The graduate program in Management Information Systems is designed for present and future managers and developers of organizational information systems. Relying on computers and telecommunications networks, these systems are a source of operational efficiency, managerial effectiveness and corporate strategic advantage. The program combines learning how to use and develop information system technology with instruction in business, management and organizations.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale and no grade below C or is a Fairleigh Dickinson University computer science graduate and has an undergraduate CGPR of 3.00 or is a non-Fairleigh Dickinson University computer science graduate and has an undergraduate CGPR 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

Required (21 credits)

  • CSCI6603 Computer Architecture
  • CSCI6623 Database Systems
  • CSCI6720 Management Information Systems
  • CSCI6758 E-Commerce
  • CSCI7727 Development of MIS 1: Project Management and Systems Analysis
  • CSCI7791 Information Systems for Competitive Advantage
  • MKTG6500 Marketing Management

Electives (9 credits)

Consult the FDU Graduate Bulletin and your advisor regarding electives. Courses are selected from two lists of courses under the headings of Systems and Management. Other information technology and business-oriented courses not on the list may be added 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.

  • CSCI6603 Study of the relation between the structure and functional behavior of computer systems. Data representation and instruction sets. Control function, memory hierarchy, input-output processors and devices. Micro- and multiprocessors. Fall, Spring

  • 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

  • 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.

  • CSCI7727 Techniques of information system project management, cost/benefit analysis, development time and cost estimation. Organization of the development process: detailed discussion and use of systems development life cycle with prototyping. Systems documentation. Students will perform feasibility study and structured systems analysis of an on-line application system, as well as develop a moderate-size prototype for it. Project will use a computer-aided software engineering tool. Laboratory. Fall, Spring

  • CSCI7791 Use of information technology as a strategic weapon. Forces, strategies and tactics in competitive markets. Value chain analysis of strategic opportunities for use of information systems. Organizational requirements for success with strategic use of information technology. Integration of MIS planning with corporate planning. Changes in industry structure due to strategic information system use. Case studies.

  • 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.

  • MKTG6500 This course addresses the strategic and consequent tactical concerns of a business in terms of building value. The course will address such topics as: segmentation and positioning, new product development and launch, brand equity, sustainability, product policy, pricing policy, distribution choices (bricks-and-mortar and e-commerce) and supply chain management, promotional strategy and customer relationship management. Students will critique firms? marketing strategies that illustrate these issues.