• Events including students and profs are part of being at MTSU
  • Networking opportunities help graduates learn about the field
  • Class presentations provide confidence-building experiences
  • Students can choose from four different IS concentrations

Information Systems, M.S.

The M.S. in Information Systems at MTSU can put a person, with or without an IT background, on the promising path of career success and IT excellence. Practically speaking, most students need somewhere between the 10-course minimum and the 17-course maximum to realize their career goal. Most classes are offered in a highly popular innovative “50-50” delivery format, with instruction divided between face-to-face interaction and online study. This approach provides both personalized guidance by dedicated professors and the schedule flexibility of online teaching-learning. Students may choose from four concentrations: Business Intelligence and Analytics, Information Security and Assurance, IT Project Management, and IS General. The job market considers MTSU graduates to be well-qualified IT professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the business environment. Whatever the level of competence going into the program, faculty members will help identify what that student needs to get where he or she wants to be.

Degrees from MTSU helped alumnus reach his goals

Degrees from MTSU helped alumnus reach his goals

Gaurav Thareja earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Maharishi Dayanand University in Haryana, India, in 2003. He received an M.S. in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security and Assurance from MTSU in 2009. He accepted a job offer from Deloitte, one of the Big4 organizations in the field of audit, consulting, and tax, and serves as an advisor in the company’s Analytic Forensic and Technology division. Reflecting his confidence in MTSU, he went on to earn an M.B.A. in 2012, calling MTSU “one of the finest universities in Tennessee. I have gained immense knowledge in forensic analysis of electronically stored information, which is essential when firms carry out mergers and acquisitions, fraud analysis, patent infringement, etc., during litigation.” Thareja credits MTSU as having provided “a complete body of knowledge that helped me to reach my goal.”

Professor made a profound difference in student’s life

Professor made a profound difference in student’s life

Ami McFerrin earned a degree in photography from MTSU before she decided, because of her love of computers and technology, to pursue a career in Information Systems. She cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Jeff Clark, who became her advisor and “changed my life and my career.” Ami says Dr. Clark was open and honest with her and extremely accessible in getting to know her and learn about her background, work ethic, and abilities. In December of 2011, two weeks before Ami graduated with an M.S. in Information Systems with a focus on Project Management, she accepted a job offer from Ingram Barge as a programmer analyst. “I’ve never met a professor like Dr. Clark, and because he loves his job and his students, he helped me get my foot in the door at Ingram Barge.” McFerrin was promoted to the next level in about two years.

MTSU offers IT Connect, an opportunity for students to connect with recruiters and hiring managers in the field of IT. Full-time or part-time internships are also available through this free program. A recent IT Connect event at MTSU welcomed companies such as Asurion, Comdata, Community Health Systems, Leankit, HCA, Ingram Content, Passport Health Communications, and Davita. Employment positions in the IT field include the following: 

  • Application developer
  • Business analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Information systems auditor
  • Information systems manager/director
  • Information systems security manager
  • IT Project Manager
  • Network administrator
  • Project member/team leader
  • Software developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Web developer/specialist 

Employers of MTSU CIS graduates include

  • CAT Financial
  • Community Health Systems
  • Davita
  • Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP
  • Genesco, Inc.
  • Hospital Corporate of America (HCA)
  • Ingram Barge
  • Leankit
  • Optum
  • Ozburn-Hessey Logistics (OHL)

Graduate

The Department of Computer Information Systems offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in Information Systems and concentrations in IS General, Business Intelligence and Analytics, IT Project Management, and Information Security and Assurance. A minor is available in Information Systems. 

To be admitted to the Master of Science in Information Systems program, a student must submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

  • Online application and appropriate application fee
  • Official transcript of all colleges and universities (including business and technical schools). If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-US) institution, a course-by-course analysis is required. Original non-US transcripts should be submitted directly to the evaluation service.
  • Official Test Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
    • GMAT is preferred. Applicants with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA from an AACSB International school of business are exempt from the exam requirement. 

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate

The department offers the undergraduate degree Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) with a major in Information Systems, consisting of 30 hours of Information Systems courses. There is a built-in minor in Business Administration. Undergraduate minors are available in Information Systems and Accounting/Information Systems.

IS General Concentration Business Intelligence and Analytics Concentration Information Security and Assurance Concentration IT Project Management Concentration


Information Systems, IS General Concentration, M.S.

