Programs in the Department of Information Systems
The Information Systems program is designed to prepare students for computer-related careers in business and government. Students are taught the professional skills of a programmer/analyst such as systems development methods, programming languages, and database processing. Additional topics covered are client/server systems, decision support systems, quantitative modeling techniques, user computing support and management, and information systems management. Graduates of the IS program will have a good understanding of both business operations and computer-based information systems. They are qualified for a wide range of positions requiring this combination of knowledge.
Students having a GPA of at least 2.65 and satisfying the other requirements for admission to the major or minor in business will be admitted. Students are advised to take IS 340 class as early as possible before they are admitted to the major.
Business intelligence is the process to analyze and transform data to information or knowledge to help better decision-making. It covers online analytical processing, data mining, data warehousing, text mining, and so forth. The Business Intelligence (BI) Specialization is designed to prepare individuals to have advanced and specialized knowledge and skills in Business Intelligence and related areas.
Information assurance is the practice to manage any risk related to data, system, or application. Sometimes it is used interchangeably with information security. It covers risk management, business continuity, disaster recovery, and so on. The Information Assurance (IA) Specialization is designed to prepare individuals to have advanced and specialized knowledge and skills in Information Assurance and related areas.
For additional information, contact the MSIA Graduate Program Director, Dr. Susantha Herath.