Move into IT management with a Master's in Information Systems online
Businesses, industries, and organizations need professionals with advanced information technology and business skills. With an online Master's in Information Systems, you could advance your IT career to the manager or director level.
In this online program, you'll learn how to organize information, analyze user information, and design or evaluate information systems that allow for efficient and effective user interaction. You'll prepare to provide and assure the quality and value of information to decision makers, understand the economic and social environment in which organizations function, and be familiar with relevant issues in law, economics, ethics, and management.
- Director of information technology
- Systems analyst
- Director of information systems
- Systems architect
- Strategic technologist
- Director of information management
- Chief information officer (CIO)
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Your Master’s in Information Systems onlines teaches essential knowledge and skills,1 such as:
- Analyzing and designing systems
- Securing and managing information systems
- Marketing management
- IT project management
- Managing human resources
- Information systems strategic planning
- Managing, analyzing, and reporting data
In this online program, you'll learn how to organize information, analyze user information, and design or evaluate information systems that allow for efficient and effective user interaction.
Advanced Human Resource Management
This course covers the major aspects of human resource management. It provides an assessment of the human resource management field. Topics include: equal employment opportunity, job analysis, strategic planning, recruitment, selection, and training and performance appraisal. Also covers compensation, benefits, safety and health, and labor-management relations.
Data Management, Analysis and Reporting
This course introduces students to information data management, analysis, and reporting methodologies in business. Emphasis is placed on the various performance measurement methods used in business and shows their practical impact on business outcomes. Students will learn how to collect information, summarize, analyze, present, and interpret data using current software tools.
Decision Support Systems and Methods
This course provides students with up-to-date techniques and insight into management support system technologies. Emphasis is placed on how support system technologies can be used for better decision making while focusing on the Executive Information Systems (EIS) intended to facilitate and support the information and decision-making needs of senior executives.
Financial Accounting for Management
An examination of accounting procedures related to recording, reporting, analyzing, and interpreting financial data. Applies accounting concepts and perspectives to financial and business decisions. Emphasis is placed on applying technical accounting procedures in the evaluation and analysis of business events.
Human Computer Interaction
This course introduces students to the world of human-computer interaction and takes students through the process of developing effective interactive information technologies. Emphasis is placed on accessibility and diversity, aging, literacy, hearing, vision, physical disabilities, and children. Additional topics include sensor-based interactions, tangible interfaces, augmented cognition, cognition under stress, ubiquitous and wearable computing, and privacy and security.
Information Systems Capstone Project
Students are required to complete a project or write a thesis that integrates and demonstrates their mastery of the learning objectives and the integration of the skills and concepts of the degree program.
Prerequisites: Completion of all core courses or with the consent of the Dean.
Information Systems Security
This course focuses on the managerial aspects of information security such as access control models, information security governance, and information security program assessment and metrics. Topics include information-assurance plans and strategies, providing training for security awareness, configuration security management, information assurance (IA), and legal issues.
Information Systems Strategic Planning
This course provides an introduction to the information systems used in the strategic planning process and methodologies, which drive business information management/information technology strategy and computing architecture. Topics include the concepts, the techniques, and the templates for analyzing, organizing, communicating, and implementing an information systems strategy.
IT Project Management
This course presents an understandable, integrated view of the many concepts, skills, tools, and techniques involved in information technology project management. Topics include analysis of business requirements, development and deployment cycles, creating project plans for successful delivery, implementation of risk management techniques and mitigation strategies, scheduling task cycles, implementing monitoring tools, and controls to track project progress.
This course addresses the theory and practice of leadership in organizations. Explores traditional and modern theories of leadership, as well as the practical application of these theories in the workplace. In addition to covering the traditional concepts of leadership in organizations, this course takes an in-depth look at the power and influence a leader has over the organization and its members.
Management Information Systems
This course introduces students to management information systems essential for creating competitive firms, managing global corporations, and providing useful products and services to customers. Emphasis is placed on the digital integration of the firm through enterprise applications, management of the supply chain, customer relationships, and enterprise systems.
The development and execution of a company's marketing plan are emphasized in this course. All elements of the marketing organization are reviewed, and their contributions to an effective marketing effort are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the impacts of telecommunications and information technology on marketing.
Storage Area Network Architecture and Management
This course focuses on storage networking and how Storage Area Networks (SANs) can help consolidate conventional server storage onto networks, how they make applications highly available no matter how much data is being stored, and how they make data access and management faster and easier. Additional emphasis is placed on the evolution of the technology and SANs, applications for SANs, storage networking and what it means for the information processing architecture of an enterprise, and issues for implementation and adoption.
Systems Analysis and Design
This course focuses on systems analysis and design with emphasis on information systems development and the latest systems development methods, tools, and techniques in systems analysis and design. Topics include systems analysis fundamentals, the role of the systems analyst, understanding and modeling organizational systems, process specifications and structured decisions, and quality assurance and implementation.
Technology in Research Methods
This course will provide an opportunity for participants to establish or advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research language and approaches. The course introduces the language of research, principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Participants will use these theoretical underpinnings to begin to critically review literature relevant to their field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in forming their understanding of their work, social, local and global environment.
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Why Choose Independence University?
IU's online and on-campus degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.
- Employment focused
- Path to a better career
Benefits of Earning Your Master’s Degree in Information Systems—Online!
To become a higher-level executive, manager, or administrator in the field of information technology, getting your online Master’s degree in Information Systems could make a big difference. The IT industry needs professionals who possess both analytical skills and business acumen to help improve business through information management.
When you study online with Independence University (IU), you don’t have to put your career on hold. Online education allows you to complete your coursework day or night, so you can more readily fit your coursework into your busy schedule. With your online Master’s degree in Information Systems from IU, you’ll gain the professional knowledge, insight, and perspective you need to potentially advance your career.
What you’ll study during your online degree program
Rather than traditional semesters, your Master’s degree program will follow a pattern of four-week modules, which can help students focus better. Week by week, you’ll participate online in assignments, assessments, and discussion boards. To further enhance your career preparation, you will have daily online checkpoints, such as reading an article about information systems and responding to a question.
As you pursue your online Master’s degree program, you’ll learn the advanced skills and knowledge required for a higher-level career in Information Systems, including how to:
- Organize information
- Analyze user information
- Promote efficient and effective user interaction
- Provide high-quality, valuable information to business leaders
Your Master’s degree classes will cover many vital, engaging topics, such as:
- Leadership Theory
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Management Information Systems
- Information Systems Security
- Data Management, Analysis and Reporting
- Human Computer Interaction
- Information Systems Strategic Planning
- Decision Support Systems and Methods
What to expect in a higher-level information systems career
With a Master’s degree in Information Systems from IU, you could seek positions within the office of a chief information officer (CIO); work toward becoming a managing director of information technology or information systems; or pursue a senior-level role as a systems analyst, systems architect, or strategic technologist.
Independence University is a nonprofit organization, so we focus on student needs rather than shareholder demands. IU always puts its students first when it comes to designing and teaching courses, staying abreast of the job market, and providing tools, resources, and other academic support. In just 15 months, you could get your Master’s degree online and start striving for higher levels of career advancement, success, and satisfaction.