Management Information Systems, MS

Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, College of Information Science & Technology

Vision Statement

The Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) degree is designed to give students the skills and background needed to develop and manage an organization's information resources, technology, and infrastructure. It will serve as a source of added knowledge and experience for MIS graduates and practitioners interested in obtaining an advanced degree. It will also provide career growth opportunities for the non-MIS and non-business degree holders who find that their careers demand graduate level MIS education. The MS in MIS prepares students for a variety of positions, including applications and web-site developer, computer network manager, business system analyst/manager, consultant, and technology manager. The MS in MIS also prepares students for admission to doctoral programs in information systems. A community advisory committee helps keep the program current with the needs of the business community.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Martina Greiner, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 282B
402-554-2174
mgreiner@unomaha.edu

Ms. Leslie Planos, Advisor
Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 176C
402-554-3819
lplanos@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Other Program Related Information

The College of IS&T offers an integrated undergraduate/graduate (IUG) track in MIS to provide outstanding undergraduate students in the College of IS&T an option to complete the BS (undergraduate) degree in MIS and the MS (graduate) degree in MIS in five years (147 total hours). The IUG program is designed for dedicated students who are motivated and willing to take on the challenges relating to graduate education earlier than other students do. As such, the program involves both intensive study and preparation in the MIS field. Students interested in this option will work closely with an advisor and a faculty mentor to develop an integrated plan of study.

The College of IS&T wishes to extend its relationship with Management Center Innsbruck (Austria) (MCI) and with the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany) (TUB) by offering a small number of interested students the opportunity to receive both the MS in MIS (UNO) degree and the MA in Management, Communications and Information Technology (MCiT) (MCI) or the Masters in MIS (TUB) degree in a two-year, full-time equivalent period. This will be implemented as an international dual degree track within the MS in MIS degree with an articulation of courses that will be transferred in both directions. The international dual degree track, like the traditional MS in MIS program, will require the equivalent of 36 US credit hours of course work beyond any foundation requirements. Students who wish to pursue this option will work closely with an advisor to develop a detailed plan of study.

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 1

Program-Specific Requirements

  • International applicants who do not have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an English-speaking institution of higher education in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, English-speaking Africa, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit TOEFL scores.
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 563
    • Computer-based TOEFL: 223
    • Internet-based TOEFL: 85
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • PTE: 53
    • GMAT: 500
  • The minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) requirement for the MS in MIS program is 3.00 or equivalent score on a 4.00 scale. Applicants should have the equivalent of a 4-year undergraduate degree.
  • Entrance Exam for those who do not have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an English-speaking institution of higher education in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, English-speaking Africa, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand are required. Submit GMAT or GRE scores with at least these minimum scores:
    • Verbal: 144
    • Quantitative: 148
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • Ask three references who can evaluate your work and/or academic achievements to write a letter of recommendation. You will need to provide contact information for these references during the on-line application, and they will automatically be given instructions for submitting the recommendation electronically.
  • Writing Sample
    • Applicants are required to submit a writing sample from work or previous academic experiences. Alternatively, if you do not have a writing sample, please submit a two page double-spaced word processed essay that addresses the following two topics:
      • Two accomplishments that demonstrate your potential for success in the graduate program.
      • Your unique personal qualities and life experiences that distinguish you from other applicants to our graduate program.
  • Resume
    • Submit a detailed resume indicating your work experience and background.

Students interested in taking courses without admission to the MS in MIS degree program may do so with permission of the Graduate Program Committee. Contact mgreiner@unomaha.edu.

Requirements

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses ensure that all students in the MS MIS program have a strong foundation on which to build the rest of the program. These courses not only provide essential prerequisite knowledge and skills for other courses in the program, but they also contain a distinct body of knowledge that is an important part of the MIS professional’s education. All foundation courses are required for all students. Students who have obtained an undergraduate MIS degree will typically have this foundation. Other students, including computer science or engineering majors, will usually have to take one or more foundation courses. Occasionally, a student’s work experience may be sufficient to waive one or more foundation courses.

Waivers for foundation courses are granted by the chair of the graduate program committee upon the recommendation of the faculty member who is responsible for an individual foundation course. Students requesting a waiver for a particular course should be prepared to meet with a faculty member and answer questions in the area of the course. They should bring to the meeting any relevant transcripts, course syllabi, course material, or evidence of practical experience. Some foundation courses may have an option for testing out.

