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Degree Requirements

S1170001The Master’s in Information Systems program design is based on a competency model. The student progresses through several tiers of courses acquiring more complex skills and knowledge. The following outlines the various course tiers.

Fundamentals Course:
(May be waived based on experience and is determined during the admissions review process)

These courses are required modules for students starting the program in Spring 2009 or later.

Core Courses:
(All four are required of all students)

Advanced Courses:
(All students must complete a total of six advanced courses)

*  See the course description for details.

S1250018-1Thesis Option:
Students have the option to choose to do a masters thesis.  Students must complete IS 799 over the course of two semesters (3 credits each semester). Students must also choose a thesis advisor from the department and form a three member committee that oversees and accepts the thesis. An MS Thesis defense must be scheduled with your advisor and committee. Student must present this defense in person and the student is responsible for scheduling and travel arrangements. The thesis must be pre-approved by the advisor and submitted to the thesis committee at least four weeks prior to the proposal or final defense.

Applying Courses From Outside This Program Toward Your Degree:
Students can take up to 2 courses outside of the Online MS program’s curriculum to fulfill advanced course requirements.  Students must ask for approval prior to registering.  These courses can be from our on campus curriculum, offered by another department on campus, or offered by another university.  Any transfer credits would be considered under this policy as well. Please send the course information to onlinems@umbc.edu for review, and upon approval the student may register.