Jeff Clark, Program Director
(615) 898-2838
Jeff.Clark@mtsu.edu

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) department offers the Master of Science in Information Systems with concentrations in Information Security and Assurance, IT Project Management, IS General, and Business Intelligence and Analytics. Core and elective classes may also be combined to form a strong foundation in database-related topics. The department also offers courses for the Master of Business Administration degree and a minor in Information Systems for students seeking a master's degree other than the M.B.A.

The CIS graduate program director serves as advisor for students majoring in Information Systems. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the graduate program director or the CIS department to discuss the program.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the M.S. program:

The GMAT or GRE exam is required; however, the GMAT is preferred. Applicants with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA from an AACSB international school of business are exempt from the exam requirement.

Admission without exception requires an index score of at least 950, or at least 1000 if calculated using upper-division courses only, as calculated by 200 x undergraduate GPA plus GMAT score, or GRE score converted to GMAT score using tools provided by ETS (Educational Testing Services). Limited exceptions to the index score requirement may be granted at the discretion of the program coordinator in consultation with the department chair.

Foundation Courses

The business prerequisites for a student seeking an M.S. in Information Systems are similar to those required for the M.B.A. and include:

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business (or ACTG 2110 and 2120);
  • BIA 6000 Quantitative Methods Survey (or BIA 2610 and 3620);
  • One of FIN 3000 or 3010, MKT 3820, MGMT 6000 (MGMT 3610 or 3620), ECON 2410 or 2420, or BIA 2610 and BIA 3620/3621.

A recent graduate of an AACSB-accredited program would normally possess an adequate background in the business prerequisites.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official GMAT scores;
  3. submit official transcripts showing a GPA in previous academic work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in General Information Systems requires a completion of 30 semester hours. INFS 6980 must be passed with a grade of B- or higher with a maximum enrollment of two times. The degree is to be completed within six years from the time of admission to the degree program.

Curriculum: Information Systems, IS General

 Candidate must complete 30 hours in the following course of study:

Required Courses (12 hours)

 

  • INFS 6710 - IT Systems Development Project Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Previous coursework or experience in systems analysis. Practical explanation of the total systems concept and a knowledge of systems development. Addresses the entire development cycle including analysis, design, and implementation. Includes an emphasis on project management.

  • INFS 6790 - Seminar in Database Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: INFS 4790 or INFS 5790. Advanced topics in computer-related information systems as found in current literature and practical application. Advanced information structures and data management concepts applied in the design of computer-based information systems. Additional topics include data structures as applied to distributed processing systems, computer system component resource allocation, and data communication systems design. Significant computer application projects required.

  • INFS 6980 - Information Systems Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 6 hours of information systems or permission of instructor. Emphasizes communication skills, creative thinking, problem solving, and professional responsibility from a leadership perspective. Includes the discussion of information systems assessment in organizations. Capstone course for Information Systems majors and must be taken the last semester prior to graduation.

  • MBAI 6905 - Applied Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as BIA 6905.) An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.

Electives (18 hours)

  • Twelve hours of approved INFS courses at the 6000 level
  • Six hours of approved INFS courses at the 5000 or 6000 level

Program Notes

No more than two (2) 5000-level classes may be taken as part of the degree program.

Students planning to graduate in the minimum amount of time, including summer attendance, should plan their programs carefully in order to meet course sequencing and scheduling constraints. The program director can provide scheduling assistance.

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to qualified students.

No foreign language or thesis is required in the program.

INFS 6750 may not be taken to satisfy either a required or elective course in the program.

Students without an undergraduate degree in information systems or demonstrable professional experience in the discipline are required to complete the additional prerequisites of INFS 3800 and 4790 (or 5790). INFS 5790 may be taken for credit toward the graduate degree. Students without formal training or experience in IT may be encouraged to take some additional INFS courses. A portion of these requirements may be satisfied in conjunction with the student's graduate studies.

Candidates must

  1. file a degree plan with the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the candidate intends to graduate.


Information Systems, Business Intelligence and Analytics Concentration, M.S.

Jeff Clark, Program Director
(615) 898-2838

Jeff.Clark@mtsu.edu

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) department offers the Master of Science in Information Systems with concentrations in Information Security, IT Project Management, General Information Systems, and Business Intelligence and Analytics. Core and elective classes may also be combined to form a strong foundation in database-related topics. The department also offers courses for the Master of Business Administration degree and a minor in Information Systems for students seeking a master's degree other than the M.B.A.

