The Master of Science in Information Systems prepares students to manage the organizations, people, technology and resources that transform raw materials into finished products.

The program is open to students who have an aptitude for information technology, and it is particularly useful to students with backgrounds in information technology management, computer science, computer engineering, electronics engineering, and related fields.

All courses in the program are offered on campus; a few are also occasionally available on-line. You may enroll on a full- or part-time basis, but course availability is greatest during the fall and winter semesters. The program usually can be completed within 12 months of full-time study.

Admission is rolling, and you may begin the program in September or January. May admission is also usually possible for part-time students.

University of Michigan-Dearborn students who have been admitted to the MS-Information Systems may take up to 6 graduate credits during the final semester of their undergraduate program.

MS-Information Systems
Working with other students in my class has been really fantastic, I would say I learn just as much from the students as I do from the professors and course work.
Winston Koo, MS in Information Systems/MBA '14


The Master of Science in Information Systems requires 10 courses or 30 credit hours.

  • (7 courses/21 credits)

    MIS 525 - Computer and Information Systems
    MIS 575 - Information Management
    MIS 641 - Enterprise Architecture and Networking
    MIS 642 - Information Assurance
    MIS 644 - Information Technology Policy and Strategy
    MIS 649 - Business Intelligence
    MIS 650 - Information Systems Quality (no credit after MIS 640)

  • (3 courses/9 credits)

    ACC 555 - Cost Management
    DS 520 - Applied Statistical Modeling
    DS 570 - Management Science
    DS 630 - Applied Forecasting
    DS 631 - Decision Analysis
    DS 632 - System Simulation
    FIN 531 - Financial Fundamentals and Value Creation
    MIS 527 - Programming and Data Structures
    MIS 643 - IT Project and Change Management
    MKT 515 - Marketing Management
    OB 510 - Organization Behavior
    OM 521 - Operations Management
    OM 664 - Strategic Sourcing
    OM 665 - IT in Supply Chain Management
    BI 500/ 505/560 - Business Internship
    BA 690 - Graduate Research

Program Details

  • Previous coursework deemed substantially similar to MIS 525, or an undergraduate degree in Information Technology Management, may qualify to exempt students from MIS 525.  Exempt courses must be replaced with other elective courses in the degree program.

    In addition, up to 6 transfer credits for previous equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the degree if those credits have not been counted toward a degree.

    Exemptions and transfer credit are granted at the discretion of the program faculty.

  • Goal 1: MS-IS students will acquire discipline-specific knowledge and competencies.

    Objectives: MS in Information Systems students will:

    1. Design an information system for an organization.
    2. Evaluate security risks of an organization.
    3. Use data to provide solutions to business questions.

    Goal 2: MS-IS students will develop effective communication skills.

    Objectives: MS in Information Systems students will:

    1. Communicate complex IT concepts orally.
    2. Communicate complex IT concepts effectively in writing.

    Goal 3: MS-IS students will develop IT strategy skills.

    Objectives: MS in Information Systems students will:

    1. Be able to assess the impact of IT strategy on organizational effectiveness.
    2. Manage information quality initiatives in organizations.