and Group Dynamics in Organizations

INSS 720

Information Systems Policy

INSS 730

Strategic Information Management

INSS 733

Business Process and Change Management

INSS 740

Advanced Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

INSS 745

Systems Problem Solving Methods

INSS 775

Information Systems Project Management

INSS 776

Principles of Enterprise Architecture

INSS 825

Issues in Information Systems Management


The following sequence represents a typical selection of courses. The recommended course sequence is as follows:

First and Second Semesters

INSS 615

Principles and Practices of Information Systems Development

INSS 630

Information Systems in Organizations

INSS 638

Data Communications and Networks

INSS 640

Information Systems Analysis and Design

INSS 650

Database Management and Decision Systems


Elective (1 course)

Third and Fourth Semesters

INSS 880

Information Systems Practicum

INSS 890

Professional Seminar


Electives (4 courses)


Comprehensive Examination or Master Thesis


Students are required to complete a Program of Study form in consultation with their advisor, during the first semester of enrollment. The program of study designates each student's track selection and is required for advancement to candidacy. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an MIS faculty member for advisement concerning a program of study.


Upon completion of 15 hours of core coursework, the student should apply for advancement to candidacy. The minimum GPA for Advancement to Candidacy is 3.25. Students who fail to meet the minimum GPA will be denied Advancement to Candidacy.


To qualify to take the Comprehensive Examination, a student must have completed at least 24 hours of coursework taken at Bowie State University and must have been advanced to candidacy. Students enrolled in coursework that would result in the completion of the minimum 24 credit hour requirement may, with the permission of the program coordinator, be allowed to take the comprehensive examination during the same semester. Students are strongly encouraged to take the comprehensive examination after the completion of all the five core courses covered by the examination and at least one semester prior to the date they expect to graduate. The MIS faculty offers comprehensive examination orientation and review sessions prior to the examination.


Students may elect to undertake directed research leading to a master's thesis in lieu of taking the comprehensive examination. Students who choose this option will be required to enroll in INSS 898 and undertake a semester-long research project. The project will involve original or advanced research effort evaluated by a committee of three faculty members. Prior approval by a faculty sponsor who supervises the student's work is required. The course should be taken as the last course in the program.

For more information please contact:

Bin Mai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Coordinator of MIS department graduate programs
Management Information Systems Department
Center for Business and Graduate Studies Room 3328
14000 Jericho Park Road,
Bowie, MD 20715
Tel: 301-860-4019
Fax: 301-860-3593


David Anyiwo, PhD, Chair
14000 Jericho Park Road, CBGS 3319
Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: 301-860-3626
Fax: 301-860-3593