MS in Information Systems

Master of Science

Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems program combines emphasis on technical and managerial expertise including IT project management, enterprise system implementation, systems analysis & design, IT organizational management, IT consulting, database administration, and Internet applications.

The program focuses on the planning, development and management of information systems that enable organizations to gain strategic and tactical competitive advantage.

Today organizations expect IS professionals to be familiar with a variety of information technology solutions as well as business disciplines. This program helps students attain multiple competencies as IS professionals when information technology solutions are constantly evolving.

Students will gain a broad range of skills including:

  • foundational systems design skills
  • IT project management knowledge and skills
  • data-driven technologies such as data mining, supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM)
  • enterprise systems management
  • advanced systems architecture and design skills

Nineteen Competency Modules are available to allow students to focus in-depth on a variety of information systems areas. Students can choose competency modules that best meet their career plans and can gain expertise in managing technology while enhancing specific technical skills.

Online Learning Options
This degree can be completed entirely 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.
    Degree Requirements
    Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
    • complete a minimum of 52 credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond the Prerequisite Phase
    • earn a grade of B- or better in each Prerequisite Phase course
    • earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses beyond the Prerequisite Phase
    • maintain a graduate level GPA of 2.50 or higher while pursuing their degree
    • achieve a graduate GPA of 2.50 or higher at the completion of all other requirements

    Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

    For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.


    Course Requirements
    Prerequisite Phase
    The goal of the prerequisite phase is to give students the background necessary for starting the graduate program. These prerequisite phase requirements can be fulfilled in one of three ways:
    • The student takes the course and earns a grade of B- or higher
    • The student takes a Graduate Assessment Exam (GAE) to test out of the course
    • The faculty advisor waives the course because of equivalent academic background or work experience.

    All students are blocked from enrolling in Graduate Phase courses prior to completing their prerequisites. Students must submit an online Change of Status request (through myCDM) when the Prerequisite Phase is completed to inform the Student Services offices that the block can be removed.

    IT 215 Analysis and Design Techniques
    ECT 310 Internet Application Development
    2 courses in a single Programming Language *
    Note Students interested in taking SE courses are advised to take CSC 211 and CSC 212
    Foundation Phase
    IS 425 Enterprise Information
    CSC 451 Database Design
    ECT 425 Technical Fundamentals of Distributed Information Systems
    SE 430 Object Oriented Modeling *
    OR IS 435 Organizational Modeling
    Note Students pursuing a competency with a technical focus are advised to take SE 430

    Students in the Foundation Phase may register for a maximum of four Advanced Phase courses.

    Advanced Phase
    The Advanced Phase is designed to meet a student’s career goals in Information Systems. With numerous predefined competency modules, a student can gain expertise in more than one area. For example, a student can pick Application Development and Project Management I for a career as project manager, can pick Project Management I and Project Management II for a Project Management Office executive, or can pick E-Business Systems and Enterprise Systems Integration for a career as a web enterprise systems integrator.

    Students must complete 8 major electives, at least 3 of which must be 500-level.Students can fulfill these electives in one of two ways:

