Master of Science in Information Systems
Program Director: Martha Grabowski (of Information Systems)
Professor: Martha Grabowski, Shin-Jeng Lin
Assistant Professor: Yue Han
Visiting Assistant Professor: Mehmet Kilinc
Adjunct Faculty: William Barrett, Elizabeth DaRin, Michael Dermody, Bill Gape, Gary Krudys
The M.S., Information Systems (MSIS) program is 30-credit, part-time or full-time program designed to develop highly educated information and computer systems professionals, particularly those responsible for information systems development and management. The program serves a diverse student body, including people with previous degrees in business and information systems, people with degrees in related fields and professional experience, and people who seek to enter the field without previous knowledge about information systems. Le Moyne's Jesuit tradition emphasizes ethical, global and corporate social responsibility analyses, as well as written and oral communication.
Applications for matriculation are reviewed by the MSIS Graduate Admission Committee and evaluated for an applicant’s intellectual abilities, needs, leadership qualities and ability to complete the program.
Applicants will be assessed according to the following criteria:
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Transcripts should demonstrate the attainment of an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Those who do not meet this particular requirement may be admitted on a non-matriculated basis in foundation courses. Two courses may be taken on this basis in consultation with the MSIS director.
Relevant work experience as well as examples of professional achievement or other information that might be used to assess personal qualities and ability to complete the program.
Recommendations attesting to the applicant’s intellectual ability, leadership potential and ability to complete the program.
An acceptable undergraduate GPA and a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score (or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score converted to a predicted GMAT score) determined by using the following formula: GPA multiplied by 200 plus GMAT score must equal 1050 or greater. GMAT and GRE scores must be taken within the last 5 years.
The GMAT/GRE requirement will be waived for applicants who:
- Hold a terminal degree such as a JD, MD, DO, PhD, EdD, PharmD or DDS
- Hold a graduate degree (master's-level) and/or professional certification (i.e. CPA, CFA, CMA CIA or CFP) and a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.
- Achieved a satisfactory score on a graduate entrance exam other than the GMAT or GRE (such as the MCAT or LSAT) within the last five years.
- Acheived greater than or equal to a 3.30 cumulative GPA in their undergraduate degree.
- Completed application
- Official GMAT or GRE scores
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
- Two letters of recommendation from professionals or academic advisors who can attest to your ability to be successful in a graduate program
- Professional resumé
- Advising appointment with the MSIS program director
Successful completion of the Le Moyne MSIS program requires a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 and a minimum residency of 21 credit hours.
Transfer Credit/Waiver Policy
Waivers of courses or the acceptance of transfer credit will be considered based on the following:
Waivers of foundation courses could be granted to those who have completed the equivalent academic requirements in their undergraduate program. Typically, two undergraduate courses, in the appropriate area and at the appropriate level, completed in recent years with a grade of B or better, could be used to waive an MSIS foundation course. Because of the highly diverse nature of undergraduate education, all waivers will be considered by the MBA director on a case-by-case basis.
For most courses, equivalent content level graduate courses from AACSB accredited institutions with a grade of B or better may be accepted as transfer credit. Transfer courses must be approved by the MBA director. Transfer credits are not included in the quality point index.
Term Limit for Completion
When an MSIS candidate becomes matriculated, he/she has a total of six years to complete program requirements. If, however, an MSIS candidate is within three courses of completing the degree by the end of the six-year period, he/she may petition the MSIS director to request an extension not to exceed one calendar year or three consecutive semesters.
Probation and Termination
Matriculated MSIS students with a cumulative G.P.A. of less than 3.0 are immediately placed on academic probation. The student will be notified and must meet with the director before continuing with further study. Until the student meets with the director, a hold will be placed on his or her registration. The director, in consultation with the student, will specify a time and course schedule after which the student is expected to have raised his or her cumulative G.P.A. to the required 3.0 level. If the student does not meet the requirement by the specified time schedule, he or she will not be allowed to continue with the MSIS program.
Withdrawal or Leave of Absence
MSIS students who anticipate not being able to attend the MSIS Program during two consecutive semesters should request a formal leave of absence in writing from the director in order to maintain matriculated status. Forms are located in the forms library link on the MSIS website.
Student Learning Outcomes in Master of Science in Information Systems
4+1 Express Path to Master's Degree in Information Systems
The College's new MSIS express path program allows students to earn their undergraduate degree in any field in four years and their MSIS in just one additional year of study. When they graduate, our alumni are distinguished by their ability to lead and to tackle complex issues as they respond to the needs of an ever-changing world.
March 1 of the junior year - complete the MSIS application process for admission by providing: application form, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Students must have a 3.3 grade-point average. Neither the GMAT nor the GRE are required. (Notification of pre-approved admission to the express path will be made on a rolling basis. Final admission to the MSIS program will be conditional on completion of your undergraduate program.)
