About our Information Systems Program Offerings
As the world grows increasingly digital, organizations are demanding professionals with expertise beyond a bachelors degree to help them design solutions to complex challenges. The Master of Science program in Information Systems (MSIS) is designed to prepare students for specialized, senior level positions in information technology management. Graduates are trained in the planning, organizing, managing, designing, configuring and implementing of information systems and in using state-of-the-art technologies, methods, techniques, and tools.
This program provides a graduate level, technically-oriented curriculum that focuses on the design and development of information systems to solve real-world problems.
The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program is offered in two formats - Evening and Executive. The evening MSIS program format is what is reviewed on this page.
Other IS Programs:
- The Executive MSIS (alternate weekend) format - Focuses on information technology management and is designed for students with three or more years professional experience.
- In addition, we offer a M.S. in Computer and Information Systems Security. This program is jointly offered by the Department of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and the Department of Information Systems in the School of Business and is designed primarily for students who are interested in a more focused specialization in information systems security.
Graduates of the MSIS Program will serve as senior leaders within the IS profession and as strategic business partners within the enterprises in which they work. A wide variety of companies employ our graduates. A list is available here: MSIS Employers 2015
Our MSIS graduates occupy an incredibly rich and wide variety of positions from Professor Software Acquisition Management to Senior Systems Engineer. A list of our graduate's current positions is available here: MSIS Job Titles 2015
THE MSIS PROGRAM - EVENING FORMAT
This program provides a technically oriented curriculum focused on the design and development of information systems to solve real-world problems. Graduates are hired to fill significant roles in planning, organizing, managing, designing, configuring, and implementing information systems using state-of-the-art technologies within organizations. Students in this also program have the option of pursuing a concentration in Information Risk, Security, and Assurance.
Most courses are offered in the evening either one evening per week from 7-9:40pm or twice a week from 5:30-6:45pm. Elective courses may be offered from 4-6:40pm. Business courses are typically held in Snead Hall. The flexibility of our program allows student to enroll full-time or part-time per semester depending on their preference.
Our MS curriculum is comprised of the following outcomes:
- An ability to communicate and network effectively within the profession and within organizations
- An ability to serve the profession by applying knowledge broadly
- An ability maintain key technical expertise in order to sustain required levels of competitiveness
- An understanding of information technology as it applies to business contexts and the skill to apply this technology effectively in specific circumstances
- An ability to develop efficient and effective IS solutions using appropriate technologies that can deliver competitive advantages to organizations
- An ability to develop and incorporate changes in the planning and management of IS resources based on an increased understanding of the dynamic changes in the organization, IS, and global environment
To view the curriculum map, click here.
The Evening MSIS program requires that new students first satisfy any necessary prerequisite and foundation courses upon entry to the program and then complete a total of 10 graduate courses.
- Students applying to the program must show evidence of competence in selected prerequisite areas of information systems including: application programming, systems analysis and design, database, telecommunications and hardware/software. Evidence of this may include formal coursework, comparable training within a work environment, or significant, relevant and recent work experience in the field. Students enrolled as majors in the program who do not have formal background or equivalent training must take the appropriate undergraduate courses to satisfy the prerequisite prior to taking Master's program courses.
- Students who do not have a business degree must complete a minimum of two 500-level business foundation courses (6 credit hours). Foundation courses may be waived for students who present satisfactory, equivalent preparation at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Students who are required to take foundation courses may do so after admission. The foundation courses required will vary depending upon the student's background, career interests, and the chosen area of specialization.
The program consists of 30 graduate credit hours including four core courses (12 credit hours), and six (18 credit hours) Information Systems electives. Students also have curricula and course options including:
- Students may elect to complete a Concentration in Information Risk, Security, and Assurance, by taking their 6 electives from a prescribed concentration course list.
- A significant number of our graduates participate in the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Data Interns Program by enrolling in combinations of INFO 609, INFO 632, and INFO 611. This program has recognized an important by the Governor of Virginia and VCU President Rao. Further details can be found here.
To view the complete curriculum for this program including pre-requisites, please visit the Graduate Bulletin page.
To view course descriptions and prerequisites, please visit the VCU Courses database.
Printable One Page Program Curriculum Summary Sheet: MSIS [PDF]
Department of Information Systems
To learn about information systems faculty and department activities visit the department website.
Additional Information for Current Students
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