We are pleased to announce the current Master of Science in Information Systems
(MS IS) program is being replaced with a Fast-Track MS IS program delivered in
state-of-the-art classrooms. In addition to the new program format, classes have
been moved to a more modern building outfitted with the latest advanced classroom technology. This new format will allows students to
complete their master's degree in one year. This program starts Fall semester,
2012. Link to the program here...
Future students should review the
MS program web page. Current MS IS students
can refer to this web page for their
Master of Science in Information Systems (MS IS) is
designed to meet the needs of students who want to build a strong background in
information systems and the application of information and communications
technology in business. A broad spectrum of undergraduate majors can pursue
a MS IS degree at the Robinson College - the foundation course requirements
(shown below) will most likely apply to these applicants who are entering an
information systems program for the first time.
When applying, look
for the "specialized masters" category
displayed by the J. Mack Robinson College of
Business (RCB) web site. RCB Master of
Science degrees are typically shown within
this category when applying or searching for
related information such as costs,
deadlines, admissions, etc.
Experienced professionals can
also opt for the
one-year MS IS MIT program. This is a one-year, Saturday-only, specialized
master's program for
information technology professionals with at least four years of IT-related work
Why get an MS IS degree?
What concentrations are available?
What are the requirements for the MS IS degree?
Whom should I
contact for more IS information?
When are these courses typically offered?
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Frequently Asked Questions (includes good information for International Students)
Why get an MS IS degree?
today’s highly competitive global environment, the effective deployment of
information technology has become the key to business success. New applications
of information technology strike at the heart of what management does and how
organizations are structured and compete. In many respects these applications
are redefining the nature of work and its organization.
is a continuing shortage of specialists and managers with the combination of
business and technology skills needed to bring about this reshaping of
international industries. The purpose of the IS major in the Master of
Science program is to produce graduates who are able to combine their general
business knowledge with the latest information systems tools and techniques to
enable organizations to compete strongly in the global marketplace. Graduates,
through the use of concentrations in their programs of study, will be prepared
for careers in a variety of areas such as information systems management,
consulting, project management, medical informatics, database management,
business process design, systems development and mobile systems development.
concentrations are available within the MS IS degree?
the MS IS program must choose one of the following five
Information Systems Management:
concentration is intended to prepare students for executive careers in
management of information systems functions, or management of organizations that
involve intensive use of information technology, or a career in consulting that
builds on expertise in the information systems area.
Information Systems Development and Project Management:
This concentration is intended to prepare students for leadership careers in the
area of information systems development, information systems project management,
information systems quality assurance and information systems integration.
Health Informatics: This concentration is intended to prepare students for executive careers in the
management of information resources for health administration and operations in
health-related organizations. Graduates
of this program will help the industry effectively adopt information technology
to innovate and improve its health services and the way they are administrated.
For more information on Health Informatics, please see
The Wireless Organization:
This concentration is intended
to prepare students for careers as experts in the design or redesign of
information systems or the encompassing organizations in order to lead these
organizations to advantages derived from mobile information devices, wireless
information systems, location-aware computing and ubiquitous computing
Information Systems Business Process Innovation:
While not available yet, the
department also expects to offer a concentration in information systems business
process innovation. Please contact the department for further information.
What are the requirements for the
MS IS degree?
1. General Requirements
Master of Science students in Information Systems will
complete the Business Communication Skills Requirement explained in the catalog. The regulations, policies, and procedures given in the “Master’s
Enrollment” and “Master’s Programs” sections of the catalog apply to the M.S.
students with a major in CIS. A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit is
permitted in this 36-hour program.
The course requirements
for the Master of Science in Information Systems and the format of the
program follow. Consult the Course Descriptions chapter for prerequisites to the
graduate courses listed below. For descriptions and prerequisites of the
undergraduate foundation courses, see the Course Descriptions chapter of the
Georgia State University Undergraduate Catalog. This catalog is available on the
web at http://www.gsu.edu/enrollment/catalogs.html
A. Foundation Courses.
The courses in this list
are in addition to the 36 hours required for the degree. They are assigned as
part of the admissions process based on a review of each student’s transcripts.
They can be exempted if equivalent course work has been previously completed
with grades of C- or higher.
Accounting: MBA 8025 or (Acct
Behavioral Science: MBA 8165
or (MGS 3400 and Mk 3010)
Economics: MBA 7035 or Econ
Mathematics: Math 1111
Statistics: MBA 7025 or Math
Programming: (Choose 2) CIS
3210, CIS 3260, CIS 3215, and CIS 3270
(Note that CIS 3215 and CIS 3270
have prerequisites of CIS 3210 and CIS 3260 respectively.)
determined upon entry
Master of Science
in Information Systems
9 credit hours
9 credit hours
6 credit hours
12 credit hours
36 credit hours
B. Required Courses in Computer Information Systems (18
CIS 8000 - Information
Technology Project Management
CIS 8010 - Process
CIS 8020 - Systems
CIS 8030 - Software
Requirements Management (spring
CIS 8040 - Fundamentals of
Database Management Systems
CIS 8050 -
requirements for CIS 8030, CIS 8040, and CIS 8050 may be waived with
replacement credit upon approved evidence of accredited undergraduate
coursework or equivalent transfer credit. Replacement credit for any or all
waived courses must be selected from any 8000-level CIS course. The purpose
of allowing these waivers is to further enhance the flexibility provided to
students in the CIS major of the M.S. degree program.
Concentration (12 hours).
Select one of the concentrations listed below to
complete this section of the M.S. IS major.
Electives (6 Hours).
Note: elective hours may be higher if a student is able to
“waive” any of the three leveling courses stated in Section B.
Electives may be selected from any CIS 8060-level or higher level CIS course as
long as the course has not already been applied toward a chosen concentration.
students have the option of writing a research-oriented thesis. This option is
available for strong students wishing to advance their knowledge in a particular
area of Information Systems. Approval for the thesis option by the
Department of Computer Information Systems is required. Students approved for a
thesis will register for the following:
hours of CIS elective credit approved by the faculty adviser.
CIS 8389 – Directed
Readings in Information Systems (3)
CIS 8990 – M.S. CIS
Thesis Research (0-6 each semester)
student opting for the thesis option must complete the directed readings with a
graduate faculty member. The directed readings course must be used by the
student to do preliminary research in preparation for thesis work and will be
used by the course instructor to gauge the competence of the student to do
independent research that is of value to the CIS discipline. Approval to write
the thesis will be contingent upon a positive recommendation by the course
instructor to the Master’s program coordinator and his/her willingness to be the
thesis supervisor. Details about thesis supervision and related policies are
available from the Department of Computer Information Systems.
Program of Study/Course Prerequisites.
Each student’s program must be planned in
consultation with an M.S. faculty adviser in the Department of Computer
Information Systems for approval by the M.S./IS coordinator before a
non-required course is taken. Students may contact the department for the name
of their faculty adviser and to schedule an appointment. A copy of the program
will be filed with the Office of Graduate Student and Alumni Services for review
and approval. Progress toward the degree, including clearance for graduation,
cannot be confirmed without an approved program of study. Any changes in the
program must be approved by the faculty adviser and a copy of the changes sent
to GSAS. Students always must consult the Course Descriptions chapter of the
current graduate catalog to determine if they have met the prerequisites for any
course to be taken.
4. Time Limit.
The time limit for completing the M.S. with a major in IS is five years from
the semester the first course in section B or C (above) is taken.
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Georgia State University
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P.O. Box 4015
Atlanta, GA 30302-4015
Carl Stucke, Ph.D.,
Ephraim R. McLean, Ph.D., FAIS,
Computer Information Systems Department
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