Master in Management Information Systems (MS/MIS)
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Degree Program Requirements
The program requires 33 hours of coursework and may be taken either full-time or part-time.
Full-time students who already have taken all required prerequisites may be able to
complete the program in one full year (3 semesters) of study. Part-time students and
full-time students who need prerequisites will typically need from 1 1/2 to 3 years
to complete the degree.
Early in the first semester, a student and the program advisor will work together to complete a formal Program of Study that will define a coherent sequence of courses to satisfy the student's objectives. A student may have the option to complete a Master's Thesis or a Practicum project, depending upon the availability and approval of a faculty sponsor.
Technical Core (12 credits)
The following four courses provide a solid understanding of state-of-the-art research and practice in technical areas of Information Systems.
- ISM 6124 (3 credits) - Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
Students learn to manage and perform activities throughout an information systems development life cycle, from the analysis of system requirements through system design to system implementation and operation. Advanced system development processes, methods, and tools are presented. This course is continually revised to include the latest theories and tools. A group project using advanced CASE tools is an integral portion of the course.
- ISM 6218 (3 credits) - Advanced Database Administration
Advanced practice and research in database systems, to include entity-relationship modeling, relational databases, object-oriented databases, performance issues, and management of the database administration (DBA) function. State-of-the-art database systems will be used for individual and group projects.
- ISM 6225 (3 credits) - Distributed Information Systems
Students learn technological as well as managerial aspects of telecommunication systems and distributed systems. Important topics covered include telecommunications fundamentals, voice and data communications, local and wide area networks, Internet, wireless technologies, and distributed systems.
- ISM 6436 (3 credits) – Operations and Supply Chain Processes
Students learn several aspects of Operations management, a discipline in business concerned with managing the transformation of inputs into outputs, with a special emphasis on business processes and business process improvement.
Capstone Course (3 credits)
- ISM 6155 (3 credits) – Enterprise Information Systems Management
An advanced study of information system management to include system planning, project selection, project management, and organizational information management policies. This course is the capstone of the MS/MIS program and as such it must be taken during one of the last two semesters of the student's program.
Electives (18 credits)
Six elective courses may be selected from additional Information Systems courses or (with prior approval by the MS/MIS program academic advisor) other related areas of specialization such as Management, Decision Science, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Logistics, etc.
Elective available within the department are as follows:
- ISM 6125 Software Architecture
- ISM 6145 Seminar on Software Testing
- ISM 6208 Data Warehousing
- ISM 6305 Managing the Info Systems Function
- ISM 6382 International Aspects of Info Systems
- ISM 6405 Decision Support Systems Applications
- ISM 6480 Electronic Commerce
- ISM 6905 Independent Study
- ISM 6930 Selected Topics in MIS
- ISM 6971 Thesis: Masters
- ISM 6316 Project Management
- ISM 6136 Data Mining
- ISM 6137 Statistical Data Mining ISM 6208 Data Warehousing
- ISM 6056 Web Application Development
- ISM 6930 Information Security and Risk Management
- ISM 6156 Enterprise Resource Planning & Bus Process Mgmt
In addition, the following Special Topics are being offered:
- ISM 6930 Multimedia Applications
- ISM 6930 Mainframe Technologies
The master's thesis option requires six credits of ISM 6971, which count as six of the 18 MIS elective credits. The thesis must make a well-defined contribution to research and development in an area of Information Systems.
The practicum option requires an investigation or development of a new information technology artifact. The project typically occurs in the student's place of employment and is jointly supervised by a faculty member and a manager in the company. Based upon the magnitude of the project, either three or six hours of credit in ISM 6905 would be taken, which would count for three or six hours of the 18 hours of MIS electives.
Business Intelligence Track
The M.S./M..I.S. program offers a track in business intelligence. The requirements for this track are as follows.
Students will have to take and pass four out of the following five courses:
- ISM 6136 Data Mining
- ISM 6218 Advanced Database Systems
- ISM 6208 Data Warehousing
- ISM 6137 Statistical Data Mining
- QMB 7566 Applied Mulitvariate Statistical Methods
In addition, graduate students who take the courses to satisfy this track and earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the courses in the track, will receive a "Joint SAS/USF Certificate in Analytics and Business Intelligence," when they uses a SAS analytics package as part of some of these courses. Specifically, graduate students will need to uses SAS Enterprise Miner or an equivalent SAS analytics package in the Data Mining and Statistical Data Mining courses. The tool will be provided free for class uses by SAS Institute.