Program Overview

The Master of Management Information Systems (MMIS) represents an important state-of-the-art concept in graduate education in the field of management information systems (MIS). Merging management and technology education, it is designed to help both technically-oriented information technology (IT) professionals and those from other fields gain expertise in the management of information systems in modern organizations.

The Masters in MIS promotes Metropolitan State's well-known ability to tie theory to practice, with a cutting-edge MIS education designed to have a "shelf life" that outlasts successive generations of hardware and software. The program core gives a strong background in management and information technology areas. Flexibility in elective courses, plus applications emphasis throughout courses, internships and the final integrative project gives students a strong base for the future.

The program is designed to serve several distinct groups of Information Technology Management professionals who need a strong mix of management theory and practice along with technological competence. This group needs more technical education than an MBA student, but less than a student who will be working in a purely technical capacity. Those students include:

  • General management professionals who need to understand how to manage the technical and IT aspects of their organizations. These students need the mix of management and technical work that leads to stronger technological understanding and analytical skills, resulting in stronger general management in firms where IT is a part of their competitive strategy.
  • Technical professionals who need to upgrade and update their technological skills while also updating their analytical and management abilities. Technical and project managers also need this type of mix, as well as data, systems analysts, solution architects and managers who will be progressing in their careers. Any managerial or higher level professional in organizations where IT is important will find the MMIS of great value.

The MMIS prepares you in the areas of:

  • data analytics
  • strategic IT management
  • IT strategy and Internet strategy
  • supply chain management
  • IT security management
  • electronic commerce
  • enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • globalization
  • human factors
  • knowledge management
  • customer relationship management (CRM)
  • managing the IT function (operationally)
  • project management
  • systems analysis and design
  • social networking strategies for organizations
  • business/information analytics and business intelligence technology management
  • mobile, network and telecommunications

The MMIS serves the target groups by offering a choice of distinct concentrations:

Information Management Concentration

The Information Management concentration has a mixture of general management, IS/IT management, and management-level conceptual technical knowledge that enables you to understand the business environment and its management while being prepared to oversee or interact with technical staff in meeting information management needs. Professionals in all organizations will find this a valuable management education.

Systems Development Concentration

The Systems Development concentration takes a more technical approach. Upon completion of this program, systems analysts, technical analysts and managers will be updated on the latest techniques and approaches to developing the information systems of their organizations, and will be competent to lead and manage systems development projects as well as managing less technical functions.

Program Outcomes

The MMIS program goal is to prepare you for management, high-level work and potential leadership in management information systems and related fields, and general management in organizations where information technology is important. The program targets working adults who desire high quality applied MIS education along with solid theory.

Program Objectives
  • prepare for management of IS, IT, and related functions;
  • prepare to be a leader in the integration of IT into the firm to help meet organizational goals;
  • prepare for management of IT planning processes; and
  • prepare general managers of firms for broader strategic uses of IT
  • expose students to the uses and value of newer technologies in the enterprise
Curriculum

The Prerequisite Phase assesses and ensures your readiness to begin graduate work in the MMIS program. Prerequisite courses include College Algebra, Statistics and a programming language (programming language can be satisfied concurrently with your first year classes). You may not take MMIS Phase I, II or III program classes until these prerequisite courses have been successfully completed and you are fully admitted to the program.

Phase I focuses on the functional disciplines of business and organizations as they apply to modern information systems. It provides a solid grounding in the core IT competencies, management, and marketing theories, processes and skills needed by managers in today's rapidly changing environment.

Phase II consists of relevant electives which you choose to best meet your own educational and career needs. Electives may focus on one of several disciplines or be a mix of courses from a number of topical concentrations. Some electives are prescribed as part of specific tracks-please see Track descriptions for details.

