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Information Systems (MS)

Requirements for masters degree with an information systems (iSC) specialization:

Students must satisfactorily complete all prescribed prerequisite courses, a comprehensive examination, and thirty-six (36) graduate credit hours for the Information Systems specialization in the SoC Master of Science degree. Required prerequisite courses are prescribed by the Information Systems Coordinator after reviewing prior academic work and results from any required School of Computing Foundation Placement Examinations. Information Systems Specialization majors must complete their Information Systems program with a minimum grade of "B" in core courses, and an overall program GPA of 3.0. The thirty-six (36) graduate hours consist of twelve (12) hours of CORE courses, six (6) hours of REQUIRED courses, and eighteen (18) semester hours of approved elective courses according to the selected concentration option as follows:

Requirements Course Title   Credit Hours
Core Courses -  All core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "B". 12
ISC 561 Info Systems Database Mgt    
ISC 565 Info Systems Project and Change Mgt.    
And select two (2) from the following:   
ISC 545 Management Informations Systems    
ISC 560 Info Systems Analysis- Design    
IA CIS 530 Information Assurance and IT Auditing    
IA CIS 538 Operating Systems Concepts and Security    
Required Courses     6
ISC 559 Applications Design and Implementation    
And select one (1) from the following:   
ISC 567 IS Function Integration    
IA CIS 595 CIS Research Development    
Concentrations     18
Two concentrations of study are available to students who select the Information Systems Specialization in the SoC Masters program. These are Thesis and Course-Only concentrations.
A. Thesis Concentration - For the Thesis Concentration, eighteen (18) semester hours of required and elective course work are required.
Research Development      
A minimum grade of "C" in CIS 518 is required.
A minimum of three (3) semester hours credit of CIS 595, Computer and Information Sciences Research Development, are required.
A Thesis Concentration student may only enroll in CIS 595 after successfully completing CIS 518 and their core courses. A Thesis Concentration student must be enrolled in CIS 595 in the semester during which they defend their thesis prospectus. A grade of "C" or lower in CIS 595 will result in the dismissal of the student from the Thesis Concentration to the Course-Only Concentration.
Thesis      
A minimum of three (3) semester hours credit of CIS 599, Computer and Information Sciences Thesis, must be applied towards the degree for the Thesis Concentration. Students may only enroll in CIS 599 after successfully defending their thesis prospectus (minimum grade of "B" in CIS 595). A Thesis Concentration student must be enrolled in CIS 599 in the semester during which they defend and/or submit their thesis.
Elective Course Work      
Nine (9) semester hours of additional approved electives are required. A maximum of three (3) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the Thesis Concentration. A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given at the end of this section.
Comprehensive Examination
All students in the Thesis Concentration must pass an oral comprehensive examination administered after the thesis committee accepts the thesis. The School of Computing Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/soc.
B. Course Only Concentration - For the Course Only Concentration, eighteen (18) semester hours of elective course work are required.   18
Elective Course Work
Eighteen (18) semester hours of approved electives are required. A maximum of six (6) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the Course Only Concentration. A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given at the end of this section. ISC 568 may be taken at most two (2) times for the Course Only Concentration.
Comprehensive Examination
Students in the Course Only Concentration must pass a written comprehensive examination.  Students wishing to sit for the examination must apply online to the SoC Director of Graduate Studies by the Friday of the last week of classes in the semester prior to which the examination is to be taken. The comprehensive examination is offered at least once a year. The School of Computing Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/soc.
Information System Electives
A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems elective courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given below. All other courses must be approved by the Information Systems Coordinator.
A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of non-ISC or non-CIS courses will be allowed.
A. Pre-approved Information Systems Electives   
ISC 510 Health Informatics    
ISC 550 Health Systems Analysis and Design    
ISC 553 Information Systems Web Site Management    
ISC 555 Health Data Management and Decision Support    
ISC 568 IS Enterprise Integration (may be taken at most two (2) times - may ONLY be taken with the Course Only Concentration)
CSC 511 Communications and Network Analysis    
CSC 514 Modeling and Simulation    
CSC 527 Software Engineering Principles    
CSC 533 Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Programming    
CIS 518 Research Methodologies    
CIS 590 Special Topics    
IA CIS 535 Digital Forensic Analysis    
IA CIS 540 Network Security Management    
ISC 590 Special Topics in Information Systems    
Special Permission Courses   
Approval of the Information Systems Coordinator and the Director of the SOC Graduate Studies is required for CIS graduate faculty sponsorship of a Special Permission Course. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the Thesis Concentration; a maximum of six (6) credit hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the Course Only Concentration.
CIS 594 Directed Study    
CIS 595 Computer and Information Sciences Research Development    
CIS 599 Computer and Information Sciences Thesis    
Department of Information Systems and Technology Staff 
Professor, Information Systems Coordinator, and Department Chair Dr. Jeffrey P. Landry

Computer-based information systems have become a critical part of products, services, and management of organizations. The Information Systems discipline centers on the development of systems that will improve the performance of people in organizations. Information systems are vital to problem identification, analysis, and decision making at all levels of management. Information Systems professionals must analyze the evolving role of information and organizational processes. Their work includes the design, implementation and maintenance of the information systems that form the backbone of today's global economy. Information Systems professionals distinguish themselves by integrating technology into business. Information Systems graduates pursue professional careers as application developers, database analysts, business analysts and into managerial positions. The combination of business, technical, and interpersonal skills are what recruiters demand of Information Systems professionals.