The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program at MSU prepares students to become information systems professionals who can successfully develop, acquire, and integrate information technology across levels and functions of a firm in the continually changing global business environment. The MSIS degree equips students with critical technical skills, strengthens communication skills, enhances understanding of business functions/operations, and helps develop students' understanding of the link between organizations and information technology.
All students are required to take a set of business courses, or prerequisites, prior to taking their core courses. Students must complete the set of basic business courses listed below, or submit transcripts from other schools that carry equivalent courses with a grade of "B" or better. We offer survey courses online in place of many undergraduate prerequisites, designed for non-business undergraduates.
If you would like a pre-application evaluation of your transcript and prerequisites, you can email your transcript to Angelia Knight in the Graduate Studies in Business Office. Please note that a pre-application evaluation does not imply acceptance into the program.
Electives can be selected from other graduate-level courses.
Prerequisite Course Codes & Titles
|ACC 2013 or ACC 2023||Financial Accounting or Managerial Accounting|
|or ACC 2203||Survey of Accounting|
|BQA 2113/ 3123||Business Statistical Methods I & II|
|or BQA 8443||Statistical Analysis for Business Decision-Making|
|MGT 3113||Principles of Management (CLEP)|
|EC 2113 or EC 2123||Macroeconomics or Microeconomics|
|FIN 3123||Financial Management|
|MKT 3013||Principles of Marketing|
|Programming I||Computer Programming|
|Programming II||(See Electives Section)|
Note: MBAMath can be used as a substitute for the ACC, BQA, EC, and FIN course requirements. MBAMath is a self-guided 40-hour online lab that covers Accounting, Finance, Business Statistics, and Economics.
15 credit hours of required courses
12-15 hours of electives
Students who already have six (6) or more hours of programming may take 15 hours of electives. Students with only three (3) hours of programming are required to take an additional three (3) hours of graduate level programming and 12 hours of electives.
BIS 8113 Management Information Technology & Systems
Offered Spring and Fall
Three (3) hours lecture. Course includes the description, development and use of systems from an analytical perspective. Technology-enabled concepts are used for student assignments.
BIS 8213 Secure Systems Analysis & Design
Offered Spring Only
(Prerequisite or co-requisite: BIS 8113 or any three (3) hours of computer-related coursework.) Three (3) hours lecture. Analysis/ design of secure computer-based information systems using structured methodologies. Emphasis on functional and security requirements analysis, business data analysis, logical systems design, quality assurance, and comprehensive information security management.
BIS 8313 Advanced Database Design Administration
Offered Fall Only
(Prerequisite: Three (3) hours of computer programming with a grade of "B" or better.) Three (3) hours lecture. Design and management of local and distributed data resources, database design, definition, creation, maintenance, acquisition, and analytical use. Role of Database Administrator.
BIS 8413 Data Analytics
Offered Spring Only
(Prerequisite: BQA 8443 or equivalent.) Three (3) hours lecture. Enterprise approach to improving business processes and managerial decision-making through quantitatively sophisticated analysis of organizational data. Hands-on experience in analytical techniques, modeling, and software.
BIS 8753 Information Systems Collaborative Projec
Offered Spring Only
(Prerequisites: Nine (9) hours of graduate BIS coursework beyond 8113.) Three (3) hours lecture. Capstone experience incorporating knowledge gained in prerequisite courses. Requires team participation using appropriate tools and methodologies in assisting organizations with real-world information systems-related requirements through business and data analysis.