Master's Programs

Curriculum

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 1.5 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 thesis or practicum project, depending upon the availability and approval of a faculty sponsor.

Prerequisites

Incoming students are expected to have the following as prerequisites:

These required prerequisite courses may be taken concurrently with courses in the MS program, but they do not count toward the 33 credit hours of course requirements.

Core Courses (12 credits)

Capstone Course (3 credits)

Electives (18 credits)

Thesis Option (6 hours)

The master's thesis option requires six credits of ISM 6971, which count as six of the 18 elective credits. The thesis must make a well-defined contribution to the research and development in an area of information systems.

Practicum Option (1-6 hours)

The practicum option requires an investigation 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. One credit of ISM 6905 would be taken for each semester that the student works on a project. The practicum counts for one to six hours of the 18 hours of electives.

Research/Project Option (1-3 hours)

The research/project option requires working on a related project that involves research or community engagement. The project is supervised by a faculty member. One to two credits of ISM 6905 would be taken for each semester that the student works on a project. The research/project option counts for one to three hours of the 18 hours of electives.