Information Systems, M.S.

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Program Description

The Information Systems program addresses the effective analysis, design, creation, management, and evaluation of computing systems for individuals and organizations.  The information-systems professional is to understand and improve the ways organizations derive value from information and our Information Systems program offers an immersive educational experience to students at the intersection of business, technology, and the human element. An MS in Information Systems degree provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Use information technology to improve organizational effectiveness.
  • Manage complex business and information system challenges.
  • Communicate and lead the team effectively in defining business needs and opportunities working with colleagues

Why Master Degree in Information Systems?

A Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) is a specialized master’s degree designed to impart to students the technical expertise and business savvy necessary to analyze, design, deploy, maintain, and manage information systems in industrial, government, and non-profit settings. An information system integrates hardware, software and people power to collect, filter, and process, create and distribute data.

Depending on a student’s individual interest, an MSIS can be good preparation for either a technical or management job. Information Systems took 7th and 13th place for Best Master’s Degrees for Jobs in 2017 on Forbes’s list.

Why Choose the Information Systems Graduate Degree at Marshall University?

The M.S. in Information Systems degree program at Marshall University is designed to prepare students for advanced careers in computing industry, help computing industry working professionals advance their careers through graduate continuing education, provide educational and research resources to serve the community and industry, and conduct high quality and innovative research to advance information technology and to bring economic opportunities to the state and the nation.

  • At Marshall University, you are not required to have computer related undergraduate major to study M.S. in Information Systems degree program.

The graduates will gain a solid foundation in the various business disciplines and the effective use of information technology in business, adding values to processes and products in organizations.

What Careers in the Information Systems?

As an information systems graduate, your skills will be invaluable to employers from a range of sectors and possible careers include

– Programmer Analyst, Information Architect, Software Engineer, Business Analyst, Technical Support Specialist. Systems Analyst, Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer, Computer Technician, Chief Information Officer, Project Manager, and Webmaster etc.

Program Objectives

Produce graduates who (during the first several years following graduation):

  1. Are capable of analyzing and identifying requirements for rapidly changing computing problems and information technology environments
  2. Are capable of designing and implementing solutions for rapidly changing computing problems and information technology environments
  3. Have good communication skills and are able to effectively work in teams
  4. Are capable of gazing the impact of computing on society, and possess knowledge of the ethical, social and professional implications/responsibilities of their work
  5. Engage in life-long learning to adapt to innovation and change, and are successful in their professional work

Admission and Transfer Criteria

Minimum admission requirement for full admission includes completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree in Information Systems or related program with GPA of 2.75 or higher on 4.0 scale. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in a major other than computer science or related program may be admitted to the program and must successfully complete the following two additional bridge courses with a grade of B or above in the first two semesters of the program:

  • Programming language (CS 110)
  • Database Management System (CS 410)

Whether an applicant meets the above requirements will be based on the information provided in the admission application and transcripts. International students must meet MU English proficiency standards and all other admission criteria prior to registering for the first semester of courses.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 30 graduate credit hours, including at least 24 credit hours at Marshall University. The degree consists of 21 credit hours of required courses and 9 hours of approved elective courses.

Required courses:

  • IS 600 Management Information Systems
  • IS 605 Systems Analysis and Design
  • IS 610 Systems Quality Assurance
  • IS 621 Information Structures 1
  • IS 622 Emerging Technologies
  • IS 624 Data Warehousing
  • IS 647 IS Disaster Planning and Recovery


Three courses offered by the graduate programs of the Weisberg Department of Computer Science and approved by the student’s advisor to complete the program. Thesis option as described below can be used to replace 6 credit electives:

  • Thesis option (6 CR)
    • The Thesis option offers a student an opportunity for serious investigation into an area of interest by completing a 3 credit Thesis I course and a 3 credit Thesis II course. Thesis work is typically conducted over two semesters and the 6 CR of the thesis option courses cannot be combined in a semester. A thesis option can be taken after the completion of 12 credit hours. Students must summarize their thesis work in the form of a formal written document and deliver an oral presentation.

Plan of Study

Students are required to complete a Plan of Study form in consultation with their academic advisors before the students can begin program of study. This is usually done the week before the first day of classes of first semester.

Semester 1

  • IS 600 Management Information Systems
  • IS 605 Systems Analysis and Design
  • IS 610 Systems Quality Assurance

Semester 2

  • IS 621 Information Structures 1
  • IS 622 Emerging Technologies
  • IS 624 Data Warehousing

Semester 3

  • IS 647 IS Disaster Planning and Recovery
  • Elective 1
  • Thesis I or Elective 2

Semester 4

  • Thesis II or Elective 3