Information Systems, IT Project Management Concentration, M.S.
Nita Brooks, Program Director
The Information Systems and Analytics department offers the Master of Science in Information Systems with concentrations in Information Security and Assurance, IT Project Management, General Information Systems, and Business Intelligence and Analytics. Core and elective classes may also be combined to form a strong foundation in database-related topics. The department also offers courses for the Master of Business Administration degree and a minor in Information Systems for students seeking a master's degree other than the M.B.A.
The graduate program director serves as advisor for students majoring in Information Systems. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the graduate program director or department to discuss the program.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
For admission to the M.S. program:
The GMAT or GRE exam is required; however, the GMAT is preferred. Applicants with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA from an AACSB international school of business or a 3.7 undergraduate GPA are exempt from the exam requirement.
Admission without exception requires an index score of at least 950, or at least 1000 if calculated using upper-division courses only, as calculated by 200 x undergraduate GPA plus GMAT score, or GRE score converted to GMAT score using tools provided by ETS (Educational Testing Services). Limited exceptions to the index score requirement may be granted at the discretion of the program coordinator in consultation with the department chair.
The business prerequisites for a student seeking an M.S. in Information Systems are similar to those required for the M.B.A. and include:
A recent graduate of an AACSB-accredited program would normally possess an adequate background in the business prerequisites.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official GMAT scores;
- submit official transcripts showing a GPA in previous academic work.
The Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in IT Project Management requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours. INFS 6980 must be passed with a grade of B- or higher with a maximum enrollment of two times. The degree is to be completed within six years from the time of admission to the degree program.
Curriculum: Information Systems, IT Project Management
The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.
Required Courses (12 hours)
BIA 6905 - Applied Business Analytics
(Same as MBAI 6905.) An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.
INFS 6700 - IT Project Management: Strategies for Success
Addresses IT project management (ITPM) in the development of information systems and uses the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) as the guiding framework. Emphasizes ITPM success factors, project manager and team roles, emotional intelligence, virtual teams, scope management, stakeholder management, and traditional and emerging ITPM approaches. Learning resources include current books, academic literature, professional resources, and class discussions.
INFS 6790 - Seminar in Database Management
Prerequisite: INFS 4790 or INFS 5790. Advanced topics in computer-related information systems as found in current literature and practical application. Advanced information structures and data management concepts applied in the design of computer-based information systems. Additional topics include data structures as applied to distributed processing systems, computer system component resource allocation, and data communication systems design. Significant computer application projects required.
INFS 6980 - ISA Capstone
Prerequisite: 6 hours of information systems or permission of instructor. Emphasizes communication skills, creative thinking, problem solving, and professional responsibility from a leadership perspective. Includes the discussion of information systems assessment in organizations. Capstone course for Information Systems majors and must be taken the last semester prior to graduation.
* Must be taken in last semester; must make B- or higher; may repeat only once.
Concentration (9 hours)
INFS 6701 - IT Project Risk and Recovery
Applies current risk-management processes and standards to address the complex nature of IT projects. Emphasis on identifying, analyzing, and responding to IT project risk, recovering runaway projects, and using project management software to assist in risk evaluation and control.
INFS 6702 - IT Project Planning and Implementation
Builds on knowledge of project management concepts, techniques and challenges developed in INFS 6700. Introduces advanced planning and management techniques in the context of contemporary project management challenges, theories, techniques, and practices.
- Approved INFS 6000-level elective 3 hours credit
Electives (9 hours)
- Three hours of approved courses at the 6000 level
- Six hours of approved courses at the 5000 or 6000 level
If a student does not have INFS 4790 or INFS 5790 or equivalent, then one of the electives must be INFS 5790.
INFS 5790 - Database Design and Development
Prerequisite: 6 hours of information systems. Fundamental concepts: conventional data systems, integrated management information systems, database structure systems, data integration, complex file structure, online access systems. Emphasis on total integrated information systems database and database management languages.
INFS 5830 - Database Programming
Prerequisite: INFS 4790 or INFS 5790 or consent of instructor. Advanced SQL programming to support ETL database operations. Primary focus on transforming existing database data through a variety of parsing, cleaning, and aggregating SQL functions and techniques. Some coverage of developing stored procedures and functions using a database language, such as PL/SQL included.
INFS 5840 - Study Abroad
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and completion of core courses in respective field as determined by graduate business studies. A short-term international business education experience designed to expose the student to the economic, political, cultural, and social environments of a foreign country(ies), with specific emphasis directed toward the international state/status of the subject matter pertinent to the discipline.
INFS 5900 - Business Data Communications
Prerequisites: 6 hours of information systems. Current topics in the field of data communications.
INFS 6190 - SQL for ETL and Analytics
Prerequisite: INFS 4790 or INFS 5790 with C or better. Advanced SQL programming with a focus on the functions and techniques to support ETL and analytic processes. Students engage in intensive hands-on and self-directed programming activities.
INFS 6200 - Modeling for Problem Solving
Implements a hands-on approach to model development using electronic spreadsheets emphasizing problem solving in decision-making situations. Includes the development and application of extensive spreadsheet skills in modeling.
INFS 6300 - Management of Security Operations
Management of the information systems security function which includes understanding policy, governance, risk, and the application of appropriate solutions required to protect and enhance an organization's security posture. Topics include threats to security, risk assessment, application and data hardening, network security, fundamentals of encryption and authentication systems, and the application of appropriate response and recovery techniques necessary for business continuity.
INFS 6301 - Vulnerability Management and Penetration Testing
Management of methodologies and procedures to discover vulnerabilities, to recommend solutions for tightening information security, and to protect organization data. Students will use various penetration testing methodologies, frameworks, tools, and techniques to exploit vulnerabilities. Topics include vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, social engineering, reconnaissance, and legal implications as well as network scanning.
INFS 6302 - Security Analytics
Application of data analytics techniques to data housed in and produced from security devices and network systems to more accurately manage and secure applications as well as the entire infrastructure. Students will examine various tools to properly manage, analyze, and use security and system data to make appropriate decisions related to the security function. Specific topics include behavior analytics, threat hunting, incident management, and incident response.
INFS 6620 - Advanced Computer Applications for Business
Advanced application development in an end-user computing environment. Opportunity to develop skills in building applications to support management activities in the information age. Includes database systems, electronic spreadsheets, and other appropriate application environments.
INFS 6810 - Big Data for Analytics
Prerequisite: INFS 6790. Fundamental concepts in big data as an organizational resource. Survey of the technologies required to support big data, and the management and manipulation of big data to support business intelligence and analytic efforts.
No more than two (2) 5000-level classes may be taken as part of the degree program.
Students planning to graduate in the minimum amount of time, including summer attendance, should plan their programs carefully in order to meet course sequencing and scheduling constraints. The program director can provide scheduling assistance.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to qualified students.
INFS 6750 may not be taken to satisfy either a required or elective course in the program.
No foreign language or thesis is required in the program. may not be taken to satisfy either a required or elective course in the program.
Students without an undergraduate degree in information systems or demonstrable professional experience in the discipline are required to complete the additional prerequisites of INFS 2600, INFS 3800 (or INFS 6000), and INFS 4790 (or INFS 5790). INFS 5790 may be taken for credit toward the graduate degree. Students without formal training or experience in IT may be encouraged to take some additional INFS courses. A portion of these requirements may be satisfied in conjunction with the student's graduate studies.
- file a degree plan with the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.