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Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems

The Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems

Today’s competitive business environment requires technologies that provide companies a strategic edge and enable businesses to run at maximum efficiency. The information systems majors provide students with the managerial and technological skills that support these goals.Two degree programs are offered: the Master of Science in Information Systems and the Master of Business Administration in Information Systems.

The MS program is a concentration of 30 credits in major-related courses. It provides the concepts, strategies, and techniques necessary for this dynamic field. The program focuses on business areas driven by information technologies, including database management systems, e-business development, and analysis and design. The MS also provides study in other areas of interest, such as information technology in the financial markets and IT project management. The MS provides more in-depth treatment of information systems, compared to the MBA. Also, the MS features an abbreviated business core curriculum of up to six credits (waivable in full or in part, for students with prior academic background).

Note: The requirements below apply to students admitted in spring 2012 or later.  Students admitted in fall 2011 may pursue this program; other students require approval from their faculty advisor, Prof. Michael Palley.  For a description of requirements prior to spring 2012, consult the 2009 - 2012 online Graduate Bulletin.

Department of Homeland Security OPT Extension for STEM Programs

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a program in which international students who graduate from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) degree programs can get an additional 17-month extension on their optional practical training (OPT); please see ( ).

The MS in Information Systems at Baruch conforms to the the DHS-approved program list (11.0103--Information Technology).

Preliminary Courses (6 credits)

Students with appropriate background will be able to reduce the number of credits in preliminary requirements. English language courses offered by the Continuing and Professional Studies area are required for non-native English speakers; the courses may be waived based on a waiver exam.

ACC 9110 Financial Accounting 3
FIN 9770 Financial Decision Making 3

Courses in Specialization (30 credits)

Required (15 credits)

CIS 9001 (formerly CIS 9000) Information Systems for Managers I 1.5
CIS 9002 (formerly CIS 9000) Information Systems for Managers II: Managing and Harnessing Technology 1.5
CIS 9230 Globalization and Technology 3
CIS 9340 Principles of Database Management Systems 3
CIS 9490 Systems Analysis and Design 3
CIS 9590 Information Systems Development Project 3

Electives - select five from the below (15 credits)

BUS 9801, 9802, 9803 Graduate Internship I, II, III (in IS) 3
CIS 9310 Object-Oriented Programming I 3
CIS 9350 Networks and Telecommunications 3
CIS 9410 Object-Oriented Programming II 3
CIS 9440 Database Management Systems II 3
CIS 9444 e-Business Principles and Technologies 3
CIS 9445 Digital Media Management 3
CIS 9467 Business Modeling with Spreadsheets 3
CIS 9480 Information Technology Project Management 3
CIS 9550 Emerging Trends in Information Technologies 3
CIS 9555 Information Technology in Financial Markets 3
CIS 9556 Risk Management Systems 3
CIS 9557 Business Intelligence 3
CIS 9660 Data  Mining for Business Analytics 3
CIS 9700 Integrating Information Technology and Business Processes 3
CIS 9771 Special Topics in Information Technologies 3
CIS 9775 Special Topics in Information Systems Strategy 3
OPR 9721 Introduction to Quantitative Modeling 3
STA 9708 Applied Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions 3

Note:  Students may take CIS 9001 along with other specialization courses for which CIS 9001 is the pre-or corequisite in their first semester.


For further information, contact:

Prof. Michael Palley
Faculty Advisor in CIS
Department of Statistics and Computer Information Systems
(646) 312-3362
CIS Website

Graduate Admissions

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