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MMIS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I would like to take a class, but have not applied to the program yet. Is that okay?

Until fall semester 2005 you may take prerequisite classes and up to 8 graduate credits before being admitted to the program. Beginning with the fall 2005 semester, only fuly admitted graduate students will be allowed to register for classes.

Does the MMIS program require the GMAT for admission?

No, it doesn?t. The MMIS program requires that all incoming students take the Metropolitan State University Diagnostic Assessments, which cover reading, writing, and math skills. If you are unable for distance or other reasons to travel to campus for the assessments, you may take the GMAT instead.

What prerequisite courses are required?

All MMIS students must have completed financial accounting, college algebra and statistics prior to being admitted to the program. Discrete math is strongly recommended for students in the systems analysis track.

What graduate class should I take first?

MIS 600 (formerly MISD661) - Management Information Systems, is the recommended first class.

How do I obtain competence in a visual language?

Visual language competence can be met by Metro undergraduate ICS courses, community college courses, or by certification.

How do I prove I am competent in a visual language?

Competence can be demonstrated by providing any of the following:

  • official transcripts verifying undergraduate courses completed

  • a certificate from another program

  • successful completion of a demonstration test

  • submission of a project

  • completion of a prerequisite course

What if I don?t know which track to pursue?

The information management concentration provides a mixture of general management, IS/IT management and management level conceptual technical knowledge that enables you to understand the business model and its management while being prepared to oversee or interact with technical staff in meeting the information management needs of the firm.

The systems management concentration takes the more technical route. This concentration is designed for technical professionals who want to upgrade and update their technological skills while also updating your analytical and management abilities. Upon completion of this program you will be updated on the latest techniques and approaches to developing the information systems for your firm.

If you don?t indicate a preference for a track at the time of application, you will be assigned to the information management track.

How many credits does it take to graduate?

Excluding prerequisites, the program is 44 semester credits. Phase I focuses on the functional disciplines of business and organizations as they apply to modern information systems, and consists of 18 credits.

Phase II (22 credits) consists of four required courses and electives. Electives may focus on one of several disciplines or be a mix of courses.

Phase III (4 credits) calls for you to integrate what you have learned in previous courses to form a coherent picture of IT management within organizations. Cohorts will be formed to do systems projects for local organizations, and a written report will be completed.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed in two years, but you make take up to five years to finish.

How much time do I need to spend outside of class for homework?

Generally, you can expect to spend two hours outside of class for each hour spent in class, or approximately eight hours a week per course. This may vary depending on the course.

I often am required to travel for my job. How will this affect my coursework?

Metropolitan State faculty understands that working students may sometimes have to travel. Notify your instructor as soon as possible so that you can make arrangements to have your coursework completed on time.

How can I get more information?

Contact Aud Wengronowitz at 612-659-7306 or COM.GraduatePrograms@metrostate.edu

David Bouchard at david.bouchard@metrostate.edu

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