Information Systems Technologies, Master of Science

Program Purpose

The express purpose of Wilmington University’s Master of Science program in Information Systems Technologies is to provide and advance the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by perspective and current Information Technology (IT) professionals for managing information systems. Students completing the program will obtain a better understanding of the relationship between business requirements and technology solutions with an emphasis on applying a systems approach when integrating information technology into strategic business/education/government activities. Moreover, the program capitalizes on the inter-disciplinary nature of modern information systems and the settings in which they are implemented, the MS-IST Program includes four career concentrations.

Program Competencies

The graduate student who successfully completes the Information Systems Technologies program will be expected to:


I. Oral Communication

  • Appraise the needs of the audience and then speak in a clear and succinct manner.

  • Research, construct, and deliver professional presentations using a variety of communication tools and techniques.

II. Written Communication 

  • Write with clarity and precision using correct English grammar: mechanics (punctuation) and usage (sentence structure and vocabulary).

  • Exhibit competence in writing for specific purposes, diverse audiences, and genres.

  • Correctly and ethically present scholarly writings utilizing the selected citation and writing style deemed appropriate for the student's program of study.

III. Disciplined Inquiry

  • Employ scientific, quantitative and/or qualitative reasoning and other critical thinking strategies to analyze consequences and outcomes and to be able to recommend alternative solutions.

IV. Information Literacy

  • Using information in any format to research, evaluate, and ethically utilize information effectively and with appropriate attribution.

V. Ethics

  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of prescribed ethical codes and behaviors prompted by the student's chosen profession.

VI. Integration Component

  • Evaluate the relationships and dependencies associated with planning, organizing, designing, managing, and implementing Information Systems in an organization.

VII. Business Application

  • Apply various models and methods for planning, organizing, designing, managing, and implementing Information Systems within a modern organization.

In addition to the general program competencies listed above, the Information Assurance, Technology Project Management, and Web Design concentrations contains additional concentration specific competencies.  These competencies are:


Information Assurance

  1. Apply the principles of Information Assurance used to manage risks related to one or more of the following:  Use, Processing, Storage, and Transmission of information or data.
  2. Assess the ethical practices associated with implementing IA policy, Standards and Regulation combined with systemic interrelationships within an organization

Technology Project Management

  1. Identify, define, and analyze various aspects of Technology Project Management Knowledge.
  2. Define and analyze organizational influences upon Technology Projects.

Web Design

  1. Apply Web Design operations and tools.
  2. Evaluate and apply Web Design quality and standards.


Program Design

Students who successfully complete the graduate degree program in Information Systems Technologies will possess a working command of current informational practices that can immediately be applied in business, educational, and governmental organizations regardless of size. Degree recipients will be capable of managing complex projects from inception to completion, including professional services engagements and the acquisition and management of informational infrastructure. The managerial nature of this program is closely aligned with the business curriculum at Wilmington University, but with a decidedly technological (or alternatively, a “design”) leaning. As each student is expected to choose a concentration that caters to their vocational predispositions, competencies in the management of specifically tailored aspects of technology, and the synergies attributable to an interdisciplinary learning approach, are expected to be program outcomes. Students graduating from the MS-IST program should be prepared to provide leadership in the Information Systems (IS) field. Graduates will have the following skills, knowledge, and values:

  • A core of IS knowledge
  • Integration of IS and business foundations
  • Broad business and real -world perspectives
  • Communication, interpersonal, and team skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Specific skills leading to a career

Information Systems Foundations

Students without a sufficient level of information technology experience or expertise may be required to complete a placement exam prior to entering the MS-IST Program. Students who do not successfully complete the placement exam will be required to take the IST Fundamentals course – IST 5500 within their first semester of the MS-IST Program. IST 5500 is not a MS-IST Core course and cannot be used as an IST elective in the MSM or MBA Programs.


