2017-18 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Master of Science in Information Systems


Phone: (701) 858-4157 or 1 (800) 777-0750, ext. 4157


Department of Business Information Technology Graduate Faculty:
Business Information Technology Department Chairperson:
Dr. Lori Willoughby
MSIS Graduate Program Director: Dr. Lori Willoughby

Mission of the College of Business

The MSU College of Business educates, challenges, inspires, and mentors students in their pursuit of a high-quality business education through interactive and engaged learning experiences for their professional and personal betterment.

Mission and Goals of the Information Systems Program

The Master of Science in Information Systems graduate is a technologically sophisticated business executive who forecasts information systems needs, develops information systems infrastructures, maintains existing systems, and communicates interdepartmentally. This professional may be an independent contractor consulting in various information systems applications.

MSIS Program Intended Student Learning Outcomes (ISLO's)

ISLO 1: Demonstrate information system skills at a sophisticated level.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of information systems core components.
  • Demonstrate the selection and integration of hardware/software into business function.
  • Demonstrate the need to forecast technology needs.

ISLO 2: Develop information systems infrastructures.

  • Analyze a business problem.
  • Plan a business project.
  • Design and implement a business plan.
  • Maintain the solution to the business problem after implementation.

ISLO 3: Communicate global information systems strategy.

  • Coordinate a technology strategy among organizational level.
  • Coordinate a technology strategy within the business functional area.
  • Lead and collaborate globally with teams, onsite and virtually.

ISLO 4: Provide information systems consulting services.

  • Consult with a business to develop a strategic information systems solution.

MSIS Admissions Standards

Admission requirements in addition to those of the Graduate School and College of Business:

  • Undergraduate degree in CIS or MIS or
  • Undergraduate degree in business, plus additional undergraduate MIS courses or
  • Undergraduate degree, plus additional undergraduate business and MIS courses or
  • Undergraduate degree, experience in MIS, plus additional undergraduate courses depending upon undergraduate degree

MSIS Admission Requirements and Instructions

  1. A completed MSU Graduate School application submitted online is required; paper applications are not accepted. Access the online application at www.minotstateu.edu/graduate and select Apply Now. Detailed admissions requirements and instructions are also available on the Graduate School website. The exception to this application is for readmission (available on the Graduate School website under Forms).
  2. Requirements and Instructions. Detailed admission requirements and instructions can be found at http://www.minotstateu.edu/graduate/future_students.
  3. In order for a student to pursue a graduate degree at MSU, the student must complete the formal online application for admission to the Graduate School and receive an official letter granting admission. Students are required to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission consideration. A GPA of 3.00 or above for the last 60 hours of coursework will be considered if a student does not meet the 2.75 requirements. Students who do not meet either GPA requirement may appeal to the department chairperson for consideration.
  4. Statement of Purpose. An applicant must submit a concise (500-1500 words) essay describing his/her primary interest in the MSIS program, experiences related to the area of study, and objectives in pursuing the MSIS degree at MSU. In particular, the essay should be as specific as possible in describing the student’s interests, and relevant educational, research, commercial, government, or teaching experiences. If applying for more than one program, submit a separate Statement of Purpose for each program.
  5. Applicants must earn an admission score of at least 400 to be considered. This score is calculated as follows:
    Statement of Purpose score (total possible = 100 points) plus undergraduate GPA multiplied by 100 plus the number of years of professional level work experiences multiplied by 10 up to a maximum of 100 points). A resume must be submitted with evidence to support the number of years of professional experience.
  6. The applicant must receive a recommendation for acceptance from the College of Business Graduate Faculty.
Required Courses
BIT 556Virtual Business3
BIT 559Systems Analysis3
BIT 560Manage/Integrate IS Function3
BIT 561IS Project Management3
BIT 563Database Systems & Application3
BIT 565Systems Design3
BIT 566Knowledge Management3
BIT 570E-Business Strategy3
BIT 575Business Network Systems Management3
BIT 595Professional Consulting In IS3
Total Hours30


BIT 510. Managerial Communication. 3 Hours.

