Students are required to complete 30 credits corresponding to 10 graduate courses.
To provide a common background in the fundamentals of information systems, the following core courses, which constitute the technical body of knowledge for the program, are required of all students. Students with strong academic background in mathematical foundations of computer science may have CS 530 Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science substituted for another elective course at the discretion of the program director.
Five core courses (15 credits)are required of all MS in Information Systems graduates:
- CS 530 Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
- CS 550 Database Systems
- INFS 612 Principles and Practices of Communication Networks
- INFS 622 Information Systems Analysis and Design
- INFS 740 Database Programming for the World Wide Web
In addition to the core courses, students may choose an emphasis within the program by taking five courses from one of the following emphasis areas: database management, data mining, electronic commerce, software engineering, knowledge management, and information security and assurance.
For additional information on the degree requirements of the MS in Information Systems:
- The MS in Information Systems section of the Mason Catalog is the official source for the degree requirements of the program.
- These slides from the orientation for new MS students provide an overview of the program, as well as additional useful information.
- The web pages for current MS in Information Systems students include more detailed information on the coursework and requirements of the program.
- For information on the admissions requirements for the MS ISYS program, see this web page.
- For answers to FAQs, see this web page