Information Systems, M.S.

Admission Requirements

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.

Program Requirements

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

Required Courses
IS 600Management Information Systems3
IS 605Systems Analysis and Design3
IS 6103
IS 621Information Structures I3
IS 6223
IS 6243
IS 647IT Disaster Plan and Recovery3
Electives
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 Hours30

Thesis Option

(6 CR)

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.