Program Overview

Metropolitan State University offers graduate certificate programs designed to meet the rapidly-evolving needs of information systems and business professionals in the field of management information systems (MIS).

The MIS Systems Analysis and Design Graduate Certificate has similar goals and outcomes to the MIS Generalist Certificate (see elsewhere in MIS Graduate Certificates section), but is tailored more towards MIS and IT technical and technical management audiences. Emphasis is placed on development of new systems, design and decision-support concepts and techniques. By completing this certificate, you are better prepared to use new system design methodologies to improve the systems in your organization and to oversee development projects in traditional IT systems, client/server systems and distributed systems, including Internet and web technologies.

Program Outcomes

The expected outcomes include:

  • improved preparation for management in an increasingly information-intensive world,
  • ability to develop organizational strategies based on using MIS as competitive tools, and
  • broadening of your knowledge of MIS management areas, including project management, and of MIS technology and its application.
Curriculum

If the MIS Director determines that you have full prior competence in a certificate course, you may be given credit for the competency and allowed to take sufficient alternate credits to meet the total credit requirement of the certificate (e.g. if you have completed a graduate 4 credit Project Management course that is accepted, you would be allowed to consider that function completed within the Certificate, and can then take an alternate 4 credits, agreed upon with the Director).

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Admission Criteria

Admission Decisions/Categories

The College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates your application for evidence of undergraduate scholarship, professional experience and demonstrated aptitude for successful graduate business study. If you meet all application requirements, you are given full admission to the program. If you have one or more prerequisite courses to complete and your application otherwise supports the conclusion that you can successfully undertake graduate study, you may be granted conditional admission to a program. As a conditionally-admitted student, you 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, you may register for "special" graduate level prerequisite courses during your last semester of undergraduate studies.

Reapplication for Denied Applicants

If your application for admission to the program is denied, you may reapply for admission only after a minimum of six months has passed after the denial. You 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. If your abilities are assessed to be inadequate for graduate study, you may be required to enroll in appropriate undergraduate courses until your 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

Once you are fully admitted to a College of Management graduate program you will be required to attend a graduate student orientation session before or during your first semester of course work. If you do not attend an orientation session, a hold will be placed on your records preventing you 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
  • 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, you may transfer up to 8 credits into your graduate program. A course is accepted in transfer only if it has been completed within the last five years from an 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 discipline coordinators.

Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 20 total 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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  • One of the following classes is required:
    • 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 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 658 Advanced Database Administration
    2 credits

    This course aims to take students' knowledge of databases (including their application and strategic management) to an advanced level by providing high level concepts and strategies for database administration in the modern firm. The course provides an in-depth description and analysis of the database administration environment, performance management, data integrity and security, and disaster planning, recovery and management. This course provides a solid managerial context for database administration and helps the students learn strategic roles for databases in the modern firm.

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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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  • One of the following classes is required:
    • MIS 667 Telecommunications and Internet Management
      4 credits

      This course explores the range of available telecommunications technologies and how they can be used to facilitate information-access and dissemination at all levels of an organization. Trends in stndardization of telecommunications services are analyzed. In addition, students examine how the management information systems or data processing manager can use these services to generate accurate MIS reports in a cost-effective manner. Telecommunications trends in the United States and Europe are addressed in detail. A range of emerging telecommunications services is explored as well as how such services radically alter the ways that organizations gather information for decision making.

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    • MIS 643 Telecommunications and Internet Management - Part One
      2 credits

      This course will cover a range of Internet and telecommunications services, applications and the management of telecommunications operations within a business enterprise. It will address the impact of various telecommunications services on day-to-day business operations and analyze the productivity and revenue-enhancement potential available to business. This course is targeted at students who are working business managers with a need to understand the impact of the new and emerging telecommunications services and how they can be harnessed to add value to business operations.

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  • MIS 644 Telecommunications and Internet Management - Part Two
    2 credits

    This course explores current issues related to telecommunications technologies and how they can be used to facilitate information access and dissemination at all levels of an organization and through the Internet. Trends of telecommunications services are analyzed. Telecommunications trends in the United States and Europe are examined. A range of emerging telecommunications services is explored as well as how such services alter the ways that organizations gather information for decision making and manage these new environments. This course is targeted at students who are working business managers with a need to understand the impact of the new and emerging telecommunications services and how they can be harnessed to add value to business operations.

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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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