Our M.S. IST degree requires 30 graduate credit hours and is available in two options—with or without a thesis. The thesis option has three components: core courses (12 credits), electives (12 credits) and research (6 credits). The non-thesis option has two components: core courses (12 credits) and electives (18 credits). All courses taken for the M.S. IST program must be at the 5000-level or above.
The four required core courses are designed to ensure that all students study the four information systems perspectives of networks and web design, human perception, application implementation, and organizational systems.
The M.S. IST electives are to be selected in consultation with your advisor from the following subject areas: business, enterprise resource planning, finance, information science and technology or marketing. Click on a subject to see a complete list of courses under that subject area. Up to six credit hours may instead be taken outside of the department of business and information technology.
Most BIT graduate courses are offered once per year. Contact the department for up-to-date information on present course offering plans.
Many M.S. IST students opt to complete a graduate certificate to fulfill some of the electives. Our department offers over a dozen graduate certificates in many popular, high-demand fields. Each certificate is comprised of four courses selected to fit a specific area of emphasis. This option allows you to give your master's degree a documented focus.