Master of Science in Management 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

  • Earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Successful applicants typically have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for undergraduate course work. We may calculate the GPA of your last 60 credit hours if your cumulative GPA is below a 3.0.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GMAT score of 400 (or equivalent GRE scores).

Required forms and documents:

  1. Completed application for admission. You can find the application online at admissions. or you can call the Office of Admission (Stafford Campus) at 540/286-8030 to request a mailed copy.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  3. Official GMAT or GRE scores taken within the last five years.
  4. Résumé outlining work experience and education.
  5. Demonstration of English competency if English is not your native language. Any of the following is acceptable:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – a minimum score of 88 on the Internet-based test or a 570 paper-based score.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — a minimum score of 6.5 on the academic exam,
    • o Certificate of completion from the ELS Language Centers (ELS) Intensive English Program by completing Level 112.
  6. If applicable, the International Student Application Supplement found at

Students are admitted for the fall or spring semester.

Application Due Dates:

  • Fall Admission: June 1
  • Spring Admission: October 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.

Prerequisite Course Waivers

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

A waived prerequisite course will not require substitution of another MSMIS course. Credits are not given for waived prerequisite courses. Depending on the number of prerequisite 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 prerequisite courses. If portfolio credits were earned at the University of Mary Washington prior to admission to the MSMIS program and are considered equivalent to prerequisite course work, the portfolio credit may be recognized.

The MSMIS faculty advisor has final approval of all portfolio credit for applicability to MSMIS undergraduate prerequisite 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.

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 Associate Dean for Faculty 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 (30-42 credits)

Prerequisite Courses (0-12 credits) — All courses are 3 credits

  1. CPSC 110 or CIST 304 or equivalent
  2. BUAD 131 or LRSP 201 or equivalent
  3. MATH 200, LRSP 316 or equivalent
  4. MMIS 500 managment Information Systems or equivalent

Any student who earns a grade below a C in one of the prerequisite courses above must retake the course and earn a C or higher.

NOTE: Students may complete a maximum of 9 credits in graduate-level courses (including a maximum of 6 graduate transfer credits) prior to completion of all required prerequisite credits, except MMIS 500.  MMIS 500 must be successfully completed or waived before taking any other graduate level course.

Core Courses (18 credits) – All courses are 3 credits

MMIS 505 Information Systems Analysis and Design
MMIS 515 Information Technology Project Management
MMIS 534 Business Database Systems
MMIS 540 Computer Information Security
MMIS 554 Management Risk Analysis

Select one of the following:
MMIS 590 MIS Research Project
MMIS 591 MIS Externship

Professional Enhancement Courses (12 credits from the following courses) — All courses are 3 credits

Information Assurance and Security
MMIS 541 Network Security and Cryptography
MMIS 542 Security Policy, Planning, and Assurance
MMIS 543 Computer Forensics
MMIS 544 Ethical Hacking and Malware Analysis

Information Management
MMIS 531 Managing and Leading the Information Technology Workforce
MMIS 532 Enterprise Information Systems
MMIS 535 Strategic Management of Information Systems and Innovation
MMIS 555 Knowledge Management Systems or MMIS 570 Special Topics