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

Martina Greiner, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
282B Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 
402.554.2174
mgreiner@unomaha.edu

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Other Program Related Information

Fast Track

The College of Information Science & Technology has developed a Fast Track program for highly qualified and motivated students providing the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in an accelerated time frame. With Fast Track, students may count up to 9 graduate hours toward the completion of their undergraduate program as well as the graduate degree program. Students will work with both undergraduate and graduate advisors to ensure graduate classes selected will count toward both programs, should a student wish to earn a graduate degree in a separate CIST area than their undergraduate degree.

Program Specifics:

  • This program is available for undergraduate students pursuing any CIST undergraduate degree desiring to pursue an MS in either the same or a related CIST field.
  • Students must have completed no less than 60 undergraduate hours and within at least 24 undergraduate credits yet to complete.
  • Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, with the exception of computer science, which requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Students must complete the Fast Track Approval form, obtain all signatures and submit it to the Office of Graduate Studies prior to first enrollment in a graduate course.
  • Students will work with their undergraduate advisor to register for the graduate courses.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (3.5 for computer science) is required to remain in good standing.
  • Students remain undergraduates until they meet all the requirements for the undergraduate degree and are eligible for all rights and privileges granted undergraduate status including financial aid.
  • Near the end of the undergraduate program, formal application to the graduate program is required. All applicants will need to meet any other admission requirements established for the MS in selected CIST program. The application fee will be waived if the applicant contacts the Office of Graduate Studies for a fee waiver code prior to submitting the MS application.
    • Admission to Fast Track does NOT guarantee admission to the graduate program. 
    • For all CIST degrees, if a student successfully completes their undergraduate BS degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (3.5 for computer science) and all graduate courses with a 3.0 or better, you may be recommended for admission to the graduate program.
    • The admit term must be after the completion term of the undergraduate degree.

International Dual Degree

The College of IS&T, in conjunction with the Management Center Innsbruck (Austria) (MCI) and the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany) (TUB), offers 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 is implemented as an international dual degree track within the MS in MIS degree with courses that transfer in both directions. The international dual degree track, like the traditional MS in MIS program, requires the equivalent of 36 U.S. 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

General Application Requirements and Admission Criteria

Program-Specific Requirements

Application Deadlines (Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022)

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

Other Requirements

  • The minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) requirement for the MS in MIS program is 3.0 or equivalent score on a 4.0 scale. Applicants should have the equivalent of a four year undergraduate degree.
  • Entrance Exam: An entrance exam is required for those who do not have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an institution of higher education in the United States. Submit GMAT or GRE scores with at least these minimum scores:
    • GRE Verbal: 144, GRE Quantitative: 148, GMAT: 500
  • English Language-Proficiency: Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the United States, OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission. 
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 550, Internet-based TOEFL: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 53, Duolingo: 105
  • Statement of Purpose: Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose with a maximum of 750 words that address the following.  The statement  must be written in the applicant's own words, reflecting their goals and aspirations.  Plagiarism in the statement may result in the rejection of the entire application.
    • Motivations for pursuing graduate education
    • Relevant qualifications or work experience that demonstrate potential for success in the graduate program
    • Career goals
    • Why you want to study at UNO
  • Resume: Submit a detailed resume indicating your work experience and background.
  • Applicants with International Transcripts: Any applicant to this program who has completed undergraduate or graduate coursework at an international higher education institution outside of the United States may submit transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation) in lieu of a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or Educational Perspectives.  This graduate program will conduct an in-house credential evaluation of your transcript(s).
    • UNO reserves the right to require a course-by-course evaluation from WES, ECE, or Educational Perspectives if the program is unable to complete an evaluation or should there be any questions or concerns about the documentation that is received. The applicant will be notified by the individual program if an external course-by-course evaluation is required.
    • *Note: If admitted, official transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation)/official course-by-course transcript evaluation, and any applicable official exam scores are required.
  • OPTIONAL: One letter of recommendation from a reference who can evaluate your work and/or academic achievements.
  • OPTIONAL: Application for Graduate Assistant Position

The MS in MIS program hires departmental Graduate Assistants (GA) after successful completion of at least a semester in the program. However, a few research positions may be available to incoming students. If you are interested in applying for one of those positions, please submit a letter stating your research area interests and why you feel you would make a good GA. Please note that GA positions will be considered after admission and program admission is not a guarantee of receiving a GA position.

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 Management Information Systems (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.