    • Complete two or more competencies, by taking at least four courses listed under each competency module. Because some courses, such as IS 556 (enterprise project management), are shared by several modules, it is possible to attain more than two competencies.
    • If a competency does not exist that meets a student’s career plans, a student can also design a personal breadth competency consisting of a maximum of 8 courses with advisor approval.
    Information Systems Competency Modules
    • IT Management Oriented
      • IT Project Management I
        IS 483 Information Services and Operations
        IS 440 Collaborative Technologies for Leading Projects
        IS 535 Information Technology Investment Financial Analysis
        IS 556 Enterprise Project Management
        IS 560 Enterprise Systems
        IS 570 Enterprise System Implementation
        IS 485 Requirements Elicitation, Analysis, and Specification
        SE 433 Software Testing and Quality Assurance
        SE 468 Software Measurement/Project Estimation
        IS 430 Fundamentals of IT Project Management
        OR SE 477 Software and Systems Project Management
        ACC 500 Financial Accounting
        MGT 500 Managing for Effective and Ethical Organizational Behavior
      • IT Project Management II
        ECT 556 Enterprise Architecture and Design
        ECT 589 E-Business Strategies
        IS 511 Social Issues of Computing
        IS 533 Enterprise Security Infrastructure Controls and Regulatory Compliance
        IS 556 Enterprise Project Management
        IS 565 IT Outsourcing
        IS 578 Information Technology Consulting
        SE 529 Software Risk Management
        MGT 562 Resolving Conflict in Organizations
        MGT 563 Negotiation Skills
      • IT Planning and Global Strategies
        ECT 556 Enterprise Architecture and Design
        ECT 565 Mobile Enterprise
        ECT 589 E-Business Strategies
        IS 483 Information Services and Operations
        IS 440 Collaborative Technologies for Leading Projects
        IS 535 Information Technology Investment Financial Analysis
        IS 540 Global Information Technology
        IS 560 Enterprise Systems
        IS 577 Information Systems Policies and Strategies
        IT 599 Topics in Global Information Technology
        ACC 500 Financial Accounting
        MGT 501 Strategic Supply Chain Management
      • Legal and Social Issues
        ECT 585 Legal Aspects of E-Commerce
        IS 433 Information Security Management
        IS 482 Legal Aspects of Information Technology
        IS 511 Social Issues of Computing
        IS 565 IT Outsourcing
        IS 570 Enterprise System Implementation
        IT 599 Topics in Global Information Technology
        TDC 569 Telecommunication Regulation, Policy,law and Standards
      • IT Regulatory Compliance
        CNS 477 Legal Issues in Information Assurance
        IS 433 Information Security Management
        IS 505 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Theories and Strategies
        IS 506 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Management and Tactics
        IS 533 Enterprise Security Infrastructure Controls and Regulatory Compliance
        IS 535 Information Technology Investment Financial Analysis
        IS 556 Enterprise Project Management
        IS 560 Enterprise Systems
    • Business Analysis
      IS 485 Requirements Elicitation, Analysis, and Specification
      HCI 445 Inquiry Methods and Use Analysis
      IS 435 Organizational Modeling
      HCI 440 Introduction to User-Centered Design
      IS 430 Fundamentals of IT Project Management
      IS 570 Enterprise System Implementation
    • Internet Oriented
      • Internet Application Development
        ECT 455 E-Commerce Web Site Engineering
        ECT 556 Enterprise Architecture and Design
        ECT 557 Peer-To-peer Technology
        ECT 583 Advanced Scripting Technologies
        ECT 588 E-Marketplace Technology
        HCI 440 Introduction to User-Centered Design
        IS 556 Enterprise Project Management
        SE 560 Structured Document Interchange and Processing
      • Wireless/Mobile Applications
        ECT 455 E-Commerce Web Site Engineering
        ECT 565 Mobile Enterprise
        ECT 587 Mobile Commerce Technology
        HCI 440 Introduction to User-Centered Design
        HCI 530 Usability Issues for Handheld Devices
        CSC 540 Mobile Application Development II
    • Design/Development Oriented
      • Application Development
        ECT 455 E-Commerce Web Site Engineering
        ECT 557 Peer-To-peer Technology
        ECT 565 Mobile Enterprise
        ECT 583 Advanced Scripting Technologies
        ECT 587 Mobile Commerce Technology
        HCI 440 Introduction to User-Centered Design
        IS 565 IT Outsourcing
        IS 570 Enterprise System Implementation
        SE 433 Software Testing and Quality Assurance
        SE 470 Software Development Processes
        IS 485 Requirements Elicitation, Analysis, and Specification
        SE 560 Structured Document Interchange and Processing
      • Software Engineering
        ECT 556 Enterprise Architecture and Design
        IS 556 Enterprise Project Management
