MIS

Management Information Systems (M.S.)

Graduate
  • Master's

About this Program

Information is the lifeblood of 21st century business, industry and government. This program addresses the growing global demand for managers who can manage IT solutions that facilitate achievement of organizations’ strategic goals.

Program Overview

Interdisciplinary approach with a real-world focus

The MIS program is comprehensive in scope and interdisciplinary in format. Students acquire a thorough foundation in management functions — organizational behavior, human resources, finance, production, operations — as well as in information systems, technical project teams, systems engineering, telecommunications and networks. This blended, applied approach primes master’s degree candidates to direct technology projects, both large and small, in real-world business settings.

Solving information challenges

The MIS prepares students to assess corporate IT needs and evaluate options for systems solutions. They learn how to perform cost/benefits analyses, determine operational impact and lead successful systems deployment. Courses are taught by faculty with a broad range of information specializations — from security to database systems required for “large data” applications to website programming — and by adjunct instructors who have experience with corporations such as CACI International Inc., the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Rand Corporation.

Full-time or part-time

The 30-credit program accommodates working professionals who want to complete their degrees on a part-time basis, usually in three years, by taking evening classes. It also attracts students who can attend full-time and graduate in two years.

Courses

Foundation Courses

The Master of Science in Management Information Systems requires the completion of six foundation courses designed to provide the appropriate prerequisite background for the 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.  Any foundation courses required are in addition to the 30 credits required for program completion.

  • IT 510 Computing Hardware and Software Systems       
  • CSIT 512 Elements of Computer Programming       
  • MGMT 551 Management Theory               
  • MGMT 552 Quantitative Methods for Managers

Required Courses

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

  • MGMT 560 Leadership & Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 566 Information Management & Technology
  • MGMT 564 Production & Operations Management OR MGMT 568 Accounting Information Systems
  • IT 530 Applied Database Systems
  • ITMG 516 Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Data Mining
  • ITMG 533 Managing Technical Project Teams

Elective Courses (select four from the following)

Academic Planner/Program Planning Guide

Students in this program should use this Program Planning Guide (PDF) to plan and track their progress.

Admission Requirements

For students applying to the M.S. in management information systems program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended
  • A résumé of work experience
  • An essay of background experience and future goals

Students entering the program must exempt or complete 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.

Program Contact

Carol Jim Ph.D.

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3735
Christian DiGregorio

Christian DiGregorio

Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
301-696-3604
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Fast Fact

95 percent of our full-time faculty hold the doctorate or terminal degree in their field.

All Faculty
George Dimitoglou

George Dimitoglou

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Chair, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Program Director, Master's in Cybersecurity and Director of the Center for Computer Science and Information Assurance
Carol Jim

Carol Jim

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Xinlian Liu

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Program Director, Master's in Computer Science
Bill Pierce

Bill Pierce

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Coordinator, Computer Science Minor

Ahmed Salem

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Program Director, Master's in Information Technology and Cybersecurity Certificate