Phase III is the synthesis and capstone phase. The work in this phase calls for you to integrate what you have learned in previous courses and professional experiences to form a coherent picture of IT management within organizations. The program makes use of an innovative applied project to "bring it all together." Effective communication is fundamental to good management, and so you are expected to demonstrate writing skills by completing a written report about your work on this project, which is performed with a cohort.

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Admissions Criteria

Admission Decisions/Categories

The College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates applications for evidence of undergraduate scholarship, professional experience and demonstrated aptitude for successful graduate business study. Applicants who meet all application requirements, you are given full admission to the program. Applicants who have one or more prerequisite courses to complete and their application otherwise supports the conclusion that they can successfully undertake graduate study, you may be granted conditional admission to the program. Conditionally-admitted students must complete these prerequisites prior to completing any graduate course work. Applicants denied admission may not take graduate level courses in the program.

Registration by Undergraduate Students

With permission of the MMIS Director, students may register for "special" graduate level prerequisite courses during their last semester of undergraduate studies.

Reapplication for Denied Applicants

If an application for admission to the program is denied, the applicant may reapply for admission only after a minimum of six months has passed after the denial. The applicant will need to demonstrate a substantive difference in the reapplication to be considered for admission.

If your application to the program is denied, you may apply for another College of Management graduate program. A new application form must be accompanied by the application fee, a new goals essay, updated resume, two new references and GMAT scores and/or assessment test scores appropriate to the degree for which you are applying.

English and Quantitative Competence Assessment

All College of Management students, except those in special international cohort programs, are expected to demonstrate English and quantitative competence at a level to support success in graduate studies. Applicants whose abilities are assessed to be inadequate for graduate study, you may be required to enroll in appropriate undergraduate courses until their skills have been brought to a satisfactory level. These undergraduate courses must be successfully completed prior to taking any graduate level courses.

COM Graduate Student Orientation

Applicants who are fully admitted to a College of Management graduate program will be required to attend a graduate student orientation session before or during their first semester of course work. If they do not attend an orientation session, a hold will be placed on their records preventing them from registering for further graduate classes until you attend orientation.

Application Requirements

Applicants should allow 7-10 business days for review once all required application materials are received and sent to the College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee.

To be considered for admission you must submit:

  • Application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended
  • Test scores
  • Current resume
  • Goals essay
  • References

See Applying to the Program for application packets, details on the requirements, deadlines and International Student application requirements.

Transfer Credits

Once fully admitted, students may transfer up to 8 credits into your graduate program. A course is accepted for transfer only if it has been completed within the last five years from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, no degree was granted, and a letter grade of B or better was earned in the course. Courses are accepted in transfer only upon the approval of the Graduate Programs Director in consultation with Director of the MMIS Program.

Additional Information

Academic Standing

Students must remain in satisfactory academic standing to continue in a College of Management master's degree or graduate certificate program. Only courses for which they receive a letter grade of C (2.0) or better count toward degree or certificate requirements. The option of a competence/no competence with a narrative transcript is not available to College of Management graduate students. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and passing grades (i.e., C or better) for all required courses included in any graduate or certificate programs are required for graduation. Academic standing is calculated at the end of each semester.

Students receiving a letter grade of C+ or below in any graduate course, or who have a cumulative GPA that drops below 3.0, will be placed on academic probation. They will be removed from academic probation when their cumulative GPA rises above 3.0 and they have repeated and passed any required courses for which they received an F.

Required courses for which a student receives an F must be repeated and passed in order to graduate. College of Management master's and graduate certificate students may repeat courses if they receive a grade of C or C+, upon approval of the Graduate Studies Director. If a course is repeated once, only the higher grade is used in computing the grade point average. If a course is repeated a second time, the grade point average includes grades earned in both of the repeat attempts. No course may be taken more than three times.

Dismissal From the Program Due to Unsatisfactory Academic Standing

Students who receive a grade of F in a required course must re-take the course and pass it in order to complete their program and graduate. They have up to one year (or the next time the course is offered) from the time an F was received to re-take the course. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program. If a student who received an F cannot complete the course with a passing grade of C or better within the two allowable re-take opportunities, they will be dismissed from the program.

