Master of Science in Management Information Systems
The MSMIS curriculum reflects a vast expansion of the technical base of IT education, and includes various 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, which consists of 36 semester credit hours, offers three tracks: Information Systems Management, Digital Business and Knowledge Management, Information Security Management. For these three tracks, the program requires 15 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of research or practicum courses, and 15 credit hours of elective courses.
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.
Students will be able to:
- Prepare high quality requirement specifications using state-of-the-art modeling techniques to a business problem.
- Develop data models using state-of-the-art modeling techniques to a requirement specification of a business problem.
- Critically analyze and question knowledge clams in IS.
- 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.
- 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
- Quantitative Methods
- 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.
Degree Completion Requirements
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
INSS 888 - Information Systems Practicum II
INSS 890 - Professional Seminar
INSS 898 - Directed Thesis Research
*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
For the Practicum Option - INSS 880 and INSS 888
For the Thesis Option - INSS 890 and INSS 898
Electives (4 courses)
Program of Study
Students are required to complete a Program of Study 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 advisor for advisement concerning a program of study.
Advancement to Candidacy
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.
Upon passing the qualifying exam, students will be advanced to Candidacy.
For additional information and requirements please refer to the Graduate Catalog.
For more information please contact:
Azene Zenebe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management
Information Systems College of Business,
Bowie State University,
14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, MD 20715
David Anyiwo, PhD, Chair
14000 Jericho Park Road, CBGS 3319
Bowie, MD 20715