The Master of Science-Information Systems provides the knowledge and skills required to manage IT projects, oversee application development, and develop an organization's IT strategy.

The Master of Science-Information Systems at the University of Michigan-Dearborn will prepare you to manage information systems functions, as well as the organizational challenges facing information systems managers. If you have a background in fields such as information technology management, computer science, electronics engineering -- or even if you simply have an aptitude for information technology -- we welcome your application. 

The program is offered on campus, but also includes several online course options. You may enroll on a full- or part-time basis during the fall and winter semesters, and some courses are often available during the summer. 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.

The MS-Information Systems is a US-government "STEM" designated program. International students in this program are eligible to apply for extended time on their student visas to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT).

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-Information Systems/MBA '14


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

Core Courses

(7 courses/21 credits)

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

Elective Courses

(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
MKT 515 - Marketing Management
OB 510 - Organization Behavior
OM 521 - Operations Management
OM 664 - Strategic Sourcing
OM 665 - Information Technology in Supply Chain Management
BA 690 - Graduate Research
BI 500 - Business Internship

Program Details

Transfer Credit and Course Exemptions

Previous coursework deemed substantially similar to ISM 525, or an undergraduate degree in Information Systems Management, may qualify to exempt students from ISM 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.

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: MS-Information Systems students will acquire discipline-specific knowledge and competencies.

Objectives: MS-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-Information Systems students will develop effective communication skills.

Objectives: MS-Information Systems students will:

  1. Communicate complex information technology concepts orally.
  2. Communicate complex information technology concepts effectively in writing.

Goal 3: MS-Information Systems students will develop information technology strategy skills.

Objectives: MS-Information Systems students will:

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

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