Accelerated Master’s of Science in Management-Information Systems: Project Management Focus

Project management has a key role in successful information technology-based initiatives in the global marketplace. Many Information Technology (IT) positions increasingly require some level of project management skills.

This 30-credit Accelerated program is designed for students in undergraduate information systems or related programs who are interested in pursuing graduate work with a project management emphasis. The degree also requires a practicum, in which students complete a Study Abroad program or an internship. The goal of the program is to prepare students for eventual positions in strategic IT leadership.

Students who are in the program can be considered for funding opportunities such as graduate assistantships and scholarships.

Application Deadline

Undergraduate students who wish to be considered for the Accelerated MSM should contact the Graduate School Programs Office or Dr. Steven Ash toward the end of their Junior year.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Information Systems from an AACSB-accredited institution or related field with a Pre-MBA minor
  • Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 with successful course completion (with grades of "B" or better) in programming, database, or networking
  • Undergraduate degree must be completed no more than two years before starting the master's degree program
  • Two letters of recommendation from undergraduate program director or faculty
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Documented completion of an IS related internship (or other IS work experience) with a letter summarizing project and work scope from supervisor
  • Undergraduate students who wish to count 6200:554 and 6500:520 toward their graduate degree may take these classes during their senior year and must receive a grade of B or better. These classes must be taken in addition to classes that fulfill the baccalaureate degree requirements.

Accelerated MSM-Information Systems Coursework

Management Core Courses - 9 credits
6500:601 Business Analytics and Information Strategy (3 credits)
6500:675 Supply Chain Management (3 credits)
6500:678 Project Management (3 credits)
Information Systems Core Courses - 12 credits
6500:641 Business Database Systems (3 credits)
6500:643 Analysis and Design of Business Systems (3 credits)
6500:644 Knowledge Management and Business
(3 credits)
6500:640 Information Systems and IT Governance (3 credits)
Practicum, Select One - 3 credits
6500:690 Selected topics in Management (This
course may be taken as an elective to
add a Global or Study Abroad experience)
(3 credits)
6700:695 Internship (see below for suggested
(3 credits)
Electives - 6 credits
6200:554 Information System Security (may be
transferred if student has taken this at the 5xx
level in the undergraduate program and did
not count toward the baccalaureate degree)
(3 credits)
6500:520 Management of Data Networks (may be
transferred if student has taken this at the 5xx
level in the undergraduate program and did
not count toward the baccalaureate degree)
(3 credits)
6500:652 Organization Behavior (recommended for
students with an undergraduate degree in a
non-Business field)
(3 credits)
Any Management(6500:6xx class) (6 credits)
Total Core Credits 30

Guidelines for receiving credit for an Information Systems Internship:

  • Students are required to at least 20 hours of work per week.
  • The internship must be approved by the Department Chair
  • Internships will be approved based on the type of business and the scope of the work to be done
  • Interns will complete a report based on MIS faculty specifications

The internship should be in an area directly related to any of traditional Information Systems functions related to systems planning, analysis, design, programming, implementation, networking operations and infrastructure, technical documentation, systems installation, maintenance and IT auditing.

Students currently admitted to this program may have different course requirements than those listed here. Refer to your official Program Checklist and DARS in My Akron for your program requirements.