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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
    
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Systems MS


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Program Director: Jahangir Karimi
Telephone: 303-315-8430
E-mail: Jahangir.Karimi@ucdenver.edu

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program at the Business School meets industry needs by providing specializations.  The program prepares students for career paths in systems development and management services, enterprise application services, business intelligence, health information technology, information security audit and control, business consulting and development and consumer products and services. Whether students aim to be systems analysts or designers, software engineers, applications programmers, database administrators, Web developers, systems integrators, project managers, LAN administrators or application and technology consultants, the MSIS program provides the necessary knowledge and skills. This entire MS in Information Systems can be completed online.

The MSIS program offers a wide choice of courses. The course work consists of common body of knowledge courses plus 30 semester hours, which includes a choice of a specialization.  Candidates for the MS degree are not required to take a comprehensive examination or to complete a thesis in the major field. 

Information Systems Specializations


The eight specializations that accompany the MS in Information Systems are designed to provide the fundamental knowledge necessary for a career as an IS professional.  The IS specializations provide students with a set of related courses necessary to acquire skills and expertise within a specific area in the development, management and use of information technology applications. Students are required to choose one specialization upon admission to the MSIS.

Accounting and Information Systems Audit and Control (AISAAC) Specialization


Recently, new regulatory environments have required companies to provide better documentation of their accounting and IT systems to improve the management and disclosure of their business processes for better financial and regulatory controls. Accounting and IT professionals have significant roles in audit and control activities, since they control the systems that monitor and report on finance, planning and operations. The courses within this specialization cover business-process management and financial controls; the emerging trends and practices in privacy and security; the strategies for integrating governance and compliance; and the IT organization’s financial and business intelligence services. These courses will focus on how to leverage the existing IT infrastructure to establish quality in financial and internal audit processes and address the regulatory issues associated with reporting, consolidation and document/content management more effectively and completely.

Business Intelligence Specialization


Business Intelligence (BI) systems combine operational data with analytical tools to present complex and competitive information to planners and decision makers. The objective is to improve the timeliness and quality of inputs to the decision process. BI is used to understand the capabilities available in the firm; the state-of-the-art, trends, and future directions in the markets, the technologies, and the regulatory environment in which the firm competes; and the actions of competitors and the implications of these actions. With this specialization, you get the necessary skills and knowledge in real-time data warehousing, data visualization, data mining, online analytical processing, customer relationships management, dashboards and scorecards, corporate performance management, expert and advanced intelligent systems, and hands-on experience with leading BI tools.

Information Systems Electives: (6hours)


Any course numbered 6000 or higher with an ISMG prefix or an internship (by petition).  Students pursuing an additional specialization in GIS should fill this requirement with CVEN 5381, CVEN 5382, CVEN 5383, CVEN 5384, CVEN 5385, or CVEN 5386.

 

Free Elective: (3 hours)


Any course numbered 6800 or higher with BUSN prefix or any course numbered 6000 or higher with prefix of ACCT, BANA, CMDT, ENTP, FNCE, INTB, ISMG, MGMT, MKTG or RISK. *Students pursuing an additional specialization in GIS should fill this requirement with CVEN 5381, CVEN 5382, CVEN 5383, CVEN 5384, CVEN 5385, or CVEN 5386.

NOTE: Some of these courses have prerequisites of a BUSN course that may not be listed in your degree plan. Check with an academic advisor to see if it is possible to waive the prerequisite based on previous coursework.

Digital Health Entrepreneurship Specialization


Recently, the health care industry has shifted its focus from using proprietary and expensive IT solutions to more innovative IT applications in electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT) innovations for sharing information effectively to help manage health care crisis. The courses within this specialization cover the evolving roles and importance of IT in the health care industry; the innovative IT applications for delivering health care with reduced cost and increased quality; the management of health care using effective IT systems; and the security and privacy issues associated with health information. These courses will focus on how IT-enabled health care organizations can integrate information from various resources in order to deliver innovative IT solutions to meet unique requirements of health care industry.

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Specialization


Information Systems/Risk Management Elective: (3 hours)


Any course numbered 6000 or higher with an ISMG prefix or FNCE/RISK prefix or an internship (by petition). 

Free Elective: (3 hours)


Select any course numbered 6800 or higher with BUSN prefix or any course numbered 6000 or higher with a prefix of ACCT, BANA, CMDT, ENTP, FNCE, HLTH, INTB, ISMG, MGMT, MKTG, or RISK.

NOTE: Some of these courses have prerequisites of a BUSN course that may not be listed in your degree plan. Check with an academic advisor to see if it is possible to waive the prerequisite based on previous coursework.

