Feb 03, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Management Information Systems - Information Assurance Concentration, MS


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Graduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Andrew Mangle. amangle@bowiestate.edu

Room 3318, Center for Business and Graduate Studies

 

The Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS) program is designed to prepare students for careers in the analysis, design, implementation, and management of information systems and information technology (IT). The program, which consists of 36 semester credit hours, offers three tracks: Data Analytics, Information Systems Security, and Enterprise Information Systems; and one concentration: Information Assurance. For the first three tracks, the program requires eighteen (18) credit hours of Core courses, six (6) credit hours of practicum or research courses, and twelve (12) credit hours of elective courses. The Information Systems Security concentration requires eighteen (18) credit hours of Core Courses, and eighteen (18) credit hours of concentration courses: 15 credit hours core including six (6) credit hours of practicum or research, and 3 credit hour elective courses.

 

Program Goals

 

The program goal is to produce information systems (IS) professionals, who will be able to:

  • Prepare requirement specifications with both functional and non-functional requirements.
  • Design solutions by developing data, process, and object models, architectures and integrating information technologies.
  • Design, develop and maintain a data management solution for businesses.
  • Design and develop data and analytics applications and products.
  • Provide consulting in the applications of latest data analytics, communication, enterprise and e-commerce technologies.
  • Lead digital strategy and innovation as well as pursue entrepreneurial opportunities using advanced and emerging information technologies. 
  • Manage IS projects and IS units in organizations.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for security and privacy of data and information.
  • Consult in the field of information systems and cybersecurity for government and industries.

     

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants must submit evidence of completion of a baccalaureate from an accredited institution, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and satisfy other general admission requirements established by the Graduate School. Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume, and a one-page summary of interest in information/technology/information systems and their applications.

    The undergraduate degree coursework should include College Algebra, Statistics or Quantitative Methods, a Programming Language, Business and Management, and Computer Applications.  Applicants who do not meet the prerequisite conditions may be granted conditional admission and may be required to complete some or all of the following foundation courses:

  • MGMT 241 - Principles of Management or equivalent
  • ECON 351 - Business Statistics or equivalent
  • INSS 500 - Introduction to Information Systems
  • INSS 505 - Object Oriented Programming or equivalent

    Students who have some work experience and certifications in a related field, but do not have the requisite academic background may qualify for admission to the MSMIS program. GRE or GMAT is not required for admission.

     

    Degree Requirements for Concentration in Information Assurance

    A minimum of 36 credit hours consisting of 18 credit hours of Core Courses, and 18 credit hours of Concentration courses: 15 credit hours core and 3 credit hour elective courses.

     

    Core Courses (18 Credits)

    INSS 515 - Principles & Practices of Information Systems 

    INSS 538 - Data Communications and Networks

    INSS 540 - Information Systems Analysis & Design

    INSS 550 - Data Management 

    INSS 573 - Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    INSS 575 - Information Systems Project Management

     

    Those who have completed these courses from other accredited institutions within the last 5 years prior to registration can transfer up to six (6) credit hours.  Those who have relevant IT experience can test out of these courses and substitute them with other approved courses needed to satisfy the 36-credit program requirement.

     

    Concentration Courses (18 Credits)

     

    Concentration Core (15 credits)

    INSS 635 - Information Systems Security

    INSS 681 - Computer and Cyber Forensics

    INSS 778 - Information Security Risk Management

    Two Practicum or Research courses: Practicum or Research

    Practicum Option

    INSS 780 - Information Systems Practicum

    INSS 788 - Information Systems Practicum II

    Research Option

    INSS 790 - Professional Seminar

    INSS 798 - Directed Thesis Research

 

Concentration Elective Courses (3 credits)

INSS 670 - Auditing, Monitoring, and Intrusion Detection

INSS 673 - Digital Business Security

INSS 686 - Information Privacy and Security

                  INSS 689 - Applied Cryptography

INSS 725 - Issues in Information Systems Management

 

Curriculum Sequence

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

 

First and Second Semesters

INSS 515 - Principles & Practices of Information Systems

INSS 573 - Digital Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship

INSS 575 - Information Systems Project Management

INSS 538 - Data Communications and Networks

INSS 540 - Information Systems Analysis & Design

INSS 635- Information Systems Security

 

Third and Fourth Semesters

INSS 550 - Data Management 

INSS 778 - Information Security Risk Management

INSS 780 - Information Systems Practicum I or INSS 790 - Professional Seminar

INSS 681- Computer and Cyber Forensics

INSS 788 - Information Systems Practicum II or INSS 798 - Directed Thesis Research

Elective (1 course)

 

 

 

Program of Study

Each student is required to complete a Program of Study form in consultation with his/her advisor, during the first semester of enrollment. The program of study designates the student’s concentration/track selection and is required for advancement to candidacy. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss with their assigned Academic Advisor or the Program Coordinator for advisement concerning a program of study. 

 

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are advanced to candidacy upon completion of the core coursework required for the program with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for advancement to candidacy.

 

 

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