Appeal of Removal from the Program Due to Unsatisfactory Academic Standing

Students who are removed from the program may appeal their removal to the College of Management Dean. The appeal must be made in writing and provide specific grounds for the appeal. The appeal is due to the Dean within 30 days of the date of the letter notifying them of the decision to remove them from the program. The Dean has 30 days to respond in writing to the appeal. Appeals received after 30 days will not be considered.

Readmission after Dismissal

Students who have been dismissed from a graduate program may apply for readmission no sooner than one calendar year after the last semester of study. To reapply, they have to complete the same process that was required for their initial admission and they must meet all the requirements of the Program as of their time of readmission. Readmission decisions are made by the College of Management and are not automatic.

Time to Completion

You have five years from your first semester of graduate study to complete your degree program requirements and two years to complete your certificate requirements. You may request an extension of the time limit by writing to the Director of the Management Information Systems Program. Such requests must be received prior to the expiration of the time limit. Requests for extensions should include your reason(s) for requesting the extension, a summary of your plan to finish graduation requirements, and a specific date for the extension to expire. Extension decisions are made by the College of Management and are not automatic.

College of Management Outstanding Student Award

During your final semester of course work, you may be nominated by the faculty for the College of Management Outstanding Student Award. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance in their graduate degree program, as well as achievements in their community and professional contributions. All finalists are recognized in the commencement program, the outstanding student receives special recognition during commencement, and is named as part of a permanent plaque in COM.

Accreditation

Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
312-263-0456

The MMIS is compatible with the MSIS (Master of Science in Information Systems) 2006 Graduate Curriculum Standards established by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Association for Information Systems (AIS), which are two key standards-setting bodies in the MIS field.

Faculty

Resident faculty members are primarily:

  • Holders of doctoral degrees in their fields
  • Authors of applied and refereed publications
  • Experienced in their academic fields.

Additionally, the College of Management has a strong community faculty who are fully committed to educational excellence. All community faculty have graduate degrees, either a master's or a doctorate, as well as business expertise in their fields. The College of Management assures the quality of its community faculty through a careful selection process, extensive training through our own Teaching Academy, and regular student evaluations.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

The following prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a letter grade of “C-“ or better before you can be fully admitted to the MMIS program and take any graduate-level courses:

  • MATH 115 College Algebra
    4 credits

    This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

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  • STAT 201 Statistics I
    4 credits

    This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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First Year Requirements

The following prerequisite can be completed in the first year of the program, but completion in the first semester is highly recommended:

Four (4) credits of a visual programming language or equivalent.
Courses that will satisfy the programming language (MIS 328 Applications Development I OR ICS 140 Programming Fundamentals AND ICS 141 Programming with Objects):

  • MIS 328 Applications Development I
    4 credits

    This course provides an overview of applications development methods for managers of information systems. The course assumes no previous programming experience. The course develops elementary concepts of structured programming in the context of a third generation programming language (typically C# ) and then proceeds towards application design using .NET C#. Students learn to apply analytical concepts to translate common business problems into programs using proper design, structure, methodology, and syntax. Students are also exposed to release management and version control concepts in the Enterprise. The goal is to understand the management issues in programming and application development.

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  • ICS 140 Computational Thinking with Programming
    4 credits

    An introduction to the formulation of problems and developing and implementing solutions for them using a computer. Students analyze user requirements, design algorithms to solve them and translate these designs to computer programs. The course also provides an overview of major areas within the computing field. Topics include algorithm design, performance metrics, programming languages and paradigms, programming structures, number representation, Boolean algebra, computer system organization, data communications and networks, operating systems, compilers and interpreters, cloud computing, data analytics, mobile computing, internet of things, and artificial intelligence) database, internet, security, privacy, ethics, and other societal and legal issues. Lab work and homework assignments involving flow charting tools and programming using a language such as Python form an integral part of the course.