Enterprise Technology Management (ETM) Specialization


This specialization focuses on information technology as the prime driver of business strategy. It focuses on the strategic, technological, financial and organizational issues involved with the effective management of information technology within an enterprise. The courses in this specialization cover the emerging technologies and the evolving roles and importance of IT in modern organizations; IT-enabled organizational processes and knowledge management; methods to develop, acquire and implement information systems; implementing and managing complex IT projects; security and privacy issues associated with IT.

Information Systems Electives: (6 hours)


Select two courses numbered 6000 or higher with an ISMG prefix or an internship.  *Students pursuing an additional specialization in GIS should fill this requirement with CVEN 5381, CVEN 5382, CVEN 5383, CVEN 5384, CVEN 5385, or CVEN 5386.

Free Elective (3 hours)


Any course numbered 6800 or higher with BUSN prefix or any course numbered 6000 or higher with prefix of ACCT, BANA, ENTP, FNCE/RISK/CMDT, INTB, ISMG, MGMT, or MKTG.
*Students pursuing an additional specialization in GIS should fill this requirement with CVEN 5381, CVEN 5382, CVEN 5383, CVEN 5384, CVEN 5385, or CVEN 5386.
NOTE: Some of these courses have prerequisites of a BUSN course that may not be listed in your degree plan. Check with an academic advisor to see if it is possible to waive the prerequisite based on previous coursework.

Health Information Technology Management Specialization


Recently, the healthcare industry his shifted its focus from using proprietary and expensive IT solutions to more innovative IT applications in Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other Health Information Technology (HIT) innovations for sharing information effectively to help manage healthcare crisis. The courses within this specialization covers the evolving roles and importance of IT in healthcare industry; the innovative IT applications for delivering healthcare with reduced cost and increased quality; the management of healthcare using effective IT systems; and the security and privacy issues associated with health info​rmation. These courses will focus on how IT enabled health care organizations can integrate information from various resources, in order to deliver innovative IT solutions to meet unique requirements of health care industry.

Health Information Technology Required Courses (6 hours)


Information Systems Electives (6 hours)


Select any two courses numbered 6000 or higher with an ISMG prefix or an internship. 

*Students in the Health IT specialization may also select a course numbered 6000 or higher with a HLTH prefix with approved petition (restricted enrollment).

Free Elective: (3 hours)


Any course numbered 6800 or higher with BUSN prefix or any course numbered 6000 or higher with prefix of ACCT, BANA, ENTP, FNCE/RISK/CMDT, INTB, ISMG, MGMT, or MKTG. 

NOTE: Some of these courses have prerequisites of a BUSN course that may not be listed in your degree plan. Check with an academic advisor to see if it is possible to waive the prerequisite based on previous coursework.

Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TIE) Specialization


Web and Mobile Computing Specialization


This specialization focuses on building and managing large systems using platforms for website development, mobile and wireless applications, and web services and service oriented architectures. The courses provide expertise in .Net programming, business process management, internet and mobile technologies, website development technologies, data warehousing and administration, and service oriented architecture. Project management coursework enables graduates to successfully handle highly, complex systems development projects in the business world.

Information Systems Elective: (6 hours)


Select any two courses numbered 6000 or higher with an ISMG prefix or an internship (by petition).  *Students pursuing an additional specialization in GIS should fill this requirement with CVEN 5381, CVEN 5382, CVEN 5383, CVEN 5384, CVEN 5385, or CVEN 5386.

Free Elective: (3 hours)


Any course numbered 6800 or higher with BUSN prefix or any course numbered 6000 or higher with prefix of ACCT, BANA, ENTP, FNCE/RISK/CMDT, INTB, ISMG, MGMT, or MKTG. 

*Students pursuing an additional specialization in GIS should fill this requirement with CVEN 5381, CVEN 5382, CVEN 5383, CVEN 5384, CVEN 5385, or CVEN 5386.

NOTE: Some of these courses have prerequisites of a BUSN course that may not be listed in your degree plan. Check with an academic advisor to see if it is possible to waive the prerequisite based on previous coursework.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Option


The Geographic Information Systems option expands upon system development skills through the understanding of geographic information systems workflows, analysis processes, and data models. This option for the Business Intelligence, Enterprise Technology Management, OR Web and Mobile Computing specialization addresses how map representations can be abstracted in geo-databases to develop intelligent GIS systems. Learn how GIS can improve efficiencies, decision making, planning, geographic accountability, science-based plans and communication. The GIS option is offered in conjunction with the College of Engineering and Applied Science and a certificate in GIS is awarded by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Students must complete all requirements for the MS in Information Systems, as well as the requirements below.

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