With an MSIS, you can handle any business challenge with confidence.
As an MSIS student, you’ll build a strong technical foundation while developing skills in analysis, design, IT management, and strategy. Our graduates fill the emerging needs for business technologists in corporations across the world.
While other business programs focus only on IT skills, our faculty understand that successful business leaders need razor-sharp skills in communications, consulting strategies, presentations, organizational development and change, and negotiations. We provide these through MBA electives at our top-ranked business school. See Operations & Decision Technologies and Management & Entrepreneurship course descriptions.
The MSIS curriculum includes the following:
Module Descriptions for BUS-X501 – MSIS Foundations Core:
This module is designed to provide you with an overview of the key issues that face senior managers within the IT function, especially the CIO. It will also help you develop and sharpen those skills which are the primary building blocks of a successful career, namely (1) analysis, (2) presentation, and (3) teamwork. This class will help you to develop rigorous skills in each of these areas through discussion of the principles underlying best practices, and application and feedback in a series of exercises and case analyses.
By understanding the complexity, interdependence, and objectives of the task at hand, effective leaders and organizations can harness key environmental resources to create effective teams. Multi-disciplinary teams have improved business processes in many organizations. The module investigates the frameworks of ethics, from an individual to an organizational perspective. All coursework is designed to create opportunities for ethical outcomes in all personal, professional and organizational endeavors. Building effective teams involves selecting team members with individual skills along both technical and interpersonal dimensions, and a mix of skills across all members as appropriate for the task. Once created, team leaders and members need to shape and monitor team processes, starting with the team launch. Students will develop and apply skills and knowledge related to performing as effective team leaders and collaborators, and understanding the role of culture in teams.
The goal of this module is to introduce you to the nine knowledge areas that collectively represent the project management discipline, and to give you an opportunity to put the techniques you learn to practice through simulation and case study. Although not an explicit objective of this module, students interested in earning PMP certification will find this module to be a very useful preparation building block.
ERP systems are used to support most if not all the business processes used by a company. As such, learning ERP systems is as much about learning business processes and the integration between various functional areas of business as it is about technology. In this module, we will use a combination of conceptual learning, business process analysis, and hands-on learning using a game-based approach to develop a deep understanding of how ERP systems support the enterprise. This will enable the participants to gain an appreciation for the tight integration between business processes and the need for close cooperation between business functions.
The objective of this module is to introduce the concept of agile management, an iterative and incremental method of managing the design and build activities for engineering, information technology, and new product or service development projects in a highly flexible and interactive manner.
The focus of this module will be on the technical architecture of information systems including component architecture, network architecture, integration architecture, and solution architecture. Thus this module will cover topics ranging from the components in a computer system to service oriented architecture and cloud computing. The foundational concepts underlying enterprise architecture will also be examined.
This is a module about technology and how to leverage a company’s investment in its technology to achieve its business and IT strategy. We will do this by (1) analyzing the value that IT delivers, (2) the risks that IT manages, and (3) the cost of providing service to the business.
Data exists in many forms, and real-time data drives modern business. After a brief history of data systems and trade-offs involved in gathering and storing data, the course focuses on n-tier architectures and modern “big data” systems. Using practical examples, students will learn how information is stored, transmitted, and displayed on the web. They will learn popular protocols used to retrieve data from web services and will use modern programming libraries in order to transform the data into a form consumable by end-users. In this hands-on module, students will learn to utilize command-line tools to connect to a remote cloud server to define and manipulate data. The module culminates in a project where groups will develop a full-stack, multi-tier system on a cloud server. During the project, students will demonstrate skill in data modeling and definition (SQL), web application programming (PHP, REST, HTTP), and client-side presentation of dynamic data sets (HTML, JS, AngularJS).
Every company has data but not all companies use data effectively. This module will explain the business analytics process: problem definition, data preparation, statistical analysis, interpretation of results, and implementation. We will focus on statistical analysis, specifically general linear models and logistic regression.