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  • ICS 141 Programming with Objects
    4 credits

    Structure, design, and implementation of object-oriented computer programs. Topics include objects, classes, GUI, and layout managers. Introduction to containment, inheritance, and polymorphism. Programming projects involving multiple classes. Emphasis on methods, parameter passing, and arrays of objects. Exploration of problem-solving and algorithm-design techniques using pseudocode, Unified Modeling Language (UML) class diagrams, and simple patterns. Design of good test cases and debugging techniques.

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Requirements ( 44 total credits)

Phase I (18 credits)

  • MIS 600 Management Information Systems
    4 credits

    Management Information Systems (MIS) evolved from essentially an organization's support operation to a strategic element of an organization's life and survival. This course explores information systems' new and expanding roles in the enterprise. Models examined showing how new technologies are assimilated into the organization, how to plan for systems within the overall strategic management process, assess the risk in system development projects, and become a "sophisticated user" of information systems. Traditional and new technologies are utilized. The course also includes a solid review of the strategic and tactical impact of computers, networks and new technologies. . This course broadens understanding of the design and implementation of various computerized information systems to support management decision making and evaluation, and prepares the student to integrate new technologies and configurations into the management process.

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  • MKTG 600 Marketing Management
    4 credits

    This course examines activities through which organizations provide goods and services to serve the needs of the marketplace. Some of the topics included are analysis of internal and external factors of an organization that contribute to a successful marketing campaign, consumer behavior, positioning, , setting marketing objectives, designing marketing strategies and tactics, integrated marketing communications, pricing, and elasticity of demand.

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  • MIS 671 Problem Formulation and Data Presentation
    4 credits

    This course provides students with techniques and strategies to work on complex business problems while exercising strong critical thinking skills. It also helps them develop potential solutions. This course then focuses on how to take the results of students' professional work and present complex material in a manner that helps them clearly explain and market their information.

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  • DSCI 620 Project Management
    4 credits

    This course provides a systematic and comprehensive overview of project leadership and management. Topics covered include all aspects of project management from project initiation issues, RFP formulation, proposal decisions, preparation, and evaluation, project planning and implementation to organization, risk assessment, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Also included are project planning techniques such as PERT, CPM, Earned Value Analysis, and project monitoring and simulation using Microsoft Project software.

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  • MIS 683 Process Analysis and Design
    2 credits

    This course was created to give students a thorough look at the discipline of process analysis and design, workflow analysis and process reengineering. It uses a highly visual approach to both designing and communicating process analysis. Students will learn to properly analyze, design and build the main visualizations for process analysis including flowcharts, data flow diagrams, entity relationship diagrams and others as tools for communicating management designs.

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Phase II (22 credits)

Students choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Please verify that your Course List is separated by ',' (comma) or 'OR'

Information Management Concentration

Courses listed below and 12 elective credits are required.

  • MGMT 620 Organizational Behavior
    0 credits

    This course focuses on behavior in organizations as influenced by individual differences, group processes and interactions, and organizational processes. Skills and abilities essential for effective management in changing organizational contexts are emphasized. Topics examined include motivation, diversity, group development team building, power and politics, leadership, job design and organizational culture.

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  • MIS 653 Supply Chain Information Systems
    2 credits

    This course examines the use of information technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the corporate supply chain. Topics covered include key information technologies in supply chain management: Collaborative Planning Forecasting & Replenishment, Electronic Procurement, Inventory management technology (including auto-identification for inventory such as Bar Codes and RFID tags), Labor Management and Manufacturing Execution systems along with Shipping/Transportation Management & Asset Maintenance technologies. Hands-on exercises with actual ERP software will be used as well. Prerequisite: MIS 600.

