Master of Science
The program focuses on providing competencies and skillsets to equip our graduates with a broad solid grounding in current IT practices. From here, students are invited to focus their studies in order to develop expertise in one particular area of Information Systems. We offer five Concentrations, each designed around particular competencies and IT career paths. We also offer a "standard concentration" that permits students to either [a] acquire a broad base of IS competencies and skills, instead of the focused depth in one area; or [b] create a customized concentration by selected coursework from two or more areas. Students desiring a customized concentration are strongly encouraged to design that plan in communication with a faculty advisor.
This concentration focuses on designing systems by understanding user/organizational needs and modeling appropriate systems functions for these needs. Graduates of this concentration typically pursue the career of business analyst or system analyst. The responsibilities of these analysts include thorough understanding of end-user/organizational requirements and designing the right functions of IS to maximize operational efficiency and effectiveness.
This concentration emphasizes designing the process of generating valuable business information thorough systems integration, application software management, and information modeling. The recent popularity of big data, predictive analytics and the IoT (Internet of Things) has increased the job market demand for MS-IS graduates with this concentration.
The management of databases is ever more critical for business success. This concentration gives students the knowledge and skills for designing databases and then for extracting needed business data from these databases. Students also learn the process of designing and managing database systems with cutting-edge technologies. The job market demand for database administrators remains quite favorable.
Large-scale organizations typically depend on a wide range of different information systems. These organizations cannot do without the continuous life cycle of developing, maintaining and replacing a variety of IS. Key interests of this concentration include running IT operations, leading new system developments through projects and programs, managing organizational change through IT innovations, and integrating systems across organizational units. The job market for these graduate remains strong.
If your career interest is information systems in general, the standard concentration is recommended so that you can customize your MS-IS based on your academic background and work experience. To pursue the standard concentration, we suggest that you work with your faculty advisor to manage your academic plan of study.
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