::suspended:: Master of Science in Information Systems

Please note:  Due to the launch of the highly acclaimed “Fast-Track MS in Information Systems” program, we are suspending admissions into the flex MS in Information Systems program.

The new fast-track program format will allow students to complete their master’s degree in one year. In addition, classes have been moved to a more modern building outfitted with state-of-the-art classroom technology. This program starts fall semester 2012. Additional details on this innovative new program »

Information for Current MS IS Students

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MS IS) is designed to meet the needs of students who want to build a strong background in information systems and the application of information and communications technology in business. A broad spectrum of undergraduate majors can pursue an MS IS degree at the Robinson College – the foundation course requirements (shown below) will most likely apply to these applicants who are entering an information systems program for the first time.

Why Get an MS IS degree?

In today’s highly competitive global environment, the effective deployment of information technology has become the key to business success. New applications of information technology strike at the heart of what management does and how organizations are structured and compete. In many respects these applications are redefining the nature of work and its organization.

There is a continuing shortage of specialists and managers with the combination of business and technology skills needed to bring about this reshaping of international industries. The purpose of the IS major in the Master of Science program is to produce graduates who are able to combine their general business knowledge with the latest information systems tools and techniques to enable organizations to compete strongly in the global marketplace. Graduates, through the use of concentrations in their programs of study, will be prepared for careers in a variety of areas such as information systems management, consulting, project management, medical informatics, database management, business process design, systems development and mobile systems development.


Students in the MS IS program must choose one of the following five concentrations:

  • Information Systems Management: This concentration is intended to prepare students for executive careers in management of information systems functions or management of organizations that involve intensive use of information technology, or a career in consulting that builds on expertise in the information systems area.
  • Information Systems Development and Project Management: This concentration is intended to prepare students for leadership careers in the area of information systems development, information systems project management, information systems quality assurance and information systems integration.
  • Health Informatics: This concentration is intended to prepare students for executive careers in the management of information resources for health administration and operations in health-related organizations. Graduates of this program will help the industry effectively adopt information technology to innovate and improve its health services and the way they are administrated.
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  • The Wireless Organization: This concentration is intended to prepare students for careers as experts in the design or redesign of information systems or the encompassing organizations in order to lead these organizations to advantages derived from mobile information devices, wireless information systems, location-aware computing and ubiquitous computing strategies.
  • Information Systems Business Process Innovation: While not available yet, the department also expects to offer a concentration in information systems business process innovation. Please contact the department for further information.

General Requirements for the MS IS Degree

All Master of Science students in Information Systems will complete the Business Communication Skills Requirement explained in the Graduate Catalog. The regulations, policies, and procedures given in the “Master’s Enrollment” and “Master’s Programs” sections of the catalog apply to the MS students with a major in CIS.  A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit is permitted in this 36-hour program.

Course Requirements

The course requirements for the Master of Science in Information Systems and the format of the program follow. Consult the Course Descriptions for prerequisites to the graduate courses listed below. For descriptions and prerequisites of the undergraduate foundation courses, see the Course Descriptions chapter of the Georgia State University Undergraduate Catalog.

A. Foundation Courses

The courses in this list are in addition to the 36 hours required for the degree. They are assigned as part of the admissions process based on a review of each student’s transcripts. They can be exempted if equivalent coursework has been previously completed with grades of C- or higher.

  • Accounting: MBA 8025 or (Acct 2101-2102)
  • Behavioral Science: MBA 8165 or (MGS 3400 and Mk 3010)
  • Economics: MBA 7035 or Econ 2106
  • Mathematics: Math 1111
  • Statistics: MBA 7025 or Math 1070
  • Programming: (Choose Two) CIS 3210, CIS 3260, CIS 3215, and CIS 3270

(Note that CIS 3215 and CIS 3270 have prerequisites of CIS 3210 and CIS 3260, respectively.)

Core Courses 9 credit hours
Leveling Courses 9 credit hours
Elective Courses 6 credit hours
Concentration Courses 12 credit hours
Total 36 credit hours

Foundation courses determined upon entry

B. Required Courses in Computer Information Systems (18 hours)

  • CIS 8000 – Information Technology Project Management (fall semester)
  • CIS 8010 – Process Innovation (fall semester)
  • CIS 8020 – Systems Integration (fall semester)
  • CIS 8030 – Software Requirements Management  (spring semester)
  • CIS 8040 – Fundamentals of Database Management Systems (spring semester)
  • CIS 8050 – Telecommunications Design (fall semester)

The requirements for CIS 8030, CIS 8040, and CIS 8050 may be waived with replacement credit upon approved evidence of accredited undergraduate coursework or equivalent transfer credit.  Replacement credit for any or all waived courses must be selected from any 8000-level CIS course.  The purpose of allowing these waivers is to further enhance the flexibility provided to students in the CIS major of the M.S. degree program.