Upon completion of the junior year - Students will show fulfillment, or will fulfill, the two foundation graduate course requirements with a grade of "B" or better (or their undergraduate equivalents: see below) for the MSIS Program: MIS 501 Management Information Systems and MIS 601 Information Strategy and Management. This may be achieved in several ways. A maximum of 9 graduate credit hours (i.e., three graduate level courses) may be taken upon completion of a student's junior year.
Summer or Fall after completing undergraduate requirements - The remainder of the 30 MSIS credit hours can be completed in 12 months if the student is enrolled full time during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, as well as during the J-mester. Students may also complete the program on a part-time basis.
Please go to the MSIS Program page to view requirements. For more information, please contact Dr. Martha Grabowski, Information Systems Program Director.
Management Information Systems (MIS)
MIS 501. Management Information Systems. 3 Credit Hours.
An overview of management information systems (MIS) and their structure is provided through case analysis. Topics covered include the underlying concept of information, decision-making, management and how organizations affect the design of information systems. The impact of information systems on human behavior, organizations and societies is analyzed. Information resources management models underlie the technical and management focus of the course. Students are expected to complete group and individual projects using commercially available spreadsheet, database and systems analysis software packages.
MIS 525. Introduction to Java Programming Programming. 3 Credit Hours.
This course will introduce you to programming and object oriented programming using Java. General programming topics include program design, testing strategies, and control structures such as conditionals, iteration. Object oriented topics include creating and using classes, inheritance and interfaces. Students will also learn about basic data structures such as arrays and strings. Students will solve programming problems in weekly lab sessions. Graduate students in the course will also be introduced to event-driven programming using a graphical user interface (GUI), recursion, and 2-dimensional arrays.
MIS 535. Intro to Government Systems. 3 Credit Hours.
This course focuses on introductory government systems concepts, processes and functions, utilizing the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Students will examine FAR regulations, processes and nmenclature, utilizing existing and proposed regulations and industry case studies, and appropriate support technology. Guest speakers and field research provide students with access and information from industy and academia.
Prerequisites: MIS 201 or permission of instructor.
MIS 550. Accounting Information Systems. 3 Credit Hours.
This course will examine the design, control and operation of accounting information systems with a strong emphasis on integration. The course will present a thorough introduction to basic information systems theory, provide a working knowledge of systems analysis and design techniques, databases and enterprise systems. Understanding and appreciation of accounting information systems is critical to successfully managing, auditing and developing systems to support today's evolving business environment. This course offers a focused look at accounting information systems as part of enterprise resource planning systems, with a focus on SAP and other comparable enterprise systems to demonstrate concepts. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or above in MIS 201 (or MIS 501), and in either ACT 203 and ACT 204, or in ACT 201 and ACT 202.
Cross-listed Courses: ACT 550
MIS 601. Information Strategy and Management. 3 Credit Hours.
This course covers the management, strategies and performance of enterprises engaged in the use of information for competitive advantage. IT alignment with business goals and enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools, techniques and processes are introduced. Modeling and managing life cycle costs, and the impact on competitive advantage, are covered in the course. The management of third party organizations, vendors, outsourcing, and the legal, ethical and environmental impacts of such activities, are important components of this course. Students will complete and present a semester-long project in enterprise resource planning. Guest speakers and case studies from local, national and international technological enterprises, agencies, and regulatory organizations are employed in this course.
MIS 635. Client Side Web Applications Development. 3 Credit Hours.
As more and more businesses and individuals turn to the Web for sharing information and conducting commercial activities, a quality web site can provide competitive advantage and invite users for repetitive visits. The key to a quality and successful web site lies in both the content and usability of the site. To increase understanding of web usability, this course will engage students in an exploration of fundamental concepts in web design and development processes with hands-on exercises. This course explores the factors influencing web site usability throughout the design process, including requirements analysis, conceptual design, mockups and prototypes, production, and web site evaluation. Students will also learn to use client-side scripting techniques to enhance web usability.
MIS 690. Graduate Information Systems Independent Study. 3 Credit Hours.
This course provides an opportunity for graduate students to conduct independent research under the direction of a faculty member. Since the study of Information Systems is interdisciplinary, research linking business, technology and social and organizational science in explorations of how systems that convey information work can be studied independent study format--whether those systems are human, technological, natural, economic, social or other. Research in Information Systems thus explores technical and business topics, along with ethical questions that arise in business applications of technology in organizations. Open to students eligible for graduate Business of Information Systems research. Prerequisite(s): MIS-501; or permission of instructor.
MIS 701. Database Management Systems. 3 Credit Hours.
This course develops the framework for database systems analysis and design. Course topics focus on database design, data modeling, data integrity, security, database management approaches and techniques and distributed databases. Students are expected to complete a database project using commercially available software packages.
