New students are no longer being accepted to this program as of Spring Semester 2024. For questions, please contact Dr. Alfredo Tan.

The goal of the program is to provide graduate education that imparts a coherent body of managerial and technological knowledge centering on e-commerce. Graduates will acquire the educational background necessary to become performing e-commerce professionals, as well as obtain a solid foundation for lifelong learning necessary in a field that is certain to evolve very rapidly.

Admission Requirements

  • The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a satisfactory academic record.
  • Submission of an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test taken within the last five years. The GRE may be waived if the applicant enrolls initially as a non-matriculating student and completes 9 graduate credits in computer science with a minimum grade point ratio (GPR) of 3.00 and no grade below C or is a Fairleigh Dickinson University computer science graduate and has an undergraduate GPR of 3.00 or is a non-Fairleigh Dickinson University computer science graduate and has an undergraduate GPR of 3.50. This GRE waiver policy is only applicable to applicants who graduated from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Applicants who have not completed all requirements for admission to the degree program may be permitted to enroll in classes for credit on a non-matriculated or non-degree basis.

Degree Plan

Prerequisites (12 Credits)

  • ACCT5012      Financial Accounting: End User App
  • ECON5012     Economic Analysis
  • MKTG5012     Marketing Principles
  • CSCI5525        Introduction to Computer Science
  • CSCI5505        Introduction to Computer Programming

Required (18 Credits)

  • CSCI6623     Database Systems
  • CSCI6720     Management Information Systems
  • CSCI6731     Computer Networks
  • CSCI6758     Introduction to E-commerce
  • CSCI6844     Programming for the Internet
  • CSCI7795     Building Electronic Commerce Systems

Electives (12 Credits)

Consult the FDU Graduate Bulletin and your advisor regarding electives. Other information technology and business-oriented courses may be taken at the discretion of the department. A student can opt to receive 3 credits for internship/work experience provided the student has been in the program for a minimum of 9 months.

Course Descriptions

  • ACCT5012 This course is focused on the information needs of the users of financial statements that includes, but is not limited to managers, investors, creditors and regulators. The primary context of the course is financial accounting for corporate entities. This course assumes no prior knowledge of financial accounting.

  • CSCI5505 Use of computers in problem solving. Algorithm development using stepwise refinement. Structured programming techniques. Top-down design and modularity. Readability and documentation techniques. Programming in a high-level language, such as Java. Fall, Spring

  • CSCI5525 Introduction to computer hardware and software, interactions and tradeoffs. Essentials of computer organization and arithmetic, data manipulation, operating system, computer networks, and computer theory. Foundation for more advanced courses.

  • CSCI6623 A survey of the current technology available in database systems. Relational, hierarchical and network models. Role of the data administrator. Levels of abstraction. Schema and subschema. Fall, Spring

  • CSCI6720 Role and structure of information systems in an organization. Components of MIS: human resources, software, hardware, files and databases, telecommunications. Levels of MIS. Decision-making process. Cognitive and behavioral aspects of MIS. Concepts of information and system. Organizational planning and control with information systems. Fall, Spring

  • CSCI6731 Introduction to the theory and practice of computer networking. Protocol design and analysis. Topics include layered protocol architectures, packet and circuit switching, multiplexing, routing, congestion and flow control, error control, sequencing, addressing, and performance analysis. Examples from current data networks. Prerequisites: CSCI 5505 Introduction to Computer Programming and CSCI 5525 Introduction to Computer Science.

  • CSCI6758 Scope and structure of electronic commerce. Business-to-consumer, business-to-business and intraorgani- zational e-commerce. Technological infrastructure, intranets, and extranets. Market structures, business relationships, enabling services, and transaction support. Web entrepreneurship, business models, and innovation. Supply-chain management and auction methods. Collaboration and co- production. Security and protection of digital property. Launching an e-business. Two projects: analytical and entrepreneurial.

  • CSCI6844 Planning, designing, programming and implementing an intranet (or internet). Programming technologies include: Active X, Common Gateway Interface (CGI), Java and Java Script, Hypartext Markup Language (HTML), Practical Extraction and Report Language (PERL), Visual Basic Script (VBSscript). Understanding web technologies, linking a database to the intranet, adding other intranet services such as e-mail, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), and Gopher; connecting an intranet to the internet and securing an intranet with a firewall.

  • CSCI7795 Constructing complete client-server systems for e-commerce. Object-oriented programming, Web-site design, scripting, advanced markup language fea- tures, Internet database programming, multimedia programming, and other techniques will be deployed as necessary to create and document a realistic e-commerce offering. Semester-long team projects.

  • ECON5012 Microeconomic foundations of consumer and business decisions, review of the rationale for government intervention in specific markets, macroeconomic principles relating to the level of aggregate economic activity and government policies aimed at meeting growth, employment and price stability goals.

  • MKTG5012 This course will introduce students to marketing terminology and concepts. The goal is to provide sufficient foundation knowledge to enable students to take courses in the Core MBA program. Accordingly, the course introduces students to such fundamental marketing concepts as the marketing mix, segmentation, marketing research and consumer behavior.