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Estimated Completion

36 credit hours (18+ months)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies 


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M.S. in Information Systems


This program aims to further develop students’ existing knowledge in all areas related to management, while enhancing their range of technical knowledge and expanding their analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. The Master of Science in Information Systems degree prepares graduates for career success by molding them into professionals who have management capabilities, including decision making skills related to:

  • Information systems
  • Information technology resources
  • Business operations
  • Personnel

Designed With You in Mind

This program is designed to meet the needs of three distinct groups:

  • Students with a baccalaureate degree in Information Systems
  • Students with a baccalaureate degree in another area, who have information systems skills and desire to develop a new career in Information Systems
  • Students with a baccalaureate degree in another area, who lack information systems skills and desire to develop new career skills in Information Systems


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Job Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our program have a wide variety of career positions to choose from, such as:

  • Database Administrator - CorpHealth, Inc.
  • Business Analyst/Application Architect - Dell Computers Austin
  • Cost Control Analyst - Taylor and Hill
  • NOC Engineer - The Planet Internet Service Inc.
  • Computer Analyst - City of Waco
Shonda Sears

Program Advising

COBA graduate programs offer students dedicated advising services. One of the program advisors, Ms. Allison Jones, MBA,is here to help you with all of your advising needs. She is extremely helpful, and knowledgeable about course requirements, sequence, and registration.

Dr. Delmer Nagy

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Del Nagy, one of our outstanding BCIS faculty. Bringing practical work experience in to the classroom, Dr. Nagy teaches a lot of our systems analysis and design classes as well as our database classes. He works individually with students on research projects and is one of our faculty sponsors for our AITP chapter, our student organization for CIS students. Dr. Nagy has a passion for what he does and brings an energy level that helps drive and motivate students.

Watch our Faculty Spotlight video and learn more about Dr. Nagy.

Sangeeta Jina, former student

Student Spotlight

Meet Ms. Sangeeta Jina, M.S., one of our former international undergraduate and graduate students. Ms. Jina has been able to apply her skills and education in order to get a job after graduation. But, don't take our word for it. Listen to what she has to say about her experiences here at Tarleton State University, our program, our faculty, and advises on being successful in your studies as one of our students.

Professional Development Opportunities

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Resume clinic
  • Mock interviews
  • Hire A Texan - Online Job Board
  • Career counseling and My Plan

And many more!

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Program Objectives

Students in our program will:

  • Design scalable, robust, network solutions based on business/organizational needs.
  • Identify appropriate information technologies to support the strategic and operational goals of an organization.
  • Design scalable, robust, database solutions based on business/organizational needs.
  • Apply systems development methodologies that allow them to analyze and develop appropriate solutions to businesses/organizations.
  • Interpret and apply discipline related academic/practitioner literature.
  • Identify, develop, and execute business related research and address problems in business.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
BCIS 5304 Telecommunications for Managers
BCIS 5307 Systems Analysis for Managers
BCIS 5311 Managing Information Systems
BCIS 5316 Applied Database Management
BCIS 5351 Project Management
BCIS 5398 Research Methods in Information Systems

Students should note that BCIS 5311 (Managing Information Systems) must be taken during the first semester that they are enrolled in the program.

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

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.

View the 2015-2016 Program Assessment information.

View the 2016-2017 Program Assessment information.

Comprehensive Exam

All students must successfully complete the comprehensive exam in order to earn their Master of Science in Information Systems degree. Students should contact their program advisor prior to completion to discuss exam requirements and policies.

Facilities and Features

Software for Students

Software for Students

Tarleton State University has partnered with Microsoft Imagine in order to allow students to use the following software free of charge:

  • Windows 7 and Windows Server
  • Visual Studio.NET
  • SharePoint Designer
  • Microsoft Access and Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio Professional

And many more!

Association of Information Technology Professionals


The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) prepares students for a career in the Information Technology field, as well as provide the opportunity to meet professionals and network within the industry. AITP also provide professional development through:

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Resume workshops
  • Fundraising opportunities
  • Job site visits
  • Regional and national competitions

And much more! 

Contact Dr. Del Nagy or Mr. Art Dearing for more information about our AITP chapter.

Female non-traditional student

A Student Focused Program

The College of Business Administration at Tarleton stands out among others because:

  • We are learner focused to support and challenge the personal and professional development of each individual.
  • We foster meaningful engagement with dynamic business communities.
  • We have an entrepreneurial mindset to develop innovative and creative decision makers.
  • We promote a global perspective developed to better understand the interconnected nature of the global business environment.
  • We believe ethical and socially responsible behavior are essential for success in personal, professional, and community relationships.