Foundation courses cannot be used to satisfy the 36 semester hours required for the MS in MIS degree. Students who have not completed all the foundation course requirements may be admitted on provisional status until those requirements have satisfactorily been completed. All must be completed prior to or concurrent with the first six hours of MS in MIS graduate course work.

Select the following six hours of programming coursework or equivalent experience:6
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I
INTERNET SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
Select one of the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED STATISTICS FOR IS&T
or one semester of undergraduate statistics
Select one of the following:3
INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ETHICS
or equivalent
Select one of the following:3-6
AN OVERVIEW OF SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
INFORMATION SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
and
SYSTEM DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION
or equivalent
Select one of the following:3-6
DATA ORGANIZATION AND STORAGE
FILE STRUCTURES FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS
and MANAGING THE DATABASE ENVIRONMENT
Total Credits18-24

Degree Requirements

TAKE ISQA 8310 AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE IN YOUR PROGRAM, provided you have met the prerequisite of ISQA 8030 or equivalent.

Earn a total of 36 credit hours with a number 8000 or above (excluding foundation courses listed in the admissions requirements).

The 36 credit hours may be earned in two ways:

  • Capstone option: 18 hours core classes (6 courses) + 15 hours electives (5 courses) + 3 hours capstone (ISQA 8950)
  • Thesis option: 18 hours core classes (6 courses) + 9 hours electives (3 courses) + 3 hours research methods (ISQA 8060) + 6 hours thesis (ISQA 8990)

Capstone Option

Required Courses
ISQA 8210MANAGEMENT OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT3
ISQA 8220ADVANCED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN3
ISQA 8310DATA COMMUNICATIONS3
ISQA 8380ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE AND SYSTEMS INTEGRATION3
ISQA 8410DATA MANAGEMENT3
ISQA 8420MANAGING THE IS FUNCTION3
Electives
Select 15 credits from the following:15
MIS Concentrations (see Concentrations)
Approved Electives
ISQA 8950CAPSTONE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
Total Credits36
1

See Exit Requirements below for additional details. 

Thesis Option

Required Courses
ISQA 8210MANAGEMENT OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT3
ISQA 8220ADVANCED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN3
ISQA 8310DATA COMMUNICATIONS3
ISQA 8380ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE AND SYSTEMS INTEGRATION3
ISQA 8410DATA MANAGEMENT3
ISQA 8420MANAGING THE IS FUNCTION3
Research Methods
ISQA 8060RESEARCH IN MIS3
Electives
Approved Electives9
ISQA 8990THESIS (6 Hours Required)3
Total Credits36
1

See Exit Requirements below for additional details. 

Exit Requirements

Pass ISQA 8950, with a grade of "B-" or better, complete the thesis option (thesis plus thesis defense).

ISQA 8990THESIS6
or
ISQA 8950CAPSTONE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS3

All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms, and final approval and submission of the thesis.

Transfer students may request permission to transfer as many as twelve (12) semester hours of credit on a 36-hour program provided the courses are pertinent to the student’s graduate program. Submit petitions to the Graduate Program Committee for transfer credit and include a syllabus for each course to be transferred.

Students have 7 years to complete their MS in MIS degree. The 7-year time limit starts with the first degree-program class on the plan of study.

Concentrations

The ISQA faculty has developed a set of concentrations to assist students as they work to complete the MS in MIS program. Concentrations consist of a set of elective courses that are related to a particular subject area. Students may choose to take courses that make up a concentration, or not, as they see fit. Concentrations are not minors in the traditional sense, but rather reflect areas in demand in the community. If you have any questions regarding these concentrations, please contact the MS in MIS graduate advisor.

Analytics Concentration

Data analytics uses a variety of techniques to examine large amounts of data to discover patterns that can lead to business insights. Data analytics has broad applicability in customer behavior analysis, fraud detection, scientific inquiry, process improvement, financial analysis, trend analysis, forecasting, and decision-making. Techniques may include statistical methods, data mining, modeling and simulation, and data visualization. The analytics concentration prepares students for work in the area of analytics, and also offers the necessary methodological foundation for thesis work in a master’s or PhD program.

