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Master of Science in Information Systems

The online Master of Science in Information Systems (MIS) program merges business theory with information systems theory and practical applications to prepare graduates for success in public and private business environments. If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of information systems and their impacts on business processes, our MIS program is the right choice for you. 

On top of the core set of knowledge gained in the online MIS program, our students personalize their course of study and make themselves more employable by focusing their studies in a particular field within information systems. You may specialize your MIS degree in the area of knowledge management, data management, business intelligence and data analytics, cybersecurity, enterprise project management, information assurance, or health informatics.

Degree at Glance

The online Master of Science in Information Systems degree will be earned by completing the program course requirements of 36 credit hours, beyond the program prerequisite courses. To qualify for the online MIS degree, students must meet all credit requirements as described below.

The online MIS program consists of five (5) core courses (15 credits), five (5) specialization elective courses (15 credits), and two (2) final electives (6 credits). Specialization electives allow you to concentrate in a specific area for which there is demand and to achieve breadth and depth in that area. The two final electives give you the opportunity to integrate and apply your gained knowledge and skills to real-world situations and problems. Note: Students may choose to take no more than one (1) specialization elective from another specialization.

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core Courses 5 15
Specialization Elective Courses 5 15
General Electives 2 6
TOTAL 12 36
MS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS: Core Courses (5 Courses – 15 Credit Hours)
* Core Courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all information systems professionals need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following five (5) core courses (15 credits):
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 550

IT Infrastructure


Prerequisite: None This course provides holistic overview of the IT infrastructure in large enterprises. Topics include: telecommunications fundamentals including data, voice, image, and video; the concepts, models, architectures, protocols, standards, and security for the design, implementation, and management of digital networks; server architectures, server farms, cluster computing, grid computing and cloud computing; storage area networks and network attached storage, data center design and implementation; development of an integrated technical architecture (hardware, software, networks, and data) to serve organizational needs in a rapidly changing competitive and technological environment.; network, data and application architectures; and enterprise application integration, XML, Web Services (WS) and service oriented architectures (SOA).
3
CMP 553

Analysis, Modeling, and Design


Prerequisite: None This course provides an overview of the systems development life cycle. It introduces tools and methods for the analysis and design of information systems, the management and organizational skills needed for their implementation. Information analysis in entity-relationship modeling and process modeling in data flow diagrams will be covered as the key skills in structured system analysis and design.
3
CMP 570

Enterprise Information Systems


Prerequisite: CMP 550 This course provides a process-oriented view of the organization and its relationships with suppliers, customers, and competitors. Topics covered include: processes as vehicles for achieving strategic objectives and gaining a competitive advantage and transforming the organization; process analysis, design, implementation, control and monitoring; processes as a means of achieving compliance; impact on work and work practices; the role and importance of management; the role of enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM) systems, and customer relationship management (CRM) systems; the process continuum: from structured to unstructured processes; the role of systems in transforming organizations and markets; outsourcing, offshore management, acquisition management and global perspectives.
3
CMP 612

IT Project Management


Prerequisite: None
Internship / CPT Qualified This course provides an in-depth study of project and change management. Topics covered include managing projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project; project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management; software size and cost estimation; monitoring progress; version control; assigning work to programmer and other teams; change management, managing the organizational change process; identifying project champions, working with user teams, training, and documentation; the change management role of the IS specialist; the use of sourcing and external procurement; and contracts and managing partner relationships
3
CMP 620

Information Technology Governance


Prerequisite: None
Internship / CPT Qualified This course examines the top management, strategic perspective for aligning competitive strategy, core competencies, and information systems. Topics covered include the development and implementation of policies and plans to achieve organizational goals; defining the systems that support the operational, administrative, and strategic needs of the organization, its business units, and individual employees; approaches to managing the information systems function in organizations, including examination of the dual challenges of effectively controlling the use of well-established information technologies, while experimenting with selected emerging technologies and role of the CIO.
3
Total Credit Hours Required 15
MS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS: Elective Courses (2 Courses – 6 Credit Hours)
*The students must select two (2) courses (6 credits) from the list below or from any other specialization electives. Students can only enroll in the Capstone project course of their chosen specialization.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 551

Research Methods


Prerequisite: None

This course provides knowledge of research methodologies used in management information systems, information systems, information technology, computer science, and other disciplines. The course includes experimental design, surveys, case studies, and fieldwork. It introduces students to applied research methodologies. The use of analytical tools, literature searches, and the application of VIU documentation style will result in a formal written proposal that may serve as the basis for each student's special project.
3
CMP 591

Graduate Internship – Level I


Prerequisites: All core courses, Academic advisor’s approval (plus one specialization elective course for MCS & MIS Program students)