The CIS graduate program director serves as advisor for students majoring in Information Systems. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the graduate program director or the CIS department to discuss the program.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the M.S. program:

The GMAT or GRE exam is required; however, the GMAT is preferred. Applicants with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA from an AACSB international school of business are exempt from the exam requirement.

Admission without exception requires an index score of at least 950, or at least 1000 if calculated using upper-division courses only, as calculated by 200 x undergraduate GPA plus GMAT score, or GRE score converted to GMAT score using tools provided by ETS (Educational Testing Services). Limited exceptions to the index score requirement may be granted at the discretion of the program coordinator in consultation with the department chair.

Foundation Courses

The business prerequisites for a student seeking an M.S. in Information Systems are similar to those required for the M.B.A. and include:

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business (or ACTG 2110 and 2120);
  • BIA 6000 - Quantitative Methods Survey (or BIA 2610 and 3620);
  • One of FIN 3000 or 3010, MKT 3620, MGMT 6000 (MGMT 3610 or 3620), ECON 2410 or 2420, or BIA 2610 and BIA 3620/3621.

A recent graduate of an AACSB-accredited program would normally possess an adequate background in the business prerequisites.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official GMAT scores;
  3. submit official transcripts showing a GPA in previous academic work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in Business Intelligence and Analytics requires a completion of 30 semester hours. INFS 6980 must be passed with a grade of B- or higher with a maximum enrollment of two times. The degree is to be completed within six years from the time of admission to the degree program.

Curriculum: Information Systems, Business Intelligence and Analytics

Candidate must complete 30 hours in the following course of study:

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • INFS 6710 - IT Systems Development Project Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Previous coursework or experience in systems analysis. Practical explanation of the total systems concept and a knowledge of systems development. Addresses the entire development cycle including analysis, design, and implementation. Includes an emphasis on project management.

  • INFS 6790 - Seminar in Database Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: INFS 4790 or INFS 5790. Advanced topics in computer-related information systems as found in current literature and practical application. Advanced information structures and data management concepts applied in the design of computer-based information systems. Additional topics include data structures as applied to distributed processing systems, computer system component resource allocation, and data communication systems design. Significant computer application projects required.

  • INFS 6980 - Information Systems Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 6 hours of information systems or permission of instructor. Emphasizes communication skills, creative thinking, problem solving, and professional responsibility from a leadership perspective. Includes the discussion of information systems assessment in organizations. Capstone course for Information Systems majors and must be taken the last semester prior to graduation.

  • MBAI 6905 - Applied Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as BIA 6905.) An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.

Concentration (9 hours)

  • BIA 6910 - Business Intelligence

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIA 6905 or QM 6770 or equivalent. A more advanced look at the application of business intelligence tools to solving business problems. Coverage will include the development and deployment of sophisticated reporting and dashboard systems to monitor and manage operations. Industry-standard business intelligence software utilized.

  • BIA 6920 - Data Mining and Predictive Analytics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: INFS 5790 and BIA 6910. Principles and techniques of exploring large sets of data for discovery and prediction. Sophisticated business intelligence software used in forecasting, clustering, and classifying problems encountered in business. Emphasis on developing applied skills along with a "data analytic" thought process.

  • INFS 6810 - Big Data for Analytics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: INFS 6790. Fundamental concepts in big data as an organizational resource. Survey of the technologies required to support big data, and the management and manipulation of big data to support business intelligence and analytic efforts.

Electives (9 hours)

If a student does not have INFS 4790 or INFS 5790 or equivalent, then one of their electives must be INFS 5790.

Choose from:

  • INFS 5790 - Database Design and Development

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 6 hours of information systems. Fundamental concepts: conventional data systems, integrated management information systems, database structure systems, data integration, complex file structure, online access systems. Emphasis on total integrated information systems database and database management languages.

  • INFS 5830 - Database Programming

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: INFS 4790 or 5790 or consent of instructor. Operational database design and implementation. Includes the development of interfaces that enable end users to query the database contents and transform data into information. Requires each student to participate fully in a group project.

  • INFS 5900 - Business Data Communications

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 6 hours of information systems. Current topics in the field of data communications.

  • INFS 6300 - IS Security: Management and Assurance

    3 credit hours

    A comprehensive view of the managerial concepts for security and assurance, including strategic alignment of security initiatives with business objectives; risk assessment and management; design, development, and management of an information security program; the development and management of the response and recovery from disruptive and destructive information security events; and the fundamentals of information systems auditing, assurance, and governance.

