Masters of Science in Management Information Systems

Master of Science in Management Information Systems

This program is designed to prepare individuals for careers in a wide range of business fields. It provides the technical and managerial knowledge and skills required by professionals in the field of information systems. Graduates are prepared to operate successfully in careers associated with planning, design, development, and management of complex information systems.

MSMIS Program Mission Statement

The University of Mary Washington’s MSMIS program provides a distinctive blend of opportunities for learning, scholarship, and professional development to meet the needs of a diverse student population. In this program, our mission is supported by a curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in the design, development and management of information systems in a wide range of organizational settings.

Admission Requirements

As part of the University’s mission emphasizing “excellence in liberal learning through freedom of inquiry, personal responsibility, and intellectual integrity”, the College of Business admits students on the basis of academic performance, as well as on communication skills, personal character, motivation, and leadership. The goal of the faculty admission committee is to admit students with the greatest potential for success both academically and professionally.

To be admitted to the program, applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university. Successful applicants ordinarily will have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or better. It is important to understand that GPAs are only one factor in determining admissibility. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

A TOEFL score of 570 (230 computer based/88 internet based) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 on the academic exam is required of non-native English speakers.

Applicants must submit:

1. An official application for admission,

2. Official transcripts from each college attended,

3. Official GMAT scores (GRE, MCAT or LSAT may be considered in lieu of GMAT), taken within the last 5 years,

4. Official TOEFL (or ELITS) scores if applicable, taken within the last 2 years,

5. Three letters of recommendation (one should be from an employer or former employer and one should be from a faculty member),

6. A résumé (2 pages maximum),

7. One essay on why you want to pursue an advanced degree. The essay should demonstrate your ability to communicate well and be at least 250 words, but no more than two pages,

8. Two years of full-time, post-baccalaureate professional employment is recommended

Students are admitted for the fall or spring semester.
Application Due Dates:
Fall Admission: October 1
Spring Admission: June 1

Deferred Enrollment. Accepted applicants may ask the College of Business for the option of deferring enrollment for up to two consecutive semesters. Each case is considered on an individual basis. Those who are granted deferred enrollment are subject to rules, regulations, and financial charges in effect when they actually enroll. Students who enroll at another institution before enrolling at the College of Business must reapply for admission. In cases involving military deployment, mobilization, or change in duty assignment, accepted applicants may request to extend the enrollment deferment for longer than two consecutive semesters. Any such requests will considered on an individual basis. A copy of the person’s military orders must be provided to the Office of Admissions to support such a request.

 

MSMIS Degree Requirements

Successful completion of all required foundation courses, or their equivalents, core courses, and elective courses with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required to meet degree requirements. All required course work must be completed within six years of matriculation into the program.

Foundation Course Waivers

Waiver of foundation courses generally requires that courses used as a basis for the waivers are comparable in content to the MSMIS foundation courses, were taken within 10 years of the date of admission from a regionally-accredited college or university, and were completed with a grade of B or higher. Waivers are not granted solely on the basis of work experience.

A waived foundation course will not require substitution of another MSMIS course. Credits are not given for waived foundation courses. Depending on the number of foundation courses completed or waived, a student might enter the program required to take only the core and elective courses. Final determination of a waiver is made by the MSMIS faculty advisor.

After admission to the MSMIS program, students cannot submit portfolios for waiver or substitution of foundation courses. If portfolio credits were earned at the University of Mary Washington prior to admission to the MSMIS program and are considered equivalent to foundation course work, the portfolio credit may be recognized.

The MSMIS faculty advisor has final approval of all portfolio credit for applicability to MSMIS undergraduate foundation course work. Portfolio credit is not an option for graduate-level course work in the MSMIS program.

Transfer Courses

Ordinarily, a maximum of six graduate credits can be transferred into the MSMIS program. To be accepted for transfer credit, courses must have been taken from a regionally-accredited institution within the last six years with a minimum grade of B and must directly relate to one of the MSMIS program courses. Transfer credit is not given for internship or practicum experiences.

Orientation Session

Prior to the start of every semester or summer session, new students are expected to participate in an orientation session. This session includes introductions of University staff, relevant University policies and procedures, and computer and library resources.

Requirements for Continuance in the MSMIS Program

 

All matriculated MSMIS students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress in their graduate courses toward completion of the MSMIS program. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher is required for graduation from the program.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) each 8-week session to remain in good academic standing. Any student whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 at the end of any session will have the following term to correct the deficiency.

