Step into a leadership role powered by IS analytics and business intelligence to bring business strategy to technology projects, and IT innovations to business challenges. 

Develop wide spectrum capabilities to understand, analyze and manage organizational issues from end-user computing to strategic implications of technology projects and combine your experiential knowledge of customers, the marketplace, and revenue cycles with the skills of IS analytics to become a compelling business decision maker. 

Irrespective of whether your experience and education are in technology or business - a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) from Coles College will give you the most sought after skills of today to help you move forward in your career and become a more valuable team member.

The MSIS program offers students the unique flexibility to design their own areas of interst by taking a variety of elective courses, such as Business, Statistics, Leadership, Accounting, Professional Writing, Governance, and Information Systems. Students may decide to design custom concentrations in one of the following:

  • Information Security
  • Data Mining/Business Intelligence
  • Accounting/IT Auditing
  • Business/Global IT Management
  • Advanced IT Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Statistics/SAS

Since prior permission is required to take courses outside of the department, students should contact the program director before they register for non-MSIS courses.

Note: No more than six (6) credit hours may be taken outside the MSIS program.

Core Requirements (33 Credit Hours)
  • IS 8005 - Informatics (Must be completed in student’s first semester in MSIS)
  • IS 8060 - Information Systems Development Methods and Technologies
  • IS 8080 - Database Application Design and Implementation
  • IS 8100 - Advanced IT Project Management
  • IS 8200 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Systems
  • IS 8310 - Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance
  • IS 8400 - Enterprise Process Models
  • IS 8600 - Global IS Management
  • IS 8920 - IT Customer Relationship Management
  • IS 8935 - Business Intelligence - Traditional and Big Data Analytics
  • IS 8940 - Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning
  • Note:  

    1. The Informatics course must be completed in the student’s first semester of coursework.
    2. The remaining 30 core credits can be earned in any sequence of the student’s choice.
    3. None of the flexible capstone experience courses can be taken before the student has completed at least 12 credit hours of MSIS coursework at KSU including summer semesters, if any.


Capstone Experience Elective Course (3 Credit Hours)

Only one of the following six options can be taken for credit toward the MSIS degree.

  • IS 8700 - Information Systems Policy and Strategy
  • IS 8900 - Special Topics in Information Systems
  • IS 8910 - Special Projects in Information Systems
  • IS 8916 - Cooperative Education
  • IS 8918 - Internship
  • IS 8990 - Thesis
  • Note:  None of the flexible capstone experience courses can be taken before the student has completed at least 12 credit hours of MSIS coursework at KSU including summer semesters, if any.  The thesis course in the flexible capstone experience can be taken only after a student has successfully completed 18 credit hours of MSIS coursework at KSU as described in the set of prerequisite courses for MSIS thesis (IS 8990).

Program Total (36 Credit Hours)
Schedule Part-time and full-time
Duration 2 Years
Presence of students On-campus and on-line
Scholarships available Yes



This course will provide students with a study of the application of computer and statistical techniques to the management of information, and the science and art of turning data into information. This course requires the student to further refine technical research and authoring skills, report writing and presentations, computer-based statistical analyses and information organization and presentation.

Note This course is required of all MSIS students in their first semester.


This course examines the Systems Development Life Cycle and the technologies used to implement high-quality information systems. A variety of modeling techniques will be used by students to articulate client requirements and convert them into implementable specifications. Prototyping and methodology engineering will be covered.


This course examines contemporary strategies for the design and implementation of applications supported by back-end database systems. Topics include data administration, data mining, user-interface design, reporting, data integrity issues, and distributed databases. Relational and object-oriented technologies are covered.


Implementation and reflection of project management principles for Information Systems projects. Students will analyze case studies and readings that address project risk management, project portfolio management, project management for global teams, integrated project teams, and virtual project teams. Project management software will be used to facilitate team projects and project reporting.


This course is a case based survey of contemporary legal and ethical issues faced by IS professionals. Topics include a review of applicable statutes and regulations that impact the IS organization. Students will conduct on-line research and explore ethical issues at the leading edge of the organization’s technology frontiers.

Note Offered as an online course.


This course includes detailed examinations of critical information security and information systems requirements for governance, risk management, and compliance planning. It includes an examination of policies, procedures, and staffing functions necessary to organize and administrate ongoing security functions in the organization to support secure business and information system operations. Subjects to be covered include IT/InfoSec Governance, security planning and practices, legal and regulatory compliance, continuity planning, and disaster recovery planning.


Modern information systems contain many vendor-supplied components that must be selected, integrated, tested, and installed. This course analyzed current practices in systems integration, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), and data integration. Further, this course explores the impact of enterprise models on work practices and the role of systems in transforming global organizations and markets.


This course examines the concepts and issues inherent in global/international IT. The global IS economy is characterized by an environment where customer and supplier organizations can buy or sell IS products and services from/to anywhere on the globe. This new environment is largely fostered by the spread of the Internet, global software development standards, global software packages, and fewer trade restrictions, U.S. organizations now regularly source software development, software maintenance, systems upgrades, platform transitions, help desks, and other IS-related work globally. In this course, students will use case studies and readings to analyze, interpret, and discuss companies that compete in the global IT environment.


A capstone course, which integrates the program’s coursework into comprehensive, IS policies and procedures, which support the organization’s mission. Students will review and evaluate actual corporate IS strategies in a case-study format.

Note Offered as an online course.


In this course, applications such as customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, and supply chain management in the context of e-business are explored. Business cases are an integral part of this coursework, and provide real-world contexts for the exploration and understandings of the strategic objectives, sources of revenue, core competencies, market competitiveness, critical success factors, and IT infrastructures required for successful implementation of e-business initiatives.


Business Intelligence centers on collecting, analyzing and understanding attributes and descriptors of events, and actions of stakeholders of an organization and use the insights to strategize actions such as responding to customer complaints etc. Students learn BI analytics including big data analytics in the way they provide value to an organization. Contemporary BI and Big Data technologies are discussed and explained.


A detailed study of strategic and tactical planning for non-standard operations resulting from events beyond the organization’s control. Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning prepares the student to develop and execute plans to enable the organization to recover operations and continue critical business functions in the event of a disaster. This course includes an overview of incident response planning as a possible precursor to Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity and also examines Crisis Management planning.

Note Offered as an online course.


This course provides a student an independent academic and/or applied research opportunity in the information systems area under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. The topic of research and method/s of scholastic inquiry are jointly agreed by the faculty supervisor and the graduate student.



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