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Information Systems Management MSM-BA Concentration

Program Overview

The Information Systems Management option in the Master’s of Science in Management Business Analytics program prepares students to lead technology functions in tomorrow’s organizations.

The MSM-BA-ISM degree recognizes that to a greater and greater extent information systems analysis and design, data management, and project management are being recast to serve analytics.  Within this context, this program is built on five core courses about how and why business use analytics, how data is served through databases and used through business intelligence; and how analytics models are created, evaluated, and used.

The Master of Science in Management - Business Analytics in Information Systems is approved as a federal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recognizes graduates of this program residing on student visas as eligible for an optional practical training (OPT) extension. While regular students are able to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months, students who graduate from a designated STEM degree program, such as our MSM-BA in Information Systems program, may be eligible for an additional 24 months on an OPT STEM extension.

Information on the standard OPT and STEM OPT extension can be found on the Office of International Programs (OIP) website for OIP-STEM.

Additional Information

MSM-BA Core Courses - 15 credits
6500:601 Business Analytics and Information Strategy (fall, spring, and summer) 3
6500:602 Programming for Analytics (fall) 3
6500:641 Business Database Systems (fall) 3
6500:644 Business Intelligence (fall) 3
6500:663 Advanced Data Analytics Topics (spring) 3
MSM-BA Information Systems Management Core - 9 credits
6500:640 Data and IS Governance (spring) 3
6500:643 Analysis and Design of Business Systems (spring) 3
6500:678 Project Management (spring) 3
Electives - 6 credits*
6500:695 Internship in Business 3
6500:600 Co-operative Education 0
Elective (Any graduate business courses for a total of 3-6 credits) 3
* Full time students, taking nine or more credits, are required to complete a Co-Op or Internship to complete the degree.
Total Credit Hours 30

Admission Requirements

  • GMAT (score of 500 or better preferred) or GRE, LSAT, PCAT, or MCAT scores. Test waivers may be granted for students holding an advanced degree or those with three or more years of work experience beyond conferral of the bachelor's degree. Contact the Graduate Programs Office in the College of Business Administration for waiver request process.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better, or equivalent, is preferred.
  • Letter of intent
  • Resume

Application Deadline

  • August 1 for Fall enrollment
  • December 1 for Spring enrollment
  • May 1 for Summer enrollment

International Student Applications

It is recommended that international students apply six weeks prior to these dates to allow time for admission and I-20 visa processing.  I-20 forms are processed by UA Immigration Services in the International Center, Buchtel Hall. Proof of English Proficiency is required by producing an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score.

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