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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
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.
Consider the MSIS 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. If you do not meet these requirements, academic leveling modules are available in accounting principles, management, and system development.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Milligan’s Computer Science/IS program is recognized for quality education. Our online Information Systems (IS-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 IS-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.
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.
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.
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. Ask us how our costs compare to other similar institutions and programs!
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.