Information Systems MS - Business Analysis/Systems Analysis 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 Winter & Spring 2012-2013

Information Systems

Business Analysis/Systems Analysis Concentration

This concentration prepares students to function as both a Business Analyst (BA) and a Systems Analyst (SA). In general, 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. Typically, the emphasis for a Business Analyst is upon ferreting out and organizing the needs of a user department or a project, as well as ensuring that those needs are tied to the functional requirements of its IT systems. Business Analysts should have outstanding communication skills, a desire to work with people, and strong organizational abilities. For a Systems Analyst, the emphasis typically is upon designing and overseeing the development of a workable IT system that will meet those functional requirements. Thus, a Systems Analyst may be involved in requesting and analyzing bids, developing hardware requirements, setting and overseeing testing standards, directing programming activity, and coordinating the installation of information systems. Systems Analysts should have strong knowledge in methodologies and modeling techniques, solid communication skills, in-depth knowledge of the IT field, a strong inclination toward lifelong learning, and outstanding organizational ability.

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 53 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses beyond the introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of *52 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.
    *53 graduate credit hours required for MS Information Systems.

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
Introductory Courses
Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:
  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.
Introductory course requirements for this concentration can be completed at any time before graduation.
IT 411 Scripting for Interactive Systems
OR CSC 401 Introduction to Programming
Foundation Courses
IS 400 Introduction to Is Management Seminar
IS 421 Systems Analysis
CSC 451 Database Design
IS 422 System Design, Implementation, and Maintenance
ECT 424 Enterprise Infrastructure
IS 430 Fundamentals of IT Project Management
Advanced Courses
IS 433 Information Security Management
IS 435 Organizational Modeling
IS 485 Requirements Elicitation, Analysis, and Specification
IS 560 Enterprise Systems
IS 535 Information Technology Investment Financial Analysis
Major Elective Courses
Students must take 1 course from the list below.
IS 570 Enterprise System Implementation
ECT 480 Intranets and Portals
ECT 481 Internet Supply Chain Management
ECT 436 Social Marketing and Social Networking Applications
ECT 586 Customer Relationship Management Technologies
IS 440 Collaborative Technologies for Leading Projects
IS 540 Global Information Technology
IS 565 IT Outsourcing
SE 582 Software-Intensive Systems Engineering and Management
CDM Open Elective Courses
Students must complete 1 CDM Open Elective Course chosen from either IS concentration courses from any IS concentration or other courses meeting the following rules:
  • Any CDM course in the 421-699 range qualifies, with the exception of ANI, DC, TV and VFX courses, which do not qualify.
  • The following courses also qualify:
    IT 411 Scripting for Interactive Systems
    ECT 410 Development of Web-Based Business Applications
    CSC 401 Introduction to Programming
    HCI 406 Web Site Design for HCI
    IT 403 Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Credit for courses taken outside of CDM will only be given if approved by a faculty advisor.

At least 1 of the Major or Open electives must be 500-level or above.

IS 577 Information Systems Policies and Strategies