Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems provides the knowledge and skills required to manage IT projects, oversee application development, and help develop an organization’s IT strategy.

The program offers expert faculty and expansive opportunities for networking. The program is open to all students who have an aptitude for information technology, and it is particularly useful to students with backgrounds in information technology management, computer science, computer engineering, electronics engineering, and related fields.

All courses in the program are offered on campus; a few are also occasionally available on-line. Students may enroll on a full- or part-time basis, but course availability is greatest during the fall and winter semesters. The program usually can be completed within 12 months of full-time study.

Admission is rolling, and students may begin the program in September or January. May admission is also usually possible for part-time students.

University of Michigan-Dearborn students who have been admitted to the MS-Information Systems may take up to 6 graduate credits during the final semester of their undergraduate program.  Students must successfully complete their undergraduate degree before taking any additional graduate-level courses.

MS-Information Systems Program Goals and Objectives

  • Goal 1:  Students will acquire discipline-specific knowledge and competencies.
    • Objective 1:  Students will design an information system for an organization.
    • Objective 2:  Students will evaluate security risks of an organization.
    • Objective 3:  Students will use data to provide solutions to business questions.
  • Goal 2:  Students will develop effective communication skills.
    • Objective 4:  Students will communicate complex IT concepts orally.
    • Objective 5:  Students will communicate complex IT concepts effectively in writing.
  • Goal 3:  Students will develop IT strategy skills.
    • Objective 6:  Students will be able to assess the impact of IT strategy on organizational effectiveness.
    • Objective 7:  Students will manage information quality initiatives in organizations.

MS-Information Systems Admission Prerequisites

  • Mathematics admission prerequisite
  • GMAT/GRE admission prerequisite, unless applicant qualifies for the exemption

MS-Information Systems Curriculum

Core courses
MIS 525Computer and Info Systems3
MIS 575Information Management3
MIS 641Enterprise Architecture Netwrk3
MIS 642Information Assurance3
MIS 644IT Policy and Strategy3
MIS 649Business Intelligence3
MIS 650Info System Quality3
Electives
Select three of the following courses:9
Cost Management
Applied Statistical Modeling
Management Science
Applied Forecasting
Decision Analysis
System Simulation
Fin Fundament & Value Creation
Programming & Data Structures
Info Tech Project & Chg Mgmt
Marketing Management
Organization Behavior
Operations Management
Strategic Sourcing
IT in SCM
Graduate Research
Business Internship
Total Credit Hours30

Courses may not be taken off campus except by prior permission of the Academic Standards Committee. Permission is granted only in the case of unusual, extenuating circumstances.

Previous coursework deemed substantially similar to MIS 525, or an undergraduate degree in Information Technology Management, may qualify to exempt students from MIS 525. Exempt courses must be replaced with other approved courses in the degree program.

In addition, up to 6 transfer credits for previous equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the degree if those credits have not been counted toward a degree.

Exemptions and transfer credit are granted at the discretion of the program faculty.

Dual Degree, MBA/MS, Information Systems

The MBA/MS-Information Systems combines a broad managerial education with in-depth training in the skills required to manage IT projects, oversee application development, and develop an organization’s IT strategy. The program is open to all students who have an aptitude for information technology, and it is particularly useful to students with backgrounds in information technology management, computer science, computer engineering, electronics engineering, and related fields. Students will learn how to manage the organizational challenges facing information systems managers while simultaneously acquiring the skills necessary to manage information systems functions.

The program allows students to receive both the MBA and MS-Information Systems simultaneously upon completion of the required 57-66 credit hours.

All courses in the program are offered on campus; many are also available on-line. Students may enroll on a full- or part-time basis, but course availability is greatest during the fall and winter semesters.  

Admission is rolling, and you may begin the program in September or January. May admission is also usually possible for part-time students.

University of Michigan-Dearborn students who have been admitted to the MBA/MS-Information Systems may take up to 6 graduate credits during the final semester of their undergraduate program. Students must successfully complete their undergraduate degree before taking any additional graduate-level courses.

