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Master of Science in Management Information Systems

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About the Master of Science in Management Information Systems

We're bridging the worlds of technology and management

The Florida State University College of Business' online Master of Management Information Systems (MIS) degree enables you to bolster your management, technical and analytical skills with the benefit of Florida State’s world-renowned faculty, individual instruction and cutting-edge curriculum - all from the convenience of your home or office.

Designed with the input of IT and MIS professionals, the online MS in MIS consists of eleven three-hour courses that will update your technical skills and business knowledge. All students complete a set of MIS core classes that covers topics such as project management, management of technology, knowledge management and business intelligence, electronic business, and social and organizational issues related to information systems. The remaining four courses are selected from MIS courses that may be offered or from the MBA curriculum.

Admission into the MS in MIS program occurs each semester.  The program is designed so that a typical student can complete the degree in 24 months by taking two online courses each semester.

For more information, contact Dr. Ashley Bush, MS in MIS Advisor in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Information Systems, or download the MS-MIS program brochure (PDF).

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Apply Today

Begin your Master of Science in Management Information Systems application today by entering the Graduate Admissions Portal external link icon.  Application deadlines are June 1 for fall entry, October 1 for spring entry, and March 1 for summer entry.

Admission to the MS-MIS program is highly competitive and based on the academic and professional credentials of the applicant pool. The College of Business generally recommends a minimum of three years of IT-related work experience and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the upper division coursework. The GMAT (preferred) or the GRE is a requirement for admission to the MBA program and to Florida State University. The entrance exam is a university requirement that may be waived if an applicant meets certain criteria. The College of Business recommends a GMAT minimum of 550 or a GRE minimum of 530 on the verbal scale and 710 on the quantitative scale for the old exam, with a minimum of 150 on each subsection on the revised GRE, taken within the last five years. However, all application materials are considered. To register to take the GMAT test, visit gmat.com. The entrance exam is a university requirement that may be waived for outstanding applicants meeting certain criteria.

Given the limited class size, it is likely that most who are admitted to the program will have credentials considerably above the specified minimums.

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Degree Requirements

Prerequisites

All MS in MIS applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of IT- or MIS-related work experience.

Course Descriptions

ISM 5021 Information & Technology Management
Examines a range of topics that present managerial challenges unique to technology-oriented environments. Topics include new technology convergence, the management of technology that disrupts existing industries, measuring new technology impacts, and business continuity planning, among others.

ISM 5046 Social and Organizational Issues in Management Information Systems
Provides students an opportunity to explore some of the issues related to information systems and their place in society. Course focus will cover society as a whole, electronic communities, organizational impacts, the implications of design choices, and ethical considerations.

ISM 5315 Project Management
Designed to be relevant for all professions confronting project-related tasks, with particular attention given to the information systems context. Course content includes an overview of the foundation and supporting knowledge areas of project management, with emphasis on the systemic nature of project management.

ISM 5316 Advanced Project Management
Extends the concepts of project management to the management of multiple projects across time and space, including the management of projects outside of the organization through outsourcing, strategic alliances, and offshore arrangements.

ISM 5327 Corporate Information Security
This course examines corporate information security from several perspectives. Differences in security of physical versus digital assets are considered. Sources of security threats are identified. Solutions involving technology, people, and policy are examined, as well as proper responses to attacks on digital assets.

ISM 5428 Knowledge Management / Business Intelligence
Overview of knowledge management concepts and use of technology to provide business intelligence necessary for organizations to function effectively in dynamic business environments.

ISM 5507 E-Business
Examines e-business models. Topics include the application of business strategy, consumer behavior, and customer relationship theories in e-business environments. Business-to-business and business-to-consumer arrangements are considered. Supply chain and other e-business infrastructure issues are covered.
 

Electives

ISM 5125 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
This course builds on basic systems analysis and design concepts including distributed systems analysis and design. Use cases, quality assurance, performance metrics, and current trends are investigated.

ISM 5207 Advanced Database Management
This course builds on basic database concepts. Topics include physical database design, advanced SQL, data warehousing, data mining, XML data and schemas, database administration and data center administration.

ISM 5227 Advanced Telecommunications Management
This course builds on basic telecommunications and network management concepts. Topics include physical layer propagation, advanced switch operation, wireless environments, LANs, WANs, network applications, and a comparison of client/server versus Web applications.

ACG 5026 Financial Reporting and Managerial Control
This course provides a basic understanding of accounting systems and the financial statements to lay a foundation for financial statement analysis. The course also provides a basic understanding of cost systems and controls to lay a foundation for organizational control. (Take before FIN 5425)

BUL 5810 The Legal & Ethical Environment of Business
An introduction to the legal, political and social institutions which affect business activity, with an emphasis on public law and governmental regulation. Landmark legislation and judicial decisions will be examined.

