Master of Science in Information Systems

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Program Description

The Master of Science in Information Systems program addresses the effective analysis, design, creation, management and evaluation of information systems for individuals and organizations. The role of the Information Systems professional is to understand and improve the ways organizations derive value from information. The Lewis College of Business Information Systems graduate degree program offers an immersive educational experience blending business, information technology and the human element. An MS in IS degree provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Use information technology to improve organizational effectiveness
  • Manage complex business and information system challenges
  • Apply design thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, and information technology skills to assist organizations meet current needs, changing demands and future growth.

Admission Requirements

A four-year bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher out of 4.0 is required. Students must also have taken a programming language class with a C or better, or complete one during their first semester of coursework with a C or better.

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog or on the Graduate Admissions website www.marshall.edu/admissions/graduate/. If you are from outside the US, you may find Marshall’s International Student Information website a useful resource www.marshall.edu/cip.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 36 graduate credit hours, as follows:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
Required:
EM 660 Project Management 3
MGT 615 Management of Innovation & Technology 3
MGT 672 Organizational Behavior 3
MIS 605 Systems Analysis & Design 3
MIS 610 Systems Quality Assurance 3
MIS 620 IT Planning 3
MIS 623 Database Management 3
MIS 647 IT Disaster Plan and Recovery 3
MIS 659 Digital Accessibility Policies & Strategies 3
MIS 678 Management Information Systems 3
MIS 685 Business Intelligence/Analytics 3
Plus ONE of the following: 3
MIS 681 Thesis
MIS 698 Internship
MIS 699 Capstone Project
Total Credit Hours: 36

Certificate in Accessibility Awareness

Overview

Industry leaders like Adobe, Amazon, Facebook, IBM, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and Verizon Media are actively recruiting people who can create products everyone can use, but they cannot find appropriately trained talent due to a significant skills gap (Teach Access, 2019). The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT, 2018) found that 63% of companies surveyed said they do not have sufficient accessibility technology skills in their organization or candidates interviewed. Ninety-three percent said demand for accessibility skills will increase in the future. The interdisciplinary Accessibility Awareness Certificate will help students obtain knowledge and skills related to providing technology accessibility for all people, including those with disabilities, to become more employable. Coursework will increase student knowledge and provide learning experiences designed to foster innovation and creative problem-solving with disability perspectives in curriculum and instruction.

Program Requirements

The 12-hour Accessibility Awareness Certificate provides knowledge and skills related to technology accessibility for all people, including those with disabilities, to become more employable. Coursework fosters innovation and creative problem-solving with disability perspectives in curriculum and instruction.

Admission Requirements

Applicants interested in the certificate program should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and indicate the Certificate in Technology Management on the application. The admissions requirements for the certificate program are the same as for the M.S. in Information Systems degree.

Curriculum

Required Courses

  • HRM 632 HR for Special Populations
  • MGT 615 Technology & Innovation Management
  • MIS 659 Digital Accessibility Policies and Strategies

Plus, Choice of 1 or 2

  1. MIS 698 Internship or MIS 688 Independent Study
  2. MGT 671 Internship or MGT 660 Independent Study

Credit Hours: 12 – All required

Certificate in Technology Management

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Technology Management is designed primarily for working professionals with both technical and non-technical backgrounds who want a better understanding of technological relevance to competitiveness and business strategy. Certificate coursework has a practical emphasis, with real-world projects designed to develop skills that can be put to use on the job immediately. Courses taken for this certificate may be applied to the M.S. in Information Systems degree (contact the program coordinator for information).

Admission Requirements

Applicants interested in the certificate program should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and indicate the Certificate in Technology Management on the application. The admissions requirements for the certificate program are the same as for the M.S. in Information Systems degree.

Curriculum

  • MGT 615 – Technology and Innovation Management
  • MIS 620 – Technology Planning
  • Any three courses from the MS in Information Systems program

Graduate Programs Contact Information

Wes Spradlin, MBA, MS
Associate Director
Brad D. Smith Graduate School of Business
Office: GC333
Phone: 304-746-8964
Fax: 304-746-2063

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