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Master of Science in Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MIS) is designed to prepare students for positions in information systems and related fields. The curriculum is focused on gaining a better understanding of the use of information systems to enhance business processes and the decision-making process associated with them. Business theory is merged with information systems theory to prepare leaders for success in public and private business environments. Practical applications are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

VIU’s MIS program is generally completed within two years of full time study. It consists of five (5) core courses (15 credits), five (5) specialization elective courses (15 credits) and two (2) other elective courses (6 credits). The specialization allows a student to concentrate in a specific area for which there is demand and to achieve knowledge depth in that area.

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core Courses 5 15
Specialization elective courses 5 15
Elective Courses 2 6
Total 12 36

MIS Core Courses

Each candidate must complete the following five (5) core courses (15 credits):

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 550 IT Infrastructure 3
CMP 553 Analysis, Modeling, & Design 3
CMP 570 Enterprise Information Systems 3
CMP 612 IT Project Management 3
CMP 620 IT Governance 3

MIS Specialization

  • Knowledge Management
  • Data Management
  • Business Intelligence & Data Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Enterprise Project Management
  • Information Assurance
  • Health Informatics

MIS Elective Courses

Candidates must select two (2) courses (6 credits) from the list of courses below or from any other specialization electives*:

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 551 Research Methods 3
CMP 509 Health Informatics Capstone Project 3
CMP 591 Graduate Internship – Level I 3
CMP 691 Graduate Internship – Level II 3
CMP 696 Independent Study I 3
CMP 697 Independent Study II 3
CMP 698 Master’s Thesis I 3
CMP 699 Master’s Thesis II 3
CAR 600 Careeer Planning & Manangement 3
CMP XXX A course from any MIS specialization courses 3
CMP 679 Knowledge Management Capstone Project 3
CMP 629 Data Management Capstone Project 3
CMP 689 Business Intelligence & Data Analytics Capstone Project 3
CMP 649 Cybersecurity Capstone Project 3
CMP 519 Enterprise Project Management Capstone Project 3
CMP 599 Information Assurance Capstone Project 3

*Students may choose to take no more than one (1) specialization elective from another specialization.

MIS Program Prerequisites

All new MIS students need certain basic skills to succeed in the MIS program. Students who do not have the requisite background in business administration and information technology need to take some or all of the prerequisite courses before they begin work on the core courses. In some cases, the program prerequisite courses may have course prerequisites to be taken before enrolling in the program prerequisite courses.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 350 Database Concepts 3
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BUSS 312 Organizational Theory & HR Management 3
Also one of the following courses
CMP 270* Essentials of Networking 3
CMP 340* Principles of Programming Languages 3
CMP 355* Programming with C/C++ 3

*Student must complete one of these courses (CMP 270, CMP 340, or CMP 355) to fulfill the Programming Concepts requirement.

Pre-MIS Program

If you have earned your bachelor’s degree with less than 120 undergraduate credits, you can be given conditional admission to the MIS program, provided you enroll in and successfully complete the remaining credits by selecting from the Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS) undergraduate courses offered at VIU. Among the 120 required credits, the MIS program perquisite courses must be fulfilled (see “Courses” tab). You should consult with your academic advisor before choosing your courses to ensure that the courses you for which you register will comply with the MIS program prerequisites.

Knowledge Management

The objective of this specialization is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to collect, organize, store, manipulate, analyze, secure, and communicate structured and unstructured organizational knowledge to meet the business needs of an organization.

As a student specializing in knowledge management, you will learn to:

In addition to the core courses, students specializing in networking choose five (5) of the following elective courses:

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 556 Database Management Systems I 3
CMP 624 Data Warehousing 3
CMP 625 Text Analytics 3
CMP 640 Decision Support & BI 3
CMP 675 Knowledge Management & the Learning Organization 3
CMP 676 Digital Document Analysis 3
CMP 678 Special Topics in Knowledge Management 3
CMP 680 Organization & Social Dimensions of Computing 3

Data Management

The objective of this specialization is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to collect, organize, store, manipulate, analyze, secure, and communicate structured and unstructured data in order to integrate information technology solutions and business process to meet the information needs of businesses and other enterprises.

In addition to the core courses, students specializing in data management choose five (5) of the following elective courses:

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 556 Database Management Systems I 3
CMP 622 Database Management Systems II 3
CMP 624 Data Warehousing 3
CMP 625 Text Analytics 3
CMP 626 Distributed Databases 3
CMP 627 Data Mining 3
CMP 628 Special Topics in Data Management 3
CMP 643 Database Security & Data Protection 3

Business Intelligence & Data Analytics

The objective of this specialization is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to collect, organize, store, manipulate, analyze, and mine very large volumes of structured and unstructured data using information technology tools in order to give an enterprise a competitive advantage.

