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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Management of Information Systems is an interdisciplinary degree designed to meet the growing demand for managers with business and information technology skills. The program is intended for students with undergraduate degrees in the computing sciences, information technology or business, or professionals with an undergraduate degree in any discipline who are already employed in an information technology area.

Full-time graduate students who are exempt from the foundation courses should be able to complete the requirements for the degree in two years. However, the program is designed to accommodate the needs of professionals attending on a part-time basis who wish to complete their degrees by taking classes in the evening. The 36-credit program provides students with knowledge and skills related to:

  • Business issues associated with the management of complex, large technology projects and the people who work within those projects
  • Information technology and the issues that must be confronted in order to consider, design, develop, manage, implement and deploy successful information technology solutions within organizations

Entrance Requirements

Complete and submit the graduate school application available at

Grade Point Average
A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA is required for admission to the graduate school and to the Master of Science in Management of Information System program.

Submit one copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended, an essay of background experience and future goals and a résumé of work experience. All documents should be sent directly to the graduate school.

Students entering the program must exempt or complete the following six foundation courses designed to provide the appropriate prerequisite background for the cross-disciplined major. The program director determines the required foundation courses or exemptions based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. The objective is to ensure the student is well prepared and ready to succeed in the program.

  • IT 510 Computing Hardware/Software Systems
  • CSIT 512 Elements of Computer Programming
  • ECON 551 Foundations of Economics
  • MGMT 551 Management Theory
  • MGMT 552 Quantitative Methods for Managers
  • MATH 500 Statistics

About The Program

Degree Requirements
The courses required for the program provide breadth and depth of knowledge in both management and information systems. The 36-credit program requires, beyond the foundation courses,

  • Economics – one course
  • Management – five courses
  • Information Technology – four courses
  • Interdisciplinary – two courses

Detailed program requirements, including the specific course requirements and course descriptions, are listed in the Hood College Catalog and in the program description at


The courses in the Master of Science in the Management of Information Systems program are taught by faculty of the economics and management and the computer science departments at Hood College, as well as by part-time faculty and adjunct instructors who are management and information technology professionals in government and private industry. See the faculty page for more information about instructors.