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Information Systems Management

Information Systems Management Certificate Program

Networking is one of the essential requirements of today’s computing world. Networks are extremely complex systems consisting of many different platforms of hardware and software. Telecommunication world is one of the fastest changing technologies in today. We are experiencing trends of technology migration such as wireline access to wireless access, time division transmission to high speed optical transmission, text based data to multimedia applications, conventional voice communication to voice traffic over packet switching networks. Knowledge of data communications fundamentals, communication protocols, network architecture, LAN/WAN, emerging networking applications, wired line/wireless networking, performance measurements, network design, system testing/verification, project management skill is required to be successful in today’s telecommunication and information technology world.

The curriculum of the professional graduate series in Information Systems Management introduces students to key information system technologies, IT strategy development, project management, and information technology management techniques that apply to the entire system life cycle. This certificate emphasizes management techniques and methodologies used to ensure the successful implementation and on‐going operations of information technology capabilities in the business. Students will learn various approaches to develop IT strategies, manage technology project implementations, and frameworks to apply to the on‐going management and operation of application and information technology portfolios. This certificate is designed for IT professionals that aspire to identify, build, and manage the on‐going operations of strategic systems. This certificate is also for business professionals whose responsibilities include oversight of IT technology for their business function. Graduates of this certificate will gain a broad understanding of the key issues and challenges of managing information technology systems and be able to apply key frameworks, models, and management methodologies to facilitate IT strategies, system implementations, and on‐going system operations.

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About the Information Systems Management Certificate Program

Information Systems Management Course Schedule

From Big Data management to marketing analytics, the Information Systems Management Course Schedule page provides you with detailed information on the program's offerings.

Information Systems Management Faculty

You can find a full listing of  instructors for this certificate program on the Information Systems Management Faculty page.

Admission for Information Systems Management

Applicants to this certificate program must hold a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college, university or its foreign equivalent. Three to five years of professional experience in the related field is recommended but not required. A list of admission requirements can be found on our Information Systems Management Admission page.

Information Systems Management Tuition

Tuition costs can vary for each of our programs. For the most up-to-date information on financial obligations, please visit our Information Systems Management Tuition page.

Information Systems Management Registration Information

Our Information Systems Management Registration Information page outlines important dates and deadlines as well as the process for adding and dropping courses.

Gainful Employment Information Systems Management

Common questions and answers related to cost, financing and success in this certificate program are found on our Gainful Employment Information Systems Management page.

Additional Information

Applicants must possess a graduate degree in order to be considered for this program.  However no prior IT experience or coursework is required.

Courses may be taken in any order.

 

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Information Systems Management Required Courses

To earn a certificate, students must complete the following four courses. In some cases, students who have completed equivalent coursework previously may be allowed to replace the required course with another course in the field.

Please note that courses completed in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree.

Courses:Course Detail
Information Security Mgmt <> CIS 457-0

This course emphasizes the need for information technology security and control and provides the reasonable working knowledge required to manage information technology security and risk. This is accomplished through a comprehensive survey of security threats, risk analysis, control techniques, and managerial issues associated with establishing and maintaining an information technology security plan. Topics covered include the need for information security and the benefits of certification, effective information security management, ISO 27001/27002 planning, policy and scope and discussion of PCI-DSS standards and compliance.

It is highly recommended that students complete CIS 413, CIS 452 and CIS 455 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills prior to taking this course.

Notes for students in the MSIS program: This course is required for the specializations in Information Systems Security and Information Systems Management. This course may be used as an elective towards all other specializations.


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IT Management <> CIS 460-0

This course introduces students to the key challenges and responsibilities of managing information technology and an information technology organization. Students gain knowledge of the various facets of managing information technology including how to develop an IT strategy aligned with business strategy. Topics covered include the IT solution lifecycle, IT service management, IT supplier management and sourcing, ongoing IT technology operations, governance, business continuity, budgeting, benchmarking, and industry standard management frameworks such as ITIL and COBIT.

It is highly recommended that students complete CIS 413, CIS 452, CIS 455 and 457 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills prior to taking this course.

Notes for students in the MSIS program: This course is required for the specialization in Information Systems Management. This course may be used as an elective towards all other specializations.


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IT Strategy <> CIS 465-0

This course introduces effective frameworks and methods for developing information technology and systems strategies that focus on meeting enterprises business objectives and on leveraging IT to competitively extend business capabilities. Topics covered include business driver identification and business and IT alignment; key technology components of the IT strategy, including enterprise architecture, enterprise systems, SOA and other integration technologies, networks, and data management; portfolio management; sourcing and hosting alternatives; emerging technologies and entrepreneurship.

It is highly recommended that students complete CIS 413, CIS 452, CIS 455, 457 and 460 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills prior to taking this course.

Note for students in the MSIS program: This course is required for the specialization in Information Systems Management. This course may be used as an elective towards all other specializations.


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Project Management Concepts CIS 494-0

Project Management is increasingly seen as an integral part of the modern workforce. Project Management Concepts will prepare students for effective project management strategies that can be applied to any project, independent of industry. Students will master project management methods and techniques critical to the formation of professional project plans. Team development, communication, stakeholder management, and organization dynamics will be topics covered.

No previous course is required.

Notes for students in the MSIS program: This course is required for the specializations in Database and Internet Technologies, Information Systems Security, Software Project Management and Development, and Information Systems Management. This course may be used as an elective towards all other specializations.


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