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Program Overview

The Department of Computer Management and Information Systems in the School of Business offers a Master of Science degree in Computer Management and Information Systems (CMIS). This is an applied program that focuses on information systems and related management issues. The program prepares students to be practitioners in positions such as software developer, systems analyst, consultant, system integrator, information systems and technology manager, project manager, and application software specialist.

The curriculum includes program foundation courses (prerequisite courses), core (required) courses, career track elective courses, and a capstone exit examination. Electives can be chosen to provide an emphasis in areas such as database or enterprise-wide information systems (ERP). Alliance agreements with Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP mean students gain hands-on experience with prominent database, ERP, and systems software. A formal Project Management Concentration is also offered within the M.S. CMIS program and can be completed by selecting certain courses as electives.

Scheduling of Courses

All core courses and nearly all elective courses are scheduled in the evening to accommodate part-time students. Core courses are offered at least once a year. Some courses are offered during the summer. A full-time student may complete the program in as few as four terms (e.g., fall, spring, summer, fall). A part-time student who takes one course at a time (i.e., completes three courses per year) may complete the program in 3.5 consecutive calendar years.

Program of Study

The program requires 31 semester hours and consists of 7 core courses, 3 elective courses, and a final examination course. The course requirements for the M.S. CMIS degree are summarized in this pdf diagram: MS CMIS Program Flow

Students in the program must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all graduate courses. No credit is allowed toward degree completion for courses in which a grade below C is earned.

Information Systems Technology and Management Core (21 hours):

  • CMIS 570-3 Software Systems Design
  • CMIS 564-3 Database Design
  • CMIS 468-3 Business Telecommunications
  • CMIS 540-3 Project Management Fundamentals and Best Practices
  • CMIS 526-3 Information Systems and Technology
  • CMIS 528-3 Strategic Management of Information Technology
  • CMIS 557-3 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Elective Courses (9 hours)

Elective courses enable students to add a specialized focus to their study of information systems. Examples of specialized focuses include, but are not limited to: systems design, development and implementation, database administration and database programming, enterprise-wide information systems (ERP), project management, and computer networks, among others. The CMIS program director maintains the current list of approved electives. Students must submit a written request to the CMIS program director for approval to deviate from the approved elective list.

Students not possessing prior work experience within the information systems field will be required to select CMIS 587-3 Information Systems Internship as one of their electives. This is to ensure that students not possessing prior work experience are afforded the opportunity to practice learned skills in a supervised information technology environment prior to degree completion.

Final Examination (1 hour)

Students must enroll in CMIS 589-1 Final Examination for one credit. Each candidate for graduation must pass a final examination conducted by the graduate faculty of the department. The final examination will require candidates to demonstrate an appropriate standard of scholarship and to provide evidence of the ability to think critically, to draw and defend conclusions, and to complete work in a creditable manner.

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