Master of Science in Information Systems (M.S.I.S.)
The purpose of the Master of Science in Information Systems addresses the growing importance of “information” as a critical business resource. The 36-hour program is designed to provide students with a broad perspective of information-related issues, and examine knowledge as a critical organizational resource. The overall focus of the program is on improving the student’s understanding of, and the ability to manage information/knowledge in today’s dynamic information technology and global business environments.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives when solving managerial level information systems dilemmas.
- Evaluate and present knowledge relevant to management of information systems in diverse business environments
- Solve complex information systems challenges within various contexts.
Program Specific Admissions Requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the Master of Science in Information Systems program requires:
- Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
- TOEFL (if applicable)
- Students must have at least 3 hours in programming courses (C, C#, C++, or Java), 3 hours in algebra (MATH 121 College Algebra (3 c.h.) or higher), 3 hours in statistics (MATH 201 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3 c.h.)/BUSI 230 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3 c.h.)), and 27 hours in Business-related courses (ACCT, BUSI, ECON). If the student does not have the business related courses, they can enroll in BMAL 590 Business Common Professional Components (3 c.h.).
In addition to these courses, our accrediting body, ACBSP, requires all students accepted into ACBSP accredited programs to meet the Information Systems/Technology Core Professional Component (ISCPC). If a student is missing a course(s) within the ISCPC, they may take the 3-credit-hour BMAL 590 Business Common Professional Components (3 c.h.) course to fulfill this requirement. Students with undergraduate courses in the following areas would not need to take BMAL 590 Business Common Professional Components (3 c.h.):
- Business Integration and Strategic Management
- Information Systems
- Legal Issues
- Quantitative Techniques/Statistics (may be met with any applied statistics course)
Note: All prerequisites must be met prior to taking any graduate level program courses.
Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted on Academic Caution status. Students who have less than an undergraduate 2.5 GPA will not be admitted to the program.
- Complete 36 total hours.
- A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
- Maintain 3.00 GPA to remain in the program.
- No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
- No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
- For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
- The degree must be completed within 5 years.
- Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.
Delivery Format: Online Only
- Data Network Consulting
- Systems Integration
- Information Security Analyst
- Project Management
- Information Assurance Cyber Specialist
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Online Prerequisite: Bus Cmn Pro Cpnt/27hr BUSI Req with a score of 3 and College Algebra Req with a score of 3 and Undergraduate Statistics Req with a score of 3 and Obj-Oriented Programming Req with a score of 3
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Online Prerequisite: (Bus Cmn Pro Cpnt/27hr BUSI Req with a score of 3 and College Algebra Req with a score of 3 and Undergraduate Statistics Req with a score of 3 and Obj-Oriented Programming Req with a score of 3) or (CSIS 505 and Bus Cmn Pro Cpnt/27hr BUSI Req with a score of 3 and College Algebra Req with a score of 3 and Undergraduate Statistics Req with a score of 3 and Obj-Oriented Programming Req with a score of 3 and Adv Obj-Oriented Program Req with a score of 3 and Busi Data Comm Sys / Netwk Req with a score of 3)
This course explores the design, implementation, and management of digital networks. Topics will include telecommunications fundamentals, server architecture, as well as cluster and grid computing. The course will explore the development of an integrated technical architecture (hardware, software, networks, and data) to serve organizational needs in a rapidly changing and competitive technological environment.
Online Prerequisite: (BMIS 520 and Bus Cmn Pro Cpnt/27hr BUSI Req with a score of 3 and College Algebra Req with a score of 3 and Undergraduate Statistics Req with a score of 3 and Obj-Oriented Programming Req with a score of 3) or (BMIS 520 and Bus Cmn Pro Cpnt/27hr BUSI Req with a score of 3 and College Algebra Req with a score of 3 and Undergraduate Statistics Req with a score of 3 and Obj-Oriented Programming Req with a score of 3 and Adv Obj-Oriented Program Req with a score of 3 and Busi Data Comm Sys / Netwk Req with a score of 3) or (INFO 535 and Bus Cmn Pro Cpnt/27hr BUSI Req with a score of 3 and College Algebra Req with a score of 3 and Undergraduate Statistics Req with a score of 3 and Prin of Human Bio / Human AP with a score of 3)
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Operations Security is used to identify the controls over hardware, media and the operators with access privileges to any of these resources. This course will look at the mechanisms, tools and facilities that permit the identification of security events and subsequent actions that follow identification. The course will address the threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures that can be utilized to physically protect an enterprise's resources and sensitive information. A study of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning addresses the preservation of the business in face of major disruption to normal business operations will also be included. The preparation, testing and updating of specific actions to protect critical business processes from the effects of major system and network failures will be explored.
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