Management, Information Systems, and Quantitative Methods

Degree Offered: Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS MIS)
Director: Paul M. Di Gangi, Ph.D.
Phone: (205) 490-8324


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Application Deadlines

Fall semester  - July 15th
Spring semester  - November 15th
Summer semester- April 15th

Required Documents

  • Online application with a $70 application fee or $85 international application fee
  • Current resume
  • Personal Statement: statement must include the student’s professional career goals and how they faced and overcame challenges in their life
  • References: 2 from supervisors, trainers, or instructors who can confirm requisite knowledge and skills as identified with the admission qualifications

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MS MIS program must:

  1. Have graduated with a baccalaureate degree in an information technology/systems related field from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Those not meeting this requirement must have:

  •   Completed a baccalaureate degree in other areas of study from a regionally accredited college or university, or completed another graduate degree; AND

  •   Completed the UAB MS MIS Bridge Program; OR

    • Submitted evidence to UAB as to significant work experience in IS/IT/computer programming, enterprise systems, databases, and/or system design and analysis; OR

    • Submitted evidence to UAB as to IS/IT/Computer industry certifications in computer programming, enterprise systems, databases, and/or system design and analysis.

2.  Provide evidence of relevant work experience (a minimum of 3 years of experience is preferred)

3.  Have a GMAT score of 480 or higher.  Those not meeting this requirement can:

  • Submit a GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 1050 (score of 303 after August 1, 2011) or higher (GRE scores many not be more than 5 years old), OR

    • Show 5 years of relevant work experience, AND

    • Show documentation of completing a graduate degree in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

International Applicants

International applicants whose native language isn’t English are required to show proof of English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic test score.  Official test scores are required and should be sent directly from the testing agency to UAB.  Scores should not be more than 2 years old. The minimum score requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 on the paper-based examination, 213 on the computer- based version, or 80 on the Internet-based version
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) score of 6.5 overall with at least a 5.0 on each section of the examination


IS 591. Intro to Networking / Computer Programming. 3 Hours.

Intended for candidates for the MS in MIS who do not have enterprise systems and programming experience or training, this course serves as an introduction for the non-programmer to an environment within which application developers develop software.

IS 592. Systems Analysis and Database. 3 Hours.

Intended for candidates for the MS in MIS who do not have systems analysis or database administration experience or training, this course serves as an introduction for understanding of how information technology, data storage and data retrieval are used to create information systems.

IS 599. Directed Readings. 1-3 Hour.

Readings and independent study in selected areas.

IS 607. Introduction to Cyber Security. 3 Hours.

This course serves as an introduction to the field of cyber security where students will develop a basic understanding of the cyber security principles. Students will be able to understand the business value of cyber security and its legal / ethical considerations. Students will also gain an appreciation for security planning and risk management and how risk may be mitigated through technical, physical, and administrative controls.

IS 611. Information Technology and Business Strategy. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to improve your understanding of business strategy and the information technology that supports and shapes it. Information technology spans all business functions. We will study both the challenges and the opportunities that are the result of this pervasiveness.

IS 612. IT Governance and Management. 3 Hours.

This course introduces the concept of IT governance and will expose students to various IT governance frameworks. Particular focus will be given to the IT Governance Institutes COBIT framework, ITIL and ISO standards. Students will have an advanced understanding of the various IT governance frameworks, their application in an organizational setting and the managerial issues associated with different governance structures.

IS 613. Information Security Management. 3 Hours.

Primary objectives of the course are for the student to develop an understanding of key information security concepts, develop an understanding of how people, technology, and organizational policies should be developed and managed to safeguard an organization's information resources, learn how to manage under uncertainty and risk, develop policies and procedures to make information systems secure, and learn how to audit and recover from security breaches.

IS 615. Soc Media/Virtual Communities. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on how social media and virtual communities are changing business in fundamental ways. The course helps students gain practical facility in the use of social media tools and learn meta-skills like how to use new social media tools, how to use filters to make sense of social media, and how to curate news and reports in a manner that contributes to business knowledge and intellect.

