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:

  1. Oral Communication
    • Speak with confidence, clarity, and conciseness.
    • Research, prepare, and deliver professional presentations.
  2. Written Communication
    • Write clearly, concisely and appropriately using correct English grammar, punctuation, usage, mechanics, sentence structure, and vocabulary.
    • Utilize appropriate APA format for scholarly writings.
  3. Disciplined Inquiry
    • Utilize quantitative, qualitative and scientific reasoning to solve problems.
    • Exercise critical thinking strategies, including reasoning, problem solving, analysis and evaluation.
    • Define a problem or issue and develop questions and methods to address the problem or issue and/or to create new knowledge.
  4. Information Literacy
    • Access and use information effectively, efficiently, and appropriately.
    • Evaluate the quality of sources and content.
    • Use technology to effectively locate and communicate information.
  5. Ethics
    • Demonstrate knowledge and application of prescribed ethical code(s) and/or behaviors promoted by the profession.
  6. Integration Component
    • Identify systemic interrelationships.
    • Apply a Systems Thinking Approach to identify benefits, disadvantages, and synergies of an Information System.
  7. Business Application
    • Synthesize creative solutions recognizing the interdependence of various components in an organizational system.
    • Demonstrate the ability to apply various models concerning planning, organizing, controlling, and actuating an informational environment within a modern organization.

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 who have an insufficient level of expertise to enter the program, as identified through a placement exam, will be required to take the IST 5500 - IST Fundamentals course.

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 five (5) 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 6025 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Applied Systems

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 6501 Organization Theory and Design

MGT 6503 Leadership Development and Change Management

MGT 7400 Analysis of Decision Making

MGT 7504 Ethical Issues in Management

MGT 7591 Leadership and Communication

MGT 7710 Integrative Independent Study Project A

MHR 7830 Finance and Accounting for Managers

MOL 6600 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organizations

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 6020 IT/IS Project Budgeting

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

SEC 6040 Web and Data Security

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 completed their concentration specific 8100 integration/capstone course and, at least, three concentration courses before registering for IST 8101.

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

  • Option one provides students following the Web Design Concentration  an opportunity to develop an electronic portfolio.
  • Option two affords internship or field experience students an opportunity to complete technology-based research using one of the several research methodologies, including Action Research, to provide quality improvement, develop new technology, or manage technical change in a business or personal environment. 

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)
  • 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), 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.