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Master of Science in Management Information Systems

The MSMIS curriculum reflects a vast expansion of the technical base of IT education, and includes various courses distributed in three areas of focus or tracks:Information Systems Management, Digital Business and Knowledge Management, and Information Security Management. The curriculum, which is based on the recommendations of professional societies in the information systems field and feedback from potential employers, integrates the most relevant theoretical and practical concepts, which will enable you to understand the complex and dynamic environments in which information systems and information technology are used. It emphasizes the use of information systems and information technology to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness. The program, which consists of 36 semester credit hours, offers three tracks: Information Systems Management, Digital Business and Knowledge Management, Information Security Management. For these three tracks, the program requires 15 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of research or practicum courses, and 15 credit hours of elective courses.

The program also includes a concentration in Information Assurance (IA). The IA concentration will equip you with the critical knowledge and skills for developing organizational standards, managing current policies, and analyzing emerging issues in the area of internal and external information threat management; a crucial need for any company or institution in the information era. Students in the IA concentration can focus on any of the following three tracks: Web/database security, network security, or information assets protection. 

For more information please view the brochures below: 

Undergraduate Program Brochure

MSMIS Program Brochure

MIS-IA Program Brochure

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Prepare high quality requirement specifications using state-of-the-art modeling techniques to a business problem.
  2. Develop data models using state-of-the-art modeling techniques to a requirement specification of a business problem.
  3. Critically analyze and question knowledge clams in IS.
  4. Students shall be able to write effectively.

    Be able to prepare and present expected outputs from the analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance phases of information system development.

    Be able to write formal, clear, and accurate documentation of information systems.

  5. Students shall be able to communicate verbally effectively.

    Be able to orally present comments, suggestions and arguments associate with information systems.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must meet the admission requirements established by the graduate school. The prerequisite for the program is a GPA of 2.5 or better and a bachelor's degree in business, management, computer information systems, computer science, engineering, or a related field that includes the following courses:

  • College Algebra
  • Business Statistics
  • Programming Languages
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Management
  • Computer Applications

Students who do not meet all of the prerequisite conditions may be granted conditional admission and may be required to complete some or all of the following prerequisite foundation courses before attempting any of the core courses in the curriculum. Students who have some work experience in the information systems field, but do not have the required academic background, may qualify for admission to the MIS Program. Students are encouraged to contact the MIS Department to discuss qualifications for admission into the Program.

Degree Completion Requirements

The Master of Science in management information systems requires 36 semester hours consisting of seven core courses and five electives chosen from one of the three concentration tracks: information systems management, digital business and knowledge management, or information security management. The common core courses provide an understanding of the technical and managerial challenges associated with managing information technology in the business enterprise. The concentration-specific courses address both the theoretical and practical aspects of each area of concentration as an integral part of an effective information management system. Students are required to complete an information systems project in the practicum course and an analytical or scientific research paper in the Professional Seminar course. Students are also required to pass a written comprehensive examination, which can be attempted after the completion of at least 15 semester hours.

Core Courses

INSS 615 -Principles and Practices of Information Systems Development*

INSS 630 - Information Systems in Organizations*

INSS 638 - Data Communications and Networks*

INSS 640 - Information Systems Analysis & Design*

INSS 650 - Database Management and Decision Systems *

Once a student advances to Candidacy, he or she takes 6 credit hours of these two courses:

INSS 880 – Information Systems Practicum

INSS 890 – Professional Seminar

*Courses recommended to be completed before attempting the comprehensive examination.


Information Security Management Track

INSS 635 - Communications Theory

INSS 636 - Information Systems and Telecommunications

INSS 735 - Information Systems Security

INSS 765 - Information Measures

INSS 770 - Auditing, Monitoring, and Intrusion Detection

INSS 773 - Digital Business Security

INSS 777 - Advanced Information and Network Security

INSS 778 - Information Security Risk Management

INSS 779 - Advanced Information Assurance

INSS 887 - Emerging Issues in Information Security Management


Digital Business and Knowledge Management Track

INSS 655 - Human Information Processing

INSS 662 - Decision Support and Intelligent Decision Systems

INSS 663 - Electronic Commerce and e-Business Technologies

INSS 673 - Fundamentals of Digital Business Strategy

INSS 715 - Knowledge Management Systems

INSS 750 - Database and Distributed Systems Security

INSS 755 - Data Warehousing and Mining

INSS 658 - Health Informatics

INSS 885 - Special Topics: e-Business Venture Creation

INSS 895 - Emerging Issues in Digital Business and Knowledge Management


Information Systems Management Track

INSS 620 - Software Structures

INSS 625 - Individual and Group Dynamics in Organizations

INSS 720 - Information Systems Policy

INSS 730 - Strategic Information Management

INSS 733 - Business Process and Change Management

INSS 740 - Advanced Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

INSS 745 - Systems Problem Solving Methods

INSS 775 - Information Systems Project Management

INSS 776 - Principles of Enterprise Architecture

INSS 825 - Issues in Information Systems Management



The following sequence represents a typical selection of courses. The recommended course sequence is as follows:


First and Second Semesters

INSS 615 - Principles and Practices of Information Systems Development

INSS 630 - Information Systems in Organizations

INSS 638 - Data Communications and Networks

INSS 640 - Information Systems Analysis and Design

INSS 650 - Database Management and Decision Systems

                 Elective (1 course)


Third and Fourth Semesters


Qualifying Examination           

 For the Practicum Option - INSS 880 and INSS 888

 For the Thesis Option - INSS 890 and INSS 898

 Electives (4 courses)

Program of Study

Students are required to complete a Program of Study in consultation with their advisor, during the first semester of enrollment. The program of study designates each student's track selection and is required for advancement to candidacy. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an MIS faculty advisor for advisement concerning a program of study.

Advancement to Candidacy

Upon completion of 15 hours of core coursework, the student should apply for advancement to candidacy. The minimum GPA for Advancement to Candidacy is 3.25. Students who fail to meet the minimum GPA will be denied Advancement to Candidacy.

Qualifying Examination

Upon passing the qualifying exam, students will be advanced to Candidacy.

For additional information and requirements please refer to the Graduate Catalog.  


For more information please contact:


Prof. Tony Yorkman
Phone: 301-860-3649


Azene Zenebe, Ph.D., Department Chair
14000 Jericho Park Road, CBGS 3330
Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: 301-860-3641