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Master of Science in Information Systems


Prepare to Lead & Serve at Milligan

  • Prepare to be a CIO, CTO, IT director, IT security manager, IS business analyst
  • 14 months to complete the program
  • One Saturday per month/online and some fully online classes
  • Tuition comparable with other programs
  • GMAT not required for undergrad GPA above 3.0
  • Complete any needed pre-reqs quickly through online modules
  • Be part of a cohort group led by caring faculty
  • Information systems principles from a Christian perspective
  • Explore the hottest emerging technologies
  • Accredited, nationally recognized college

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The Milligan MSIS

Are you a technology visionary? The Milligan MSIS is a 14-month online/hybrid program that can prepare you to be a CIO, CTO, IT director, IT security manager, IS business analyst, or fill other leadership positions in the information systems field. It focuses on best practices in analysis, design, communications, and security for information systems development, management, and implementation in real-world business.

If you have at least two years’ work experience in information technology, such as user support, information management, business technology analyst, or administration OR an undergraduate degree in the information technology field, consider the Milligan MSIS.

Students will:

  • analyze, model, and design information systems to address the needs of an organization
  • document key roles, resources, metrics, and risk responses needed for an information system
  • develop methods and tools for effective network communications
  • construct a plan to assure information systems regulations, compliance, ethical use and security within an organization
  • explain and develop an effective enterprise IS project plan
  • think through technical and leadership issues from a Christian worldview

Accommodating Schedule

The Milligan MSIS is a 14-month program designed to accommodate working professionals, which means you don’t have to sacrifice your job and salary while earning your MSIS. The online/hybrid program consists of 10 courses. Some are purely online and up to five meet on campus one Saturday per month (plus ongoing online work). Cohorts start in the Fall.

Leading-Edge Specialized Curriculum

The Milligan MSIS provides the knowledge to successfully apply best practices in analysis, design, communications, and security for information systems development, management, and implementation in real-world business. The MSIS is a cohort-based, hybrid/online program paired with classes in The Milligan MBA program.

Curriculum

ONLINE CLASSES

These five online courses contain weekly or bi-weekly synchronous learning opportunities for students to discuss and interact with the instructor and their peers.

IS 501M. IS Project Management. This course addresses the processes for defining, leading, managing, and controlling projects. Additional topics covered include creation of projects scope statements, estimating project time and cost, risk management, and prevention and intervention strategies for distressed projects. A topical white paper will be expected at the conclusion of this course. This course will be offered in online format with synchronous online residencies as appropriate to the course. Three semester hours.

IS 525M. Emerging Technology Integration. This course examines the impact of emerging technologies in organizations and the managerial issues that evolve. Specific topics of discussion are neural networks, deep learning, and Keras. A topical white paper will be expected at the conclusion of this course. This course will be offered in online format with synchronous online residencies as appropriate to the course. Three semester hours.

IS 530M. Security and Ethics. This course focuses on a wide discussion range of Christian values in principles and practices of computer system security including operating system security, network security, software security and web security as well as legal and ethical issues in computer security. A topical white paper will be expected at the conclusion of this course. This course will be offered in online format with synchronous online residencies as appropriate to the course. Three semester hours.

IS 535M. IS Infrastructure. This course focuses on network standards, models, and TCP/IP communication protocol. Topics covered: IoT, protocols for timely communications, the global business environment, mobile computing, cloud computing, social networking, and network metrics for efficiency and effectiveness. A topical white paper will be expected at the conclusion of this course. This course will be offered in online format with synchronous online residencies as appropriate to the course. Three semester hours.

IS 541M. Analysis, Modeling, and Design. This course provides intermediate and advanced concepts for Object-Oriented Analysis, modeling techniques, and design for information systems. Topic covers an overview of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) diagrams, detailed treatments of use case modeling, the use of taxonomic class modeling technique for domain classes, and a method of developing sequence diagrams as well as an overview of database and data modeling. The course emphasizes the practical application of modeling techniques to real-world problems. A topical white paper will be expected at the conclusion of this course. This course will be offered in online format with synchronous online residencies as appropriate to the course. Three semester hours.

HYBRID CLASSES

The following five hybrid courses require day-long Saturday residencies (three of these five courses are part of The Milligan MBA program). Saturday on-campus sessions occur approximately once a month, on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (See schedule for details.) The sessions are complemented by several weeks of on-going discussion, class participation, and other assignments, all facilitated by faculty using Internet-based resources. This provides flexibility in scheduling, while at the same time providing a thorough and in-depth program of study. Students will need to bring a laptop to class. Lunch is provided on Saturday during the on-campus session.

Students entering the program without prior management and accounting classes or previous business experience in these management and accounting may be required to complete the academic leveling courses for management and accounting as specified in the MSIS admission guidelines.

IS 510. Analytics and Enterprise Models. This course introduces managerial support system and sound business decision making based on the use of analytics. Support systems examined will include SCM, CRM, and ERP. A topical white paper will be expected at the conclusion of this course. This course will be offered in hybrid format, which will include one Saturday residency. Three semester hours.