A student who earns three Cs (including C+) or one F in graduate courses in the program will automatically be suspended from the program.

Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one to three semesters should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the Academic Rules and Regulations section.

 

Readmission to the MSMIS Program

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters, excluding summer session, must apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions.  Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the six-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than six years before the date at which the MSMIS is awarded may not be used to satisfy the degree requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the degree, the student must apply in writing to the program chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original six-year time limit.

A student who has been suspended from the program may apply for readmission after a lapse of three semesters. Applicants for readmission must meet current minimum admission requirements. Readmission to the program is not guaranteed.

MSMIS Course Requirements

Foundation Courses (0-15 credits)

Any or all of the foundation courses may be waived, based on previous course work or professional certifications. Final determination of a waiver is made by the faculty advisor.

BPST 316 Statistics for Managers (3 credits)
CIST 299 or 305 or 401 or 406 or equivalent (3 credits)
CIST 304 or equivalent (3 credits)
LRSP 311 or 331 or equivalent (3 credits)

And three credits from the following:

ACCT 201 Accounting for Managers or equivalent (3 credits)
LRSP 306 Economics for Business or equivalent (3 credits)
LRSP 412 Marketing for Managers or equivalent (3 credits)
LRSP 435 Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity or equivalent (3 credits)

Note: Students may complete a maximum of 9 credits in graduate-level courses (including graduate transfer courses) prior to completion of all required foundation credits. Any student who earns a grade below C in a foundation course taken at the University must retake the course and earn a C or higher.

Core Courses (24 credits)

MBUS 550 Computer-Based Decision Support Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 500 Management Information Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 505 Information Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)
MMIS 515 Information Technology Project Management (3 credits)
MMIS 535 Strategic Management of Information Systems and Innovation (3 credits)
MMIS 540 Computer Information Security (3 credits)
MMIS 590 MIS Research Project (3 credits)
MMIS 591 MIS Externship (3 credits)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

MBUS 523 Marketing Strategy (3 credits)
MBUS 525 Visionary Leadership (3 credits)
MBUS 526 Organizational Change and Transformation (3 credits)
MBUS 537 Contracting for Managers (3 credits)
MBUS 554 Management Risk Analysis with Computer Simulations (3 credits)
MBUS 555 Knowledge Management Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 531 Managing and Leading the Information Technology Workforce (3 credits)
MMIS 532 Enterprise Information Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 533 Management of Information Technology Outsourcing (3 credits)
MMIS 534 Business Database Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 541 Network Security and Cryptography (3 credits)
MMIS 542 Security Policy, Planning, and Assurance (3 credits)
MMIS 543 Computer Forensics (3 credits)
MMIS 544 Ethical Hacking and Malware Analysis (3 credits)
MMIS 558 Legal and Regulatory Environments of Technology Management and Emerging Technologies (3 credits)
MMIS 570 Special Topics (1-3 credits)

MSMIS Course Groupings

The groupings below are guides that may help students define the electives they wish to take, if they are interested in one particular area. Students are not limited to the courses in one grouping, and are free to select any of the electives listed, presuming prerequisite requirements have been fulfilled.

General Management Information Systems

General Management Information Systems courses are attractive to those who seek a broad-based graduate program in information systems leadership. These courses offer a solid professional core in the functional areas of business, enriched with leading-edge courses that apply to information systems management.

MBUS 523 Marketing Strategy (3 credits)
MBUS 525 Visionary Leadership (3 credits)
MBUS 526 Organizational Change and Transformation (3 credits)
MBUS 537 Contracting for Managers (3 credits)
MBUS 554 Management Risk Analysis with Computer Simulations (3 credits)
MBUS 555 Knowledge Management Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 531 Managing and Leading the Information Technology Workforce (3 credits)
MMIS 532 Enterprise Information Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 533 Management of Information Technology Outsourcing (3 credits)
MMIS 534 Business Database Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 558 Legal and Regulatory Environments of Technology Management and Emerging Technologies (3 credits)
MMIS 570 Special Topics (1-3 credits)


Information Assurance And Security

Courses in information assurance and security provide opportunities for both applied and scholarly work in computer and data security using a graduate-level perspective of best practices in technical and managerial skills that promote information security in a variety of organizations. Courses also cover content related to computer security certification programs, including those required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and Department of Defense Directive 8570.1.

MMIS 541 Network Security and Cryptography (3 credits)
MMIS 542 Security Policy, Planning, and Assurance (3 credits)
MMIS 543 Computer Forensics (3 credits)
MMIS 544 Ethical Hacking and Malware Analysis (3 credits)