Management Information Systems

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

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 allow 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 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, 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 system 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.

Master of Science in Management Information Systems

IS 591Intro to Networking / Computer Programming3
IS 592Systems Analysis and Database3
IS 611Information Technology and Business Strategy3
IS 612IT Governance and Management3
IS 613Information Security Management3
IS 615Soc Media/Virtual Communities3
IS 617Intro to Business Intelligence3
IS 618IT Project Management3
Concentration Courses12
Total Hours36

Concentration in Information Security

IS 620Attack and Penetration3
IS 621Incident Response and Business Continuity3
Total Hours12

Concentration in Web and Mobile Development

IS 616Web Analytics3
IS 630Web Development3
IS 631Web Interface Design/Content3
IS 633Mobile Applications3
Total Hours12

Concentration in Information Technology Management

IS 640Technology Planning and Capital Budgeting3
IS 641Leadership in IT3
Select two of the following:6
Web Analytics
Attack and Penetration
Incident Response and Business Continuity
Web Development
Web Interface Design/Content
Mobile Applications
Total Hours12


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 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, Associate 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)
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)