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.

Capstone Course (3 credits)

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:

In addition, the following Special Topics are being offered:

Thesis Option

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.

Practicum Option

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:

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.