FIN 5425 Problems in Financial Management
An advanced case course including an in-depth study into selected topics such as valuation theory and the investment, financing, and dividend decisions of the firm. (Prerequisite: ACG 5026)

FIN 5515 Investment Management & Analysis
Analysis of financial assets with emphasis on the securities market, the valuation of individual securities, and portfolio management. (Prerequisite: FIN 5425)

MAN 5245 Organizational Behavior
A dynamic examination of managerial concepts of human behavior in work organizations. Topics include motivation, leadership, reward systems, training, recruiting, selection, and job design.

MAN 5501 Production and Operations Management
Develops a conceptual framework which is useful in describing the nature of the operations function, with emphasis on identifying basic problems in managing the operations of an organization.

MAN 5716 Business Conditions Analysis
A combination of statistics and managerial economics designed to illustrate statistical methods and techniques by applying them to basic managerial issues using elementary calculus and basic statistical programs (Excel and SAS) for regressions, testing hypotheses, and applying other statistical methods to important issues in managerial economics. Also, problems of managing the firm in relation to the changing economic environment; analysis of major business fluctuations and development of forecasting techniques.

MAR 5125 Marketing Strategy in the Global Environment
This course examines the business- level marketing strategy in the context of global markets and uses the marketing-planning process as a framework for understanding how global environments, markets, and institutions affect the strategic marketing operations of the global business enterprise.

MAR 5408 Sales Leadership
In this course, students learn the nuances of leading and coaching individual sales representatives. The content follows the typical progression of the sales rep onboarding cycle: 1) the challenges of where and how to find potential sales representatives; 2) screening and selecting sales representative candidates; 3) training newly hired reps. The course includes training program development implementation and evaluation, including effective coaching techniques. Other course topics include employee motivation, evaluation and compensation, time and territory management and team-building work associated with managing sales representatives.

MAR 5409 Business-to-Business Sales and Marketing
This course focuses on building and managing relationships with business customers. It will cover business-to-business management issues, with an emphasis on topics at the mid-to-upper management level. Specific strategic marketing issues include problems and opportunities that leverage an understanding of the entire supply chain. Sales will deal primarily with complex, large/key account management and customer relations. Sales management issues will concentrate on managing a sales force focused on complex accounts.

MAR 5416 Strategic Salesforce Management
Sales managers must be able to use company data to make strategic decisions about territory design, salesforce organization, compensation plans, forecasting and key account resource allocations. This course teaches students key quantitative methods for data analysis and operational decision-making.

MAR 5465 Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the ideas and concepts of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management function in organizational settings. Focus is placed on the development and management of relationships with world class suppliers in an e-business environment. The course will cover the importance of developing sourcing strategies through a global supply base. Specific concepts covered include: supplier selection & development; management of a strategic supply base; electronic commerce applications; logistics and inventory issues.

MAR 5861 Customer Relationship Management
This course focuses on strategies to develop and maintain continuing customer relationships. Customers are arguably the single most important stakeholder of any modern corporation. Firms must employ strategies to create, promote and retain customers over the long term. Customer relationships also are key to any corporation’s overall reputation and must be managed in concert with other key stakeholder relationships.

MAR 5957 Global Business Seminar
This course consists of on-campus class meetings and an international trip to an overseas destination. On campus meetings help students understand the related international business theories as well as the inhibiting and opportunity-offering roles of local cultures in international business. The international trip is to gain access to the best business practices of world-class multinational firms in the destination city. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours. Duplicate registration allowed within the same term.

REE 5105 Real Estate Valuation
This course provides an advanced treatment of real estate valuation analysis. This includes a description of valuation procedures, identification of highest and best use, application of real property valuation methods, and emerging topics of special interest.

REE 5205 Topics in Real Estate Finance
Covers topics related to the mortgage capital markets, including the primary and secondary mortgage markets, market operations, mortgage instruments and mortgage-related securities.

REE 5305 Real Estate Investment
Focused on the topic of real estate investment analysis primarily from the private investor's (equity) perspective, this course introduces students to the analytical tools and procedures used to evaluate real estate investment opportunities.

RMI5017 Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance.
This course will develop concepts such as time value of money, statistical analysis, information technology, and management of risk exposure.
 