The goal of this course is to help students develop a toolkit and mindset that will enable them to move from thinking to doing. As part of the course, students will work through a multi-stage process that will allow them to experience various design methodologies and innovation tools. In addition to the theory, students will need to apply theoretical knowledge to a design challenge. This module is being delivered in partnership with SAP.
The final project is designed to give you an opportunity to apply what you have learned in the various core modules to a real-world problem. The final project will be designed in collaboration with a corporate partner. The final project will have multiple deliverables including a presentation by the team. The top five teams will deliver their presentation to senior IT leaders at the sponsoring firm.
In the spring semester, students have the opportunity to select from three main concentrations as well as add on a co-concentration. In addition to the specialization courses students have the option of adding elective courses from the MBA Program.
The Business Intelligence and Analytics (BIA) concentration prepares you to make analytical decisions based on available data. You’ll learn to use real-time business analytics to gain insights into performance through hands-on experience with industry-adopted tools. Through practice, you’ll develop an analytical mindset with practical implementations. You’ll also gain a holistic understanding of data while learning to use potentially unlimited sources of metrics, acquiring skills in predictive analytics, data management, Big Data, and visualizations.
Enable the digital transformation of businesses by learning to use a two-speed model of IT that utilizes next generation ERP, Big Data analytics, and cloud-based systems. The Digital Enterprise Systems (DES) concentration blends business understanding with analytical thinking, enabling you to develop skills in data management, Big Data, and visualizations. You’ll gain hands-on experience and in-depth understanding of business processes by configuring an end-to-end SAP system. You’ll also meet and learn from industry professionals who will introduce you to emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), mixed reality, and many more.
Secure enterprise-wide data and processes through risk assessment, cryptography, design, and access control techniques combined with integrated security architecture. The Enterprise Security & Risk Management (ESRM) concentration emphasizes the role of cybersecurity in the industry while focusing on ethical hacking and infrastructure security. You’ll gain an understanding of the broad array of security features and practices that can help mitigate risk in an enterprise.
Develop predictive analytical skills to envision future trends and make well-informed decisions. The Business Intelligence (BI) co-concentration gives you the skills to enable enterprise-wide digital changes through insights on Big Data, data management, and data mining. This co-concentration is an option for students pursuing a concentration in Enterprise Security & Risk Management.
Build on your interests in analytics and digital trends with a co-concentration in Enterprise Security. You’ll gain an understanding of security in an enterprise, including security aspects of information systems in an organization. This co-concentration is an option for students pursuing a concentration in Digital Enterprise Systems or Business Intelligence and Analytics.
Gain a deep understanding of end-to-end business processes, an in-demand skill that can be leveraged in any industry. You’ll get hands-on experience by configuring an SAP system and be introduced to the cutting-edge technology of a digital core. This co-concentration is an option for students pursuing a concentration in Enterprise Security & Risk Management or Business Intelligence and Analytics.
Nothing prepares you for the challenges you’ll face in the boardroom like experiential learning. These opportunities include:
Capstone Project: Teams of students work together for one semester to address a problem presented by a corporate client. The teams interview clients and potential systems users, conduct market research, and translate client needs into a requirements document. Company partners have included Batesville Casket, Baxter, Cummins, Deloitte, EY, Hill-Rom, Humana, Mead Johnson, Roche Diagnostics, and Whirlpool.
Case Competitions: Multiple case competitions throughout the program hone students’ “soft skills”—presentations, client engagement, and teamwork.
Internships: The MSIS program requires all students to participate in a non-credit internship. Learn more about your internship options.
The MS in Information Systems will prepare you for a rewarding career in a rapidly growing field. Bipin Prabhakar, chair of Information Systems Graduate Programs, explains how the MSIS curriculum leads to work-ready students, 97% of whom earn a job in their degree field.
Kelley students are encouraged to apply early in their undergraduate careers.
For no application fee and a simplified process, apply by the priority deadline:
U.S. undergraduates in their senior year: January 15