Required Courses
ISQA 8156ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS FOR IS&T3
ISQA 8206INFORMATION AND DATA QUALITY MANAGEMENT3
ISQA 8700DATA MINING: THEORY AND PRACTICE3
Electives
Select one of the following: 13
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
APPLIED REGRESSION ANALYSIS
DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
APPLIED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS
APPLIED MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
BUSINESS FORECASTING
DETERMINISTIC OPERATIONS RESEARCH MODELS
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
THESIS 2,3
Total Credits12
1

NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list. Other courses may be taken as electives with approval of the GPC.

2

ISQA 8080, ISQA 8900 and ISQA 8990 must be related to Analytics. Prior approval from the GPC is required to use these courses.

3

Only three hours of the required six hours of thesis may be applied to the concentration.

Data Management Concentration

The effective management of data and information is a fundamental task not only in the information society, but also for civilization as a whole. This concentration will prepare students to manage a growing variety of types of data throughout the data lifecycle. The curriculum gives students theoretical and practical training in database design, database administration, data quality management, knowledge management, business intelligence, data integration, and data governance. Students will gain exposure to transaction processing systems, data warehouses, and XML data stores. Students may also gain experience managing geospatial data.

Required Courses
ISQA 8206INFORMATION AND DATA QUALITY MANAGEMENT3
ISQA 8306DATABASE ADMINISTRATION3
ISQA 8700DATA MINING: THEORY AND PRACTICE3
Electives
Select one of the following: 13
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
NOSQL AND BIG DATA TECHNOLOGIES
DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
CARTOGRAPHY & GIS
and CARTOGRAPHY & GIS LAB 2
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3
THESIS 3,4
Total Credits12
1

NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list. Other courses may be taken as electives with approval of the GPC.

2

GEOG 8535 and GEOG 8545: (2 credit hours+2 credit hours lab)

3

ISQA 8080, ISQA 8900 and ISQA 8990 must be related to Data Management. Prior approval from the GPC is required to use these courses.

4

Only three hours of the required six hours of thesis credit may be applied to the concentration.

Electronic Commerce Concentration

Students interested in Electronic Commerce are encouraged to declare a formal concentration by contacting the graduate advisor.

Required Course
ISQA 8180ELECTRONIC COMMERCE3
Electives
Select three of the following: 19
PROCESS REENGINEERING WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DESIGN
E-COMMERCE SECURITY
DATA MINING: THEORY AND PRACTICE
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
THESIS 2,3
Total Credits12
1

NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list. Other courses may be taken as electives with approval of the GPC.

2

ISQA 8080, ISQA 8900 and ISQA 8990 must be related to e-Commerce. Prior approval from the GPC is required to use these courses.

3

Only three hours of the required six hours of thesis credit may be applied to the concentration.

Geographic Information Systems Concentration

The use of spatial data for management, analysis, and decision-making has grown dramatically in both the public and private sectors, as global positioning systems, mobile devices, and geographic information systems (GIS) have become widespread. The concentration in GIS provides students with the technical and conceptual skills to manage geospatial data and apply it to solving geospatial problems. Students will learn the principles of geospatial data and mapping systems, global positioning systems, representation and management of geospatial data within computer systems, construction and use of maps, and the use of geospatial functions for decision-support.

Required Courses
GEOG 8535CARTOGRAPHY & GIS2
GEOG 8545CARTOGRAPHY & GIS LAB2
GEOG 8056GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I4
GEOG 8666GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II4
Total Credits12

Health Informatics Concentration

Students interested in Health Informatics are encouraged to declare a formal concentration by contacting the MS in MIS advisor. The Health Informatics concentration integrates MIS, medical informatics theories and methods, and medical data representation and coding requirements. Students selecting this concentration are strongly encouraged to choose the thesis option to enhance their opportunities for obtaining gainful employment in this field. Students accepted into this concentration are expected to have prior experience or education in the life sciences and allied disciplines such as pharmacy, medicine and nursing. 

Required Courses
ISQA/CYBR 8570INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY AND ETHICS3
PA 8760THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM3
ISQA 8400CLINICAL SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE AND FUNCTION3
ISQA 8500READINGS IN CLINICAL INFORMATICS3
Total Credits12

Information Assurance Concentration

The Information Assurance (IA) concentration focuses on the planning, deployment, and management of security technologies to achieve information assurance. Students interested in Information Assurance are encouraged to declare a formal concentration by contacting the graduate advisor.