In addition to the core courses, students specializing in software engineering choose five (5) of the following elective courses:

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 556 Database Management Systems I 3
CMP 624 Data Warehousing 3
CMP 640 Decision Support and BI 3
CMP 681 Enterprise Analytics 3
CMP 682 Big Data Analytics 3
CMP 684 Management Decision Modeling 3
CMP 685 Advanced Big Data Analytics 3
CMP 688 Special Topics in Business Intelligence & Data Analytics 3

Cybersecurity

The objective of this specialization is to equip students with in-depth knowledge and skills that will enable them to identify, develop, and implement effective and efficient defense mechanisms to secure organization networks and information resources in support of organizational goals.

In addition to the core courses, students specializing in cybersecurity choose five (5) of the following specialization elective courses:

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 558 Network & Information Security 3
CMP 562 Computer Networks 3
CMP 630 Network Security Audit & Forensics 3
CMP 643 Database Security & Data Protection 3
CMP 644 Intrusion Detection & Prevention Systems 3
CMP 645 Security Management 3
CMP 647 Wireless & Mobile Security 3
CMP 648 Special Topics in Cybersecurity 3

Enterprise Project Management

The objective of this specialization is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to manage the time, budget, personnel, and other resources required in IT projects for large enterprises.

In addition to the core courses, students specializing in intelligent systems choose five (5) of the following specialization elective courses:

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 513 Risk Management & Control 3
CMP 514 Virtual Organizations 3
CMP 515 Enterprise Program Management 3
CMP 516 IT Investment Economics 3
CMP 518 Special Topics in Enterprise Project Management 3
CMP 680 Organization & Social Dimensions of Computing 3

Information Assurance

The objective of this specialization is to equip students with in-depth knowledge and skills that will enable them to identify, develop, and implement effective and efficient defense mechanisms to secure organization networks and information resources in support of organizational goals.

In addition to the core courses, students specializing in computer animation and gaming choose five (5) of the following specialization elective courses:

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 558 Network & Information Security 3
CMP 559 Introduction to Information Assurance 3
CMP 593 Security Policy, Law, & Ethics 3
CMP 594 Risk Management & Disaster Recovery Planning 3
CMP 598 Special Topics in Information Assurance 3
CMP 630 Network Security Audit & Forensics 3
CMP 643 Database Security & Data Protection 3
CMP 644 Intrusion Detection & Prevention Systems 3

Health Informatics

The objective of this specialization is to equip students with in-depth knowledge and skills to efficiently and effectively collect, organize, store, manipulate, analyze, and secure health care information systems and delivery systems using information technology tools in order to support the goals of health care organizations.

In addition to the core courses, students specializing in software applications development choose five (5) of the following specialization elective courses:

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 554 Healthcare Information Systems 3
CMP 555 Healthcare Data Management 3
CMP 557 Healthcare Delivery Models 3
CMP 670 Legal, Ethical, & Social Issues in Healthcare 3
CMP 666 Healthcare Economics 3
CMP 667 Biostatistics 3
CMP 668 Special Topics in Health Informatics 3

Career Paths & Opportunities

  • Data administration
  • Managing sourcing and global projects
  • Cybersecurity specialists
  • Research and development of information technologies and related products and services
  • Systems integration
  • IT project management
  • IT consultant for projects that include a substantial dependence on information systems
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Networking, telecom, and infrastructure
  • Analyst in information systems development projects
  • Instructor at a college or university teaching information systems-related courses

The following is a sample schedule of the possible sequencing of courses in the Master of Science in Information Systems.

Course Code Course Name Credit
First Semester
CMP 550 IT Infrastructure 3
CMP 553 Analysis, Modeling, and Design 3
CMP 612 IT Project Management 3
Total Credits 9
Second Semester
CMP 570 Enterprise Information Systems 3
CMP 620 IT Governance 3
CMP XXX CMP Specialization #1 3
Total Credits 9
Third Semester
CMP XXX CMP Specialization #2 3
CMP XXX CMP Specialization #3 3
CMP XXX CMP Specialization #4 3
Total Credits 9
Fourth Semester
CMP XXX CMP Specialization #5 3
CMP XXX CMP Elective 3
CAR 600 Career Planning & Management (CMP Elective) 3
Total Credits 9

The School of Computer Information Systems at VIU also offers other graduate degree and Certificate Programs in our Fairfax, VA campus and online.