This course represents an opportunity for students receive academic credit through supervised practical training and earn industry experience in an actual work environment. The internship course guides the learning contract established in the beginning of the term, on which students have to report at the end of term. Students are expected to work at least 135 hours per semester. Students are required to attend two meetings/seminars with their faculty advisor to determine learning objectives and assess how well learning objectives are being accomplished.
3
CMP 691

Graduate Internship – Level II


Prerequisites: All core courses, Academic advisor’s approval (plus two specialization elective courses for MCS & MIS Program students)

This course offers hands-on experience to students enrolled in MIS or MCS degrees in a domain close to their main career path intentions. Students are encouraged to pursue projects that would allow them to apply engineering design concepts gained in the classroom; going through all stages of system development, from analysis and design to implementation and testing. This three (3) credit hour project internship is for students who are expected to work a minimum of 135 hours during the semester. Students are required to attend two meetings/seminars with their faculty advisor to determine learning objectives and assess how well learning objectives are being accomplished.
3
CMP 696

Independent Study I


Prerequisite: Academic advisor's approval

This course offers opportunity and challenge of self-directive, independent study; develops the individual's ability as an independent student; and enables the student to pursue needed study in a field in which appropriate courses are not being offered during a given term.
3
CMP 697

Independent Study II


Prerequisite: Academic advisor's approval

This course offers opportunity and challenge of self-directive, independent study; develops the individual's ability as an independent student; and enables the student to pursue needed study in a field in which appropriate courses are not being offered during a given term.
3
CMP 698

Master's Thesis I


Prerequisites: All core courses completed, one specialization course completed, and academic advisor's approval

The thesis work can comprise basic research or a practical project. Students are encouraged to start their thesis work as early as possible. Usually after completing two semesters of course work, the student will be asked to work with a faculty advisor to choose a suitable master's thesis topic and prepare a thesis proposal. Thereafter, the student completes the project and writes a thesis. The master's thesis will project will be conducted over a period of two semesters.
3
CMP 699

Master's Thesis II


Prerequisite: CMP 698

CMP 699 is a continuation of the course CMP 698: Master Thesis I. The thesis work can comprise basic research or a practical project.
3
CAR 600

Career Planning & Development


Prerequisite: None In-depth exploration and assessment of career values, occupational interests, skills, personality style, work environment preferences; concentration and career exploration; exposure to career and occupational information resources. Students learn and practice job search strategies and tools, including resumes and interviewing skills; decision-making, goal-setting and action planning; and self-marketing techniques for effective career management.
3
CMP XXX An elective course from any MIS specialization courses. 3
CMP 679

Knowledge Management Capstone Project


Prerequisites: All core courses and four specialization courses completed. This course consists of a capstone project that integrates and applies concepts previously studied. Best practices in knowledge management; including emerging trends and their potential effect on Knowledge management.
3
CMP 509

Health Informatics Capstone Project


Prerequisite: All core courses and four specialization courses. A Capstone project that integrates knowledge gained in the classroom with real-world problems that consists of practical work and research in a major area of Health Informatics; including emerging trends and their potential effect on health informatics. Potential areas of work include design or analysis of health informatics systems, programs, or applications; program planning, and policy development.
3
CMP 519

Enterprise Project Management Capstone Project


Prerequisite: All core courses and four specialization courses. This course consists of a capstone project that integrates and applies concepts previously studied. Best practices in enterprise project management including emerging trends and their potential effect on enterprise project management will be studied.
3
CMP 599

Information Assurance Capstone Project


Prerequisite: All core courses and four specialization courses. This course consists of a capstone project that integrates and applies concepts previously studied. Best practices and appropriate technologies to design, implement, manage, evaluate, and further improve information assurance are explored, including emerging trends and their potential effect on information security and assurance.
3
CMP 629

Data Management Capstone Project


Prerequisite: All core courses and four specialization courses.

This course consists of a capstone project that integrates and applies concepts previously studied. Best practices and appropriate technologies to design, implement, manage, evaluate, and further improve databases are explored; including emerging trends and their potential effect on data management.
3
CMP 649

Cybersecurity Capstone Project


Prerequisite: All core courses and four specialization courses.

This course consists of a capstone project that integrates and applies concepts previously studied. Best practices and appropriate technologies to design, implement, manage, evaluate, and further improve network security are explored; including emerging trends and their potential effect on Cybersecurity.
3
CMP 689

Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Capstone Project


Prerequisite: All core courses and four specialization courses. This course consists of a capstone project that integrates and applies concepts previously studied. Best practices and appropriate technologies for BI and big data analytics, including emerging trends and their potential effect on BI and big data analytics, are studied.
3
Total Credit Hours Required 6