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Curriculum - M.S. in Information Systems

 

M.S. in Information Systems Curriculum Overview

The M.S. in Information Systems program features a set of core courses and four sequence choices: Geographic Information Systems, Internet Application Development, Network and Security Management, and Systems Development. The M. S. in Information Systems program allows students to choose from three degree options and four sequences.

  1. The Thesis Option of the IS program is designed specifically for students who either ultimately plan to continue their studies after completion of the M. S. program or are simply interested in performing research in Information Systems or Telecommunications. Students complete independent research resulting in a master’s thesis under the direction of two School of Information Technology faculty members as a part of this option.
  2. The Project Option of the IS program is designed specifically for students who are planning to enter the workforce after completion of the degree. Students complete a significant independent project under the direction of two School of Information Technology faculty members as a part of this option.
  3. The Course Option of the IS program is designed for students who are planning to enter the workplace after completion of the degree but who do not wish to complete a master’s thesis or independent project as a part of their degree.

 

Within these program options, student will also choose one of four sequences to complete.

  1. The Geographic Information Systems Sequence is a cross-disciplinary degree sequence between the School of Information Technology and the Institute for Geospatial Analysis and Mapping located in the Geography-Geology Department. The Geographic Information Systems sequence is designed to provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the area of Geographic Information Systems and how these systems are used.   Students are introduced to the procedures of capturing, storing, querying and displaying geographical data.  Statistical analysis and interpretation of geographic information also involves the mapping of spatial coordinates onto multiple datasets.  The GIS sequence will equip students with the essential knowledge leading to effective use and development of present and future GIS applications.
  1. The Internet Application Development Sequence of the IS program is designed for students who are interested in learning a variety of technologies and skills related to Internet application development. Most students choosing this sequence plan to pursue further studies in Information Systems or Internet Application Development or work as a web developer, systems developer, programmer-analyst, or project manager.
  2. The Network and Security Management Sequence of the IS program is designed for students who are interested in focusing specifically on information systems security and telecommunications-related technologies and skills.  Most students choosing this sequence plan to pursue further studies in Information Systems, Information Systems Security, Network Security, or Telecommunications.  They may work as a programmer-analyst or systems developer with systems security or networking focus, or as a project manager.
  3. The Systems Development Sequence of the IS program is designed for students who are interested in learning a variety of technologies and skills related to information systems/systems development. Most students choosing this sequence plan to pursue further studies in Information Systems or work as a programmer-analyst, systems developer, or project manager.

 

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Foundation Courses

The IS program assumes an undergraduate knowledge base in information technology, which students with computer-related undergraduate degrees will typically have acquired. Students lacking sufficient background may be admitted to the program but should expect to complete some or all of the following courses with a grade of "A" or "B" before enrolling in graduate-level courses.

  • IT 250: Fundamentals of Information Assurance & Security
  • IT 254: Hardware and Software Concepts
  • IT 261: Systems Development I
  • IT 275: Java as a Second Language OR
    • IT 168: Problem Solving for Information Technology AND IT 178: Computer Application Programming
  • IT 276: Data Communications
  • IT 378: Database Processing

The IT graduate advisor will determine specific foundation requirements.

 

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Core Requirements

In order to provide a solid IS foundation and a common background, each student in the M. S. in Information Systems program is required to complete all courses in the following core areas:

  • IS Technology
    • IT 432: Systems Analysis and Design
    • IT 478: Advanced Database Management
    • IT 351: Advanced Information Assurance and Applied Cryptography
      • or IT 357: Tools & Techniques in Information Assurance and Security
    • IT 377: Practical Telecommunications Networking
  • IS Management
    • IT 463: Information Technology Project Management
    • IT 496: Information Technology Strategy and Policy
  • Additional Course
    • IT 497: Introduction to Research Methodology

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Program Option and Sequence Requirements

Each student will choose a program option and a degree sequence no later than the second semester of enrollment in the program.
Program Options

  • Thesis (30 course credit hours + 6 thesis hours)
  • Project (33 course credit hours + 6 project hours)
  • Course (39 course credit hours)

Sequence Options

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Internet Application Development
  • Network and Security Management
  • Systems Development

The requirements for each option and sequence may be found in the tables below.

