Jan 24, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Information Systems MS

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Program Director: Dawn Gregg
Telephone: 303-315-8045
E-mail: Dawn.Gregg@ucdenver.edu

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program at the Business School is a 30 semester credit hour STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degree program that provides students the fundamental knowledge necessary for a career as an IS professional. The MSIS program layers managerial training with technical concepts to help you become a leader in your chosen career path in information technology. You can choose between industry leading specializations in Business Intelligence or Cybersecurity and Information Assurance or customize your own degree to allow you to focus on topics most relevant to your interests. With hands-on software projects, each class will take you one step closer to understanding how to harness the power of technology for business.

Five core courses serve as the foundation for understanding the complex issues that occur when designing, implementing and managing information systems within an organization. Students choose four elective courses which can correspond to a declared specialization or may reflect a custom course of study. The program culminates with a capstone course that includes a project or a research paper.

The MSIS includes a 4+1 program that allows our current undergraduate information systems students to pursue the Master of Science degree if they achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher without taking the GMAT test. Students are also allowed to replace two undergraduate required information systems courses with two graduate information systems courses. Interested students, please contact the Business School advising team for more information.

Course Requirements

MS Information Systems Core Courses (15 credits)

Plus select two of the following courses:

Elective Courses (15 credits)

To fulfill the elective requirements, students may complete the Business Intelligence Specialization or the Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Specialization OR create a customized degree using any course numbered 6000 or higher with an ISMG prefix (may include core classes not used to satisfy the Core MS IS requirement).  In addition, selected 6000 level Business School courses, CVEN, or CSCI courses may be used to satisfy up to 6 elective credits for a customized degree. 


Information Systems Specializations

Students may select from the following two specializations:

Business Intelligence Specialization (15 credits)

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.

Choose 4 of the following courses (12 credits):

Choose 1 free elective course (3 credits):

Any course numbered 6000 or higher with an ISMG prefix, any 6000-level Business School, CSCI or CVEN course may be used to satisfy the free elective.

Students must complete the following MS IS core course:

Cyber Security and Information Assurance Specialization (15 credits)

With recent breaches in the security of many large government agencies and private corporations, cybersecurity is an issue of great importance to the global society. The Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Specialization  prepares students for cybersecurity, information security, and IT risk management positions in business and critical infrastructure sectors of the economy identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security including enterprises such as banks, governments, retail, health care institutions, law enforcement, construction, insurance agencies, transportation and the military.

Students must complete ALL of the following 5 courses:

  • ISMG 6340 - Cloud Computing Concepts, Tools, and Security
  • ISMG 6860 - Ethical Hacking Concepts and Methodologies
  • ISMG 6890 - IT Risk Managment
  • ISMG 6865 - Digital Forensic Analysis
  • ISMG 6910 - Design Science Practicum – OR an approved Internship with required paper and presentation to be completed during the final 9 credit hours of the program.

Students must complete the following MS IS core courses:

  • ISMG 6020 - Progreamming Fundamentals with Python
  • ISMG 6120 - Network Design and Analysis

Customized Degree

Students may choose to customize their degree by taking ISMG graduate courses and related graduate technology courses from across the Business School, Computer Science, or GIS programs.  Must see an advisor to create.

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