Feb 22, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Science in Management Information Systems

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Department of Operations Management and Information Systems

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The M.S. program in management information systems prepares students to assume leadership roles in the area of business information systems. The program effectively integrates the technical area of computer technology with business processes. The purpose of the program is to expose students to current information technologies and the application of contemporary information management theories.

The program consists of two phases. Phase One is designed to address deficiencies in undergraduate course work considered to be prerequisite for the Phase Two (30 semester hours) graduate course work. Students with significant undergraduate course work in business may be waived from some, or all, of the Phase One requirements. Exemption exams are also available to waive Phase One requirements. There is no charge for the exam, however, a student may only attempt each exam once.

Phase Two consists of 10 courses, seven of which are required of all majors and three of which consist of elective courses selected by the student with the approval of the academic program coordinator. Whereas the required courses ensure an in-depth exposure to important management information systems issues and technology, the elective courses enable the student to survey related areas or to focus in a particular area of his or her choice. Moreover, the focus can also be achieved through selecting courses from the Business Analytics Specialization and/or SAP and Business Enterprise Computing Specialization offered in the program.

The student is required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of approved graduate work beyond Phase One and the baccalaureate degree. Of these 30 semester hours, 21 must be in classes reserved exclusively for admitted graduate students. Students-at-large are prohibited from registering for graduate business courses without departmental approval. The total credit from courses taken for graduate credit at other accredited institutions which are accepted in transfer plus credit earned at NIU as a student-at-large may not exceed 9 semester hours.

Each MIS student will not be allowed to take more than 12 credit hours per semester.

Master of Science in Management Information Systems Learning Goals and Objectives

1. The NIU MIS program provides advanced study to prepare students with professional skills, values, and attitudes for the challenges of the professional practice of information technology. The learning outcomes of the professional skills, values, and attitudes are: The students will be able to:

  • P1) Communicate effectively both written and orally.
  • P2) Work effectively in teams to solve MIS/Business-related problems.
  • P3) Understand the role of leadership in carrying out IT strategy and directing teams.
  • P4) Demonstrate strong ethical principles and apply professional rules of conduct.
  • P5) Demonstrate analytical skills in terms of effective decision-making and problem solving.

2. The NIU MIS program provides advanced study to prepare students to be able to make solid business driven decisions. The learning outcomes of making business driven decisions are: The students will be able to:

  • D1) Understand the role of MIS in supporting organizational decision-making and for achieving competitive advantage.
  • D2) Develop appropriate IT strategies & policies for organizations.
  • D3) Understand the social, political, & strategic value of information creation, access, ownership, & use in a global environment.
  • D4) Research & evaluate emerging technologies and MIS trends in order to develop innovative organizational solutions.

3. The NIU MIS program provides advanced study to prepare students to have MIS knowledge and skills. The learning outcomes of MIS knowledge and skills are: The students will be able to:

  • S1) Demonstrate skills in modeling organizational processes, business rules, and data, as well as defining and implementing technical and process solutions.
  • S2) Apply project management concepts, processes, knowledge areas, and tools to plan and manage IT projects that bring value to organizations.
  • S3) Develop a computer-based application using a contemporary computer language or development tool.
  • S4) Demonstrate a socio-technical understanding that systems consist of people, processes, software, hardware, and data.
  • S5) Design and evaluate secure computer networks.

Phase One

The Phase One foundations consist of four 2-semester-hour courses. Phase One foundation courses will be required in the student’s program of study unless he or she has earned a C or better in corresponding undergraduate courses or a B or better in equivalent graduate courses elsewhere, or has passed the first and only attempt of the Phase One exemption examination. The department MIS program adviser will determine which Phase One courses will be included in each student’s program of courses. Phase One courses cannot be used as Phase Two electives; credits earned in Phase One will not count toward the Phase Two requirements.

A specialization is not required to complete the MIS program. But students may choose one or two of the following specializations in the program.

Specialization in Business Analytics (9)

The specialization in Business Analytics is for the students to solve complex decision problems in a business environment with a combination of quantitative skills, modeling techniques, and hands-on expertise using current software applications for data driven decision making. Students with these skills are in high demand in a variety of industries and sectors including accounting, management, marketing, finance, information systems, operations, health care, engineering, and energy. Equipped with a solid technical foundation in data analysis and model-driven management decision making, this specialization prepares students for successful careers in this growing field.

Specialization in Business Analytics consists of the following courses:

Specialization in SAP and Business Enterprise Computing (9)

SAP is the market leader in business enterprise computing software and Business Enterprise Computing is a broad category of technologies, applications, and practices for gathering, storing, accessing, and analyzing enterprise data to support effective business operations. The specialization in SAP and Business Enterprise Computing will allow the students to understand how to run organizations more effectively by improving various business processes and using SAP technology.

Specialization in SAP and Business Enterprise Computing consists of the following courses:

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