  • INFS 6301 - IS Security: Preventing and Detecting Breaches

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: INFS 6300. Development and management of information systems security prevention and detection technologies and controls. Solutions required to protect and enhance the security of both wired and wireless technology infrastructures in organizations presented. Topics include threats to security, network analysis tools, intrusion prevention and detection systems, remote access, authentication, and encryption.

  • INFS 6302 - IS Security: Intrusion Analysis, Recovery, and Response

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: INFS 6300. Addresses the management of security issues facing organizations after a breach has occurred. Focuses on the analysis and recovery required in an organization following an attack to information systems applications and/or infrastructure. Specific topics include contingency planning, incident response planning, disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis management, and forensics.

  • INFS 6500 - IT Project Management Planning and Implementation

    3 credit hours

    Planning and implementation issues such as project planning and selection, portfolio management, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, change management, and leadership. Includes a substantial emphasis on organizational and people issues in project management.

  • INFS 6510 - IT Project Risk Assessment and Control

    3 credit hours

    Elements involved in identifying and mitigating IT project risks. Offers preparation to monitor project progress, identify and quantify the impact of risks, evaluate the degree to which a program is troubled, and apply appropriate decision strategies to problematic situations.

  • INFS 6520 - IT Project Management Case Studies

    3 credit hours

    Integrates all areas of IT project management into a coherent analysis. Covers topics, situations, and problems using case study techniques. Includes the development of project management software skills.

  • INFS 6620 - Advanced Computer Applications for Business

    3 credit hours

    Advanced application development in an end-user computing environment. Opportunity to develop skills in building applications to support management activities in the information age. Includes database systems, electronic spreadsheets, and other appropriate application environments.

Program Notes

No more than two (2) 5000-level classes may be taken as part of the degree program.

Students planning to graduate in the minimum amount of time, including summer attendance, should plan their programs carefully in order to meet course sequencing and scheduling constraints. The program director can provide scheduling assistance.

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to qualified students.

No foreign language or thesis is required in the program.

INFS 6750 may not be taken to satisfy either a required or elective course in the program.

Students electing Information Systems without an undergraduate degree in information systems or demonstrable professional experience in the discipline are required to complete the additional prerequisites of INFS 3800 and 4790 (or 5790). INFS 5790 may be taken for credit toward the graduate degree. Students without formal training or experience in IT may be encouraged to take some additional INFS courses. A portion of theses requirements may be satisfied in conjunction with the student's graduate studies.

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan with the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


Information Systems, Information Security and Assurance Concentration, M.S.

Jeff Clark, Program Director
(615) 898-2838
Jeff.Clark@mtsu.edu

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) department offers the Master of Science in Information Systems with concentrations in Information Security, IT Project Management, General Information Systems, and Business Intelligence and Analytics. Core and elective classes may also be combined to form a strong foundation in database-related topics. The department also offers courses for the Master of Business Administration degree and a minor in Information Systems for students seeking a master's degree other than the M.B.A.

The CIS graduate program director serves as advisor for students majoring in Information Systems. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the graduate program director or the CIS department to discuss the program.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the M.S. program:

The GMAT or GRE exam is required; however, the GMAT is preferred. Applicants with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA from an AACSB international school of business are exempt from the exam requirement.

Admission without exception requires an index score of at least 950, or at least 1000 if calculated using upper-division courses only, as calculated by 200 x undergraduate GPA plus GMAT score, or GRE score converted to GMAT score using tools provided by ETS (Educational Testing Services). Limited exceptions to the index score requirement may be granted at the discretion of the program coordinator in consultation with the department chair.

Foundation Courses

The business prerequisites for a student seeking an M.S. in Information Systems are similar to those required for the M.B.A. and include:

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business (or ACTG 2110 and 2120);
  • BIA 6000 - Quantitative Methods Survey (or BIA 2610 and 3620);
  • One of FIN 3000 or 3010, MKT 3820, MGMT 6000 (MGMT 3610 or 3620), ECON 2410 or 2420, or BIA 2160 and BIA 3620/3621

A recent graduate of an AACSB-accredited program would normally possess an adequate background in the business prerequisites.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official GMAT scores;
  3. submit official transcripts showing a GPA in previous academic work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security and Assurance requires a completion of 30 semester hours. INFS 6980 must be passed with a grade of B- or higher with a maximum enrollment of two times.The degree is to be completed within six years from the time of admission to the degree program. 

