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MS in Management Information Systems

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The UIC Liautaud Master of Science in Management Information Systems teaches you how to use technology to improve business practices.

In today’s economy, managing information is critical to the success of a business. Supply-chain management, mass customization, business intelligence, and data mining are all key drivers of a successful business, and all require the effective management of large volumes of information using technology systems. Taught by research faculty, the program is designed to train project managers, technology leaders and future CIOs.

With a degree in MIS, you’ll be able to direct companies on how to design, implement and manage systems in ways that have a direct impact on strategy and operational decisions.

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Curriculum

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. 

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Program Outcomes

The MIS program allows you to customize your education to suit your career goals. You may specialize in technical or managerial aspects pertaining to enterprise IT and technology project management, e -business and supply chain management, data management and business intelligence. You will learn problem-solving skills that will help you to frame, analyze and communicate, ensuring a competitive edge when you enter the job market.

Career outcomes: business intelligence, corporate IT management, healthcare IT, IS consulting, and auditing and compliance.

View Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Core Knowledge (0-12 hours)
IDS517
Enterprise Application Development
IDS520
Enterprise Information Infrastructure Planning & Security
IDS521
Advanced Database Management
Each course may be substituted by an elective course if the student has an equivalent prior course work or work experience.
Capstone Project Experience (4 hours)
Select one of the following:
IDS507
Advanced Systems Analysis and Design Project
IDS508
E-Commerce Project
IDS596
Independent Study in Information and Decision Sciences
To be taken only after the completion of at least two Core Knowledge courses.
IS Management (4 hours)
Select one of the following:
IDS514
Management of Information Systems
IDS515
Information Systems Strategy and Policy
IDS523
Audit and Control of Information Systems
Technical Prerequisites (0-12 hours)
Select from the following:
IDS401
Business Object Programming using Java
IDS405
Business Systems Analysis and Design
IDS410
Business Database Technology
Each course may be waived based on equivalent prior course work or appropriate work experience in the technical area. These courses will not count towards the minimum degree requirement of 32 hours.
Business Prerequisites (0-12 hours)
Select two courses in any two functional areas of business:
Operations Management
IDS355
Operations Management
orIDS532
Introduction to Operations Management
Accounting
ACTG210
Introduction to Financial Accounting
orACTG211
Introduction to Managerial Accounting
orACTG500
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Finance
FIN300
Introduction to Finance
orFIN500
Introduction to Corporate Finance
Marketing
MKTG360
Introduction to Marketing
orMKTG500
Introduction to Marketing
Management
MGMT340
Introduction to Organizations
orMGMT541
Organizational Behavior
Each course may be waived based on equivalent prior course work or appropriate work experience in the functional area. These courses will not count towards the minimum degree requirement of 32 hours.
Electives
Three to five courses chosen with the approval of the director of graduate studies. Courses from other departments and colleges may be taken as electives with his or her approval. These courses may be chosen so as to fit career tracks in IS Consulting, Auditing and Forensics, Corporate IS Management, Supply Chain and Service Operations, Business Analytics, Enterprise Applications or IS Operations.

Program Faculty

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Kyle Cheek

Clinical Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
Head and shoulders photo of Yuheng Hu

Yuheng Hu

Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
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Thomas Lee

Associate Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
Deepthi Jayachandran, Class of 2015

The case study oriented subjects were wonderful to study. We had new and old case studies relevant to the subject matter and proved a wonderful learning experience for me. I have learned to work in groups. I have learned to be more patient with group members and to maintain a good work environment while working in groups with people from different backgrounds.  See more at: blog.liautaud.uic.edu

Deepthi Jayachandran
Class of '15

INFORMS Graduate Student Organization

INFORMS UIC student chapter provides an extension of our national chapter mission by enabling a supportive network of fellow students and concerned faculty. The goal of INFORMS is to help students learn more about their field and also to prepare them for their careers. The organization offers weekly meetings with corporate speakers discussing the current trends in our diverse field and career opportunities offered at their companies. These meetings provide an opportunity to get information, while ultimately allowing students to network with possible future employers.

Top Job functions of MIS graduates and Median Starting Salary:

  • Business Analyst $65,000
  • Consulting $60,000
  • Application Developer $85,000
  • Data Analyst $65,000

 

 

 

 

GAMIS Program

Outstanding UIC and UIUC undergraduate students who have an overall GPA of 3.00 in their undergraduate degree and meet 3.0 GPA requirements in selected IDS-related courses can be admitted into the MIS program without having to submit the GMAT or GRE. UIC/UIUC alumni may apply for GAMIS for up to five years after graduation.