For additional information about graduate programs within the College of Business Administration, please contact graduate advisor Jennifer Pettitt at GradBiz@uah.edu.  Information about the application process may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the catalog. 

Purpose

The purpose of the MSIS degree program is to prepare students to enter the information technology (IT) profession in a wide variety of positions. While the curriculum emphasizes both managerial and technical aspects of IT, its overall structure is designed to prepare students for a career leading to managerial- and/or executive-level positions related to IT and Business Information Systems. Students will learn to design, implement, and operate information systems with the purpose of providing organizational decision-makers with the information needed to manage effectively and efficiently.  In addition, students will learn to obtain new business insights by using various business analytics and data management tools.

Program prerequisites are kept to a minimum and the program is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds. 

Program Prerequisites

Program prerequisites include a bachelor’s degree in any field and demonstration of competency in each of the following three areas: 
  1. Computer Applications Competency.  Students must demonstrate this competency by passing an on-line computer applications competency exam or by successful completion of the IS 146 or its equivalent. IS 146 or its equivalent will not count towards the requirements of the MS-IS degree.
  2. Computer Programming Competency. Students must demonstrate this competency by passing an on-line computer programming exam or by successful completion of IS 210 or its equivalent. IS 210 or its equivalent will not count towards the requirements of the MS-IS degree.
  3. Information Systems Competency. Students must demonstrate this competency by passing an on-line IS competency exam or by successful completion of IS 600, Information Technology in the Modern Business Environment, or its equivalent. IS 600 or its equivalent will not count towards the requirements of the MS-IS degree.

Degree Requirements

The MS-IS program consists of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework. The coursework includes a six-course core that is required of all students, nine credit hours of directed electives, and three credit hours of business electives. The directed elective choices are designed to provide students a broader understanding of multiple business functions normally expected for executive-level positions in an organization.

The MS-IS degree is available in an online format, although not all directed electives and elective courses are available online. Most online classes also will be available in a traditional classroom format or in a hybrid (combined classroom and online) format.

IS 691, Information Systems Strategy and Applications, is the capstone course and should be taken toward the end of the student’s program. The grade in IS 691 can be no lower than B.

Required Core
IS 512MODERN SYSTM ANALYSIS & DESIGN 13
IS 560TELECOMMUNICATIONS & NETWRK'G 13
IS 571BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE & ANALYT 13
IS 640DATA MGT AND DATA MINING3
IS 680ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLNG SYS3
IS 691INFORMATION SYS STRATEGY & APP3
Directed Electives (9 credit hours), choose 3 courses with no more than one in any of the following groupings: 29
Information Systems/Cyber Security Electives:
CYBERSECURITY MANAGEMENT
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SYS
NETWORK DEFENSE & OPERATING SY
COMPUTER FORENSICS
Economics Electives:
ECONOMICS OF INFORMATION TECH
GAMES & NETWORKS
FOUNDATIONS OF ECONOMICS
MANAGERIAL ECON & TECH
Management/Marketing Electives:
ORGAN THRY, BEHAV & ENVIRONMEN
HRM & ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
PRIN OF PROJECT MGMT
SURVEY OF MARKETING MGMT
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Accounting/Finance Electives:
FOUNDATIONS ACC MANAGERS & ENG
MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
FIN DECIS UNDER UNCERTAINTY
Operations/Quant Methods/SCM Electives:
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SYS
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
QUANTITATIVE METHODS
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
Business Elective, select one course from the five groupings above. 23
Total Semester Hours30
1

MS-IS students whose previous studies include the undergraduate equivalents of IS 512 , IS 560, and/or IS 571 must substitute a 3-credit-hour graduate-level IS course for each of the latter.

2

Students are required to satisfy the prerequisites for any elective they choose. Students who wish to substitute some other courses as directed electives may seek prior approval for such a substitution by contacting the Director of Graduate Programs in UAH Business School. 

Additional Information

Thesis Option

A thesis option is available. Students interested in this option should contact the both the faculty member who the student wants to serve as the thesis advisor and the College of Business Administration’s (CBA) Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business Administration before completing 12 hours of graduate study. If selected, the student will register for the IS 699 Masters Thesis course for 6 credit hours in lieu of 6 credit hours of directed and business electives.

Transfer Credit

Up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit taken at other universities may be transferred to meet MS-IS degree requirement. Inquiries about the transferability of specific courses should be directed to the CBA Director of Graduate Programs, who will consult with the IS faculty to determine whether the content of the class will be accepted for transfer credit.