Information Systems MS - Standard 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

Standard Concentration

The standard 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. For example, a student who works in an IT position with a heavily internationalized firm and interacts regularly with networking employees may want to choose electives from among a combination of networking and global IT courses. This concentration is also suitable for those wanting to customize a program for a career as an IT consultant, IT trainer, technical author, or IT sales consultant, for example. 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.

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
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 535 Information Technology Investment Financial Analysis
IS 560 Enterprise Systems
CDM Open Electives
Students must complete 4 CDM elective courses in the 420-699 range from any combination of IS concentration courses and other School of Computing offerings. 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. At least 1 of the Open electives must be 500-level or above.
Capstone
IS 577 Information Systems Policies and Strategies