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2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog 
2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Systems MS

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Program Director: Jahangir Karimi
Telephone: 303-315-8430
E-mail: Jahangir.Karimi@ucdenver.edu
Web site: http://business.ucdenver.edu/Disciplines/InfoSystems/InfoSystemsMS.htm



James Gerlach, PhD, Purdue University
Jahangir Karimi, PhD, University of Arizona

Associate Professors:
Dawn Gregg, PhD, Arizona State University
Michael Mannino, PhD, University of Arizona
Ronald Ramirez, PhD, University of California-Irvine
Judy Scott, PhD, University of California-Irvine
Steven Walczak, PhD, University of Florida

Assistant Professors:
Zhiping Walter, PhD, University of Rochester

Senior Instructors:
Eric Thompson, MS, University of Colorado

Linda Fried, JD/LLM, University of Miami


The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program at the Business School meets industry needs by providing specializations.  The program prepares students for career paths in systems development and management services, enterprise application services, business intelligence, health information technology, information security audit and control, business consulting and development and consumer products and services. Whether students aim to be systems analysts or designers, software engineers, applications programmers, database administrators, Web developers, systems integrators, project managers, LAN administrators or application and technology consultants, the MSIS program provides the necessary knowledge and skills. This entire MS in Information Systems can be completed online.

The MSIS program offers a wide choice of courses. The course work consists of common body of knowledge courses plus 30 semester hours, which includes a choice of a specialization.  Each specialization includes two required courses, 6 courses from a list specific to your chosen specialization and two elective courses. Candidates for the MS degree are not required to take a comprehensive examination or to complete a thesis in the major field.


A. Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

Waivers of CBK courses are possible. The entire CBK may be waived if the student has completed an undergraduate business degree or MBA from an AACSB-accredited college or university within the last 10 years. Specific courses may be waived based on a case-by-case evaluation of undergraduate or graduate course work in business completed at a regionally accredited college or university within the last 10 years.

Four of the following courses are required if you do not meet the above waiver policy.

Total: 12 Hours for Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

B. Information Systems Specializations

The five specializations that accompany the MS in Information Systems are designed to provide the fundamental knowledge necessary for a career as an IS professional. Up to 9 semester hours may be transferred from an AACSB international accredited graduate school and applied to the information systems specializations upon approval. The IS specializations provide students with a set of related courses necessary to acquire skills and expertise within a specific area in the development, management and use of information technology applications. Students are required to choose one specialization upon admission to the MSIS.

Accounting and Information Systems Audit and Control (AISAAC) Specialization

Recently, new regulatory environments have required companies to provide better documentation of their accounting and IT systems to improve the management and disclosure of their business processes for better financial and regulatory controls. Accounting and IT professionals have significant roles in audit and control activities, since they control the systems that monitor and report on finance, planning and operations. The courses within this specialization cover business-process management and financial controls; the emerging trends and practices in privacy and security; the strategies for integrating governance and compliance; and the IT organization’s financial and business intelligence services. These courses will focus on how to leverage the existing IT infrastructure to establish quality in financial and internal audit processes and address the regulatory issues associated with reporting, consolidation and document/content management more effectively and completely.

Business Intelligence Specialization

Business Intelligence (BI) systems combine operational data with analytical tools to present complex and competitive information to planners and decision makers. The objective is to improve the timeliness and quality of inputs to the decision process. BI is used to understand the capabilities available in the firm; the state-of-the-art, trends, and future directions in the markets, the technologies, and the regulatory environment in which the firm competes; and the actions of competitors and the implications of these actions. With this specialization, you get the necessary skills and knowledge in real-time data warehousing, data visualization, data mining, online analytical processing, customer relationships management, dashboards and scorecards, corporate performance management, expert and advanced intelligent systems, and hands-on experience with leading BI tools.

Enterprise Technology Management (ETM) Specialization

This specialization focuses on information technology as the prime driver of business strategy. It focuses on the strategic, technological, financial and organizational issues involved with the effective management of information technology within an enterprise. The courses in this specialization cover the emerging technologies and the evolving roles and importance of IT in modern organizations; IT-enabled organizational processes and knowledge management; methods to develop, acquire and implement information systems; implementing and managing complex IT projects; security and privacy issues associated with IT.

Health Information Technology Management Specialization

Recently, the health care industry has shifted its focus from using proprietary and expensive IT solutions to more innovative IT applications in electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT) innovations for sharing information effectively to help manage health care crisis. The courses within this specialization cover the evolving roles and importance of IT in the health care industry; the innovative IT applications for delivering health care with reduced cost and increased quality; the management of health care using effective IT systems; and the security and privacy issues associated with health information. These courses will focus on how IT-enabled health care organizations can integrate information from various resources in order to deliver innovative IT solutions to meet unique requirements of health care industry.

Web and Mobile Computing Specialization

This specialization focuses on building and managing large systems using platforms for website development, mobile and wireless applications, and web services and service oriented architectures. The courses provide expertise in .Net programming, business process management, internet and mobile technologies, website development technologies, data warehousing and administration, and service oriented architecture. Project management coursework enables graduates to successfully handle highly, complex systems development projects in the business world.


Students fulfill an additional 6 semester hours by completing the following:

Note:  If you are pursuing the Accounting and Information Systems Audit and Control specialization, you do not complete these electives.  All other students will complete the following electives.

  • an elective course from any of the ISMG graduate courses OR an internship  AND
  • a free elective selected from any graduate course offered by the Business School, except BUSN courses numbered below 6800.

Candidates for the MS degree are not required to take a comprehensive examination or to complete a thesis in the major field.

Total: 30 hours for MS in Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Option

The Geographic Information Systems option expands upon system development skills through the understanding of geographic information systems workflows, analysis processes, and data models. This option for the Web and Mobile Computing specialization and Business Intelligence specialization addresses how map representations can be abstracted in geo-databases to develop intelligent GIS systems. Learn how GIS can improve efficiencies, decision making, planning, geographic accountability, science-based plans and communication. The GIS option is offered in conjunction with the College of Engineering and Applied Science and a certificate in GIS is awarded by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Students must complete all requirements for the MS in Information Systems, as well as the requirements below.

Total: 12 Hours

  • GIS courses are offered online and can be completed concurrently with the Information Systems courses.
  • Students will be able to register for the classes on the web. There are no special registration requirements.
  • Students need to notify the graduate advising office at the Business School, 303-315-8200, prior to graduation if they are planning to complete the GIS option. Students also need to indicate the completion of the coursework when they submit their application for diploma card.

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