MSIS Program

Program Mission

The MSIS program at MSU is prepares students to become information systems professionals who can successfully develop, acquire, and integrate information technology across levels and functions of a firm in the continually changing global business environment by:

  • Equipping students with critical technical skills
  • Strengthening communication skills
  • Enhancing the students' understanding of business functions/operations
  • Developing professional attitudes
  • Enhancing the students' understanding of the link between an organization and information technology
Course Requirements

Students must complete minimum of 30 hours of course work at the graduate level. No more than 9 hours may be below the 8000 level. The MSIS degree includes 17 hours of required BIS courses and at least 2 BIS electives, plus free electives. Three hours of programming courses must be completed either before or in conjunction with the following:

Required Courses:

Course Number Title Hours
BIS 8112 Management of Information Technology and Systems 2
BIS 8213 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design 3
BIS 8313 Advanced Database Design Administration 3
BIS 8513 Business Telecommunications 3
BIS 8613 MIS Administration 3
BIS 8753 Information Systems Collaborative Project 3

BIS Elective Courses:

Course Number Title Hours
BIS 6113 BIS Security Management 3
BIS 6513 Microcomputers/Networks 3
BIS 6523 Advanced Languages II 3
BIS 6533 Decision Support Systems 3
Note: Students must take at least two of the above BIS electives. The remaining hours may be selected from courses either inside or outside the College of Business and Industry with the approval of the student's major professor. In addition, elective hours must be approved by the student's major professor.
Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MSIS Program should hold a bachelor's degree from a fully-recognized four-year institution of higher learning that enjoys unconditional accreditation by appropriate regional accrediting agencies. All general requirements stated in the Graduate Bulletin must be met.

Applicants for the MSIS Program must have a grade-point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher over the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work and a minimum score of 500 on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). When a student is deficient in one of the criteria cited the student's application may still be considered based on the strength of other materials contained in the student's application. However, reasonable minimum levels must be achieved in both the applicant's GPA and GMAT scores.

International applicants not holding degrees from U.S. institutions must submit with their applications a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) report, from a test administered within the last two years, of 575 or higher, in order to be considered for regular admission.

In addition, students must complete the prerequisite courses listed below or have equivalent undergraduate credit. We now offer graduate survey courses in place of most undergraduate prerequisites. These are especially designed for non-business undergraduates and may be taken before or during the MSIS program.

Course Number Foundation Course Replaces these prerequisites
ACC 2203 Survey of Accounting Principles of Financial Acc. & Principles of Managerial Acc.
BQA 8443 Survey of Statistics Business Statistical Methods I & II
MGT 8063 Survey of Management Principles of Management & Production Management
EC 4043 Survey of Economics Principles of Macroeconomics & Principles of Microeconomics
FIN 3123 Financial Management  
MKT 3013 Principles of Marketing  
Computer Course Any computer course Computer Course
Unclassified Admission

Unclassified admission is available to students through the Office of Graduate Studies for those desiring graduate-level study for purposes other than an advanced degree. Only nine semester hours of credit earned while unclassified may subsequently be applied to a degree program in business.

Applicants opting for unclassified admission must have a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.00 out of a possible 4.00. The above admission requirements must be met (including completion of the GMAT with a 500 or higher) before full admission into the program.

Transfer Credit

Up to six hours of graduate transfer credits may be accepted toward fulfilling the requirements for the master's degree, provided the credits have been earned in a recognized institution and are considered pertinent to the student's graduate program. These credits are considered part of the student's program and must adhere to the six-year time limit restriction. Please note, however, that "C" grades are not acceptable, nor are extension credits from other institutions.


Students planning to pursue an MSIS degree or desiring more information about the program should contact the Office of Graduate Studies in Business.