Curriculum: Information Systems, Information Security and Assurance

 Candidate must complete 30 hours in the following course of study:

Required Courses (12 hours)

 

  • INFS 6710 - IT Systems Development Project Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Previous coursework or experience in systems analysis. Practical explanation of the total systems concept and a knowledge of systems development. Addresses the entire development cycle including analysis, design, and implementation. Includes an emphasis on project management.

  • INFS 6790 - Seminar in Database Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: INFS 4790 or INFS 5790. Advanced topics in computer-related information systems as found in current literature and practical application. Advanced information structures and data management concepts applied in the design of computer-based information systems. Additional topics include data structures as applied to distributed processing systems, computer system component resource allocation, and data communication systems design. Significant computer application projects required.

  • INFS 6980 - Information Systems Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 6 hours of information systems or permission of instructor. Emphasizes communication skills, creative thinking, problem solving, and professional responsibility from a leadership perspective. Includes the discussion of information systems assessment in organizations. Capstone course for Information Systems majors and must be taken the last semester prior to graduation.

  • MBAI 6905 - Applied Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as BIA 6905.) An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.

Concentration (9 hours)

 

  • INFS 6300 - IS Security: Management and Assurance

    3 credit hours

    A comprehensive view of the managerial concepts for security and assurance, including strategic alignment of security initiatives with business objectives; risk assessment and management; design, development, and management of an information security program; the development and management of the response and recovery from disruptive and destructive information security events; and the fundamentals of information systems auditing, assurance, and governance.

  • INFS 6301 - IS Security: Preventing and Detecting Breaches

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: INFS 6300. Development and management of information systems security prevention and detection technologies and controls. Solutions required to protect and enhance the security of both wired and wireless technology infrastructures in organizations presented. Topics include threats to security, network analysis tools, intrusion prevention and detection systems, remote access, authentication, and encryption.

  • INFS 6302 - IS Security: Intrusion Analysis, Recovery, and Response

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: INFS 6300. Addresses the management of security issues facing organizations after a breach has occurred. Focuses on the analysis and recovery required in an organization following an attack to information systems applications and/or infrastructure. Specific topics include contingency planning, incident response planning, disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis management, and forensics.

Electives (9 hours)

  • Three hours of approved INFS at the 6000 level
  • Six hours of approved INFS at the 5000 or 6000 level

Program Notes

No more than two (2) 5000-level classes may be taken as part of the degree program.

Students planning to graduate in the minimum amount of time, including summer attendance, should plan their programs carefully in order to meet course sequencing and scheduling constraints. The program director can provide scheduling assistance.

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to qualified students.

No foreign language or thesis is required in the program.may not be taken to satisfy either a required or elective course in the program.

INFS 6750 may not be taken to satisfy either a required or elective course in the program.

Students electing Information Systems without an undergraduate degree in information systems or demonstrable professional experience in the discipline are required to complete the additional prerequisites of INFS 3800 and 4790 (or 5790). INFS 5790 may be taken for credit toward the graduate degree. Students without formal training or experience in IT may be encouraged to take some additional INFS courses. A portion of these requirements may be satisfied in conjunction with the student's graduate studies.

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan with the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


Information Systems, IT Project Management Concentration, M.S.

Jeff Clark, Program Director
(615) 898-2838
Jeff.Clark@mtsu.edu

The Computer Information Systems  (CIS) department offers the Master of Science in Information Systems with concentrations in Information Security and Assurance, IT Project Management, and General Information Systems. Core and elective classes may also be combined to form a strong foundation in database-related topics. The department also offers courses for the Master of Business Administration degree and a minor in Information Systems for students seeking a master's degree other than the M.B.A.

The CIS graduate program director serves as advisor for students majoring in Information Systems. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the graduate program director or CIS department to discuss the program.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the M.S. program:

The GMAT or GRE exam is required; however, the GMAT is preferred. Applicants with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA from an AACSB international school of business are exempt from the exam requirement.

Admission without exception requires an index score of at least 950, or at least 1000 if calculated using upper-division courses only, as calculated by 200 x undergraduate GPA plus GMAT score, or GRE score converted to GMAT score using tools provided by ETS (Educational Testing Services). Limited exceptions to the index score requirement may be granted at the discretion of the program coordinator in consultation with the department chair.

