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Master of Science in Information Systems

The Online Master of Science in Information Systems program is built to be a technology-focused degree that teaches you how to manage information and technology into the modern age of information. Whether your background is primarily in business or technology, this Online Information Systems degree program can prepare you to seek career advancement and leadership opportunities and make you competitive in this increasingly technology-dependent world.

While earning your master’s degree in Information Systems, your classes will cover key technology areas like information systems in converged networks, modern software development methodologies, business intelligence, governance, information security, and emerging technologies. Your courses will also emphasize program management, organizational communication, and strategic thinking, helping you master the principles and practices required to effectively solve real business problems amidst an ever-changing digital world.

Course Requirements

Master of Science in Information Systems: 48 Credits
Foundation of Business Courses (Choose 1): 4 Credits
LEA5125 Leadership Ethics, Culture, and Politics, 4 Credit Hours
MBA5001 Organizational Behavior and Communication, 4 Credit Hours
MBA5004 Managerial Economics, 4 Credit Hours
MBA5005 Law and Ethics for Managers, 4 Credit Hours
MBA5008 Quantitative Analysis and Decision Making, 4 Credit Hours
Foundation Information Systems and Technology: 8 Credits
MIS5020 Information Systems Fundamentals, 4 Credit Hours
MIS5030 Emerging Technologies, 4 Credit Hours
Core: 28 Credits
MIS6000 Principles of System Development, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6010 Project Management, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6020 Corporate Information Systems Management, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6210 Decision Support Systems, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6211 Data Management, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6230 IT Audit, Control, and Compliance, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6250 Organizational Information Security, 4 Credit Hours
Elective (Choose 1): 4 Credits
MIS6160 Information Design and Usability, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6161 Human Computer Interaction, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6212 Cognitive Computing, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6231 Risk Management, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6262 Network Operations Management, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6990 Information Systems Internship, 4 Credit Hours
Capstone: 4 Credits
MIS6995 Information Systems Capstone, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Information Systems degree program, graduates should be able to demonstrate skills including:

  • Understand how information systems impact businesses operations and decision making, and demonstrate an ability to design, develop, analyze, and modify information systems to meet specific business needs.
  • Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, an understanding of methodologies to identify, assess, and implement information systems.
  • Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge in the following areas: business intelligence, data management, information systems management, information security and risk management, and project management.

Career Outlook

South University's master's degree in Information Systems can prepare you for a career in, or advancement within, a wide range of positions, including:

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Software Developers, Systems Software
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
  • Web Administrators
  • Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
  • Geographic Information Systems Technicians
  • Database Architects
  • Data Warehousing Specialists
  • Business Intelligence Analysts
  • Search Marketing Strategists
  • Document Management Specialists

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

Success Stories

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our business and technology alumni and the difference they make. 

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Jennifer Hunter Atkinson Grad Alumni
Class of '16
Bachelor of Business Administration

“South has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in steering my life into a direction I’m proud of. Through the last two years, I have gained tremendous support from my professors and I feel part of a community that challenges me to achieve personal and professional goals.”

Jefferson Reid 2012
Jefferson Reid Grad Alumni
Class of '12
Bachelor of Business Administration

“I wanted to stay in project management, but I knew my associate’s degree in aviation technology wouldn’t allow me to get where I wanted to be. A business degree was most relevant to the experience I had gained in the workforce. South University professors do a good job of teaching the concepts and then combining them.”

Annette Tornberg 2013
Annette Tornberg Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Associate of Sceince in Business Administration

“I feel that if I did not go back to school to further my education, my job search would not have come to this conclusion. I attended college twice in my twenties, but dropped out due to lack of enthusiasm. Going back to school and completing it online is why I am now finally employed. Don’t give up. You are never too old to learn.”

Endora Todd 2004
Endora Todd Grad Alumni
Class of '04
Bachelor of Business Administration

“The organization serves a unique population of students who see value in small class sizes, individual attention and support before, during and after graduation”

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Lauren Elsberry Grad Alumni
Class of '12
MBA in Healthcare Administration

“This program has helped make me better. It improved my time management. It improved my organization. I think because of its accelerated pace, it created those unexpected benefits. The classes I have taken in the AMBA program are relevant to my new position. I know my degree was something they looked at. South University has a good reputation; people have heard of it.”

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