Information Systems MS - Database Administration Concentration 2011

The Software Development Concentration addresses the foundations, methodologies, and tools for developing high quality large-scale software systems, with an emphasis on the technical issues of software development. Online Learning Learning opportunities are available for this concentration. ​​

Master of Science 2011-2012

Information Systems

Database Administration Concentration

This concentration in Database Administration is designed to prepare students to be Database Administrators. Large organizations have entire teams or even departments responsible for the DBA function, while small organizations may have just one DBA. In general, DBA's are responsible for the validity, reliability, security, and online responsiveness of their organization's database. They design both the physical and logical structure of these databases, develop processes and procedures to ensure both security and business continuity and disaster recovery. 

Note: Students in this concentration are advised to take CSC 451 as their first foundation course. After successful completion of CSC 451, students in the concentration can take Advanced Phase courses at the same time as Foundation courses, if they so desire. Advisors may wish to suggest that their students in this concentration take one more technical database course along with one more traditional IS course, or, if they are taking just one course at a time, that they alternate courses between the two categories.

Learn more about admission to this program.

Online Learning Options

This concentration 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.

Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 52 graduate 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 pursuing their second master's degree must complete 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond their first master's degree.

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.

IS 398 Introduction to Is Management Seminar
CSC 211 Programming in Java I and CSC 212 Programming in Java II
OR CSC 224 Java for Programmers
Foundation Phase
IS 421 Systems Analysis
IS 422 System Design, Implementation, and Maintenance
CSC 451 Database Design
ECT 424 Enterprise Infrastructure
IS 430 Fundamentals of IT Project Management
Advanced Phase
IS 433 Information Security Management
IS 549 Data Warehousing and Data Mining
CSC 454 Database Administration and Management
CSC 452 Database Programming
CSC 554 Advanced Database Management
IS 505 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Theories and Strategies
CDM Open Electives
Students must complete 1 CDM elective courses in the 420-699 range. ANI and DC courses do not qualify. Credit for courses taken outside of the school will only be given if approved by a faculty advisor.
IS 577 Information Systems Policies and Strategies