The Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM) has been designed to address the urgent needs of hiring managers in the information systems area with regard to the skill sets of information systems managers. Graduates will be able to manage the in-house and outsources development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services. Program graduates will demonstrate professional competencies that will make them valuable contributors in cross-functional teams who will able to keep their skills fresh as the industry develops and with a clear understanding of their roles as responsible professionals in a complex business, policy, and social context. Program graduates will be responsible and ethical professionals who understand the economic, organizational, policy, and social dimensions of their work in this dynamic and complex field.
The program consists of seven (7) core courses and five (5) elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses based on their areas of interest.
Applicants seeking admission into the MISM Program, who have no previous computer science background and whose Bachelor degrees did not include the following courses are required to take MISM program prerequisites.Core Courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all information systems managers need to succeed.
Students who have earned their bachelor’s degrees with less than 120 undergraduate credit hours can be given conditional admission to the MISM program, provided they enroll in and successfully complete the remaining credit hours by selecting from the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS) undergraduate courses offered at VIU. Among the 120 required credit hours, the MISM program prerequisite courses must be fulfilled. Before choosing Pre-MISM courses, students must consult their academic advisor who will advise them on the appropriate course selections from VIU’s BCS program while complying with MISM program prerequisites. Successful completion of the Pre-MISM courses will allow these students to complete the undergraduate credit hour requirement of 120 and enter into the program.
Students will apply their newly-gained expertise to solve challenges, as well as learn:
- How to design appropriate software system and service structures in response to application needs, organizational environment, and the available components, tools or services.
- How to make appropriate design choices as a result of system and service property analysis.
- Business process management through a progression of analysis, design, and optimization in response to organizational needs.
- Best practices for planning, budgeting, scheduling and leading information systems projects and programs.
- Techniques for evaluating, engaging and managing third party providers.
- Analyze social and other external impacts along with relevant legal, regulatory, ethical and professional issues in business and technical decision-making.
- Effective communication techniques for technical, business and user audiences.
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