        SE 425 Principles and Practices of Software Engineering
        SE 450 Object-Oriented Software Development
        SE 452 Object-Oriented Enterprise Computing
        SE 470 Software Development Processes
        SE 480 Software Architecture I
        IS 485 Requirements Elicitation, Analysis, and Specification
        SE 529 Software Risk Management
      • e-Business Systems
        ECT 455 E-Commerce Web Site Engineering
        ECT 480 Intranets and Portals
        ECT 481 Internet Supply Chain Management
        ECT 557 Peer-To-peer Technology
        ECT 582 Secure Electronic Commerce
        ECT 583 Advanced Scripting Technologies
        ECT 587 Mobile Commerce Technology
        ECT 589 E-Business Strategies
        IS 535 Information Technology Investment Financial Analysis
        IS 556 Enterprise Project Management
        IS 560 Enterprise Systems
        IS 565 IT Outsourcing
        IS 570 Enterprise System Implementation
        MGT 501 Strategic Supply Chain Management
        MKT 555 Decisions in Marketing Management
      • HCI Methods
        ECT 557 Peer-To-peer Technology
        ECT 587 Mobile Commerce Technology
        HCI 430 Prototyping and Implementation
        HCI 440 Introduction to User-Centered Design
        HCI 445 Inquiry Methods and Use Analysis
        HCI 450 Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction
        HCI 454 Interaction Design and Information Architecture
        HCI 460 Usability Evaluation Methods
        IS 421 Systems Analysis
      • Enterprise Systems Integration
        ECT 480 Intranets and Portals
        ECT 481 Internet Supply Chain Management
        ECT 556 Enterprise Architecture and Design
        ECT 565 Mobile Enterprise
        ECT 584 Web Data Mining for Business Intelligence
        ECT 586 Customer Relationship Management Technologies
        IS 535 Information Technology Investment Financial Analysis
        IS 549 Data Warehousing and Data Mining
        IS 556 Enterprise Project Management
        IS 560 Enterprise Systems
        MGT 501 Strategic Supply Chain Management
    • Data Oriented
      • Database Design I
        CSC 452 Database Programming
        CSC 454 Database Administration and Management
        IS 549 Data Warehousing and Data Mining
        IS 433 Information Security Management
        CSC 554 Advanced Database Management
      • Database Design II
        CSC 453 Database Technologies
        CSC 543 Spatial Databases and Geographic Information Systems
        CSC 549 Database System Implementation
        CSC 551 Distributed Database Systems
        CSC 553 Advanced Database Concepts
      • Data Mining and Analytics
        CSC 423 Data Analysis and Regression
        ECT 480 Intranets and Portals
        ECT 584 Web Data Mining for Business Intelligence
        ECT 586 Customer Relationship Management Technologies
        IS 549 Data Warehousing and Data Mining
        IS 567 Knowledge Discovery Technologies
        IS 574 Business Intelligence
        MKT 555 Decisions in Marketing Management
      • Knowledge Management
        CSC 480 Artificial Intelligence I
        ECT 480 Intranets and Portals
        IS 456 Knowledge Management Systems
        IS 440 Collaborative Technologies for Leading Projects
        IS 574 Business Intelligence
        IS 575 Intelligent Information Retrieval
    • Infrastructure Oriented
      • Network Design
        ECT 557 Peer-To-peer Technology
        ECT 587 Mobile Commerce Technology
        TDC 460 Foundations of Network Technologies
        TDC 463 Computer Networks and Data Systems
        TDC 511 Telecommunications Practicum
        TDC 564 Local Area Networks
        TDC 567 Telecommunication Systems Design and Management
      • Information Assurance and Security Design
        CNS 477 Legal Issues in Information Assurance
        CNS 594 Computer Information and Network Security Capstone
        ECT 582 Secure Electronic Commerce
        IS 433 Information Security Management
        IS 505 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Theories and Strategies
        IS 506 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Management and Tactics
        IS 511 Social Issues of Computing
        IS 533 Enterprise Security Infrastructure Controls and Regulatory Compliance
        SE 525 Software Security Architecture
        SE 529 Software Risk Management
        TDC 477 Network Security
        TDC 463 Computer Networks and Data Systems
      • IT Architecture Design
        CSC 551 Distributed Database Systems
        ECT 556 Enterprise Architecture and Design
        ECT 565 Mobile Enterprise
        IS 535 Information Technology Investment Financial Analysis
        IS 556 Enterprise Project Management
        SE 435 Distributed Systems I (formerly Ds420)
        SE 450 Object-Oriented Software Development
        SE 525 Software Security Architecture
        SE 480 Software Architecture I
        SE 536 Distributed Systems II (formerly Ds421)
        SE 554 Enterprise Component Architecture
        TDC 463 Computer Networks and Data Systems
        TDC 567 Telecommunication Systems Design and Management
    Capstone
    IS 577 Information Systems Policies and Strategies