Information Systems Technologies

Master of Science

MS-IST Program Requirements

The 36-credit MS-IST program is designed around a set of five building blocks. The courses in the IS Foundations and Business Foundations blocks are prerequisites for the program. Students with inadequate backgrounds in these areas are required to take additional courses and will, therefore, require additional credits to complete their degrees. The IS Core block defines the minimal knowledge required of all MS-IST students. This knowledge is both technical and managerial in scope. The core represents a standard that defines the MS-IST program and differentiates it from traditional computer science programs. The five building blocks are:

  • IS Foundations
  • Business Foundations
  • IS Core
  • Integration
  • Concentrations

Information Systems Foundations and Business Foundations Courses (MS-IST Prerequisites)

A minimum foundation of essential prerequisite knowledge is needed to prepare students for the remainder of the curriculum.

Information Systems Foundations

Most students entering the MS-IST program already have work or academic experience sufficient to undertake the MS-IST core described below. Students who have an insufficient level of experience to enter the program will be identified during their initial interview with the Program Chair/Advisor and appropriate measures will be prescribed to prepare the student to enter the program.

Business Foundations

The minimum area requirements are three courses on the basics of business: one on internal organizational considerations, one on external organizational considerations, and a third course in one area of business.

A graduate with an MS in IST needs to know a number of business-related topics if he/she is to function well in an IS job, particularly if that job involves managing in a private or a public organization. Students can sometimes satisfy the business foundation courses by taking equivalent courses in departments other than business. For example, psychology or sociology programs often cover organizational behavior. Furthermore, foundation courses can be taken at a senior undergraduate level. Three business courses are a minimal set of knowledge for MS-IST graduates. The program is conceived as being a two-culture program, including both the IS and business cultures. Given that IS graduates will work in firms and will interact with business-educated people, they will need to be able to communicate with many people who have a business background. Since many of these people are not likely to know the IS field, it becomes the responsibility of IS professionals to become culturally bilingual in computing and business. The ability to understand financial accounting, particularly costs, and the ability to understand how companies are organized and how people behave in organizations are required of IS graduates. In addition, an alternate business prerequisite course (other than marketing) can be tailored by the student and his/her advisor to an area compatible with the career concentration chosen by the student.

MS-IST Core Course Requirements

The six core courses listed below are required for program completion.

IST 7000 Available Online  Data Management

IST 7020 Available Online  Analysis, Modeling and Design

IST 7040 Available Online  Data Communications and Networking

IST 7060 Available Online  Project and Change Management

IST 7100 Available Online  IT Policy and Strategy

IST 8100 Available Online  Integrating the Enterprise, IS Function, & IS Technologies—Integration Capstone Component

The process of "integration" constitutes the capstone emphasis of the MS-IST program. After students complete the core, they need to synthesize what they have learned. Furthermore, system integration is a pervasive aspect of IS practice. Integration can be viewed from three perspectives: a) Integrating the Enterprise; b) Integrating the IS Function; and c) Integrating IS Technologies. The capstone course IST 8100 Available Online  is required for program completion.


A concentration consists of five or more related courses that prepare a student for a specialization in their chosen major.

Information Assurance Concentration:

Five courses from the following list of possible options must be completed in order to satisfy the concentration.

MAJ 6610 Available Online  White Collar Crime

MAJ 7000 Available Online  Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security

SEC 6010 Available Online  Planning for Information Security

SEC 6025 Available Online Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Applied Systems

SEC 6030 Available Online  Operating System and Computer Systems Security

SEC 6040 Available Online  Web and Data Security

SEC 6050 Available Online Business Intelligence

SEC 6060 Incident Handling and Response

SEC 6070 Penetration Testing

SEC 6080 Available Online Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security

SEC 6090 Topics in Information Assurance

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration:

Five courses from the following list of possible options must be completed in order to satisfy the concentration.

GIS 6000 Geographic Information Systems Science & Technology

GIS 6010 Applied Geographic Information Systems

GIS 6020 Available Online Advanced Geographic Information Systems

GIS 6030 Remote Sensing

GIS 6040 Geographic Information Systems Design, Development & Implementation

GIS 6050 Geographic Information Systems in Spatial Security

Internet/Web Design Concentration:

Five courses from the following list of possible options must be completed in order to satisfy the concentration.

DSN 6010 Streaming Media

DSN 6020 Human Computer Interaction

DSN 6030 Advanced Multimedia and Animation

DSN 6050 Markup Languages Advanced Authoring

DSN 6060 Database/Web Design Integration

DSN 6080 Internet Development/Design for Competitive Advantage

DSN 6090 Topics in Internet/Web Design

Management and Management Information Systems Concentration:

Five courses from the following list of possible options must be completed in order to satisfy the concentration.

MBA 7594 Creativity in Management

MGT 6501 Available Online  Organization Theory and Design

MGT 6503 Available Online  Leadership Development and Change Management

MGT 7400 Available Online  Analysis of Decision Making

MGT 7504 Ethical Issues in Management

MGT 7591 Available Online Leadership and Communication

MGT 7710 Available Online  Integrative Independent Study Project A

MGT 7900 Topics in Management

MHR 7830 Available Online  Finance and Accounting for Managers

Supervised Field Experience/Internship

Students in the final year of the program who have completed the majority of the program requirements will be required to enroll in a three-credit hour supervised field experience/internship. Students must have completed IST 8100 Available Online before registering for IST 8101 Available Online.

There are three possible options for students at this juncture in the program:

  1. The first option provides students following the Internet/Web Design Concentration or the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration an opportunity to develop an electronic portfolio or a GIS project.
  2. Option two primarily applies to students following the Information Assurance Concentration and the Management and Management Information Systems Concentration and affords students an opportunity to complete an Action Research Methodology, establishing an improvement to their business or personal environment.
  3. Option three applies to students that wish to pursue an internship (internships must be completed as a semester course).

The Complete MS-IST Curriculum

The MS-IST program can be completed in a minimum of 36 credits by students with considerable preparation.

Such students would take:

  • 15 credits of core courses
  • 3 credits of integration
  • 15 credits in a concentration
  • 3 credits of Field Experience/Internship

Qualifications for Degree

To qualify for the Master of Science degree in Information Systems Technologies, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credit hours (12 courses), including an Integration Capstone Component and a Field Experience/Internship. Both are intended to enhance a student's occupational interest through the correlation of theory and practice. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The program must be completed within five years.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2016-2017 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2016 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.