Master of Science in Information Systems

Computer-based information systems are critical to the creation of products and services, and to the management of businesses. They are also an integral part of an organization's overall strategy as they support management processes at all levels and are critical to problem identification, analysis and decision making. This program is unique in that it offers local, regional, national and international research and experiential learning opportunities to enhance students' knowledge and ability to apply theory to practice successfully in real world situations. A Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) will prepare you for success in this rapidly growing field.

M.S., Information Systems (MSIS)

     Graduate Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students graduating from the MSIS program in the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College should be prepared to provide leadership in the Information Systems field. Graduates will be able to: 

  • demonstrate knowledge of a core of IS management and technology knowledge,
  • demonstrate knowledge of the integration of IS and business foundations, and
  • demonstrate knowledge of the ethical, legal, societal and global impacts of information systems.

4+1 Dual Bachelor's/Master's Degree in Information Systems, Express Path

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 Object Oriented Programming. 3 Credit Hours.

Java is a highly portable object-oriented programming language suitable for developing both Internet and stand alone applications. Its integrated support for threads also makes it suitable for developing concurrent and distributed applications. This course covers the specifics of writing programs in Java, as well as some basics of object-oriented design and programming. It will also touch on graphical user interfaces and threads, with additional topics as time permits. Students will apply the learned concepts to develop business computer applications using the Java programming language, and to enhance the quality of the applications, such as program readability, style, testing and documentation.

Cross-listed Courses: CSC 170, MIS 325

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.

Cross-listed Courses: BUS 435, ACT 435, FIN 435, MIS 435

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: MIS 350, ACT 350, 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 Applicatons 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.

Cross-listed Courses: MKT 335, MIS 335

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 704. Communication, Networks,teleconferencing. 3 Credit Hours.

An introduction to the management challenges of communications systems, signals and noise. This course considers the problems and limitations associated with interconnecting computers by communications networks. Topics include protocols, interface design, queuing, multiplexing, coding and network configurations.

Prerequisite: MIS 501.

MIS 706. Electronic Commerce. 3 Credit Hours.

Electronic commerce offers exciting and innovative ways of doing business that can enhance organizational performance and restructure corporations. This course is intended to help students understand the fundamentals of electronic commerce and addresses both technical and operational topics. Technical topics covered include back-end database connectivity and information storage and processing. Operational topics include electronic commerce business models, marketing, transactions, security and legal and ethical issues. Through lectures and project exercises, students are expected to develop new frameworks of thinking and practice, tailored to their professional interests.

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.

Cross-listed Courses: NSG 387, NSG 697, MIS 450

MIS 711. Managing Systems Project. 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: MIS 460, CSC 460, MGT 460, 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.

Cross-listed Courses: FIN 478, MIS 478

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.

Cross-listed Courses: MIS 445, MKT 445, MKT 715

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.

Cross-listed Courses: MIS 415, MKT 415

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.

Prerequisites: MIS 201 or MIS 501 or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed Courses: MIS 455

MIS 785. Developing Decision Support Applications 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.

Cross-listed Courses: MIS 385, CSC 165

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 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.