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  • MIS 673 Knowledge Management
    2 credits

    This course is designed to define the role of Knowledge Management (KM) in organizations, various components needed to manage knowledge in an organization, leadership skills required to lead a KM initiative, evaluation of existing KM tools and systems, the difference between KM and data management, content management, and information retrieval. It gives special attention to management information systems theories in the organizational setting including: transaction processing, operational reporting, decision support systems and executive information systems. It emphasizes the human aspects of change management, training and implementation with some attention to the role analytics plays to support decisions. The course includes case analysis from texts and real world examples.

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  • MIS 685 Data Mining Tools
    2 credits

    This course introduces how analytics and Data Mining tools can be used to solve business problems like Best Next Offer, Customer Retention, Customer Potential Life Time Value estimation, Market Basket analysis, etc. This course gives students an opportunity to exercise advanced Data Exploration and Mining software. Introduction to Data Mining tools/solutions evaluation is also part of this course.

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System Development Concentration

Courses listed below and 10 elective credits are required.

  • MIS 657 Database and Client/Server Systems
    2 credits

    Databases represent not only data storage, but critical organizational assets. MIS professionals must not only understand the basics of database management and relational design, but must also know how to leverage these assets for competitive advantage. This course covers database design and implementation and creation of information and standards. Client/Server technology represents an important part of modern database applications. It allows the firm to implement database applications as efficiently as possible in networked environments. Competence in the application, development, evaluation, management and use of corporate and external databases, including client/server technologies are skills needed by all business people. More importantly it is critical to MIS professionals given the vast array of options and new tools available. Topics in distributed database management including transaction management, concurrency control, deadlocks, replicated database management, query processing reliability, and surveys of commercial systems and research prototypes will be reviewed.

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  • MIS 660 Advanced IT Management, Planning and Systems Delivery
    2 credits

    Time to market, competitive advantage, organizational agility and emerging technologies are some of the dynamics that constantly influence IT functions such as Business/IT alignment, strategic IT planning, IT architecture, portfolio management and systems delivery. Understanding the relationships between these drivers, their impact on IT and the associated trade-offs is critical to managing an effective IT organization.

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  • MIS 662 Management of Distributed Computing
    4 credits

    Surveys of the skills desired by potential employers of graduate management students indicate that use and understanding of technology and its impact is highly valued. In this course you have the opportunity to examine technical architecture and build your skills while learning how to incorporate technology into your management "portfolio." The course uses case studies to review state-of-the-art equipment in each of the basic software and hardware families, while emphasizing management models and higher-level analysis using the computer. Practical projects are assigned giving students real-world opportunities to use these tools to enhance their work and build productivity. Participants will complete a comprehensive and highly practical class project and final exam.

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  • MIS 665 Systems Design and Decision Support
    4 credits

    New systems design approaches and techniques are providing extraordinary strategic opportunities to organizations that recognize and implement them. This course shows students state-of-the-art systems design from a managerial perspective rather than a strictly technical approach. Managers who wish to get the most out of new and existing information systems and technical people who wish to see where systems may be going have the opportunity to do so in this class. Beyond current approaches, students are also presented with basic information on new technologies including artificial intelligence and expert systems, which many believe will play a critical role in future systems.

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Phase III (4 credits)

Cohorts are formed each spring semester to do applied IT projects. Twin Cities' organizations are solicited for IT-management-related, systems development or other related projects. Experienced senior faculty oversee teams which determine clients' perceptions and create both team and individual reports.

  • MIS 699 Integrative Capstone Project
    4 credits

    Two cohorts per term will be formed to do systems projects, one of which will be Web-based. Twin Cities organizations will be solicited for systems development or other related projects. Resident faculty will oversee teams. Group project and individual reports will be created. Clients' perceptions will be determined. This experience will give the students many networking opportunities in addition to the critical opportunity to apply what they have learned in a rigorous way. Theory and practice will merge to meet the fast-paced requirements of a real world IS environment. When the cohort successfully completes its project, its members will have valuable experiences to draw on for years to come.

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