IS 550. IS Thesis/Project. This course will focus on the development of a thesis/project for the culmination of this program. In conference with the course instructor, students will choose one topical white paper, developed in previous course, to expand into a thesis/project at the conclusion of the program. Topics for consideration include analytics, data modeling, system methodologies, efficient and effective networks, security strategies, innovation in system design and enterprise-level project management. This course will be offered in hybrid format, which will include one Saturday residency. Five semester hours.

BADM 530 Management and Leadership. This course examines current issues in leadership and appropriate strategies for implementing planned change. The course integrates materials from both micro and macro approaches to leadership and looks at the differences between managers and leaders, the leader-member exchange process, the leader’s role in setting the strategic direction of an organization, and the ethical, moral and professional issues of leadership with concentration on developing a biblical foundation of leadership. This course will be offered in hybrid format, which will include one Saturday residency Three semester hours.

BADM 533 Leading Effective Teams. Today’s complex organizational environment requires strong leadership and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to create and facilitate teams. This course will provide both the conceptual understanding and the behavioral skills required to participate in and build effective teams. The course will focus on the role of the leader as a facilitator in designing and managing teams, building trust within the team, establishing a climate of accountability, promoting collaboration, facilitating decision-making, fostering creativity, and addressing dysfunctional conflict in a team environment. Students will also explore the role of team membership. Topics include the stages of team development, aligning individuals around group goals, understanding team dynamics and conflict resolution. This course will be offered in hybrid format, which will include one Saturday residency Three semester hours.

ACCT 530 Seminar in Managerial Accounting. A course covering the organizational development of financial and nonfinancial budgets, interaction among performance measurement systems and human behavior, and advanced topics in uses of information for decision-making. This course will be offered in hybrid format, which will include one Saturday residency Three semester hours.

Nationally Recognized

Milligan’s Computer Science/CIS program is recognized for quality education. Our online Computer Information Systems (CIS-Mobile) program was ranked No. 16 in the nation by ComputerScienceOnline.org, a website devoted to help those seeking a future in the tech industry. Milligan’s CIS-M program was evaluated on a number of criteria and metrics including online tuition cost compared to other programs, student-faculty ratio, six-year graduation rate, percentage of students receiving financial aid, academic and career counseling services, and the college’s number of online computer science-related bachelor’s programs.

Credibility

Milligan College has earned the respect of employers locally and throughout the U.S. Our graduates are leaders in many Tri-Cities corporations and organizations. In Milligan’s program, you’ll learn from experienced faculty who are respected and caring Christian scholars committed to scholarship, excellence in teaching, and the faith development of their students.

Caring

Teaching you is more than a job to our faculty — it’s a mission. They are dedicated teachers, experienced professionals, and trusted mentors who invest time, energy, and ideas to inspire you and help you reach your highest potential. It’s not just a degree. It’s your future.

Milligan also offers you a “support team” in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies that is experienced and ready to help. We care about your success. We’ll work with you from your first question to graduation. We’ll help you develop a degree plan that makes the most of your time and money. We provide an orientation to our campus and to the program prior to your first class. We do our best to make your life easier.

Affordable

Tuition is $600/credit hour, making the entire program approximately $19,275 (including fees), which is comparable with other state and private colleges. Financial aid is available for graduate students.  Learn about available aid and payment options »

Accredited

Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Milligan College.

Accreditation is an important factor to consider when selecting an academic institution. Accreditation is the process by which the quality and standards of colleges and universities are verified and upheld. Milligan is pleased to hold SACSCOC accreditation, which accredits the entire institution and its programs, including the MSIS. SACSCOC accredits degree-seeking institutions in the South, including private and public universities and colleges.

Early Acceptance Program: MSIS

The Early Acceptance Program (EAP) provides Milligan College undergraduate students with a unique financial and academic opportunity to apply and commit early to the MSIS in order to receive lower tuition rates and secure their spot early in the program. 

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Admission

start date: fall 2018

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • At least two years’ work experience in information technology, such as user support, information management, business technology analyst, or administration OR an undergraduate degree in the IT field
  • Coursework or demonstrated competency in accounting principles and management. Inexpensive and fast leveling modules for these courses are available if needed. Contact us ASAP to learn more.
  • Successfully complete application process outlined below

HOW TO APPLY

  1. APPLICATION: Completed application and personal statement. Apply online. Call us if you have questions.
  2. RECOMMENDATIONS: Two professional recommendation requests will be sent from the online application.
  3. UNDERGRAD DEGREE & TRANSCRIPTS: A completed undergraduate degree (bachelor’s) from a regionally accredited institution is required. Official transcripts must be submitted from every college attended whether or not the applicant graduated from that school.
  4. GMAT: An acceptable GMAT may be required if an applicant’s overall undergraduate grade point average is 2.75-2.99. The GMAT is not required if an applicant’s overall undergraduate grade point average is 3.00 or higher.
  5. PREREQUISITES: Courses or demonstrated competency in accounting principles and management are required. Inexpensive and fast leveling modules for these courses are available if needed. Contact us ASAP to learn more.
  6. INTERNATIONALS: This program is not currently approved for international students.

