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The MS in Information Systems program focuses on providing competencies and skillsets to equip our graduates with a broad solid grounding in current IT practices. From here, students are invited to focus their studies in order to develop expertise in one particular area of Information Systems. We offer several Concentrations; each designed around particular competencies and IT career paths. We also offer a "standard concentration" that permits students to either [a] acquire a broad base of IS competencies and skills, instead of the focused depth in one area; or [b] create a customized concentration by selected coursework from two or more areas. Students desiring a customized concentration are strongly encouraged to design that plan in communication with a faculty advisor.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||52-60|
Students will be able to:
- Determine the main business impact from emerging trends in Information Systems (IS).
- Describe key outcomes in each of the five phases of a systems development life cycle.
- Explain key benefits and challenges of best practices in IS projects.
- Use diagrams for IS requirements and conceptual design specifications (e.g., context diagram, data flow diagram, use case diagram, entity relationship diagram), given a short business case.
No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.
|IT 403||STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS||4|
|IS 411||INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING FOR BUSINESS APPLICATIONS||4|
|DSC 441||FUNDAMENTALS OF DATA SCIENCE (FORMERLY IS 467)||4|
|IS 421||SYSTEMS ANALYSIS||4|
|IS 422||SYSTEM DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, AND MAINTENANCE||4|
|IS 430||FUNDAMENTALS OF IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT||4|
|IS 435||ORGANIZATION MODELING FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION||4|
|IS 451||DATABASE DESIGN FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS (FORMERLY CSC 451)||4|
|IS 560||ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS||4|
Major Electives (4 courses)
Students take at least three (3) courses from one of the domains below.
Students take at least two (2) 500-level courses.
Project Management and Business Analysis
|COLLABORATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR LEADING PROJECTS|
|INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT FINANCIAL ANALYSIS|
|AGILE ENTERPRISE PROJECT MANAGEMENT|
|MANAGING CHANGE FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION|
Analytics-Driven Decision Making
|DATA ANALYSIS AND REGRESSION (FORMERLY CSC 423)|
|DATA VISUALIZATION (FORMERLY CSC 465)|
|BIG DATA & THE INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT)|
|ENTERPRISE DATA MANAGEMENT|
|BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYTICS SYSTEMS|
IT Governance and Legal Responsibilities
|LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY|
|DATABASE ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT|
|ENTERPRISE DATA MANAGEMENT|
Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurship
|DIGITAL PRODUCT MANAGEMENT|
|ENTERPRISE CLOUD COMPUTING|
|INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING|
IT Leadership and Operations
|INFORMATION SERVICES AND OPERATIONS|
|INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP|
|BUSINESS CONTINUITY/DISASTER RECOVERY THEORIES AND STRATEGIES|
|BUSINESS CONTINUITY/DISASTER RECOVERY MANAGEMENT AND TACTICS|
|IS 511||SOCIAL ISSUES OF COMPUTING||4|
Choose one (1) Open Elective.
- Any CNS, CSC, DSC, ECT, GAM, GPH, HCI, HIT, IS, IT, PM, SE, or TDC course in the 421-699 range qualifies.
Students have the option of completing either (a) IS 577 (Information Systems capstone course), (b) a Graduate Internship (4 credits), (c) two quarters of CSC 500 (a Research Colloquium course), (d) IS 696 (a Master's Project course), or (e) a Master’s Thesis.
- Capstone Course
- Graduate Internship
- An internship offers students the opportunity integrate their academic experience with on-the-job training in information systems. Students must enroll in CSC 697 for four (4) credit hours to satisfy the practicum requirement. These are the steps:
- Secure an internship with a focus in information systems.
- International Students must obtain the appropriate practical training form and meet with an advisor in the CDM Academic Center for approval (http://oiss.depaul.edu/Requests/Forms/index.asp).
- Login to MyCDM and click the “MyInternships”link on the left to start the course enrollment process.
- Research Options
- CSC 500 This is a course for two (2) credit hours therefore students must enroll in the course in each of two (2) separate quarters.
- Master’s Research
- Up to eight (8) credit hours with Major Elective substitutions.
- IS 696
- Master’s Thesis
- A student who has made an original contribution to the area may choose to complete a Master’s Thesis. The process is:
- Complete IS 590 as a Major Elective substitution.
- The student and the student’s research advisor form a Master’s Thesis Committee of three (3) faculty.
- The student enrolls in IS 698 for two (2) consecutive quarters. In the event, the students has not completed the thesis within these two (2) quarters, the student will be allowed to register for the zero (0) credit hour course CSC 698 and the transcript will show the thesis title as the course topic.
- The student will need to submit to the committee a thesis detailing the results of the research project. After a public defense, the committee will decide whether to accept the thesis.
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
- Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
- Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses of the designated degree program.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Students pursuing a second (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applies toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
- Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.
Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.