The UIC Liautaud MS in MIS is an advanced degree in the application of information technology to solve business problems. Forbes ranks information systems as the 4th-best master's degree for jobs with a mid-career median pay of $95,500 with projected employment increase for common jobs associated with this degree at 23.3 percent. In 2014, 100 percent of MIS graduates had found employment within six months of graduation.
Fast-paced and flexible: The MS in MIS is a thirty-two credit hour degree program that can be completed in one year of full-time study (or more than one year of part-time study).
The core: The main components of the curriculum consist of core knowledge in enterprise applications and infrastructure, database management and information systems management. Each student must complete the capstone experience as either a design project with an external company or organization or an independent research project.
Prerequisites: Students must meet both the business and technical background requirements. Each prerequisite course may be waived based on equivalent prior coursework or appropriate work experience in the functional area. These courses are prerequisites and will not count towards the minimum degree requirement of 32 hours. Applicants who have not taken all of the prerequisite courses may be admitted on a provisional basis (i.e., with limited rather than full status) and must complete the prerequisites within their first year of enrollment to retain their status in the program.
Areas of specialization: A student in the program may specialize in technical, managerial, or a combination of the two areas. MIS courses are organized around three disciplines: Service Operations and Supply Chain Management; Enterprise Information Technology and Technology Project Management; and Data Mining focused on the finance and marketing sectors.