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

You may take prerequisite classes but will not be allowed to take graduate classes. Only fully admitted graduate students will be allowed to register for graduate classes.

What prerequisite courses are required?
  1. Statistics with a letter grade of B or better must be successfully completed prior to being admitted to the program.
  2. Visual Programming Language which can be taken in the first year.

Discrete math is strongly recommended for students in the systems analysis or business analytics tracks.

What graduate class should I take first?

MIS 600 - Management Information Systems is the required first class.

How do I obtain competence in a visual language?

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

Visual language competency can be met by Metro State University undergraduate courses, community college courses, or by certification.

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.

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
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.

How many credits does it take to graduate?

Excluding prerequisites, the program is 36-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 (14 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?

You have five years from your first semester of graduate study to complete your degree program requirements. Attending full time (8 credits a semester), the program can be completed in 2 years. Attending part-time (4 credits a semester), the program can be completed in 3-3 ½ years.

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?

Metro State faculty understand 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.