Master's Degree Requirements
Twelve to 14 courses (at least 36 graduate credits) are required for the degree. The following outline specifies the program requirements regarding the foundation, core, electives, and capstone courses. Individual plans for progression will be determined for each student in consultation with the Program Director.
The purpose of the foundation courses is to provide students with a
broad-based background in research and writing, networks, databases, and statistics. The following four courses (three credits each) are required but may be waived based on a student’s academic and professional training.
CIS 523 Data Processing and Database Management
CIS 540 Network Theory
Core Competencies Courses
The core curriculum focuses on managerial, technical, and technology management competencies. Students are required to take a total of nine courses in these core competencies: three courses from the Managerial Competencies area, three courses selected by the student from the Technical Competencies area, and three courses from the Technology Management area.
Managerial Competencies (all three required)
CIS 612 Ethics, Issues, and Government Regulations
CIS 615 Project Management
MBA 810 Self-Assessment for Leadership or INL 652 Leadership Assessment and Evaluation
Technical Competencies (three courses; one required and two selected)
INL 631 Technology Architecture (required)
CIS 624 Data Warehouses
INL 644 Information Security
INL 650 User-Interface Technologies
Technology Management (all three required)
INL 632 Technology Development Management
INL 660 Effective Strategic IS/IT Planning
INL 736 Organizational Effectiveness: Beyond the Fads or
HCD 730 Strategic Approaches to Human Capital (for online students)
Electives (two selected)
Electives provide the framework for keeping pace with the rapid advancements in technology. Students are required to take two elective courses in new technologies.
CIS 658 Data Mining
INL 635 Digital Media Content Development
INL 653 Web Services and Solutions
INL 665 Computer Digital Forensics
INL 668 Computer and Network Security
INL 743 Entrepreneurship
INL 760 IS/IT Human Resource Management
Capstone Experience (one course)
Students culminate their study with an integrative three-credit capstone experience, taken in the final semester of the program. This course is completed with a team of students and provides the opportunity to integrate what has been learned in the core and elective courses.
INL 880 IT/IS Capstone Experience