Prerequisite: MIS 501.
MIS 703. Systems Analysis and Design. 3 Credit Hours.
This course provides the building blocks for analysis and design of management information systems. The systems development life cycle, information gathering techniques, data and process modeling techniques and management of the systems analysis and design processes are covered. Students apply the concepts introduced using computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools.
Prerequisite: MIS 501.
MIS 707. Risk Mgmt in Large Scale Systems. 3 Credit Hours.
This course focuses on the challenges associated with risk management in large-scale systems. It considers the nature of social, organizational and technological risk and discusses the role of risk analytic, risk management and risk communications. It also discusses several analytic approaches to risk management and mitigation and analyzes case studies of risk in several large-scale systems: aerospace, biomedical, global networks, healthcare, transportation and safety-critical domains such as firefighting and oil spill response. Using several strategic models, students discuss the importance of tactical and strategic risk management and employ several of the models in case analyses.
Prerequisite: MIS 501.
MIS 710. Health Information Systems. 3 Credit Hours.
This course provides students with the knowledge of the design, use, and evaluation issues of health informatics applications. The topics include: (1) health informatics as a discipline; (2) career options for health informatics; (3) major health applications and commercial vendors; (4) strategic information systems planning; and (5) new opportunities and emerging trends.
MIS 711. Managing Systems Projects. 3 Credit Hours.
This course focuses on introductory project management processes, technology and tools, utilizing the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI's) Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) processes and nomenclature. Students examine the processes and theory of project management as well as industry case studies, and will utilize project management software in support of their management activities. Guest speakers and field research provide students with access and information from industry and academia. Students are engaged in a semester-long project. Initially, they are required to identify the project scope and team charter for their project; subsequent assignments require them to prepare a business case, work breakdown structure, cost estimate, and final project documentation for their project.
Cross-listed Courses: NSG 611
MIS 712. Financial Telecommunications and Cybersecurity. 3 Credit Hours.
This course provides an overview of the concepts and principles of telecommunications systems and networks, blending technical with managerial topics. Students will focus on the challenges inherent in securing financial telecommunications networks, particularly the challenges of insider threats. Students will local area networks, wide area networks, wireless networks, value-added networks, as well as other networks. Students will complete a series of network installation and test projects, and will analyze network design cases throughout the semester. Guest speakers from industry and case studies from on-going research will provide a real-world contect for the topics discussed in class. Students may sit for network certification following completion of the course.
Prerequisites: MIS 201, or permission of the instructor.
MIS 715. Mobile Applications & Business Strategies. 3 Credit Hours.
The course explores the important challenges and needs of today's organizations to go mobile to connect with their stakeholders. Students will learn the technical, managerial and marketing aspects of mobile applications. Technically, they will learn the development process and technical infrastructure of mobile applications. Mangerially, students will learn how to develop business strategies to exploit mobile applications for the advancing and repositioning of organizations. For marketing, students will learn to market the newly developed mobile applications and at the same time to use mobile applications to market and promote the organizations and their products or services.
MIS 716. Business Intelligence. 3 Credit Hours.
This course provides an introduction to Business Intelligence, including the processes, methodologies, infrastructure, and current practices used to transform business data into useful information and support business decision-making. Business Intelligence requires foundation knowledge in data storage and retrieval, thus this course will review logical data models for both database management systems and data warehouses. Students will learn to extract and manipulate data from these systems and assess security-related issues. Data mining, visualization, and statisical analysis along with reporting options such as management dashboards and balanced scorecards will be covered. Technologies utilized in the course included SAP Business Warehouse, SAP Business Objects, Crystal Reports, and RapidMiner.
Prerequisite: MIS 201 or permission of the instructor.
MIS 717. Managing the Technological Enterprise. 3 Credit Hours.
This course covers the requirements, management and performance of enterprises engaged in the use of technology. Requirements determination, analysis, design and cost management activities for technological enterprises are covered; a focus on the management of life cycle costs is emphasized. The management of third party organizations, outsourcing and project management activities are also covered. The legal, environmental and ethical issues associated with the management and performance of technological enterprises are important components of this course. Guest speakers and case studies from local, national and international technological enterprises, agencies and regulatory organizations are employed in this course.
MIS 725. Distributed Enterprise Systems. 3 Credit Hours.
This course serves as an introduction to the cloud computing environment, discussing both fundamental concepts of how and why cloud systems work, as well as cloud technologies that manifest these concepts, such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft, Azure, and Open Stack. Students will learn about virtualizations, data parallelisms, security and privacy, cloud storage mechanisms, and cloud design architectures in the context of distributed systems. This course will be taught in a lab lecture style utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a learning platform. Recommended predecessor courses: MIS-712, MIS-717.
