Bachelor’s Degree: A 4-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution.
Minimum GPA: An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.
Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 but higher than 2.75 should submit additional documents in the application package for possible consideration. These typically include a resume, personal statement, transcripts, certificates, recommendation letters, awards received, and any other relevant documents.
Language Requirements: Those whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable combined TOEFL score is 550 (written) or 213 (computerized) or 80 (internet-based). The only exception is for students who have earned a post-secondary degree from an accredited university in a country where the official language is English. Students who have received post-secondary degrees from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. The TOEFL code for UMBC is 5835. TOEFL scores must have been taken within two years of matriculation to be valid.
We will also accept IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, the minimum acceptable total score is 6.5.
Transcripts: All students will be required to provide (as part of the application packet) official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Applicants who have attended non-English language universities must provide an official English language transcript and an official native language transcript or mark sheets from every post-secondary institution attended. The UMBC Graduate School will accept official WES ICAP Course-by-Course evaluations as fulfillment of the requirement for official transcripts in the admissions process.
Each set of documents must list subjects studied, grades or marks received and rank in class or divisions. Students whose universities issue only one set of official records must have their academic records copied and notarized by a public official certifying the documents are true copies of the originals.
Electronic transcripts should be sent to Kathie Nee (firstname.lastname@example.org) for domestic applications and to Kathy Ruth (email@example.com) for international applications.
*Note to students who are not US Citizens or permanent residents in the US: No I-20’s for F-1 Visas will be issued by UMBC to enroll in this online program.
Our program is based on a competency model. The student progresses through several tiers of courses acquiring more complex skills and knowledge.
All students are required to complete 30 credits to receive their degree. Students who need to take the Fundamentals Course (IS 607) must complete 34 credits.
A total of 6 credits can be transferred from another institution or program.
IS 607 Introduction to Information Systems(4 credits)
This course provides the beginning computing student with a solid foundation in computer science and information systems topics with industry applications. The course assumes no computing background. It introduces concepts such as ethical issues in computing, networks, operating systems, databases, problem solving and programming.
IS 631 Management Information Systems (3 credits)
This course presents the applications of information systems in business processes and operations, in managerial decision-making, and in the strategic planning of organizations.
The course covers information systems management fundamentals to include such factors as:
CO-requisite: IS 607
At the completion of the course, students will show the following competencies:
IS 632 Networks (3 credits)
This course provides the fundamentals of network technologies, such as public-switched network, wide area networks, and local area networks, from the perspective of the current and future needs. The course also covers network architectures, networking standards, digital and analog signaling, the various transmission media, as well as equipment, applications, and services.
A basic introduction to the science of data communications is followed by an in-depth treatment of the TCP/IP stack. All basic concepts related to the following topics are covered with related to current networking practice:
Pre-requisite: IS 607
IS 633 Database Management Systems (3 credits)
The course covers most of the major advancements in database technology that have taken place recently. It does not assume any prior background in the field of databases, and hence starts with basic introductory concepts along with more advanced topics.
The course will cover both conceptual and hands-on material in the area of database management, thus enabling student to have the maximum amount of comprehension and retention of the material covered in the course.
Pre-requisite: IS 607
IS 634 Structured Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to describe the goals and purposes of all the activities involved in the analysis and design phases of a systems development project and to teach the specific techniques used to carry out those activities using a structured approach. No specific prerequisite knowledge is required, but students will be required to use a CASE tool to fulfill some of the learning objectives. However, the choice of CASE tool is up to the student.
All of the activities required to progress from the initial identification of an organizational problem to the design of an IT-based solution are covered, as well as specific techniques for carrying out those activities. The emphasis will be on both learning the mechanics of the techniques and applying them to real projects. Although students will be introduced to all the SDLC phases, this module includes content specific only to analysis and design. Thus, no implementation, testing, or maintenance techniques will be included. The student’s competency with these skills will be assessed with a variety of mechanisms, including a group project that involves the analysis and design of an actual information system, and submitting the products of analysis and design (diagrams, descriptions, analyses) to be assessed. Other assessments include an exam and discussion.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to apply structured techniques for analyzing the information system needs and problems of an organization, and then design solutions to those problems.
CO-requisite: IS 607
All students must complete a total of six advanced courses. These options can be found on the courses page.
Students have the option to choose to do a master’s thesis. More details can be found on the courses page.
Since the degree is delivered entirely online, students are expected to have a strong online presence. This includes Internet access and some PC-based tools. Students must have reliable access to the internet via both a web browser and e-mail. It is recommended that students upgrade to the latest version of their preferred web browser.
A particular course may expect the student to use telnet to access a computer resource or ftp to move files across the Internet. Both telnet and ftp software are part of the Windows operating system.
Students are expected to have access to Microsoft Office 2000 or higher. The Project Management Operations course textbook includes a copy of Microsoft Project for educational purposes that the student is expected to install on his or her computer and run.
The first $200 of tuition is non-refundable for all classes in the online MS program as this covers the cost of books, materials, delivery of these materials, and administrative expenses. As a result, any refunds will be based upon the tuition paid minus $200. However, if a student drops a course prior to the start of the semester, and the textbook is returned, the $200 non-refundable fee will be reversed.
Our program follows the standard policies and practices for the university. If you have any questions, please visit UMBC’s Office of Financial aid and Scholarships.
No I-20′s for F-1 Visas will be issued by UMBC to enroll in this online program. This impacts students who are not US Citizens or permanent residents in the US.