Schedule

Fall Entry


1st Fall Semester

1st Spring Semester

1st Summer Semester

ISM 5315 Project Management

AND

ISM 5428 Knowledge Management/Business Intelligence

OR

ISM 5021 Management of Information Technology

OR

One (1) MBA Elective

ISM 5316 Advanced Project Management
AND
ISM 5046 Social & Organizational Issues in Management Information Systems

Two (2) MBA Electives

2nd Fall Semester

2nd Spring Semester

2nd Summer Semester

ISM 5507 E-Business
AND
ISM 5428 Knowledge Management/Business Intelligence
OR
ISM 5021 Management of Information Technology
OR
One (1) MBA Elective

ISM 5327 Corporate Information Security
AND
ISM 5021 Management of Information Technology
OR
One (1) MBA Elective

One (1) MBA Elective

MAR 5957 Global Business Seminar is available as a flex course option, but is available in summer and spring semesters only.
 

Spring Entry


1st Spring Semester

1st Summer Semester

1st Fall Semester

ISM 5327 Corporate Information Security
AND
ISM 5021 Management of Information Technology
OR
One (1) MBA Elective

Two (2) MBA Electives

ISM 5315 Project Management
AND
ISM 5428 Knowledge Management/Business Intelligence
OR
ISM 5021 Management of Information Technology
OR
One (1) MBA Elective

2nd Spring Semester

2nd Summer Semester

2nd Fall Semester

ISM 5316 Advanced Project Management
AND
ISM 5046 Social & Organizational Issues in Management Information Systems

One (1) MBA Elective

ISM 5507 E-Business
AND
ISM 5428 Knowledge Management/Business Intelligence
OR
ISM 5021 Management of Information Technology
OR
One (1) MBA Elective

MAR 5957 Global Business Seminar is available as a flex course option, but is available in summer and spring semesters only.
 

Summer Entry


1st Summer Semester

1st Fall Semester

1st Spring Semester

Two (2) MBA Electives

ISM 5315 Project Management
AND
ISM 5428 Knowledge Management/Business Intelligence
OR
ISM 5021 Management of Information Technology
OR
One (1) MBA Elective

ISM 5316 Advanced Project Management
AND
ISM 5046 Social & Organizational Issues in Management Information Systems

2nd Summer Semester

2nd Fall Semester

2nd Spring Semester

One (1) MBA Elective

ISM 5507 E-Business
AND
ISM 5428 Knowledge Management/Business Intelligence
OR
ISM 5021 Management of Information Technology
OR
One (1) MBA Elective

ISM 5327 Corporate Information Security
AND
ISM 5021 Information & Technology Management
OR
One (1) MBA Elective

MAR 5957 Global Business Seminar is available as a flex course option, but is available in summer and spring semesters only.

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MIS faculty and staff members list

Click here to view MIS faculty and staff within the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Information Systems.

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Application Process

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Need assistance with your graduate application for the June 1 deadline? Join us at your convenience between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST on May 28 online for real-time answers to your questions.

Register today and we’ll send you the link to use this Thursday to get live assistance.

The following items should be submitted through the Florida State Graduate Application portal, available exclusively online at https://admissions.fsu.edu/gradapp external link icon:

  • Applicant Statement/Essay Question Responses (Word document, .docx)
  • An up-to-date resume, clearly indicating work experience including dates and positions held, as well as noting full-time or part-time employment
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from your current and/or previous supervisors
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $30.00 (see University Application or go to http://fees.fsu.edu external link icon)

The following items should be sent to the Admissions Office, PO Box 3062400, 282 Champions Way, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400:

  • One (1) official transcript from all colleges and universities attended
  • Florida Resident Affidavit, if applicable (see University Application or http://admissions.fsu.edu/images/pdf/residency.pdf external link icon)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS score report (required of international applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of academic background).  The ETS code to send TOEFL scores to Florida State is 5219.
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores (all sections of the entrance exams must be completed).  The code to send GMAT scores to Florida State is PN8K567, and the code to send GRE scores is 5219.

International Applicants

International applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in an English-speaking country are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official test results in order to be admitted to The Florida State University. The College of Business requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test and 80 on the internet-based test, or a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS exam, taken within the past two (2) years.

For University information, such as financial responsibilities, degree equivalency, to access the University application, etc., please go to the international applicant information site external link icon.

Waiving the GMAT/GRE
The entrance exam requirement may be waived for outstanding applicants who meet certain criteria

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Program Costs

ESTIMATED PROGRAM COSTS FOR THE 2014-2015 ACADEMIC YEAR

All students pay the same market rate of $750.00 per credit hour regardless of residence.  In addition, students will be responsible for applicable fees per credit hour as listed below:

  • Florida Residents: $750 per credit hour (market rate); $30.18 per credit hour (fee). Total program cost is $780.18 per credit hour for 33 credit hours: $25,745.94.
  • Non-Florida Residents: $750 per credit hour (market rate); $60.24 per credit hour (fee). Total program cost is $810.24 per credit hour for 33 credit hours: $26,737.92.

Note: these costs do not include required books and supplies for courses.  Costs are subject to change.

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