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.
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.
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:
Technology Project Management
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:
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.
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
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
SEC 8100 Information Assurance Integration/Capstone Course
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
IST 8100 Integrating the Enterprise, IS Function, and IS Technologies
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
IPM 8100 IT/IS Project Management Integration/Capstone Course
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 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
DSN 8100 Web Design Integration/Capstone Course
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:
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:
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.