An Interview with faculty admissions committee may be required.

DEADLINES

Classes begin in Fall 2018. Application deadlines are usually a month prior.

ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION

A $150 deposit (credited to your first semester’s tuition) is required to secure your spot in the cohort.

PREREQUISITE ACADEMIC LEVELING COURSE

If needed, inexpensive and fast leveling courses in accounting and management are available. Milligan offers $35 online module courses to help you develop the foundational business knowledge you need to be more successful with your graduate level management and accounting courses. The Admissions Committee determines which prerequisite academic leveling courses you must complete for admission. Please refer to your MSIS acceptance letter to determine which courses you must complete, or contact Rebecca Banton in the Graduate & Professional Studies Office. Download more information here about the online module courses.

You also may complete prerequisite courses through Milligan’s Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP), which meets one night a week on-campus. Or students have the option to pursue prerequisites at any accredited institution.

Milligan does not offer a challenge exam to exempt prerequisites; however, the admissions committee may waive a prerequisite based on work experience and/or competency. 

Please contact Rebecca Banton at rbbanton@milligan.edu for more information about prerequisites.

EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles at Milligan College. Milligan College adopts specific rules on the basis of the belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Therefore, behavior that conflicts with Scripture is unacceptable. Historically, communities also have developed guidelines that help put into practice basic moral and social principles. Such standards serve as a guide toward worthwhile goals relevant to one’s academic, spiritual, social, and physical well-being.

Students should consult the Student Handbook for further guidance regarding acceptable personal lifestyle and conduct while enrolled at Milligan College. A student’s matriculation and enrollment at Milligan College is their pledge to uphold the policies and expectations outlined in the Student Handbook and Catalog.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

  • International students must present a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Normally, the TOEFL score must be at least 550 on the paper-based examination or 213 on the computer-based examination or 79 on the internet-based examination. The IELTS score must be at least 6.5.
  • Please have your TOEFL or IELTS score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Milligan College.
  • All international applicants must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years.
  • You cannot be exempted from this requirement unless English is your native language, or you are a U.S. citizen, or you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • After a student is admitted, there is required documentation to submit BEFORE form I-20 can be issued.  Students may begin gathering and submitting this information even prior to admission, but no I-20 will be issued until a prospect has been fully admitted AND has submitted the required documentationInternational students should click here for information on the immigration/visa process »

Early Acceptance Program

Early Acceptance Program: MSIS

The Early Acceptance Program (EAP) provides Milligan College undergraduate students with a unique financial and academic opportunity to apply and commit early to the MSIS in order to receive lower tuition rates and secure their spot early in the program. 

Benefits

  • Locks in tuition rate
  • Secure your spot in the program
  • CIS and Computer Science majors only 

Requirements & Process

  1. Be a Milligan undergraduate CIS, CS, or CIS-M major
  2. Meet with Dr. Carolyn Carter for approval to declare the Early Acceptance Program*
  3. Complete and Submit (to the GPS Office) the Participation form for the EAP, which requires approval signatures from both your undergraduate advisor and Dr. Carter
  4. Schedule an appointment with MSIS Admissions to discuss admission process and requirements
  5. Complete the MSIS admission process, be admitted, and pay deposit by following deadline in order to lock-in that year’s tuition rate:
    • JUNIORS – by APRIL 15
    • SENIORS – by NOV 15
    • CIS-M – by NOV 15 for Dec grads; by APR 15 for May grads
  6. Concurrent full-time enrollment is required.

*Approval to declare the Early Acceptance Program is not a guarantee of your admission to the Milligan MSIS program.

Careers

Employment

Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Demand for computer and information systems managers will grow as firms increasingly expand their operations to digital platforms. Computer and information systems managers will be responsible for implementing these goals.

Employment growth will result from the need to bolster cybersecurity in computer and information systems used by businesses. Industries such as retail trade will work to implement more robust security policies as cyber threats increase.

A number of jobs in this occupation are expected to be created in the healthcare industry, which is aggressively implementing information technology. This industry is expected to greatly increase information technology (IT) use, resulting in job growth. In the insurance carriers industry, employment of IT managers is projected to grow 26 percent. (Occupational Outlook Handbook).

Duties of Computer and Information Systems Managers

Computer and information systems managers plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties of computer and information systems managers typically include:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure ethical practices surround the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executive
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals who work many times in a team setting
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Faculty

Dr. Carolyn Carter

Carolyn Carter

Associate Dean of the William B. Greene, Jr. School of Business and Technology; Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Administration; Don and Clarinda Jeanes Chair of Servant Leadership

Phone: 423.461.8670
Contact via email
Office: Derthick Hall, 300B

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