For additional information about graduate programs within the College of Business, please contact the Director of Graduate Programs, Jennifer Pettitt, at GradBiz@uah.edu. Information about the application process may be found in the Admissions section of the Graduate catalog.
The purpose of the MS-IS 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 include a bachelor’s degree in any field and demonstration of competency in each of the following three areas:
- 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.
- 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.
- Information Systems Competency. Students must demonstrate this competency by passing an on-line IS competency exam or by successful completion of IS 600 - Information Systems Management, or its equivalent. IS 600 or its equivalent will not count towards the requirements of the MS-IS degree.
The MS-IS program consists of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework. The coursework includes an 18 credit hour 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.
|IS 512||MODERN SYSTM ANALYSIS & DESIGN 1||3|
|IS 560||TELECOMMUNICATIONS & NETWRK'G 1||3|
|IS 571||BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE & ANALYT 1||3|
|IS 640||DATA MGT AND DATA MINING||3|
|IS 680||ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLNG SYS||3|
|IS 691||INFORMATION SYS STRATEGY & APP||3|
|Directed Electives (9 credit hours), choose 3 courses with no more than one in any of the following groupings: 2||9|
|Information Systems/Cyber Security Electives:|
|SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SYS|
|NETWORK DEFENSE & OPERATING SY|
|ECONOMICS OF INFORMATION TECH|
|GAMES & NETWORKS|
|FOUNDATIONS OF ECONOMICS|
|MANAGERIAL ECON & TECH|
|ORGAN THRY, BEHAV & ENVIRONMEN|
|HRM & ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR|
|PRIN OF PROJECT MGMT|
|SURVEY OF MARKETING MGMT|
|NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT|
|FOUNDATIONS ACC MANAGERS & ENG|
|FIN DECIS UNDER UNCERTAINTY|
|Operations/Quant Methods/SCM Electives:|
|SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SYS|
|SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT|
|Business Elective, select one course from the five groupings above. 2||3|
|Total Semester Hours||30|
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.
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 Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business 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.
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 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.