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Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Introductory Courses 0-8
Degree Requirements 52
Total hours required 52-60

Learning Outcomes

​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.

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

Introductory Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
IT 403STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS4
IS 411INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING FOR BUSINESS APPLICATIONS4

Foundation Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
DSC 441FUNDAMENTALS OF DATA SCIENCE (FORMERLY IS 467)4
IS 421SYSTEMS ANALYSIS4
IS 422SYSTEM DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, AND MAINTENANCE4
IS 430FUNDAMENTALS OF IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT4
IS 435ORGANIZATION MODELING FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION4
IS 451DATABASE DESIGN FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS (FORMERLY CSC 451)4
IS 560ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS4

Major Electives

16 credit hours of Major Electives are required and are subject to the following criteria:

  • Students take at least 12 credit hours of courses from one of the domains below.
  • Students must take at least two (2) 500-level courses.

E-Business

Course Title Quarter Hours
ENTERPRISE INFRASTRUCTURE
SOCIAL MARKETING AND SOCIAL NETWORKING APPLICATIONS
ADVANCED SCRIPTING TECHNOLOGIES
CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES
MOBILE COMMERCE TECHNOLOGY

Project Management and Business Analysis

Course Title Quarter Hours
COLLABORATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR LEADING PROJECTS
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
AGILE ENTERPRISE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
MANAGING CHANGE FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Analytics-Driven Decision Making

Course Title Quarter Hours
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

Course Title Quarter Hours
CSEC 440
IT AUDITING
LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
CYBERSECURITY LAW
IT GOVERNANCE

Data Management

Course Title Quarter Hours
DATABASE PROGRAMMING
DATABASE ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
DATA WAREHOUSING
ENTERPRISE DATA MANAGEMENT

Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Course Title Quarter Hours
DIGITAL PRODUCT MANAGEMENT
IS 478
ENTERPRISE CLOUD COMPUTING
TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP

IT Leadership and Operations

Course Title Quarter Hours
INFORMATION SERVICES AND OPERATIONS
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP
BUSINESS CONTINUITY/DISASTER RECOVERY THEORIES AND STRATEGIES
BUSINESS CONTINUITY/DISASTER RECOVERY MANAGEMENT AND TACTICS
SOCIAL ISSUES OF COMPUTING

Open Elective

Students must complete four (4) credit hour of Open Electives.

  • Any CSEC, CSC, DSC, ECT, GAM, GPH, HCI, HIT, IS, IT, NET, PM, or SE course in the 421-699 range qualifies.

Capstone Options

Four (4) credit hours are required for the capstone. 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:
  1. Secure an internship with a focus in information systems.
  2. 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).
  3. 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:
  1. Complete IS 590 as a Major Elective substitution.
  2. The student and the student’s research advisor form a Master’s Thesis Committee of three (3) faculty.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Degree Requirements

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.​