May 28, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Systems, MSIS

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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-7763 

Program Description

Coles MSIS teaches analysis, scoping and controlled use of business data and technology to refine processes, optimize decisions, and implement strategies in order to derive business value. Working professionals benefit from the hybrid nature of delivery and the flexible pace of study. Full time students benefit from professionally experienced professors and real life opportunities for projects and industry engagements.  Coles MSIS welcomes all majors and degrees from undergraduate education. The program also offers opportunity for an MBA-MSIS dual degree and an embedded graduate certificate in Information Security and Assurance for students.  

The MSIS program teaches choice, deployment, management and use of information and computing technologies in the way they bring value to an organization with special emphasis on the following areas:

  • Data Management and Business Intelligence Including Big Data
  • Information Security Risk Management
  • Global IT Management
  • System Analysis
  • Advanced IT Project Management
  • IT Strategy

Students are able to pick their own choice of capstone experience from a spectrum of choices between thesis and industry internship (see details in course section). Prior permission is required to take courses outside of the department, students should contact the program director before they register for non-MSIS courses.

Admissions Requirements

  • Acceptable undergraduate GPA from an accredited US University or equivalent 
  • Satisfactory GMAT/GRE Score (Waivers Available - conditions apply) 
  • Statement of Interest   
  • Current Resume 
  • Recommendations (Optional)

Admission Criteria for Unique Cases

Coles MSIS does not accept students who are not seeking a degree. For a shorter duration program, see the 12 credit hour Graduate certificate in Information Security and Assurance. 

Transfer Credit

Up to 6 transfer credits from accredited US universities’ graduate programs are allowed. In order to be considered, detailed syllabus and schedule of the courses including assignment descriptions need to be submitted to the program director with a formal letter to assess equivalency with courses in the MSIS program. The decision of the program director is final and binding.  

Petition to Graduate 

Each candidate must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of program requirements. The candidate should contact their program to request a petition. The Petition to Graduate form can be found online at For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies .

Program of Study

Concentration (9 Credit Hours)

Pick one of the following concentration areas:

Emerging Technologies and Skills Concentration

This concentration will teach MSIS students the emerging information systems and technologies and their management (e.g., BC, AI, IoT); and BI including BDA.

Information Security and Assurance Concentration

In this concentration, students learn proactive, operational and ex-post management of IT security risks in organizations.

Information Systems General Concentration

Pick any 3 out of the 4 courses below: This concentration allows MSIS students to create a balanced approah in their coursework.

Program Total (36 Credit Hours)

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