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Master of Science in Information Systems


The mission of the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree program is to provide a relevant, high-quality education that develops students’ decision making skills in the productive and profitable utilization of computer information systems, preparing them for success in their careers and life-long learning.

Program Goals:

  • Students will design scalable, robust, network solutions based on business/organizational needs
  • Student will identify appropriate information technologies to support the strategic and operational goals of an organization
  • Students will design scalable, robust, database solutions based on business/organizational needs
  • Students will understand systems development methodologies that allow them to analyze and develop appropriate solutions to business problems
  • Students will understand how to interpret and apply discipline related academic/practitioner literature
  • Students will understand how to identify, develop, and execute business related research to address business problems

Program Assessment Information:

As an institution that accepts state tax dollars, we are accountable to tax holders to make sure that we insure that the programs that we offer are relevant, valuable, and high quality. This extends to students as well who are making an investment in their education. To that end, we perform assessments over the criteria that we have identified of what it means to be a consummate professional within the field of information systems. Each academic year, that assessment data is gathered, analyzed, and results in program modifications as necessary to insure that we are offering the very best program that we can. This is a rigorous process and as such, we do not expect to achieve every goal. But, it is through the process of routine program evaluation that we seek to constantly improve and provide the taxpayer and students maximum value for their investment.

For more information please review the MS-IS graduate handbook, advising guide, course rotations, or contact the appropriate advisor below:

* Courses are not guaranteed to be offered during the semester/location indicated due to staffing/demand issues.


In order for you to enroll in our program, you will need to admitted to the College of Graduate Studies first, by completing the requirements below.

  1. Complete the application for graduate admission and pay the application fee on the Graduate Studies website.
  2. Take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and score at least 950 on the GMAT or 1850 on the GRE.
    1. GMAT: GPA x 200 + GMAT score = minimum of 950 (i.e. GPA of 3.01 = at least a 348 needed on GMAT; GPA of 2.5 = at least a 450 needed)
    2. GRE: GPA x 400 + GRE score = minimum of 1850 (i.e. GPA of 3.01 = at least a 646 needed on GRE; GPA of 2.5 = at least an 850 needed)
  3. Submit a 200-300 word essay addressing your educational and professional goals
  4. Submit official transcripts from prior universities/colleges.

As a master's student, you have up to six years to complete the degree which consists of 36 hours of course work and a comprehensive exam. Taking two to three classes per semester usually results in completing the program in 2-3 years. The program is currently offered completely online. Courses are taught during the 16 week fall and spring semesters and during the week summer sessions.

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Comprehensive Exam

The purpose of the comprehensive exam for our Masters is to allow the student to demonstrate in a balanced and integrated way that they have mastered the core concepts in our program by using a case study. In particular, the focus is on the following four core courses:

  1. BCIS 5307: Systems Analysis
  2. BCIS 5316: Database Systems
  3. BCIS 5304: Telecommunications
  4. BCIS 5311: Managing Information Systems
  5. BCIS 5351: Project Management
  6. BCIS 5392: Business Intelligence
  7. BCIS 5398: 

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the MS-IS degree from Tarleton, a student must:

  1. complete any required leveling
  2. complete sufficient hours to meet the 36 hour requirement, including the core courses
  3. have a grade point average of at least 3.0 for all courses on the degree plan
  4. successfully complete the MS-IS comprehensive examination