C. Concentration (12 hours)

Select one of the concentrations listed below to complete this section of the MS IS major.

1. Information Systems Management
Required for this concentration:
CIS 8100 – Management of Information Services
CIS 8200 – Information Systems Strategy (fall semester)
CIS 8210 – Global Systems Sourcing (spring semester)
CIS 8220 – International Information Technology Issues and Policy (cross-listed with IB 8710 during spring semester)

Suggested electives (Section D) to complement this concentration:
CIS 8060 – Supply Chain Management (cross-listed with CPI 8060) (spring only)
CIS 8080 – Security and Privacy of Information and Information Systems

2. Information Systems Development and Project Management
Required for this concentration:
CIS 8300 – Software Quality Management (fall semester)
CIS 8310 – Systems Development (offered on sufficient demand)
CIS 8399 – Topics in Information Systems Development (offered on sufficient demand)
CIS 8090 – Enterprise Architecture (summer semester)

Suggested electives (Section D) to complement this concentration:
CIS 8850 – Web Application Development (fall semester)
CIS 8080 -  Security and Privacy of Information and Information Systems (fall semester)

3. Health Informatics.  See the Health Informatics home page for more information.
Required for this concentration:
CIS 8070 Pervasive Healthcare Technologies (offered on sufficient demand)
HA 8160 The Healthcare System
HA 8670 Health Information Systems
HA 8620 Operations Management and Quality in Health Care

Suggested electives (Section D) to complement this concentration:
CIS 8080 Security and Privacy of Information and Information Systems
CIS 8090 Enterprise Architecture

4. The Wireless Organization (offered on sufficient demand)
Required for this concentration:
CIS 8401 – Mobile Applications Development (offered on sufficient demand)
CIS 8411 – Wireless Networks (offered on sufficient demand)
CIS 8070 – Mobile and Wireless Information Systems (offered on sufficient demand)
CIS 8080 – Security and Privacy of Information and Information Systems

Suggested electives (Section D) to complement this concentration:
CIS 8900 – Knowledge Systems
CIS 8200 – Information Systems Strategy

5. The department is developing a concentration in Information Systems Business Process Innovation. Although not yet available, this concentration will include CIS courses covering topics such as business process analysis and modeling and process innovation technology. The concentration is also planned to include CIS 8090 (Enterprise Architecture) and CIS 8060 (Supply Chain Management). Please contact the department for further information on this concentration.

D. Electives (6 Hours). Note: elective hours may be higher if a student is able to “waive” any of the three leveling courses stated in Section B.

Electives may be selected from any CIS 8060-level or higher level CIS course as long as the course has not already been applied toward a chosen concentration.

Thesis Option

MS/IS students have the option of writing a research-oriented thesis. This option is available for strong students wishing to advance their knowledge in a particular area of Information Systems. Approval for the thesis option by the Department of Computer Information Systems is required. Students approved for a thesis will register for the following:

Six hours of CIS elective credit approved by the faculty advisor.
CIS 8389 - Directed Readings in Information Systems (3)
CIS 8990 -  MS CIS Thesis Research (0-6 each semester)

A student opting for the thesis option must complete the directed readings with a graduate faculty member. The directed readings course must be used by the student to do preliminary research in preparation for thesis work and will be used by the course instructor to gauge the competence of the student to do independent research that is of value to the CIS discipline. Approval to write the thesis will be contingent upon a positive recommendation by the course instructor to the master’s program coordinator and his/her willingness to be the thesis supervisor. Details about thesis supervision and related policies are available from the Department of Computer Information Systems.

Program of Study/Course Prerequisites

Each student’s program must be planned in consultation with an MS faculty advisor in the Department of Computer Information Systems for approval by the MS/IS coordinator before a non-required course is taken. Students may contact the department for the name of their faculty advisor and to schedule an appointment. A copy of the program will be filed with the Office of Graduate Recruiting and Student Services for review and approval. Progress toward the degree, including clearance for graduation, cannot be confirmed without an approved program of study. Any changes in the program must be approved by the faculty advisor and a copy of the changes sent to GRSS. Students always must consult the Course Descriptions chapter of the current graduate catalog to determine if they have met the prerequisites for any course to be taken.

Time Limit

The time limit for completing the MS with a major in IS is five years from the semester the first course in section B or C (above) is taken.

Contact Us

Ephraim R. McLean, Ph.D., FAIS, department chair,

Mailing Address

CIS Department
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University
35 Broad Street NW
P.O. Box 4015
Atlanta, GA 30302-4015

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