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 Fall 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.
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Curriculum 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
Foundation Phase
IS 421
IS 422
CSC 451
ECT 424
IS 430
Advanced Phase
IS 535
IS 560
IS 435
IS 485
Major Electives
Students must take 2 courses from the list below.
At least 1 of the Major or Open electives must be 500-level or above.
IS 570
ECT 480
ECT 481
ECT 436
ECT 586
IS 433
IS 440
IS 536
IS 540
IS 565
SE 582
CDM Open Electives
Students must complete 1 CDM elective course 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.
At least 1 of the Major or Open electives must be 500-level or above.
IS 577

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.