MS in Information Systems

Master of Science 2010-2011

Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems program focuses on integrating business and technical emphases on the development, management, and planning of information systems. This program will give students a strong foundation in business and systems analysis, project management, database, and enterprise infrastructure. Building on this foundation, students will acquire a broad set of skills representing ten in-demand specializations in the IT workforce.

Regardless of concentrations the advanced phase of this curriculum prepares students to lead and support organizations' changing needs in the use of information and information technologies through knowledge in:

  • Enterprise systems
  • Financial analysis for IT projects and capital decisions
  • Information security and compliance
  • Analytical methods and techniques for various analytical specializations
  • Current and emerging technologies and IS practices
  • Information systems policies and strategies

Completion of this program will enable students to support organizations to gain strategic and tactical competitive advantage. Students can choose one of ten concentrations that best meets their career plans. They will gain expertise in managing IS operations while enhancing specific technical skills. As business and systems analysts, students will develop a solid understanding of business issues when applying technical solutions to meet organization needs. As project managers, students will lead application development and enterprise projects to ensure effective management of resources in meeting stakeholder expectation. For students interested in managerial careers, this program prepares them to lead the implementation of an organization’s IT and e-business strategies as Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, or e-Business Manager. Students may also specialize in burgeoning careers as enterprise systems integrators, business intelligence analysts, information security and compliance specialists, business web analysts and developers, and database administrators. For students who already have professional IT experience, this program offers flexibility in course selection for career enhancement.

Concentrations

Standard Concentration
This concentration offers the most flexibility and is ideal for those who want to select a diverse mix of Advanced Phase electives, based upon their interests and/or their current employer's needs. Note that this concentration is not recommended for those without professional IT experience. Students without such experience would be better served by selecting one of the other concentrations, each of which targets a specific IS position in the workforce.

Business Analysis / Systems Analysis Concentration
This concentration prepares students to function as both a Business Analyst (BA) and a Systems Analyst (SA). Both a BA and a SA are charged with understanding the issues of the business or organizational unit and ensuring that IT projects meet those business needs.

Project Management Concentration
This concentration is designed to prepare students for positions as IT Project Managers and Program Managers. While Program Managers typically manage multiple IT projects using a portfolio approach, Project Managers organize, schedule, and control individual IT projects, ensuring that they are implemented on-time, within budget, and that they meet stakeholder expectations and needs.

Enterprise Systems Integration Concentration
The Enterprise Sytems Integration Analyst is responsible for developing solutions that allows integrating Information Technology systems, both internal and external to the organization, so that they function efficiently and effectively.

Information Technology Management Concentration
This concentration prepares students to lead an organization's IT function, as either Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer.

Business Web Analysis and Development Concentration
This concentration prepares students to function as programmer/analysts in an e-business environment. The e-business P/A must have a strong knowledge of both Web development technologies and e-business applications.

Managing E-Business Concentration
This concentration prepares students to manage an organization's e-business efforts, including developing and overseeing a long range e-business strategy.

Business Intelligence Concentration
A Business Intelligence Analyst understands the strategic goals and tactical issues facing an organization, and uses a combination of technology and statistics to provide senior management with the information they need. Typically, this is done through the maintenance of a data warehouse, a special data repository from which strategic information may be harvested, using data mining techniques to compute predictive analytics.

Information Security & Compliance Concentration
This concentration prepares students to function as information security managers, risk managers, IT auditors, and compliance analysts. These roles are responsible for conducting risk assessments, developing and implementing security policies, and ensuring an organization's IT compliance with internal, industry, and government regulation, policies, and procedures.

Database Administration Concentration
This concentration is designed to prepare students to be Database Administrators, responsible for the validity, reliability, security, and online responsiveness of their organization's database.

Online Learning Options
This degree is available online. CDM online degrees are delivered mostly through COL-enabled courses, although other delivery technologies are also used. If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. To complete this degree a student may take any combination of online and on campus courses. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.