Foundation Courses

The business prerequisites for a student seeking an M.S. in Information Systems are similar to those required for the M.B.A. and include:

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business (or ACTG 2110 and 2120);
  • BIA 6000 - Quantitative Methods Survey (or BIA 2610 and 3620);
  • One of FIN 3000 or 3010, MKT 3820, MGMT 6000 (MGMT 3610 or 3620), ECON 2410 or 2420, or BIA 2610 and BIA 3620/3621.

A recent graduate of an AACSB-accredited program would normally possess an adequate background in the business prerequisites.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official GMAT scores;
  3. submit official transcripts showing a GPA in previous academic work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in IT Project Management requires completion of 30 semester hours. INFS 6980 must be passed with a grade of B- or higher with a maximum enrollment of two times. The degree is to be completed within six years from the time of admission to the degree program.

Curriculum: Information Systems, IT Project Management

 

Required Courses (12 hours)

 

  • INFS 6710 - IT Systems Development Project Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Previous coursework or experience in systems analysis. Practical explanation of the total systems concept and a knowledge of systems development. Addresses the entire development cycle including analysis, design, and implementation. Includes an emphasis on project management.

  • INFS 6790 - Seminar in Database Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: INFS 4790 or INFS 5790. Advanced topics in computer-related information systems as found in current literature and practical application. Advanced information structures and data management concepts applied in the design of computer-based information systems. Additional topics include data structures as applied to distributed processing systems, computer system component resource allocation, and data communication systems design. Significant computer application projects required.

  • INFS 6980 - Information Systems Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 6 hours of information systems or permission of instructor. Emphasizes communication skills, creative thinking, problem solving, and professional responsibility from a leadership perspective. Includes the discussion of information systems assessment in organizations. Capstone course for Information Systems majors and must be taken the last semester prior to graduation.

  • MBAI 6905 - Applied Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as BIA 6905.) An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.

Concentration (9 hours)

 

  • INFS 6500 - IT Project Management Planning and Implementation

    3 credit hours

    Planning and implementation issues such as project planning and selection, portfolio management, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, change management, and leadership. Includes a substantial emphasis on organizational and people issues in project management.

  • INFS 6510 - IT Project Risk Assessment and Control

    3 credit hours

    Elements involved in identifying and mitigating IT project risks. Offers preparation to monitor project progress, identify and quantify the impact of risks, evaluate the degree to which a program is troubled, and apply appropriate decision strategies to problematic situations.

  • INFS 6520 - IT Project Management Case Studies

    3 credit hours

    Integrates all areas of IT project management into a coherent analysis. Covers topics, situations, and problems using case study techniques. Includes the development of project management software skills.

Electives (9 hours)

  • Three hours of approved INFS courses at the 6000 level
  • Six hours of approved INFS courses at the 5000 or 6000 level

Program Notes

No more than two (2) 5000-level classes may be taken as part of the degree program.

Students planning to graduate in the minimum amount of time, including summer attendance, should plan their programs carefully in order to meet course sequencing and scheduling constraints. The program director can provide scheduling assistance.

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to qualified students.

INFS 6750 may not be taken to satisfy either a required or elective course in the program.

No foreign language or thesis is required in the program. may not be taken to satisfy either a required or elective course in the program.

Students electing Information Systems without an undergraduate degree in information systems or demonstrable professional experience in the discipline are required to complete the additional prerequisites of INFS 3800 and 4790 (or 5790). INFS 5790 may be taken for credit toward the graduate degree. Students without formal training or experience in IT may be encouraged to take some additional INFS courses. A portion of these requirements may be satisfied in conjunction with the student's graduate studies.

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan with the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

The MTSU chapter of The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is the leading worldwide society of information technology business professionals and the community of knowledge for the current and next generation of leaders. The purpose of the organization is to serve members by delivering relevant technology and leadership education, research and information on current business and technology issues, and forums for networking and collaboration. Students are encouraged to fill out an application for AITP.

Visit the Jennings A. Jones College of Business for links to places, programs and people below who are eager to help you succeed in your academic journey.

A complete list of student resources and services is provided by the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.

The College of Graduate Studies provides complete information about the types of available graduate-assistantship opportunities.

Contact and Student Information

Jeff Clark
jeff.clark@mtsu.edu
615-898-2838

Jeff Clark
jeff.clark@mtsu.edu
615-898-2838

Department of Computer Information Systems
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 45
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 42
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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