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  • MS in Information Systems

    Overview

    The accredited Master of Science in Information Systems degree program trains systems specialists with the latest technology and techniques to help IT professionals transform their digital platform. The curriculum teaches the application of new technology to today's most pressing computer and information systems problems. Graduates of the program assume senior roles in areas such as information systems analysis and design, requirements engineering, software programming, interface design, and information resources management.

    Professional Knowledge for Real-World Application

    • Principled Approach - Curriculum focuses on analysis, design, implementation, testing, deployment, assessment, and enhancement of large-scale information systems
    • Career-Oriented - Designed for practicing information systems specialists
    • Distinguished Faculty - Taught by the faculty of Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics
    • Highly Interactive - Drexel's online learning method is designed to challenge and engage students, while remaining convenient for the working professional
    • Flexible - Complete the program at a pace that fits your lifestyle, from one course per term up to a full time credit load (9 or more credits per quarter)

    Curriculum

    Required Courses 
    INFO 530Foundations of Information Systems3.0
    INFO 532Software Development3.0
    INFO 605Introduction to Database Management3.0
    INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction3.0
    INFO 614Distributed Computing and Networking3.0
    INFO 620Information Systems Analysis and Design3.0
    INFO 630Evaluation of Information Systems3.0
    INFO 638Software Project Management3.0
    INFO 646Information Systems Management3.0
    Distribution Requirements12.0
    Select four of the following: 
    INFO 540
    Perspectives on Information Systems 
    INFO 606
    Advanced Database Management 
    INFO 607
    Applied Database Technologies 
    INFO 610
    Analysis of Interactive Systems 
    INFO 611
    Design of Interactive Systems 
    INFO 612
    Knowledge Base Systems 
    INFO 613
    XML and Databases 
    INFO 616
    Social and Collaborative Computing 
    INFO 617
    Introduction to System Dynamics 
    INFO 622
    Content Representation 
    INFO 624
    Information Retrieval Systems 
    INFO 625
    Cognition and Information Retrieval 
    INFO 626
    Language Processing 
    INFO 627
    Requirements Engineering and Management 
    INFO 628
    Information Systems Implementation 
    INFO 629
    Concepts in Artificial Intelligence 
    INFO 631
    Information Technology Integration 
    INFO 633
    Information Visualization 
    INFO 634
    Data Mining 
    INFO 636
    Software Engineering Process I 
    INFO 637
    Software Engineering Process II 
    INFO 648
    Healthcare Informatics 
    INFO 653
    Digital Libraries 
    INFO 655
    Intro to Web Programming 
    INFO 657
    Digital Library Technologies 
    INFO 658
    Information Architecture 
    INFO 710
    Information Forensics 
    INFO 712
    Information Assurance 
    INFO 714
    Information Systems Auditing 
    INFO 731
    Organization & Social Issues in Healthcare Informatics 
    INFO 755
    Electronic Records Management 
    INFO 782
    Issues in Informatics 
    Free Electives*6.0
    Total Credits45.0

     

    *

    Courses in the distribution course set that students do not take to meet the distribution requirement may be taken as free electives. All other masters-level INFO courses may be taken as free electives. MSIS students may not take courses designated as doctoral-level courses.


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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelors or above

    Required Documents

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Scores from the General Aptitude Test of the GRE
      • We offer a preliminary GRE waiver for students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher for a conferred undergraduate or graduate degree. This is a departmental decision. The GRE waiver does not need to be requested.
      • Scores in the 50th percentile or above in all three sections are sought
      • Scores must be less than 5 years old
    • One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)
    • Essay/Statement of Purpose
      • In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    How to Submit Supporting Documents

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2014-2015 is $1123 per credit.

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

    Credit For Previous Experience

    Up to 3 courses (9 credits) can be transferred into a degree program or awarded as Credit for Work Experience. Students must complete 12 classes (36 credits) with Drexel in order to earn a Master's degree.

    Transfer Credits

    Previously attended courses must meet the following guidelines to be eligible for transfer:

    • Course completion date must not be more than 5 years ago
    • Grade must be "B" or better
    • Courses must be from an accredited graduate degree program

    A 3-credit course taken at an institution following a semester schedule will be transferred in as a 3 credit course at Drexel University, regardless of the difference between the length of semesters or terms. Only credits will transfer, not quality points. 

    Transfer credit can be reviewed for during the application process or once you have already been accepted. 

    To get started, please fill out our Transfer Credit Form and submit the required materials.

    Work Experience

    In order to receive Credit for Work Experience, you must have the equivalent of at least two years of full-time, relevant, professional-level work experience related to the degree pursued.

    • Full time work experience is defined at 35-40 hours a week
    • Part-time work experience is defined as less than 35 hours a week

    Relevant work is work that is in line with your future academic and professional path.

    A professional-level position is one in which you are hired with the expectation to complete high quality work that is analytical, evaluative, conceptual, and interpretive. This could include creation and fulfillment of projects, maintenance and improvement of services, administrative duties, supervision of staff, and other intricate tasks often completed independently.

    • One course = approximately 2-4 years full-time work
    • Two courses = approximately 4-6 years full-time work
    • Three courses = approximately 6+ years full-time work

    To get started, please fill out our Credit for Work Experience form and submit the required materials.

    Students who are approved to receive credit for prior experience cannot receive a tuition discount for joining a professional organization that will, in sum, discount their total tuition more than 20%.

    Academic Calendar

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2014     

    September 22, 2014

    December 5, 2014

    December 8, 2014

    December 13, 2014

    Winter 2015 

    January 5, 2015

    March 16, 2015

    March 17, 2015

    March 21, 2015

    Spring 2015 

    March 30, 2015

    June 8, 2015

    June 9, 2015

    June 12, 2015

    Summer 2015 

    June 22, 2015

    August 29, 2015

    September 1, 2015

    September 5, 2015

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