Curriculum

Students may earn the Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) degree by following the traditional or the 4+1 pathway. Both options require 36 hours and have the same four prerequisites.

Traditional Pathway

Students complete the program in four semesters, beginning the program in August and finishing in May of the following year. The number of hours in the last semester can be reduced by completing an internship (ISTM 684) for credit during the summer between the second and third semester as a directed elective. This would reduce the course load in the final semester to 6 credits (two classes). The following table outlines the progression through the program via the traditional pathway.

First Semester – Fall

(9 hours)

  • ACCT 640 – Accounting Concepts
  • ISTM 624 – Advanced Systems Analysis & Design
  • ISTM 622 – Advanced Database Management
Second Semester – Spring

(9 hours)

  • ISTM 630 – MIS Project Management
  • ISTM 635 – Business Information Security
  • ISTM 637 – Data Warehousing
Third Semester – Fall

(9 hours)

  • ISTM 645 – IT Security Controls
  • Directed elective
  • Directed elective
Fourth Semester – Spring

(9 hours)

  • ISTM 631 – Information Systems Design & Development
  • ISTM 643 – Corporate Information Planning
  • Directed elective

4+1 MS-MIS Pathway

To be eligible for this option, a student must currently be enrolled as an undergraduate student at Texas A&M University. Students selecting this option will receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a total of five years. Interested students must apply for this option during their junior year at Texas A&M. An undergraduate GPR ≥ 3.25 is required. The GRE or GMAT is also required and the standard program prerequisites apply.  Students admitted to the program will meet with the undergraduate and graduate academic advisors to create a five-year degree plan.

To complete the MS-MIS program in one year beyond the undergraduate degree, students must complete at least nine credit hours of graduate-level course work before beginning the MS-MIS program in the fall semester as follows:

  • Take at least six hours of graduate coursework while still an undergraduate student (these hours are in addition to the hours required to complete the undergraduate degree).
  • Participate in a summer internship for credit (ISTM 684) during the summer between graduating with an undergraduate degree and beginning the MS-MIS program.

4+1 Pathway for MIS majors

The table below provides an example of a typical course load for an undergraduate MIS major interested in the 4+1 MS-MIS pathway.

During UG Program

(6 hours)

  • ISTM 635 – Business Information Security (offered in spring only)
  • Directed elective
Summer Before First Semester

(3 hours)

  • ISTM 684 – Internship (as directed elective)
First Semester – Fall

(15 hours)

  • ISTM 622 – Advanced Database Management
  • ISTM 624 – Advanced Systems Analysis & Design
  • ISTM 645 – IT Security Controls
  • Directed elective
  • Directed elective
Second Semester – Spring

(12 hours)

  • ISTM 630 – MIS Project Management
  • ISTM 631 – Information Systems Design & Development
  • ISTM 637 – Data Warehousing
  • ISTM 643 – Corporate Information Planning

4+1 Pathway for non-MIS majors

The following table illustrates a typical course load for an undergraduate student with a major other than MIS.

During UG Program

(15 hours)

  • ISTM 250 – Introduction to Programming Logic
  • ISTM 315 – Database Management
  • ISTM 320 – Systems Analysis and Design

Hold for Graduate Credit:

  • ISTM 635 – Business Information Security (offered in spring only)
  • Directed Elective
Summer Before First Semester

(3 hours)

  • ISTM 684 – Internship (as directed elective)
First Semester – Fall

(15 hours)

  • ISTM 610 – Data Communications (last prerequisite)
  • ISTM 622 – Advanced Database Management
  • ISTM 624 – Advanced Systems Analysis & Design
  • ISTM 645 – IT Security Controls
  • Directed Elective
Second Semester – Spring

(15 hours)

  • ISTM 630 – MIS Project Management
  • ISTM 631 – Information Systems Design & Development
  • ISTM 637 – Data Warehousing
  • ISTM 643 – Corporate Information Planning
  • Directed Elective