Information Systems and E-Business Concentration

Every day, across every industry and business function, petabytes of data flow through information and technology systems. Where do you see your career in this rapidly evolving environment?

Tech-enabled relationships drive commerce in a variety of industries and organizations. Your successful career depends on a thorough understanding of how technology applied to information systems solves problems and creates business opportunities.

Be Career Ready

  • Acquire skills for a career in corporate technology, consulting or developing solutions for business units
  • Embrace your entrepreneurial spirit with innovation and systems management skills to answer today’s business challenges
  • Apply big data, predictive analytics and systems design infrastructure management to realize strategic growth
  • Gain experience with networking and data communications, database management systems and distributed computing
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Concentration Requirements

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Fall Semester

MGS 613LEC Database Mgmt Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of database management systems (DBMS) and the skills needed to design and implement a relational database. Students will be introduced to data modeling concepts, modeling tools, the process of transforming conceptual models into relational database designs, and finally the steps needed to implement those designs. Emphasis is placed on Entity-Relationship diagramming, data normalization, database administration, and data definition, data manipulation and query development using Structured Query Language (SQL). Other topics covered include: object-oriented databases, database security and integrity, web/database integration, application development in a Client/Server environment, distributed databases, data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management via the Internet to support electronic commerce. Readings, lectures, interactive case assignments and a database design project reinforce the role of DBMS in supporting organizational systems, transaction processing and decision support applications.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


MGS 655LEC Distributed Computing and Big Data Technologies

Large scale computing environments aggregate resources from many autonomous computers to satisfy the information processing needs of modern enterprises. This course introduces techniques for creating functional, usable, high-performance distributed systems. Objectives are twofold: (1) gain a solid understanding of the technical issues, concepts and systems in the rapidly advancing technologies in distributed computing, and (2) acquire substantial knowledge on how to work with big data in distributed environments. The course is organized into two parts: study of DCS technologies, and study of large scale systems. We will discuss communication and networking services, application support services, large scale distributed system design, data management and interoperability of systems including consistency and data replication. Students will learn to use a framework for data intensive distributed applications (Apache Hadoop) and an associated parallel programming model, MapReduce.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


MGS 602LEC Global IT Infrastructure Mgmt

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of business data communications. The objective of the course is to provide students with a firm foundation for covering more advanced topics in subsequent courses. The student will develop an understanding of networks including the internet and the development of World Wide Web based applications. The course will also cover the basic principles of network operating systems concepts and the role of network operating systems in developing Web applications. The course includes extensive coverage of business telecommunication including voice and data. Coverage is extended to coding and digitizing, modems, protocols, and network architectures as well as management aspects. Cases on telecommunications and electronic commerce, as well as current readings, will also be part of the pedagogy.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


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MGS 650LEC Information Assurance

This is an interdisciplinary course in Information Assurance that has two primary objectives: 1) to introduce students to fundamental concepts, terminologies, IA models and practices. 2) to view how different fields of disciplines interact in this area. The course will familiarize students with the technical, legal, socio-political, and managerial issues of IA. Broadly, the issues that we will cover in this course include: security investigation and analysis; ethical, legal, and professional aspects of Information assurance; risk management and implementation and maintenance of information assurance.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602


The courses listed above are concentration requirements.
  • Electives and/or internship – 6 credits

Spring Semester

MGO 642LEC Capstone: Integration of Business Functions

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640


MGO 644LEC Business Practice

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640 And MGO 642


MGS 614LEC Systems Analysis & Design

This course provides an introduction to the systems development life cycle (SDLC) emphasizing the recent adaptive approaches to SDLC, such as the unified process life cycle and agile methods. The course focuses on the disciplines of business modeling, requirements analysis, and logical design and utilizes the Unified Modeling Language (UML) for analysis, modeling, and design of business-oriented information systems. Information assurance issues of system controls and security are covered with respect to their impact on system requirements and design models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


MGS 616LEC Predictive Analytics

This course teaches the technical and managerial skills needed in developing predictive analytics applications which are used by customer-centric corporations - retail, financial, communication, and marketing groups - to help make decisions involving complex systems. The course concentrates on a set of well-known predictive analytics methods to support business decision making. Topics such as association rule mining, decision trees, neural networks, regression analysis and cluster analysis are covered in great depth. Extensive hands-on experience using software such as SAS Enterprise Miner is provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018 | Spring 2018


MGS 651LEC Managing Computer Networks

The area of computer networks is currently the fastest growing part of the MIS world. This course will discuss concepts in the management of computer networks. It is an introductory course which will discuss issues in designing computer networks, administration, network operating systems and network interconnection alternatives. A hardware lab on networking will provide a "hands-on" part of the course. The course will provide the MBA (MIS concentration) student with the foundation skills to develop a career in the field of networks through their exposure to network administration, design, pricing, etc. In addition, the hardware lab for hands on network administration is unique and is not available for student use anywhere else on campus. Course topics will be drawn from: introduction to microcomputers and Local Area Networks; LAN hardware, systems software, and installation; LAN administration; Wide Area Networks; and emerging technologies.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602 Or MGS 607 Or MGS 650


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MGS 659LEC Web Analytics and Optimization Techniques for eCommerce

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of doing business via the Internet. Topics include: elements of the infrastructure of electronic commerce; technologies and applications in electronic commerce; using electronic commerce for the creation of competitive advantages; planning technology-based strategies to achieve business goals. The course will rely heavily on research and peer learning with the instructor serving as catalyst, facilitator, and evaluator in a collaborative environment.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


  • Elective – 3 credits

Note: MGS 614, MGS 616, MGS 651 and/or MGS 659 are concentration requirements.

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