Information Systems, MSIS
The MSIS program teaches choice, deployment, management and use of information and computing technologies in the way they bring value to an organization with special emphasis on the following areas:
- Data Management and Business Intelligence Including Big Data.
- Information Security Risk Management.
- Global IT Management.
- System Analysis.
- Advanced IT Project Management.
- IT Strategy.
Students are able to pick their own choice of capstone experience from a spectrum of choices between thesis and industry internship (see details in course section). Prior permission is required to take courses outside of the department, students should contact the program director before they register for non-MSIS courses.
Note: No more than six (6) credit hours may be taken outside the MSIS program.
About the Program
The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) at Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business will help prepare tomorrow's technology leaders to succeed in the global business environment. This program emphasizes the strategic importance of technology and the development of qualified and capable leaders for global organizations.
The curriculum covers the importance of leadership and IT strategy through 2 capstone courses: Information Systems (IS) Strategy and Information Technology (IT) Leadership.
With evening, online, and hybrid classes, the KSU MSIS program at Coles College gives students the opportunity to engage in significant professional development, without disruption of their careers.
Core Requirements (33 Credit Hours)
- IS 8005 - Informatics (Must be completed in student’s first semester in MSIS)
- IS 8060 - Information Systems Development Methods and Technologies
- IS 8080 - Database Application Design and Implementation
- IS 8100 - Advanced IT Project Management
- IS 8200 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Systems
- IS 8310 - Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance
- IS 8330 - Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning
- IS 8400 - Enterprise Process Models
- IS 8600 - Global IS Management
- IS 8920 - IT Customer Relationship Management
- IS 8935 - Business Intelligence - Traditional and Big Data Analytics
Note: The Informatics course must be completed in the student's first semester of coursework. The remaining 30 core credits can be earned in any sequence of the student's choice. None of the flexible capstone experience courses can be taken before the student has completed at least 12 credit hours of MSIS coursework at KSU including summer semesters if any.
Information Technology Course Equivalence
Students may consider the following courses as equivalent:
IT 6823 Information Security Concepts & Administration is equivalent to IS 8310 Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance.
IT 6583 Business Continuity Planning and Implementation is equivalent to IS 8330 Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning.
Capstone Experience Elective Course (3 Credit Hours)
Only one of the following six options can be taken for credit toward the MSIS degree.
- IS 8700 - Information Systems Policy and Strategy
- IS 8900 - Special Topics in Information Systems
- IS 8910 - Special Projects in Information Systems
- IS 8916 - Cooperative Education
- IS 8918 - Internship
- IS 8990 - Thesis
Note: None of the flexible capstone experience courses can be taken before the student has completed at least 12 credit hours of MSIS coursework at KSU including summer semesters if any. The thesis course in the flexible capstone experience can be taken only after a student has successfully completed 18 credit hours of MSIS coursework at KSU as described in the set of prerequisite courses for MSIS thesis (IS 8990).
Program Total (36 Credit Hours)
- Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
- Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly.
- GMAT Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU.
- Statement of Interests (Can be uploaded into the online application) - Should describe why you are interested in the MSIS degree program and how the program fits with your career/educational goals.
- Resume - (Can be uploaded into the online application) Please describe any computer experience in detail.
- Letters of Recommendation (Optional) Can be sent electronically through the online application.
- Completion of Preparatory Knowledge Clusters (undergraduate coursework or work experience).
- Basic knowledge of computer information systems.
- Quantitative skills including statistics.
- Programming knowledge.
- Familiarity with systems analysis and design methodologies.
- Experience using relational or object-based database management systems.