Sep 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Systems, M.S. (Data Analytics Concentration)

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General Program Information

Jeff Roach, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
476 Nicks Hall
Box 70711
(423) 439-6966


Brian T. Bennett, Ph.D., Interim Department Chair
4-464 Nicks Hall
Box 70711
(423) 439-5328


Faculty: Brian Bennett; Mathew Desjardins; Edward Hall; Matthew Harrison; Stephen Hendrix; Ghaith Husari; Mohammad Khan; Phillip Pfeiffer; Tony Pittarese; Jack Ramsey; Tahsin Rezwana; Jeffrey Roach; David Tarnoff; Christopher Wallace

The Department of Computing offers three graduate programs, including the Master of Science in Computer Science, the Master of Science in Information Systems, and a Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics. The Master of Science in Information Systems is a technically-oriented degree for anyone who wants to understand technology in a business context. This degree allows students from any background to increase their technical expertise in Information Technology and Information Systems.

Data Analytics Concentration Information

The Data Analytics concentration will allow students to develop strategies for using data to gain business advantages, through inspecting and cleaning data, using programming to analyze and visualize data, and using the information gained to make meaningful decisions.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to admission policies established by the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, all applicants will be evaluated based on the following factors:

(a) Academic performance and/or professional experience. Academic and professional preparation in information systems or a computing field is helpful but not required. Students without previous coursework in information systems or information technology may be admitted provisionally.

(b) Three letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant’s academic ability, professional maturity, and communication skills.

(c) A personal essay that discusses the applicant’s reason for pursuing the M.S. in Information Systems.

International Applicants: Demonstration of English proficiency as specified by the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission Policies is required. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required.

Articulation Agreement

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics may transfer all 12 credits into the M.S. in Information Systems with the approval of the M.S. in Information Systems Program Coordinator. All transfer credits must meet GPA requirements and the Graduate School Transfer of Credit policy and matriculation limits.

Graduation Policy

All students must pass a final oral examination by completing a presentation to their advisor and committee members at the end of their capstone sequence.

International Students: Must complete 4 credits of the International Student Seminar to meet graduation requirements.

Information Systems, MS Degree Requirements: 33 credits

Core Requirements 9 credits
Concentration 12 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 6 credits
Capstone 6 credits
TOTAL 33 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 6 credits

Students may choose unduplicated courses from other concentrations as electives as well as relevant special topics courses. Students may take at most one independent study course and three dual-listed courses during the program of study.

  • CSCI 5xxx (3 credits)
  • CSCI 5xxx (3 credits)

Capstone: 6 credits

Choose one of the following options: Thesis, Information Systems Project, or Independent Project.

International Student Seminar Policy

International Students : Must complete 4 credits of International Student Seminar  as part of their graduate program.

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