MBS/MS-Information Systems Admission Prerequisite

  • Mathematics admission prerequisite
  • GMAT/GRE admission prerequisite

MBA/MS-Information Systems Curriculum

MBA Core Courses
ACC 505Devel & Interp Financial Info3
BPS 516Corporate Social Responsib3
BE 530Econ Analysis: Firm & Consumer3
DS 520Applied Statistical Modeling3
FIN 531Fin Fundament & Value Creation3
MIS 525Computer and Info Systems3
MKT 515Marketing Management3
OB 510Organization Behavior3
OM 521Operations Management3
MBA Applied Integrated Management (AIM)
International AIM Course:
Select one course from:3
Global Econ: Crisis & Growth
International Financial Mgt
Global Marketing
Intrnatl Dimensions of Managmt
Supply Chain Management
AIM Capstone:
BPS 535Strategic Plan and Dec Making3
General AIM Courses:
Select two courses from:6
Corp Acts & Reacts & Firm Val
Mgrl Dec Making
Managing Strat Innov & Change
MBA Electives or Optional Concentration 1
Complete at least one of the available concentrations (9 credits; see Concentrations listed under Master of Business Administration degree program) or choose at three elective courses (9 credits).9
MS-Information Systems Core Courses
MIS 575Information Management3
MIS 641Enterprise Architecture Netwrk3
MIS 642Information Assurance3
MIS 644IT Policy and Strategy3
MIS 649Business Intelligence3
MIS 650Info System Quality3
Total Credit Hours66

Breadth Requirements

  • Complete AIM courses in at least 3 different disciplines.
  • Complete no more than 4 AIM, MBA Concentration, and Elective courses (12 credits) in any one discipline other than Finance.
  • Complete no more than 7 courses (21 credits) in Management Information Systems courses (MIS) after completion of the MBA Core.
  • Complete graduate business courses in at least 7 different disciplines.

No single course may be counted toward more than one requirement or concentration in the dual degree program.

MBA Communication Requirement

Two, 4-hour workshops in Business Writing and Business Presentation skills are required for the MBA degree.

Courses may not be taken off campus except by prior permission of the Academic Standards Committee. Permission is granted only in the case of unusual, extenuating circumstances.

Students may waive any of the MBA core courses except MIS 525 if they have equivalent courses in an AACSB business program completed within the previous 10 years and have earned at least a 3.2 post-60 GPA  (that is, the GPA in courses taken after the first 60 undergraduate credit hours). Students who do not meet these criteria may request to have their courses evaluated for waiver credit at the time of admission. Students must have earned a B or better in equivalent courses as a part of a degree program completed within the previous 10 years.

Previous coursework deemed substantially similar to MIS 525 may qualify to exempt students from the course. The exempt course must be replaced with other approved courses in the MS-Information Systems program.

Regardless of waiver and exemption credits granted, students must earn at least 57 credits in the dual-degree program, including at least 36 credits in the MBA portion of the program.

In addition, up to 6 transfer credits for previous equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the degree if those credits have not been counted toward a degree.

Exemptions, waivers and transfer credit are granted at the discretion of the program faculty.

MIS 525     Computer and Info Systems     3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the management concepts and information technology needed to create effective information systems. Topics include: a survey of information technology, information systems and organizations, strategic information systems, management support systems, and ethical and social issues in information systems.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

MIS 526     IT Services Management     3 Credit Hours

Students in IT Services Management will learn how to organize and operate in an IT environment centered on processes and services. Students will learn to use major models like ISO 20000 and the Information Technology Library (ITIL) as tools for managing and controlling the IT function within an organization. Upon completion of the course, students should be prepared for the ITIL Foundations examination.

Prerequisite(s): MIS 525*

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if Level is Rackham or Graduate

MIS 527     Programming & Data Structures     3 Credit Hours

This course introduces the basic concepts of program design, emphasizing an event-driven environment and an object-oriented approach to program development. The Visual Basic language will be the principle language covered in the course. Topics include: a brief history of programming languages, the fundamentals of Visual Basic, object-oriented programming, common data structures, components and program design methods.

Prerequisite(s): MIS 525*

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

MIS 575     Information Management     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 525*

MIS 585     Network App Development     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 527

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if Level is Graduate

MIS 640     Info Systems Development     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 575*

MIS 641     Enterprise Architecture Netwrk     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 525

MIS 642     Information Assurance     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 525

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

MIS 643     Info Tech Project & Chg Mgmt     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 525*

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

MIS 644     IT Policy and Strategy     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 525*

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

MIS 645     Global Outsource IS Activities     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 525 and (MIS 643 or MIS 644)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

MIS 646     HCI Interface & Design     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 525

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

MIS 647     Advanced Programming     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 527

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if Level is Graduate

MIS 648     Information Management II     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 575

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if Level is Graduate

MIS 649     Business Intelligence     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 525

MIS 650     Info System Quality     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite(s): MIS 525

 

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally