Master of Science in Information Systems Management
For the professional who needs to understand and manage information systems and who seeks to further his/her career, the graduate program in information systems management offers an opportunity to study new areas of information systems management and to gain a broad understanding in this field. The information systems management program is designed for a working professional with an undergraduate degree in any field who would like to advance his/her career in the field of information systems management. The student will acquire the critical knowledge and skills needed to meet the growing demand for trained professionals in the expanding information systems management field. This program incorporates courses with an emphasis on management techniques with courses in information systems.
The Master of Science in Information Systems Management program affirms the mission of the University. It also further fulfills the University goals of supporting the preparation of professionals in information systems management and in general managerial and administrative positions. The program is designed to prepare students to become leaders in the use of information systems for the benefit of organizations and society. This program of study focuses on educating the students about the development and use of information systems as decision-making and problem-solving tools. This program also is intended to develop an understanding of the managerial issues encountered in the operation or introduction of information systems in organization, particularly how these tools can be used to gain a competitive edge and to re-engineer an organization.
The mission of the Graduate Information Systems Management program is to:
- Foster the development of professionals, scholars, and lifelong learners who apply advanced study to master effective problem-solving skills;
- Facilitate the development of critical thinkers who can use their personal, professional, and academic experiences in the analysis of information systems management issues;
- Develop informed users of research capable of making significant contributions to their chosen field;
- Support and encourage scholarship, intellectual inquiry, and professional responsibility.
The University has identified the following five specific goals to guide program development and review:
- To provide students with a strong foundation of management and leadership skills as well as an advanced understanding of information systems and its integrated role in business today;
- To provide opportunities for the development of innovative and effective teaching methods rooted in an understanding of management theory and research;
- To provide successful professional managers with the flexibility to assume leadership roles in information systems management and in the managerial leadership;
- To nurture a deep commitment to excellence in information systems management and managerial leadership as a means of service to others;
- To provide a supportive and cooperative learning environment that encourages students to develop their potential for study and their understanding of information systems management.
Specific Admission Requirement
In addition to the general requirements listed in Master’s Program – Admissions Policies and Procedures, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is less than a 3.0 may submit scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) prior to being admitted to the graduate degree program in Information Systems Management. An applicant with a GPA of less than 3.0 may submit a written petition to the Associate Dean and pending approval by the Dean may be admitted on a probationary basis. Probationary students must complete six hours of graduate coursework in the program at Holy Family, earning a GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum grade of B in each course to be removed from probationary status and matriculated in the program.
Students entering the program with an undergraduate degree in a non-business field and no related experience will be required to take a Common Professional Component (CPC) exam. Coursework and business experience will be evaluated by the Associate Dean or designate.