Information Systems, M.S.
The Information Systems program addresses the effective analysis, design, creation, management and evaluation of computing systems for individuals and organizations. The Information-systems professional is to understand and improve the ways organizations derive value from information and Marshall’s Information Systems program offers an lmmersive educational experience to students at the intersection of business, technology, and the human element. An M.S. in Information Systems degree provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to: :
- Use information technology to improve organizational effectiveness;
- Manage complex business and information system challenges;
- Communicate and lead the team effectively in defining business needs and opportunities working with colleagues.
Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission.
A four-year bachelor’s degree in a major related to information systems with a GPA of 2.75 or higher out of 4.0 is required. Applicants with a four-year bachelor’s degree in a major other than an information systems-related program may be admitted to the program with a condition of successful completion of the following two bridge courses with a grade of B or above in the first semesters of the program:
- Programming Languages (CS 110 Computer Science I)
- Database Management Systems (CS 410 Database Engineering)
Foreign nationals must provide proof of English proficiency with a minimum score 6.5 In IEL TS or 80 on TOEFL IBT (or 550 paper-based) and must have met all other admission criteria prior to registering for the first semester of courses. Applicants must submit official transcripts of all college-level courses. Whether a student meets the above requirements will be determined by the chair or deslgnee of the Weisberg Division of Computer Science, based on the information provided in the admission application and transcripts.
Students must complete 30 graduate credit hours, including at least 24 credit hours at Marshall University. The degree consists of 21 credit hours of required courses and 9 hours of approved elective courses.
Plan of Study
|IS 600||Management Information Systems||3|
|IS 605||Systems Analysis and Design||3|
|IS 610||Systems Quality Assurance||3|
|IS 621||Information Structures I||3|
|IS 622||Emerging Tech in Info Systems||3|
|IS 624||Data Warehousing||3|
|IS 647||IT Disaster Plan and Recovery||3|
|Select three courses offered by the graduate programs of the Weisberg Division of Computer Science and approved by the student’s advisor to complete the program. The thesis option as described below can be used to replace 6 credit electives.||9|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
The thesis option offers a student an opportunity for serious investigation into an area of interest by completing a 3 credit Thesis I course and a 3 credit Thesis II course. Thesis work ls typically conducted over two semesters and the 6 CR of the thesis option courses cannot be combined in a semester. A thesis option can be taken after the completion of 12 credit hours. Students must summarize their thesis work in the form of a formal written document and deliver an oral presentation.