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 M.S. in Information Systems Technologies (MS-IST) program will have a level of applicable knowledge in the following areas as appropriate to one’s field of study:
MS-IST Information Assurance Concentration
MS-IST Management and Management Information Systems Concentration
MS-IST Technology Project Management Concentration
MS-IST Web Design Concentration
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.
Concurrently or after completing the selected concentration courses, student will complete the six core courses listed and either IST 8105 or IST 8101.
IST 7000 Data Management
IST 7020 Analysis, Modeling, and Design
IST 7040 Data Communications and Networking
IST 7060 Project and Change Management
IST 7080 Cloud Management
IST 7100 IT Policy and Strategy
Concurrently or after completing the IST core requirements, students will complete the prerequisite course SEC 6010 and three (3) other SEC 6000 series courses from the following list as well as SEC 7050 Information Assurance Integration/Capstone Course.
MAJ 7000 Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security
SEC 6010 Planning for Information Security
SEC 6015 Cloud Security Essentials
SEC 6030 Operating System and Computer Systems Security
SEC 6040 Web and Data Security
SEC 6050 Security Data Analytics
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 7050 Information Assurance Integration/Capstone
Concurrently or after completing the IST core requirements, students will complete five (5) courses from the following list as well as either IST 8105 or IST 8101.
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
After completing IST 7060 and either concurrently or after completing the IST core requirements, students will complete five (5) courses from the following list.
IPM 6015 Project Scoping and Scheduling
IPM 6030 IT/IS Project Risk Management
IPM 6040 IT/IS Project Quality Management
IPM 6050 Agile Project Management
IPM 6060 Technology Project Leadership and Teamwork
IPM 6090 Special Topics in IT/IS Project Management
Concurrently or after completing the IST core requirements, students will complete the pre-requisite course DSN 6000 and three (3) other DSN 6000 series courses from the following list as well as DSN 7010 Web Design Integration/Capstone.
DSN 6000 Web Design and Architecture
DSN 6050 Markup Languages Advanced Authoring
DSN 6060 Database/Web Design Integration
DSN 6073 Server-Side Web Development
DSN 6080 Internet Development/Design for Competitive Advantage
DSN 6090 Topics in Web Design and Programming
DSN 7010 Web Design Integration/Capstone Course
Students in the M.S. IST Program will take either IST 8105 or IST 8101 in their final semester. IST 8105 is a 7-week capstone course for students who do not anticipate doing an internship in their final semester.
IST 8105 IST Capstone
IST 8101 Field Experience/Internship
IST 8105 IST Capstone (3 credits) - is a capstone course for all M.S. IST Program Students. The course will have a summative project associated with (a) investigating a current IT management/system issue or (b) evaluating an IT management/system scenario. The current IT management/system issue or the scenario may be assigned by the instructor or selected by the student for instructor approval.
Eligibility for IST 8105:
Note: Attending the first IST 8105 class meeting is required. An absence from the first class meeting will result in an administrative drop from the course.
Eligibility for IST 8101 Supervised Field Experience/Internship (3 credits):
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 two possible IST 8101 completion options:
The Complete MS-IST Curriculum
Well-prepared students may complete the M.S. IST Program in a minimum of 36 credits. The MS-IST Curriculum includes:
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), which includes 15 credits in an IST concentration and 3 credits in either a Capstone Course or a Field Experience/Internship course. 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 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.