As a driving force behind innovation and productivity improvements, information technology continues to be at the forefront of progress and change. New technology applications in the workplace are creating demand for more workers, fueling the need for you as a manager to be prepared for the next wave of the information revolution.

Outstanding Preparation
Our Master of Science program in Management Information Systems is geared toward working professionals who understand the language of business and technology. Making real-life decisions requires expertise in networking, data mining, systems engineering and the strategic management of information systems. This degree will help you learn the power and potential of technology and how it can move an organization forward.

Access to Systems Used in Top Organizations

The College of Business and MIS program is a member of the SAP University Alliance program; Microsoft Dreamspark program; and the IBM Academic Initiative.

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Unlimited Potential
This program combines technical applications with business principles, provides you with the knowledge and skills to be successful even if you do not have a bachelor’s degree in information systems.

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International Students: The Master of Science in Management Information Systems is a Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) designated program by the Department of Homeland Security. International students graduating from STEM-designated program such as the MSMIS may be eligible to work for up to 29 months under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. For more information please contact GSU's Office of International Services.

CIP Code: 11.0401 Information Science / Studies [STEM Designated]

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  • Supplemental Application Requirements


    In addition to completing a university application for admission, paying the application fee, and submitting all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions, applicants must also submit the following documents listed below to CBPA as part of their application package:

    1. Normally, applicants will be expected to have a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale) in their last 60 credit hours;
    2. A GMAT or GRE score from tests administered within five years of the date of admission*;
    3. Two confidential letters of recommendation from professional references (e.g. current or former college faculty member, current or former work supervisor, or community leader;
    4. A two page, double-spaced statement of intent which discusses personal short- and long-term career goals, reasons for pursuing an graduate business degree at this time and what about this particular program is going to help reach those goals. Please give specific personal examples of leadership and provide other pertinent information to help the committee select candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the program. The statement of intent offers applicants the opportunity to demonstrate writing and communication skills and supports candidacy for the graduate business degree; and
    5. A current resume.

    *Note: The GMAT or GRE may be waived for applicants who have (1) an undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher for the last 60 hours, from a regionally accredited college or university, or (2) a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

    Items may be submitted separately; however, the application will not be considered for admission by the CBPA Graduate Admission Committee until all items have been received.

    The supplemental documents listed above should be sent to:

    CBPA Graduate Admissions Committee
    Governors State University
    1 University Parkway, G281
    University Park, IL 60484
    You may also send these as attachments to via email

  • Required Preparation


    If you have earned a baccalaureate degree in another academic area you are required to complete appropriate preparatory courses.  Required Preparation of grade “B” or higher required in the following areas:

    • Programming Course
    • Statistics Course (MGMT 6700 or STAT 2700 and STAT 3700)
    • Calculus (MATH 2281)
    • MIS Competency exam with a score of 80 or higher (prior to second semester)
    • Management Course (MGMT 6100 or MGMT 3100 and MKT 3100)
    • Accounting Course (ACCT 601 or ACCT 2110 and ACCT 2111 and FIN 3110)
    • Organization Behavior Course (MGMT 4500)
    • Operations Management Course (MGMT 3400)

    Prerequisite courses may be waived on a course-by course basis for students with appropriate academic or professional preparation.

    Generally, students with an undergraduate degree in business or MIS completed within the five years prior to application from a regionally accredited school, with grades of “B” or higher have satisfied most of these requirements. Applicable work experience may be demonstrated by submitting a portfolio documenting work. Each portfolio will be evaluated by the MIS faculty.

  • MS MIS Degree Requirements


    I. MIS Core Courses (15 Hours)
    MIS 7201 Systems Analysis and Design (3)
    MIS 7401 Database Development and Implementation (3)
    MIS 7700 ERP Systems (3)
    MIS 7601 IT Infrastructure (3)
    MIS 6580 Information Security (3)

    II. Business Courses (9 Hours)
    MIS 7101 Information Systems and Technology (3)

    Select two of the following:
    ACCT 7101 Strategic Management Accounting (3)
    ECON 7500 Managerial Economics and Forecasting (3)
    FIN 7101 Financial Management (3)
    MGMT 7500 Organizational Behavior in the Global Context (3)
    MGMT 7400 Operations Management: Strategies and Techniques (3)
    MKTG 7100 Strategic Marketing (3)

    III. Career Sequence [Select one area] (9 Hours)*
    The career sequence component is based on individual career goals. Students select 9 elective graduate credit hours from their career area, to be approved by their advisor.

    Students may choose any 9 hours of approved electives The following courses have been approved. Courses not listed require approval of the MIS faculty:
    a. Information Security
    b. Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    c. Business

    7000 or higher-level courses in MGMT, MKTG, ACCT, ECON, FIN, MIS from the College of Business and Public Administration are acceptable if the student has met the necessary prerequisites for the course.

    IV. Masterís Final Project (3-6 Hours)
    *Three credit-hours may be waived in the Career Sequence if the graduate research thesis (MIS 8999) is the Master's Final Project.

    Select one of the following:
    MIS 8979 Advanced Management Information Systems (3)
    MIS 8989 Graduate Project (3)
    MIS 8999 MIS Graduate Research Thesis (6)

    Total - 36 Graduate Hours

  • Choose one career sequence (see below)


    A career sequence is required for this program - available career sequences are below

    Note: Specializations are not transcribed but provide degree and resume enhancement

  • Information Security Career Sequence


    With the innovations of hacking attacks and identity theft schemes, the information security career sequence focuses on providing you the knowledge and skills necessary to safeguard your organization's information preventing lost revenue and productivity. 

    Select Three Courses (9 hours):
    MIS 6801/CPCS 6581 Information Security Policy and Management (3)
    CPCS 6582 Cryptography and Network Security (3)
    CPCS 6583 Laboratory in Information Security (3)
    CPCS 6584 Special Topics in Information Security (3)

  • Logistics/Supply Chain Management Career Sequence


    Within this career sequence you will learn about the logistics of a supply chain, including shipping, customs, tracking and controls so you can adapt to changes and ensure efficient and effective flow of goods, information and money all the way from suppliers to customers.  

    Select Three Courses (9 hours):
    MGMT 8400 Global Supply Chain Management (3)
    MGMT 8410 Logistics, Transportation, and Warehouse Management (3)
    MGMT 8420 Decision Models in Supply Chain Management (3)
    MGMT 8440 Project Management (3)

  • Business Career Sequence


    This customized specialization allows you flexibility to put together a set of courses to best meet your needs as an organizational leader.  

    Select Three CBPA Courses (9 hours):

    Courses must be 7000 level or higher from Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, or Management Information Systems

    Please work with your Academic Advisor to select your courses.