Course Descriptions

Find your career path at the intersection of business and technology

Our online MS in MIS program is designed to help you expand your knowledge and prepare you for a bright future in the information systems field. Begin your path to professional fulfillment by exploring our 100% online curriculum below.

Bridge Program Courses

IS 204 — Introduction to Business Programming — 3 hours
Study the concepts, structures, and use of an event-driven programming language to implement business solutions. Focus on developing general problem-solving strategies and implementing solutions through algorithm development.

IS 301 — Introduction to Database Management Systems — 3 hours
Examine database management systems. Develop the fundamental knowledge necessary to model business data needs, design logical data models, and design, implement, and use a physical database in application development.

IS 302 — Business Data Communications — 3 hours
A study of data communications technologies used for business. The technologies include local and wide area networks, as well as telephony. Network management and security are also emphasized.

IS 303 — Information Systems — 3 hours
Theory and application of information systems. Planning, design, development, and implementation of and strategic issues in information systems. Learn about the World Wide Web, Internet, and knowledge-based systems.

IS 321 — Systems Analysis — 3 hours
Focus on the planning, decision-making tasks, and requisite skills necessary for the analysis of information systems.

BUS 350 — Business Communications — 3 hours
Review of grammar and organization with emphasis on conventions, formats, and style of written business communication. Relies on class writing assignments, research methods and analysis, and collaborative writing.

Management Information Systems Core Courses

IS 607 – Introduction to Cyber Security – 3 hours
This course serves as an introduction to the field of cyber security where students will develop a basic understanding of the cyber security principles. Students will be able to understand the business value of cyber security and its legal/ ethical considerations. Students will also gain an appreciation for security planning and risk management and how risk may be mitigated through technical, physical, and administrative controls.

IS 611 — Information Technology & Business Strategy— 3 hours
Explore the intersection between IT and business strategy. Cover topics, concepts, and terminology related to strategy formulation, innovation, and competitive advantage in organizations.

IS 612 — IT Governance & Management — 3 hours
Learn about IT governance and various IT governance frameworks. Gain an advanced understanding of various IT governance frameworks, their application in an organizational setting, and the managerial issues associated with different governance structures.

IS 615 — Social Media and Virtual Communities — 3 hours
Learn how social media and virtual communities are changing business in fundamental ways. Gain practical social media skills, such as how to use new social media tools, how to use filters to make sense of social media, and how to curate news and reports in a manner that contributes to business knowledge and intellect.

IS 617 — Data Science for Business — 3 hours
Explore topics in knowledge management and business intelligence from an organizational IT perspective. Discuss the nature of knowledge, knowledge discovery, generation, capture, transfer, sharing, and application.

IS 618 — IT Project Management — 3 hours
Build your foundation for the management and successful execution of IT-based projects by examining learning objectives. Study the PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge to prepare to take the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.

Cyber Security Management Concentration

IS 613 — Information Security Management — 3 hours
Examine key security management issues, including security concepts, technology policy development, and information resource management.

IS 620 — Cyber Attacks & Threat Mitigation — 3 hours
Explore concepts in network vulnerability from a hacker’s perspective. Learn about the latest cutting-edge attacks. Discuss legal issues associated with computer network attacks and learn how to design, build, and operate network systems to prevent, detect, and respond to attacks.

IS 621 — Incident Response & Business Continuity — 3 hours
Gain the knowledge necessary to prepare for and respond to computer security incidents. Topics include incident response preparation, detection, reaction, recovery, maintenance, computer-related disaster recovery, and business continuity planning.

IS 644 – Digital Forensics – 3 hours
This course focuses on how organizations conduct digital forensics investigations due to intrusion or cyber crime. This course explores how organizations identify, track, and potential aide in the prosecution of cyber criminals. Students will gain an appreciation for how to conduct digital investigations, preserve evidence, understand the role of law enforcement, and intellectual property concerns associated with cyber crime.

IT Management Concentration

IS 616 – Web Analytics – 3 hours
The Web Analytics course introduces technologies and tools used to realize the full potential of web sites. The course focuses on collection and use of web data such as web traffic and visitor information to design web sites that will enable firms to acquire, convert, and retain customers.

IS 621 — Incident Response & Business Continuity — 3 hours
Gain the knowledge necessary to prepare for and respond to computer security incidents. Topics include incident response preparation, detection, reaction, recovery, maintenance, computer-related disaster recovery, and business continuity planning.

IS 640 — Technology Planning & Capital Budgeting — 3 hours
Cover essential IT management techniques and metrics that IT managers should be familiar with, such as measuring return on IT investments, categories of IT investments, defining and quantifying expected benefits, managing the IT investment portfolio, and budgeting for IT expenditures.

IS 641 — Leadership in IT — 3 hours
Prepare for leadership roles in IT-related careers by developing the knowledge, skills, and foundation necessary to be effective in organizational settings, and develop an understanding of the components that make leaders successful.