2021-2022 Catalog

Master of Science in Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems program is designed to present students a broad range of topics across the technology spectrum coupled with skills that promote technology leadership and technology-inspired organizational change management.

The program emphasizes the application of technology to organizational requirements while fostering communications skills, information literacy, abstract thinking and critical analysis. This program is consistent with the technologies, controls and security practices used and supported by numerous organizations. In order to affirm program currency and relevance, the curriculum was designed and aligned with expert guidance along with peer-reviewed curricular body recommendations. Students are expected to demonstrate computer, analytical, leadership and critical-thinking skills in order to succeed in Master of Science in Information Systems program.

Students who have not earned degrees from appropriate fields of study may be required to take additional coursework as a prerequisite for completing the program.

Within this curriculum, students have the option of choosing a concentration in:

  • Computer Forensic Management
  • Computer Security Management
  • Enterprise Network Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Software Engineering Management

Disclaimers

This program is not available at the Mississippi or New Jersey campuses, and is available in an online-only format to Mississippi and New Jersey students. 

Credits earned from Strayer University do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing examinations to practice certain information systems professions. General information about information systems licensure options is available from vendor-specific websites such as Microsoft, Cisco, Project Management Institute, CompTIA or EC-Council.

The university recognizes that the IT industry uses IT certifications as a means of vetting potential IT professionals in the fields of computer networks, database management, network security, technical support and more. Therefore, a number of carefully chosen courses have embedded IT certification training along with academic rigor in order to prepare students for certification. Review the graduate-level CIS course descriptions in the course descriptions section of this catalog to determine which courses in this minor have certification training availability and the requirements associated with each course. Certifications are the best means of validating a student's skills and knowledge.

Area I – Core Component

Required Courses

BUS 517Project Management

CIS 500Information Systems for Decision-Making

CIS 502Theories of Security Management

CIS 505Communication Technologies

CIS 510Advanced Systems Analysis and Design

CIS 512Advanced Computer Architecture

CIS 515Strategic Planning for Database Systems

CIS 524Computer Interaction and Design

CIS 599Graduate Information Systems Capstone

Total Credit Hours:40.5

Area II – Concentration Component

Students must choose one of the following concentrations to complete the Master of Science in Information Systems.

Computer Security Management Concentration

The Master of Science in Information Systems program with the Computer Security Management Concentration is designed to promote technology leadership to deploy and strategically influence information technology solutions to enhance organizational performance and cybersecurity posture. The program emphasizes the application of technology and management strategies to secure an organization’s data and operations against cybersecurity concerns.

CIS 534Advanced Network Security Design

CIS 542Web Application Security

CIS 552Cybercrime Techniques and Response

Total Credit Hours:13.5

Computer Forensic Management Concentration

The Master of Science in Information Systems program with the Computer Forensic Management Concentration is designed to promote technology leadership to deploy and strategically influence information technology solutions to enhance organizational performance and cybersecurity posture. The program emphasizes the application of technology and management strategies to manage the digital forensics process in response to a given security incident.

CIS 558Information Technology Audit and Control

CIS 560Security Access and Control Strategies

CIS 562Computer Forensics Planning

Total Credit Hours:13.5

Enterprise Network Management Concentration

The Master of Science in Information Systems program with the Enterprise Network Management Concentration is designed to promote technology leadership to deploy and strategically influence information technology solutions to enhance organizational performance and IT service accessibility. The program emphasizes the application of technology and management strategies to enhance network performance and to meet its organizational business and security requirements.

CIS 513Enterprise Wireless Networks

CIS 532Network Architecture and Analysis

CIS 539Cloud and Virtual Computing

Total Credit Hours:13.5

Information Systems Management Concentration

The Master of Science in Information Systems program with the Information Systems Management Concentration is designed to promote technology leadership to deploy and strategically influence information technology solutions to enhance organizational performance and cybersecurity posture. The program emphasizes the advanced technical skills needed to implement, manage and administer IT infrastructure.

CIS 525Advanced Agile Project Management

CIS 527IT Risk Management

CIS 558Information Technology Audit and Control

Total Credit Hours:13.5

IT Project Management Concentration

The Master of Science in Information Systems program with the IT Project Management Concentration is designed to promote technology leadership to deploy and strategically influence information technology solutions to enhance organizational performance. The program emphasizes the application of technology and management strategies to develop project plans and manage human capital to meet business goals.

BUS 519Project Risk Management

CIS 525Advanced Agile Project Management

CIS 554Information Technology Project Leadership Strategies

Total Credit Hours:13.5

Software Engineering Management Concentration

The Master of Science in Information Systems program with the Software Engineering Management Concentration is designed to promote technology leadership to deploy and strategically influence information technology solutions to enhance organizational performance and business requirements. The program emphasizes the application of technology and management strategies for rapid development, deployment, and maintenance of software applications.

CIS 518Advanced Software Engineering

CIS 554Information Technology Project Leadership Strategies

CIS 555Requirements Engineering

Total Credit Hours:13.5

All courses are 4.5 quarter credit hours.

Total Credit Hours: 54.0

Total Credit Hours: 54.0