IS 616. Web Analytics. 3 Hours.

The Web Analytics course introduces technologies and tools used to realize the full potential of web sites. Focus is on collection and use of web data such as web traffic and visitor information to design web sites that will enable firms to acquire, convert, and retain customers.

IS 617. Data Science for Business. 3 Hours.

This course is an introduction to the emerging field of data science for business. It explains how useful information and knowledge can be extracted from large volume of data and represented as various models to improve business decision making.

IS 618. IT Project Management. 3 Hours.

The course provides the foundation for the management and successful execution of projects of many types applying PMBOK, or the PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge. The objective is to provide students with an understanding of how to manage technology-oriented projects. A combination of skill development in the general area of project management and application of those skills in evaluating case studies involving technology projects will be used.

IS 620. Cyber Attacks and Threat Mitigation. 3 Hours.

Covers the concepts of network vulnerabilities from a hacker's perspective. Addresses the latest cutting edge attacks and common attacks still prevalent. Students will explore legal issues associated with computer network attacks. The course also provides students with the knowledge they need to design, build, and operate network systems to prevent, detect, and respond to attacks.

IS 621. Incident Response and Business Continuity. 3 Hours.

This course provides students with the knowledge necessary to prepare for and respond to computer security incidents. Topics include incident response preparation, detection, reaction, recovery, and maintenance. Computer-related disaster recovery and business continuity planning are also addressed.

IS 622. CISSP I. 3 Hours.

The goal of the CISSP I course is to prepare the professional for the challenging security exam CISSP by covering the syllabus as defined in the Commmon Body of Knowledge (CBK). The CISSP I course covers the first 5 CISSP domain areas.

IS 623. CISSP II. 3 Hours.

The goal of the CISSP II course is to prepare professionals for the challenging security exam CISSP by covering the syllabus as defined in the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). The CISSP II course covers the second 5 CISSP domain areas.

IS 630. Web Development. 3 Hours.

In this course, we will discuss concepts, principles, and methods related to the design and implementation of web applications. We will also build basic understanding and technical skills of both client and server technologies.

IS 631. Web Interface Design/Content. 3 Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the study of human-computer interaction, user interface design, and content creation. Course readings focus on developing both a strong theoretical understanding of the field and practical user interface design skills, and creating compelling content. Students will work on several design projects, including paper designs and implemented prototypes. Students will also participate as usability experts in evaluating the designs of others.

IS 633. Mobile Applications. 3 Hours.

In this course, we will discuss concepts, principles, and methods related to the design and implementation of mobile applications. Emphasis is placed on developing web content and creating applications for mobile devices, including internet/business practices and techniques for delivery on mobile platforms.

IS 640. Technology Planning and Capital Budgeting. 3 Hours.

This course will cover financial techniques and metrics that IT managers should be familiar with, including topics such as measuring returns on IT investments, categories of IT investments, defining and quantifying expected benefits, managing the IT investment portfolio, and budgeting for IT expenditures.

IS 641. Leadership in IT. 3 Hours.

The Leadership in IT course will prepare students for leadership roles in IT related careers. The course will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and foundation in Leadership necessary to be effective in organizational settings, and develop an understanding of the components that make leadership successful.


Di Gangi, Paul, Associate Professor of Information Systems, 2013, B.S. (Quinnipiac), M.S. (George Washington), Ph.D. (Florida State)
Rivera, C. Julio, Associate Professor of Information Systems, 1988, B.S., M.S. (Texas A&M), M.B.A. (Southern Mississippi), Ph.D. (Mississippi State)
Thompson, Sam, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, 2013, B.A.,M.B.A. (Texas A&M); M.S., Ph.D. (Alabama)
Wasko, Molly McLure, Professor of Management; Associate Dean, 2010, B.B.A., B.A. (James Madison), M.B.A. (Averett), Ph.D. (Maryland, College Park)