Management, Information Systems, and Quantitative Methods

Degree Offered:Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS MIS)
Director:Allen Johnston
Phone:(205) 934-8870
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Prospective students should use this checklist to obtain specific requirements for applying to Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

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

Required Documents

  • Online application with a $45 application fee or $60 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 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.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of relevant work experience (a minimum of 3 years of experience is preferred)
  • Applicants must have a GMAT score of 500 or higher.

Those not meeting this requirement can:

  • Submit a GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 940 or higher (GRE scores many not be more than 5 years old), OR
  • Show 5 years of relevant work experience
  • 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 6.0 overall with at least a 5.0 on each section of the examination

The UAB Collat School of Business, Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS MIS) program focuses on the business side of information systems and how to strategically position technology to maximize value for an organization.  This program provides the broad perspective needed to advance in the information systems management field, and allows students to tailor their education based on specific career goals by focusing in one of three areas: Web and Mobile Development, Information Security, or IT Management.  UAB’s emphasis is on the managerial aspects of information systems, and although the program does provide opportunities for skill development in the latest technologies, the goal of the program is to help those currently working in information systems related fields move into managerial positions by improving their understanding of how to use the latest information technologies to benefit organizational stakeholders, such as managers, organizations, employees, customers and partners. 

The Management of Information Systems field is growing at an exponential rate as organizations struggle to stay current with new and emerging technologies, such as mobile applications and social media and business analytics.  Professionals are needed that can help organizations understand the business potential of these new technologies, how to develop new applications to meet changing market dynamics, and how to secure these systems from threats.  Students graduating from this program are prepared to succeed in an exciting and dynamic career field combining a solid technical information systems foundation with business skills so they can immediately contribute to solving business problems, and can drill down into specific fields, such as IT management, web and mobile development or information security.

Program Details

The MS MIS program is taught completely online. Most students can complete degree requirements within 1.6 years. Concentrations are available in Web and Mobile Development, Information Security, and IT Management. Each concentration consists of twelve semester hours. The Collat School of Business is accredited by AACSB–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Program Requirements

Core Courses:

IS 611     Information Technology and Business Strategy

IS 612     IT Governance and Management

IS 613     Information Security Management

IS 615     Social Media/Virtual Communities

IS 617     Introduction to Business Intelligence

IS 618     Technology Based Project Management


Information Security

IS 620     Attack and Penetration

IS 621     Incident Resp. / Business Continuity

IS 622     CISSP I

IS 623     CISSP II

Web and Mobile Development

IS 630     Web Development

IS 631     Web Interface Design/Content

IS 616     Web Analytics

IS 633     Mobile Applications

IT Management

IS 640     Technology Plans and Capital Budgeting

IS 641     Leadership in IT

Any 2 IS or WDSM Concentration Courses (6 hours)


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.

This course is designed to improve your understanding of how information technology, data storage and data retrieval are used to create information systems. Topics include systems theory, the Systems Development Lifecycle, collecting system requirements, data and systems modeling, and system security.

IS 599. Directed Readings. 1-3 Hour.

Readings and independent study in selected areas.

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. Intro to Business Intelligence. 3 Hours.

Covers topics of knowledge management and business intelligence from an organizational IT perspective. The content includes discussion of and readings on the nature of knowledge; knowledge discovery, generation, capture, transfer, sharing, and application; and includes discussion of the core IT capabilities necessary to deliver Business Intelligence in organizations. The development and use of data warehouses and data marts to support business analytics is discussed.

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. Attack and Penetration. 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, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, 2013, B.S. (Quinnipiac), M.S. (George Washington), Ph.D. (Florida State)
Gunnels, Ken, Instructor of Information Systems, 2011, B.S. (UAB); M.B.A. (Samford); M.S., MIS, Ph.D. (Alabama)
Johnston, Allen, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Director of Information Systems Programs, 2007, B.S. (LSU), M.B.A., PhD. (Mississippi)
Larson, Keri, Assistant Professor (Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods), 2012, A.B. (Chicago), Ph.D. (Georgia), Data Management, Intro to Information Systems, and Social Media and Virtual Communities
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, Visiting Assistant Professor of Information Systems, 2013, B.A.,M.B.A. (Texas A&M); M.S., Ph.D. (Alabama)
Wasko, Molly McLure, Associate Professor of Management; Chair, Department of Management, Information Systems, and Quantitative Methods, 2010, B.B.A., B.A. (James Madison), M.B.A. (Averett), Ph.D. (Maryland, College Park)
Worrell, James L., Associate Professor of Accounting, 2008, B.S., M.Ac., Ph.D. (Florida State)