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).


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