MS-IST Core Course Requirements (15 credits)

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

IST 7000 Data Management

IST 7020 Analysis, Modeling, and Design

IST 7040 Data Communications and Networking

IST 7060 Project and Change Management

IST 7100 IT Policy and Strategy

Information Assurance Concentration (18 credits)

Concurrently or after completing the IST core requirements, students will complete the prerequisite course SEC 6010 and four (4) other SEC 6000 series courses from the following list as well as the concentration specific 8100 integration/capstone course.

MAJ 6610 White Collar Crime

MAJ 7000 Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security

SEC 6010 Planning for Information Security

SEC 6030 Operating System and Computer Systems Security

SEC 6040 Web and Data Security

SEC 6050 Business Intelligence

SEC 6060 Incident Handling and Response

SEC 6070 Penetration Testing

SEC 6080 Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security

SEC 6082 SCADA Architecture

SEC 6084 SCADA Risk Management and Auditing

SEC 6086 SCADA Security Awareness and Standards

SEC 6090 Topics in Information Assurance

Integration/Capstone Course

SEC 8100 Information Assurance Integration/Capstone Course

Management and Management Information Systems Concentration (18 credits)

Concurrently or after completing the IST core requirements, students will complete five (5) courses from the following list as well as the concentration specific 8100 integration/capstone course.

MGT 6400 Global Leadership

MGT 7300 Business Finance

MGT 7504 Ethical Issues in Management

MGT 7508 Change Management

MGT 7591 Leadership and Communication

MGT 7750 Strategy and Decision-Making

MGT 7900 Topics in Management

Integration/Capstone Course

IST 8100 Integrating the Enterprise, IS Function, and IS Technologies

Technology Project Management Concentration (18 credits)

Concurrently or after completing the IST core requirements, students will complete five (5) courses from the following list as well as the concentration specific 8100 integration/capstone course.

IPM 6000 IT/IS Project Scope Development and Management

IPM 6010 IT/IS Project Scheduling

IPM 6030 IT/IS Project Risk Management

IPM 6040 IT/IS Project Quality Management

IPM 6050 Agile Project Management

IPM 6090 Special Topics in IT/IS Project Management

Integration/Capstone Course

IPM 8100 IT/IS Project Management Integration/Capstone Course

Web Design Concentration (18 credits)

Concurrently or after completing the IST core requirements, students will complete the pre-requisite course DSN 6000 and four (4) other DSN 6000 series courses from the following list as well as the concentration specific 8100 integration/capstone course.

DSN 6000 Web Design and Architecture

DSN 6030 Advanced Multimedia and Animation

DSN 6040 Web Design with JavaScript

DSN 6050 Markup Languages Advanced Authoring

DSN 6060 Database/Web Design Integration

DSN 6070 Web Design with Visual Basic

DSN 6080 Internet Development/Design for Competitive Advantage

DSN 6090 Topics in Web Design and Programming

Integration/Capstone Course

DSN 8100 Web Design Integration/Capstone Course

Supervised Field Experience/Internship (3 credits)

Students in the final year of the program who have completed the majority of the program requirements will be required to enroll in a semester-long, three-credit hour supervised field experience/internship. A majority of the program means students have successfully completed their concentration specific 8100 integration/capstone course and, at least, three concentration courses before registering for IST 8101.

Note:  Attending the first 8101 class meeting is required.  An absence from the first class meeting will result in an administrative drop from the course.

There are three possible options for IST 8101 students: 

  • Option one provides students in the Web Design Concentration  an opportunity to design and develop an electronic portfolio.
  • Option two enables students to gain practical IT experience through a technical internship while documenting these IT experiences using the Action Research methodology.
  • Option three provides students with means to examine current IT related issues such as risks to data privacy, integrity, and security, cloud computing, physical security, and artificial intelligence through a structured investigative process.

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 (IST7000 - IST7100), (i.e., IST 7xxx series courses)
  • 3 credits of integration/capstone course (8100 capstone course)
  • 15 credits in a concentration
  • 3 credits of Field Experience/Internship (IST8101)

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) for each IST concentration, 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 2021-2022 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.