Focuses on the application of communication strategy to improve oral and written messages that are appropriate for today¿s global business environment. Includes three themes: communication improvement through reflection and application, contemporary communication practices and influences, and communication components of planning, conducting, and presenting research.

BIT 556. Virtual Business. 3 Hours.

Exploration of the many nuances (employee, management, hardware/software, etc.) involved in the management and operation of a virtual business.

BIT 559. Systems Analysis. 3 Hours.

This course provides an understanding and application of system analysis and modeling processes. Students evaluate and choose appropriate system development methodologies and analyze a system. Students learn the importance of effective communication and integration with users. The course emphasizes interpersonal skill development with clients, users, team members, and others associated with development, and operation of an information system.

BIT 560. Manage/Integrate IS Function. 3 Hours.

An integrative managerial perspective for aligning competitive strategy, core competencies, and information system functions along with technology. Development and implementation of policies and strategies to achieve organizational goals. Defining the systems that support the operational, administrative, and strategic needs of the organization, its business units, individual employees, and external business relationships. Includes global and international issues such as privacy, security, workforce restrictions, and collaboration.

BIT 561. IS Project Management. 3 Hours.

IS Project Management will introduce students to the concepts of managing projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project; project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management; software size and cost estimation; assigning work to programmer and other teams; monitoring progress; version control; and identifying project champions, working with user teams, training, and documentation.

BIT 562. Management Information Systems. 3 Hours.

Integrates fundamental concepts of systems and information with those of organizational structure and management. Performs the analysis of information flow in organizations and the operating context of the various computer-based subsystems of an organizational information system.

BIT 563. Database Systems & Application. 3 Hours.

Promotes an understanding of the issues in managing database systems as an essential organizational resource. Students learn the enterprise-data-architecture components, data storage configurations, and information retrieval methods. It expands from the relational model to the multidimensional model, object-relational techniques, and web accessed data. Corequisite: BIT 559.

BIT 565. Systems Design. 3 Hours.

This course provides an understanding and application of systems design, implementation, and maintenance methodologies. Students learn that systems design is not merely a `technical' or `computer' activity, but a `business' activity. Prerequisites: BIT 563 and BIT 564.

BIT 566. Knowledge Management. 3 Hours.

Study of theory and application of the management of organizational knowledge for creating business value and generating a competitive advantage. Focus on how to implement a knowledge management strategy and knowledge management system in an organization. Includes infrastructure evaluation; KM system analysis, design, and development; and KM system deployment and assessment.

BIT 570. E-Business Strategy. 3 Hours.

This course covers the fundamental technologies associated with consumer-to-business and business-to-business interaction and delivery of content via the Internet.

BIT 575. Business Network Systems Management. 3 Hours.

Develops a managerial level of technical knowledge and terminology for data, voice, image, and video communications and computer networks to effectively communicate with technical, operational and management people in telecommunications. Students are expected to understand and apply data communications concepts to situations encountered in industry; learn general concepts and techniques of data communications; understand the technology of the Internet; and understand the regulatory environment.

BIT 581. Contemporary Methods Teaching Business. 3 Hours.

An online course designed to enhance awareness of teaching and learning; this course is designed for both continuing secondary and new post-secondary business educators. Topics include but are not limited to, current issues in business education, curriculum design, advanced technology usage, instructional techniques for the classroom, teaching an online environment, working with diverse learners, assessment of student learning, and professional opportunities.

BIT 589. Continuing Enrollment. 0 Hours.

Required enrollment for students previously enrolled in BIT 582 but have not completed the requirements for the course by the end of the summer semester. Fee Required.

BIT 592. Special Topics. 1-3 Hour.

BIT 595. Professional Consulting In IS. 3 Hours.

While consulting with a business, students will integrate the concepts and techniques learned in the MSIS program. Taken during final semester.

BIT 598. Project. 1-3 Hour.

An extended individual research project culminating in a formal paper. Restricted to graduates.



Dr. Lori Willoughby

Dr. Deanna Klein

Associate Professors

Dr. Kristi Berg


Dr. Andrew Aken

Dr. Debra Borkovich

Dr. Nick Bowersox

Dr. Pan Kao

Dr. Rhonda Chicone

Dr. Stephen Beyer