Information Systems (IS) Concentrations
The MS in Information Systems fits your career path if it involves running an IT organization or managing information effectively through information systems. In today’s environment, information systems (IS) are planned, operated and maintained not only by IS departments but also by IS-user organizational units. Because of this reality, career opportunities for IS graduates are found in both traditional IS departments and IS-user business units. Moreover, a variety of equipment from aircraft to household electronics frequently use embedded systems. Graduates of IS majors find opportunities in organizations that plan, design and market the functionality of these systems. Thus, our MS-IS emphasizes the balance between technical skills, modeling proficiency, as well as strategic and organizational knowledge for a wide range of IS usage contexts.
MS-IS offers Five Different Concentrations
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.
The following online resources are helpful to decide your concentration: