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MSIS Curriculum

Informed by leading scholars, the curriculum engages students at all levels of information technology and offers strategic and operational perspectives on IT in work environments.  Learn more about the MSIS curriculum and schedule below. MSIS is a STEM program.

Evening and weekend classes let you work full-time

Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings (6-9:30 p.m.) and on five to six Saturdays (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) throughout the quarter. You will be notified before each quarter of the exact class dates, including Saturday classes.

2017-2018 Dates of instruction Instruction begins
Summer quarter June 19
Autumn quarter September 27
Winter quarter January 3
Spring quarter March 26

Visit the UW Academic Calendar for specific date information.

MSIS courses

See the tabs below for a list of all Master of Science in Information Systems classes and a course by quarter breakdown.

Summer quarter

MSIS 501 (3): Information Technology and Organizational Strategy

Discusses the role of information technology (IT) in the development and execution of business strategy that takes into account competitors, customers, and firm competencies (including IT capabilities). Examines the impact of IT on two sets of strategic issues for a company—where to compete and how to compete. Helps students develop tools to use IT in aiding strategy implementation.

MSIS 502 (2): Business Data Analysis

Covers statistical techniques for managerial decision making. Includes hypotheses testing, regression, and analysis of variance.

MSIS 503 (3): Operations and Business Process Management

Presents a framework to understand organizational processes, offers tools to improve these processes. Covers process improvement methodologies such as reengineering, TQM, six-sigma, simulation, and collaboration. Focuses on discussing applications and implementations of improvement programs in a wide variety of settings, including operational processes related to inventory and scheduling, service, and quality assurance.

MSIS 504 (2): Business Decision Models

Formulating and modeling business decision problems. Risk analysis, simulation, linear programming and extensions.

MSIS 550 (1): MSIS Leadership Series

Capstone learning experience consisting of 8 seminars and a final quarter student report. Seminars will be given by information technology (IT) leaders; each seminar will be followed by a session of questions and informal gathering. Seminar topics and speakers chosen based on the progression of other courses in the program. Each quarter, students have the opportunity to complement their in-class learning experience with related practical experience from two IT leaders. In the last quarter of studies, students must submit a written report summarizing these seminars, relating them to their coursework, and highlighting their practical relevance. This course is offered every quarter.

Autumn quarter

MSIS 510 (3): Introduction to Data Mining and Analytics

Covers managerial decision-making and business intelligence. Topics include naïve Bayesian classifier, decision trees, rule covering, and other classification techniques, as well as issues related to data cleaning, design, testing, and validation. Special attention given to embedded intelligence in modern business processes and applications.

MSIS 511 (3): Digital Transformation of Organizations

Studies the impact of digital technologies within an organization, an industry, and an economy. Discusses system architecture that enables business processes and provides foundation for management and use of information systems within organizations. Covers issues related to workflow process changes, efficiency and effectiveness, innovation, convergence, competitive advantage, and sustainability. Uses case studies to illustrate concepts.

MSIS 512 (3): Information Security in a Networked World

Explores technical and managerial aspects of information security and assurance within a networked environment. Includes inspection and protection of information assets, detection of and reaction to internal and external threats, determining the levels of protection needed, and design of a consistent and reasonable information security architecture along with an implementable process

MSIS 550 (2): MSIS Leadership Series

Capstone learning experience consisting of 8 seminars and a final quarter student report. Seminars will be given by information technology (IT) leaders; each seminar will be followed by a session of questions and informal gathering. Seminar topics and speakers chosen based on the progression of other courses in the program. Each quarter, students have the opportunity to complement their in-class learning experience with related practical experience from two IT leaders. In the last quarter of studies, students must submit a written report summarizing these seminars, relating them to their coursework, and highlighting their practical relevance. This course is offered every quarter.

Winter quarter

MSIS 521 (3): Information Technology and Marketing in the New Economy

Explores issues related to marketing models based on social networking/computing, such as concepts and applications of search engine optimization (SEO), viral marketing, web analytics, user generated content, the wisdom of crowds, and prediction markets. Students work in teams on real-world projects to develop marketing strategies for maximizing online traffic to business sites.

MSIS 522 (2): Advanced Business Data Mining

Covers managerial decision-making and business intelligence. Topics include association rule mining and regression. Special attention given to embedded intelligence in modern business processes and applications.

MSIS 523 (3): Compliance and Legal Issues in Information Technology

Reviews the overall framework of information technology (IT) compliance, both generic and industry-specific. Topics include intellectual property rights, privacy, and other legal issues relevant for IT.

MSIS 547 (2): Managing in the Era of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing, risks and benefits of information technology (IT) infrastructure, service and deployment models, virtualization and organizational impact, cloud security.

MSIS 550 (1): MSIS Leadership Series

Capstone learning experience consisting of 8 seminars and a final quarter student report. Seminars will be given by information technology (IT) leaders; each seminar will be followed by a session of questions and informal gathering. Seminar topics and speakers chosen based on the progression of other courses in the program. Each quarter, students have the opportunity to complement their in-class learning experience with related practical experience from two IT leaders. In the last quarter of studies, students must submit a written report summarizing these seminars, relating them to their coursework, and highlighting their practical relevance. This course is offered every quarter.

Spring quarter

MSIS 524 (3): Managing Information Technology Projects

Explores issues related to analyzing and managing complex information technology (IT) projects in a globalized and networked world. Covers topics such as life-cycle models, use case point estimation, function point analysis, COCOMO, scheduling and budgeting, project risk analysis, monitoring and control, contract design, outsourcing, and capability maturity model (CMM). Students manage a real-word information technology project in a simulated environment.

MSIS 526 (3): Enterprise Systems and Integration

Provides students with an overall understanding of the complex role of information systems in transforming organizational processes and integrating them as a part of an enterprise system. Topics include the concept of process-enabling information technologies and enterprise resource planning systems that support organizational manufacturing, customer service, and human resource management. The course has a combination of hands-on activities and case discussions that provide students both technical and managerial skills in using information technologies to improve efficiency of organizations.

MSIS 550 (1): MSIS Leadership Series

Capstone learning experience consisting of 8 seminars and a final quarter student report. Seminars will be given by information technology (IT) leaders; each seminar will be followed by a session of questions and informal gathering. Seminar topics and speakers chosen based on the progression of other courses in the program. Each quarter, students have the opportunity to complement their in-class learning experience with related practical experience from two IT leaders. In the last quarter of studies, students must submit a written report summarizing these seminars, relating them to their coursework, and highlighting their practical relevance. This course is offered every quarter.

Electives

Students must also choose two courses from the elective course list below. These classes are offered in the spring quarter (based on student choices).

MSIS 541 (2): Advanced and Unstructured Data Mining

Advanced topics in data mining, with a special focus on unstructured data; web mining; text mining. Students will learn and apply unstructured data mining tools on real-world unstructured data.

MSIS 542 (2): Advanced Development Frameworks

Introduces object-oriented principles and key web-based system development tools. Topics include object-oriented modeling, object-oriented programming languages, and advanced user interface design. Students will learn to use object analysis and design, modern programming languages, and advanced database technology to develop business applications.

MSIS 543 (2): Advanced Database Systems and Data Warehouses

Extends and enhances understanding of enterprise databases to design, implement, and support business intelligence (BI) solutions. Topics include DBMS extensions for data warehousing, data warehouse and data mart design, loading and extracting data, performance tuning, and cloud-based Bi application design. Emphasizes agile techniques to efficiently produce optimal solutions that meet business requirements and increase competitive advantage.

MSIS 544 (2): Managing Information Technology Resources

Covers issues related to managing operations of the information (IT) department in an organization. Topics include IT budgeting, systems implementation/support/maintenance, user training, hardware replacement strategies, performance evaluation, technology cost estimation and trend forecasting, capacity planning, website utilization and traffic load balancing, and coordination with other functional departments.

MSIS 545 (2): Technology Entrepreneurship

Examines the issues involved in creating an organizational environment that recognizes, nurtures, and grows technology-related entrepreneurial activities, the practice of selecting and monitoring ventures, and the capital process within a firm.

MSIS 546 (2): Information Systems Economics

Examines basic concepts of economics as it pertains to information technology and systems. Includes the value of information, cost-benefit analysis, economies of scale, network effects, pricing of digital goods, information uncertainty in electronic markets, risk-return trade-offs, and other related topics.

MSIS 579 (2): Contemporary Topics in Information Systems

Contemporary topics in Information Systems. Topical coverage varies.

Class attendance and work-related travel

Class attendance and participation are a required part of the MSIS Program. A great deal of learning takes place in the interactive classroom environment; therefore, students are encouraged to be active in each class session. Because many MSIS students are also working professionals, we understand that unexpected travel may occasionally prevent class attendance. Students are encouraged to notify the instructor and their study team in advance of an absence.

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