CYBR 2980SPECIAL TOPICS IN CYBERSECURITY1-3
or equivalent
ISQA 3900WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT3
ISQA 8030INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ETHICS3
Select one of the following:3-6
AN OVERVIEW OF SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
INFORMATION SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
and SYSTEM DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION
and MANAGING THE DATABASE ENVIRONMENT
Total Credits10-15

Degree Requirements

Complete 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 8310IT INFRASTRUCTURE & CLOUD COMPUTING3
ISQA 8380ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE AND SYSTEMS INTEGRATION3
ISQA 8410DATA MANAGEMENT3
ISQA 8420MANAGING THE I.S. FUNCTION3
Electives
Select 15 credits from the following, with a minimum of 3 credits from ISQA electives:15
MIS Concentrations (see Concentrations)
Approved Electives
ISQA 8950CAPSTONE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 13
Total Credits36

Thesis Option

Required Courses
ISQA 8210MANAGEMENT OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT3
ISQA 8220ADVANCED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN3
ISQA 8310IT INFRASTRUCTURE & CLOUD COMPUTING3
ISQA 8380ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE AND SYSTEMS INTEGRATION3
ISQA 8410DATA MANAGEMENT3
ISQA 8420MANAGING THE I.S. FUNCTION3
Research Methods
ISQA 8060RESEARCH IN MIS3
Electives
Select 9 credits of approved electives, with at minimum 3 credits from ISQA electives9
ISQA 8990THESIS (6 Hours Required) 13
Total Credits36

Exit Requirements

Either pass ISQA 8950 or complete the thesis option (thesis plus thesis defense).

ISQA 8990THESIS6
or
ISQA 8950CAPSTONE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS3

All core classes must be complete before students may enroll in ISQA 8950.

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 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 seven 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
Pick one ISQA course from each of the three categories below
Data Engineering3
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
INFORMATION AND DATA QUALITY MANAGEMENT
NOSQL AND BIG DATA TECHNOLOGIES
INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT), BIG DATA AND THE CLOUD
FROM DATA TO DECISIONS
DATA MINING: THEORY AND PRACTICE
DATA WAREHOUSING AND DATA MINING
Data Analytics3
ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS FOR IS&T
APPLIED REGRESSION ANALYSIS
DATA MINING: THEORY AND PRACTICE
APPLIED STATISTICAL MACHINE LEARNING
DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
APPLIED DISTRIBUTION FREE STATISTICS
APPLIED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS
APPLIED MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
GRAPH THEORY & APPLICATIONS
BUSINESS FORECASTING
DETERMINISTIC OPERATIONS RESEARCH MODELS
Data Visualization3
GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DESIGN
STORYTELLING WITH DATA
CARTOGRAPHY AND DATA VISUALIZATION
Electives3
Pick one of the remaining courses from any of the three categories above 1
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
SPECIAL TOPICS: INFORMATION SYSTEMS & QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 2
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
THESIS 2,3
Total Credits12

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 AND DATA VISUALIZATION
and CARTOGRAPHY & GIS LAB 2
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3
SPECIAL TOPICS: INFORMATION SYSTEMS & QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 3
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3
THESIS 3,4
Total Credits12

Electronic Commerce Concentration

The rise of electronic commerce offers opportunities for both research and practice. Yet a critical examination of the electronic commerce landscape is required to make sense of this subject. A multitude of technologies and applications have brought about changes in business and society that require careful consideration. Some key topics include  understanding the effects of new information technologies on the value proposition, market opportunities, revenue models for business through electronic commerce, that inform the design of web and mobile applications. This concentration is suited for students who would like to pursue careers in IT consulting, start-up companies, and technology venues. Students interested in Electronic Commerce are encouraged to declare a formal concentration by contacting the graduate advisor.

Required Course
ISQA 8180ELECTRONIC COMMERCE3
ISQA 8570INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY AND ETHICS3
Electives
Select two of the following: 16
GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DESIGN
INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT), BIG DATA AND THE CLOUD
STORYTELLING WITH DATA
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
SPECIAL TOPICS: INFORMATION SYSTEMS & QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 2
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
THESIS 2,3
Total Credits12

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 AND DATA VISUALIZATION4
GEOG 8056GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I4
GEOG 8666GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II4
Total Credits12

Health Informatics Concentration

Students interested in health informatics or working in the health care industry are encouraged to declare a formal concentration by contacting a MS in MIS advisor. The health informatics concentration integrates MIS with biomedical informatics. The AMIA defines biomedical informatics as a multi-disciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making, driven by efforts to improve human health. Biomedical informatics  as  the core scientific discipline that supports applied research and practice in several disciplines including health informatics and clinical  informatics.

Required Courses
BMI 8100INTRODUCTION TO BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS3
BMI 8850BIOMEDICINE FOR THE NONMEDICAL PROFESSIONAL3
Select one of the following:3
PROCESS REENGINEERING WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
INFORMATION AND DATA QUALITY MANAGEMENT
GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DESIGN
DATA MINING: THEORY AND PRACTICE
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT FUNDAMENTALS
STORYTELLING WITH DATA
Electives
Select one of the following: 13
SEMINAR IN BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
SPECIAL TOPICS: INFORMATION SYSTEMS & QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 2
GENETIC SEQUENCE ANALYSIS
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN BIOINFORMATICS
THESIS 2,3
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
SPECIAL TOPICS: INFORMATION SYSTEMS & QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 2
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
COMPUTER AND NETWORK FORENSICS
THESIS 2,3
Total Credits12

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 8110ACCOUNTING AND 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
SPECIAL TOPICS: INFORMATION SYSTEMS & QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 2
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
THESIS 2,3
Total Credits12

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 8810INFORMATION 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
SPECIAL TOPICS: INFORMATION SYSTEMS & QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 2
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 2
THESIS 2,3
Total Credits12

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.