The Masters Of Science In Information Systems degree at DeSales University is designed for working professionals. Our curriculum is deep-rooted in developing technical skills appropriate for use in industry such as data management, project management, networking, systems design, web development, and programming. Our instructors have professional experience and understand the needs of industry and working adults. The instruction includes classroom hands-on, lecture and online learning.
MSIS Program Components
The MSIS program components combine core foundation courses with specialty, elective courses and research for a thorough learning experience.
Foundation CoursesThe purpose of the Foundation Course requirement is to further enhance the student's analytical capabilities and to introduce advanced technological and societal concepts. All candidates are required to complete the foundation course requirement. The MSIS Admissions and Academic Policies Committee may waive a certain foundation course for the student who can demonstrate the completion of recent (not more than five years old) equivalent course and experience in the course subject by taking an examination. No more than three foundation courses may be waived.
Specialty CoursesThe Specialty Course requirement provides the opportunity to study advanced technical application concepts and practices. Depending upon their interest, candidates may satisfy the specialty course requirement by studying database development, project management, security, web engineering, animation or communications. The specific option is jointly designed by the candidate and the candidate's advisor.ElectivesElective courses are selected from the available courses in the MSIS program. Topics span a wide range of interest areas and current industry practices. Electives will further enhance the candidate's career goals and interest areas.
Capstone CourseThe capstone requirement is to demonstrate the candidate's ability to create a comprehensive and independent work by selecting and completing a project or design. Working with an advisor, the candidate may elect to do a thesis on a contemporary research topic, a project implementation, design, or experiment. Such thesis may cover either 3 or 6 credit hours. In the latter case, the number of elective credits is reduced to 12. Comprehensive ExaminationNear the end of their study, all candidates are required to pass a comprehensive examination. The purpose of the examination is to demonstrate working knowledge of the topics that are essential to and expected from a professional working in the contemporary information technology environment. The examination may be taken after the candidate has completed the specialty requirement.
All degree candidates are expected to have at least a bachelor's degree completed with a minimum of 3.0 ('B') GPA from an accredited US institution or from an equivalent foreign university. An applicant with a degree awarded as the result of studies less than four years must show proof that such degree is equivalent to a comparable four years long US study. The original or an officially validated copy of the transcript must be submitted to the University.
A completed Application for Admission form together with a $35 (US) application fee is needed as part of the admission process.
A current resume and three letters of recommendation, preferably from former university instructors or administrators complete the application package.
Applications are accepted on an on-going basis and students may begin at the next available session.