 Geographic Information Systems Sequence

Thesis Option
36 total hours*
Project Option
39 total hours**
Course Option
39 total hours***
GEO 303: Geographic Info. Systems GEO 304: Geographic Information Applications
GEO 303: Geographic Info. Systems
GEO 304: Geographic Information Systems Applications
GEO 303: Geographic Info. Systems
GEO 304: Geographic Information
Systems Applications
1 of:                                            
GEO 488: Grad. Topics in Hydrogeology
IT 467: Human Factors in Info. Systems
2 of:                                            
GEO 305: Remote Sensing I (requires stats class)
GEO 488: Grad. Topics in Hydrogeology
IT 341: Object Oriented Sys. Dev.
IT 353: Web Development Tech.
IT 467: Human Factors in Info. Systems
ENG 349: Technical Writing

2 of:                                            
GEO 305: Remote Sensing I (requires stats class)
GEO 488: Grad. Topics in Hydrogeology
IT 341: Object Oriented Sys. Dev.
IT 353: Web Development Tech.
IT 467: Human Factors in Info. Systems
499: Master's Thesis 494: Graduate Directed Project 495: IT Capstone

 

 Internet Application Development Sequence

Thesis Option
36 total hours*
Project Option
39 total hours**
Course Option
39 total hours***
353: Web Development Technologies 354: Advanced Web Application Development
358: Mobile Application Development
353: Web Development Technologies 354: Advanced Web Application Development
358: Mobile Application Development
353.05: Web Development Technologies 354.05: Advanced Web Application Development
358: Mobile Application Development
368: Topics in Information Systems
1 of:
368: Topics in Information Systems
467: Human Factors in Information Systems
468: Software Quality Assurance and Testing
485: Topics in Information Systems
ENG 349: Technical Writing

3 of:

368: Topics in Information Systems
467: Human Factors in Information Systems
468: Software Quality Assurance and Testing
485: Topics in Information Systems
499: Master's Thesis 494: Graduate Directed Project 495: IT Capstone

 

Network and Security Management

Thesis Option
36 total hours*
Project Option
39 total hours**
Course Option
39 total hours***
450: Policy and Administration in Information Assurance and Security
477: Converged Network Architectures  
450: Policy and Administration in Information Assurance and Security
477: Converged Network Architectures
450: Policy and Administration in Information Assurance and Security
477: Converged Network Architectures
1 of:                                            
351: Advanced Information Assurance & Applied Cryptography
357: Tools & Techniques in Information Security
374:  Topics in Telecommunications
376: Wireless and Mobile Network Security
381: Network Analysis and Design
2 of:                                            
351: Advanced Info. Assurance & Applied Cryptography
357: Tools & Techniques in Information Security
 374:  Topics in Telecommunications
 376: Wireless and Mobile Network Security
 381: Network Analysis and Design
ENG 349: Technical Writing

2 of:                                            
351: Advanced Info. Assurance & Applied Cryptography
357: Tools & Techniques in Information Security
 374:  Topics in Telecommunications
 376: Wireless and Mobile Network Security
 381: Network Analysis and Design
499: Master's Thesis 494: Graduate Directed Project 495: IT Capstone

 

Systems Development Sequence

Thesis Option
36 total hours*
Project Option
39 total hours**
Course Option
39 total hours***
467: Human Factors in Information Systems
468: Software Quality Assurance and Testing
467: Human Factors in Information Systems
468: Software Quality Assurance and Testing
467: Human Factors in Information Systems
468: Software Quality Assurance and Testing
1 of:
341: Object Oriented Systems Development
368: Topics in Information Systems
485: Topics in Information Systems
2 of:
341: Object Oriented Systems Development
368: Topics in Information Systems
485: Topics in Information Systems
ENG 349: Technical Writing

2 of:
341: Object Oriented Systems Development
368: Topics in Information Systems
485: Topics in Information Systems
499: Master's Thesis 494: Graduate Directed Project 495: IT Capstone

 

*Students in the thesis option must complete a minimum of 18 hours of 400-level course work (6 classes), not including thesis hours.

** Students in the project option must complete a minimum of 21 hours of 400-level course work (7 classes), not including project hours.

*** Students in the course option must complete a minimum of 21 chorus of 400-level course work (7 classes).

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Graduate Catalog

To learn more about specific courses offered for the degree, you may access descriptions of the courses offered as a part of the program in the graduate catalog.

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