Required Courses
ISQA 8546COMPUTER SECURITY MANAGEMENT3
ISQA/CYBR 8570INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY AND ETHICS3
ISQA 8580SECURITY RISK MANAGEMENT AND ASSESSMENT3
Electives
Select one of the following: 13
E-COMMERCE SECURITY
INFORMATION WARFARE AND SECURITY
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
COMPUTER AND NETWORK FORENSICS
THESIS 2,3
Total Credits12
1

NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list. Other courses may be taken as electives with approval of the GPC.

2

ISQA 8080, ISQA 8900 and ISQA 8990 must be related to Information Assurance. Prior approval from the GPC is required to use these courses.

3

Only three hours of the required six hours of thesis credit may be applied to the concentration.

IT Audit and Control Concentration

The IT Audit and Control concentration will provide students with the technical, organizational, accounting/auditing, and managerial background to plan and conduct IT audit and control activities. The concentration will cover the following conceptual areas: business risks and the management of business risk, IT risk as a component of business risk, the need to manage IT risks, basic type of controls required in a business system in order to control IT risks, controls associated with top management, system development, programming, data resource management, database, security, operations management, quality assurance, boundary controls, and communications. Issues associated with new system control risks created by the use of the internet for business applications and electronic business will also be covered in one or more courses. Students will learn and apply and integrate technical, managerial and conceptual skills needed to plan and conduct IT audits and establish appropriate controls.

Prerequisite Courses

Students must have completed at least 9 hours of the MS in MIS core courses (beyond foundation requirements) prior to enrolling for the concentration. In addition, the following preparation is required for this concentration:

BSAD 8110ACCT & FINANCIAL FUNDAMENTALS3

(This course is only required for students who have had no exposure to accounting fundamentals. Students will be given an automatic waiver if they have taken two semesters of accounting in their undergraduate degree.)

Requirements

Required Courses
ACCT 8280SEMINAR IN ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
ISQA/CYBR 8570INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY AND ETHICS3
Electives
Select two of the following: 16
IT AUDIT AND CONTROL
COMPUTER SECURITY MANAGEMENT
PROCESS REENGINEERING WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
ADVANCED MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
INFORMATION SYSTEMS AUDITING
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
THESIS 2,3
Total Credits12
1

NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list. Other courses may be taken as electives with approval of the GPC Chairperson.

2

ISQA 8080, ISQA 8900 and ISQA 8990 must be related to IT Audit and Control. Prior approval from the GPC is required to use these courses.

3

Only three hours of the required six hours of thesis credit may be applied to the concentration.

Project Management Concentration

The Project Management concentration will provide students with the technical, organizational and managerial background to be effective project managers, project leaders, information technology managers, and software engineers. The curriculum in this concentration integrates project management standards developed by organizations such as IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and PMI (Project Management Institute) with conceptual background from disciplines such as project management, software engineering, management science, psychology, organization behavior, and organization change. Students are to start coursework in the project management concentration after completion of at least 9 hours of the core courses, including ISQA 8210.

Required Courses
ISQA 8810INFORM TECHNOLOGY PROJECT FUNDAMENTALS3
ISQA 8820PROJECT RISK MANAGEMENT3
Electives
Select two of the following: 16
INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY AND ETHICS
PROCESS REENGINEERING WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
THESIS 2,3
Total Credits12
1

NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list. Other courses may be taken as electives with approval of the GPC.

2

ISQA 8080, ISQA 8900 and ISQA 8990 must be related to Project Management. Prior approval from the GPC is required to use these courses.

3

Only three hours of the required six hours of thesis credit may be applied to the concentration.

Quality of Work Standards

The Graduate College’s Quality of Work standards shall be applied to foundation courses as well as courses taken as part of the degree program. In particular, the GPC will recommend to the Graduate College that any

  1. Student receiving a grade of “C-” or below in any foundation courses will be automatically dismissed from the program or, in the case of unclassified or non-degree students, be automatically denied admission.
  2. Student receiving a grade of “C+” or “C” in any foundation course will be placed on probation or dismissed from the program.
  3. Student not maintaining a “B” (3.0 on 4.0 scale) average in foundation courses will be placed on probation or dismissed from the program.