Prerequisite: MIS-501, or permission of the instructor.
MIS 730. Human Resource Information Systems. 3 Credit Hours.
This course will offer an understanding of how human resource information systems are applied in organizations to support organizational strategy, improve efficiency and flexibilty, increase productivity and performance, enhance retention and ensure compliance with employment law. The focus will be on merging information systems with a strategic human resource perspective. This course provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to identify, assess, develop and maintain an effective HR system. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the plan, design/acquisition, implementation and applications of a human resource information system (HRIS).
Cross-listed Courses: HRM 730
MIS 740. Data Science. 3 Credit Hours.
This course will provide you the knowledge and techniques to approach phenomena analytically. Specially, you will learn the role and process of the data science lifecycle in understanding and gaining insight about phenomena, including how to ask the appropriate questions, identify the appropriate data and information needed, use the appropriate tools to analyze a large volume of data, evaluate the findings effectively with parameters, find the appropriate answers, and present the answers and compellingly. In the business context such knowledge can enable organizations to make quality decisions and develop important business strategies that can enhance organizational performance and that can contribute to significant financial gains. You will proficiently acquire such knowledge and techniques through class discussion, lectures, readings, as well as hand-on exercises. Prerequisite(s): STA 501.
Cross-listed Courses: MIS 340
MIS 771. Information Systems Research Methods. 3 Credit Hours.
Information systems, composed of technology, people, information, systems, organizations, policies, and society, contain many complex and interdependent elements. The large-scale systems within which many information systems reside, including organizations, technology systems, communities, nations, and even human biological systems, can be similarly complex, with interdependent elements. Information systems researches study technology, people, information, organizations and systems in order to understand information systems, and the interactions between and the impacts of those elements and information systems, on individuals, groups, organizations, and other systems. Research design is the process of formulating a research plan that addresses research questions of interest. A sound research design ensures that the data and evidence obtained assists in effectively addressing the research questions under study. Key to good research design are research methods, approaches and techniques used to carry our research, which are facilitated by the collection of meaningful and useful data and evidence, and by analysis, assessment and interpretation of that data and evidence. This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of research design and research methods, including research question and hypothesis formulation; data and evidence collection and analysis; and the challenges of research design and methods. Students in this seminar course work closely with a Le Moyne factuly mentor while conducting research in Information Systems, either on campus at Le Moyne or in the field. McDevitt Information Systems Research Scholars who have gone through a year-long faculty research mentoring process in previous years and have prepared and published their own research also seve as mentors to students in this class. Students and their mentors participate in bi-monthly research seminars led by the Le Moyne faculty mentor, at which they present their research, collaborate on their findings and discuss their progress. Open to students eligible for Master's Thesis research. Prerequisite(s): MIS 501.
MIS 785. Programming in Visual Basic With Visual Basic. 3 Credit Hours.
This class covers the basics of structured programming using Visual Basic to develop decision support systems or management science applications. The theory and practice of structured programming, logic, systems development are covered in a series of iterative hands-on assignments, which are designed based on practical decision support systems or management science applications. Students can expect to learn how to create and program advanced Excel applications or other equivalent applications. A term project involving the development and documentation of a Visual basic program is required.
MIS 790. Specl Topics in Mgmt Info Syst. 3 Credit Hours.
Courses in this series offer an in-depth exploration of specific issues within the field of management information systems, as well as topics of current interest to students and instructors.
MIS 795. Special Topics in Information Systems Research Methods. 3 Credit Hours.
Information systems, composed of technology, people, information, systems, organizations, policies, and society, contain many complex and interdependent elements. The large-scale systems within which many information systems reside, including organizations, technology systems, communitites, nations, and even human biological systems, can be similarly complex with interdependent elements. Information systems researchers study technology, people, information, organizations and systems in order to understand information systems, and the interactions between and the impacts of those elements and information systems, on individuals, groups, organizations, and other systems.
Prerequisite: MIS 501; or permission of instructor.
MIS 796. Information Systems Internship. 1-6 Credit Hours.
Participation in a real-world learning experience is provided in internship opportunities. The intern reports as required to a faculty member, and both student and faculty member assess the internship as it relates to the student's academic program and desired organizational experiences. Six hours of approved work experience is required to generate one credit.
Prerequisite: permission of the program director.
MIS 799. Master's Thesis Research Project. 1-6 Credit Hours.
This course provides an opportunity for graduate students to conduct independent research under the direction of a faculty member. Since the study of Information Systems is interdisciplinary, research linking business, technology and social and organizational science in explorations of how systems that convey information work can be studied in a students masters thesis--whether those systems are human, technological, natural, economic, social or other. Research in Information Systems thus explores technical and business topics, along with ethical questions that arise in business applications of technology in organizations.