MS in Information Systems

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.
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Curriculum Requirements

Introductory Courses

No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

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.
  • If an exam is available, the student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.
IT 403
IS 411

Foundation Courses (7)

IS 421
IS 422
IS 430
IS 435
IS 451
DSC 441
IS 560


Major Elective (4)

  • Students take at least 3 courses from the same domain.
  • Students take at least 2 500-level courses.
  • Domains
    • Project Management and Business Analysis
    • Analytics-Driven Decision Making
    • IT Governance and Legal Responsibilities
    • Data Management
    • Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurship
    • IT Leadership and Operations

Elective Domain Course Lists

Project Management and Business Analysis

IS 440
IS 535
IS 556
IS 570

Analytics-Driven Decision Making

IS 452
IS 550
IS 574
DSC 423
DSC 465

IT Governance and Legal Responsibilities

IS 444
IS 482
IS 486
IS 568

Data Management

IS 549
IS 550
CSC 452
CSC 454

Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurship

IS 431
IS 536
IS 578
IS 580

IT Leadership and Operations

IS 483
IS 500
IS 511
IS 505
IS 506

Open Elective (1)

Students must complete 1 CDM Open Elective Course chosen from any: CNS, CSC, DSC, ECT, GAM, GPH, HCI, HIT, IS, IT, PM, SE, or TDC course in the 421-699 range qualifies.

Capstone Options

Students have the option of completing either (a) IS577 (Information Systems capstone course), (b) a Graduate Internship (4 credits), (c) two quarters of CSC500 (a Research Colloquium course), (d) IS696 (a Master's Project course), or (e) a Master’s Thesis.

  • Capstone Options
    IS 577
  • Graduate Internship

    An internship offers students the opportunity integrate their academic experience with on-the-job training in information systems. Students must enroll in CSC 697 for four (4) credit hours to satisfy the practicum requirement. These are the steps:

    1) Secure an internship with a focus in information systems.
    2) International Students must obtain the appropriate practical training form and meet with an advisor in the CDM Academic Center for approval.
    3) Login to MyCDM and click the “MyInternships” link on the left to start the course enrollment process.

  • Research Options

    • CSC 500 This is a course for two (2) credit hours therefore students must enroll in the course in each of two (2) separate quarters.

    • Master's Research
        • Up to eight (8) credit hours with Major Elective substitutions.

    IS 696

    •Master's Thesis
    A student who has made an original contribution to the area may choose to complete a Master’s Thesis. The process is:     1) Complete IS 590 as a Major Elective substitution.
        2) The student and the student’s research advisor form a Master’s Thesis Committee of three (3) faculty.
        3) The student enrolls in IS 698 for two (2) consecutive quarters. In the event, the students has not completed the thesis within these two (2) quarters, the student will be allowed to register for the zero (0) credit hour course CSC 698 and the transcript will show the thesis title as the course topic.
        4) The student will need to submit to the committee a thesis detailing the results of the research project. After a public defense, the committee will decide whether to accept the thesis.


Degree Requirements

Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 52 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 of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applied toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
  • 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.

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.