• MS in Management Information Systems

    This program equips students with both the technical and business skills needed to manage an organization's IT resources. The MS in Management Information Systems is a STEM-designated program and can also be pursued as a dual degree with the MBA or in a part-time format.

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  • Overview

  • DESIGNED FOR SUCCESS

    At Katz, we prepare our students to gain a broad introduction to their distinct business area and develop the advanced technical skills sought by the world’s leading organizations. See our sample schedule below.

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    Faculty Director

    Anthony Rodi
    Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration
    E-mail: afrodi@katz.pitt.edu

    Curriculum

    Fall Term

    15

    Credits

    Finely-tuned core coursework designed to offer a solid foundation in business. MS-MIS students with special interests, with the approval of the faculty director, will be permitted to substitute other relevant courses from the Pitt School of Computing Information. Students may also choose non-MIS electives from the MBA schedule (up to a maximum of 10.5 credits).

    Sample Courses

    • BMIS 2056 Management Information Systems Practicum

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2056 Management Information Systems Practicum

      Course Description

      The purpose of the MIS practicum is to improve your understanding of what it takes to be an IS expert and facilitate your development as an expert in your area of specialization – and in doing so to accelerate your efforts to move toward your career goals. Through a variety of readings, assignments, and activities you will learn about the nature of expertise (in general and in IS). You will also develop the knowledge and abilities you need to be an IS expert within a given industry and specialization. Prerequisites: MBA/MS-MIS and MIS students only. Note: MBA/MS-MIS and MIS students should register BMIS 2999 MS-MIS Practicum Lab during their first year of the program and register BMIS 2056 MIS Practicum 1 during their second year of the program.

      3 Credits

    • BMIS 2551 Project Management Concepts and Processes

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2551 Project Management Concepts and Processes

      Course Description

      This course focuses on the management of projects, including (but not limited to) the management of information systems projects. Planning, organizing, staffing, and controlling projects require traditional management skills, an understanding of quality assurance techniques, and an appreciation of the business environment in which projects are embedded. This course presents an overview of project management concepts that follows the Project Management Institute's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. The course focuses on project planning, defining project scope, monitoring progress, and controlling projects. It also covers the politics of projects, project staff and teamwork issues, and the implementation of projects. Prerequisites: None.

      3 Credits

    • BMIS 2588 Database Management

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2588 Database Management

      Course Description

      As information systems are integrated into business operations, the data within these systems becomes an increasingly valuable corporate asset. This course develops students' knowledge of the technologies and techniques for collecting, disseminating, and managing data. The objective of the course is to develop immediately useful skills, such as SQL query construction and data modeling, while providing exposure to a range of data management technologies, strategies, and issues. Hands-on exercises with database management systems are provided to develop students' SQL and database design skills. Discussions, assignments, and projects focus on the challenges of developing and using database systems in dynamic organizations. Prerequisites: None.

      3 Credits

    • MS MIS Electives (Fall Term)

      6 CREDITS

      MS MIS Electives (Fall Term)

      Course Description

      Choose from recommended electives listed below or download the MS  Management Information Systems Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 


    Recommended Electives

    Choose from the approved elective courses below or download the MS Management Information Systems Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 

    • BMIS 2034 Information Technology Governance

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2034 Information Technology Governance

      Course Description

      Banking, retailing, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare – no matter what the industry, corporate success increasingly depends on an organization’s ability to innovate, capture new value, and adapt. This means organizations must develop and communicate a vision for IS, then deploy and manage information systems to increase efficiency, improve performance, and support innovation. Whether you are in the IS function or not, your firm’s success depends on you leading efforts that use technology to streamline introduction of new products, enable efficient management of supply-chain relationships, enhance business control and compliance requirements and maintain effective management of complex financial activities. However while billions of dollars are spent each year on technology, much of it is wasted because firms fail to account for the challenges associated with managing information systems. Managers purchase irrelevant or inadequate software because they cannot clearly specify their needs and lack the knowledge needed to evaluate and manage vendors. Multi-million dollar enterprise systems are underused because their capabilities are not understood or applied by the business users that they are designed to support. Functional managers miss opportunities to strategically use emerging technologies because they are unable to explain their priorities to technology professionals. Effectively using information systems requires that you bring together people, policies, processes, technology, and data in a timely but resilient fashion to optimize business investments, while avoiding the pitfalls and risks associated with implementing and maintaining complex systems. In this course, we will examine issues associated with developing, managing, and maintaining firms’ ability to use information technology to create business value by reducing costs, supporting growth, and enabling innovation. Through a combination of readings, discussion, presentations, and hands-on projects you will learn about: the critical roles that IS and IS management play in successful organizations; the challenges associated with developing and maintaining an organization’s IT capabilities; the business practices (such as planning, budgeting, staffing, vendor management, standard setting, etc.) that are used to support effective use of IT; the approaches used by firms to evaluate, apply, and strategically manage their investments in information systems. After this course, the student should be able to think like a CIO, both strategically and practically. Prerequisites: None.

      3 Credits

    • BMIS 2053 Human-Computer Interaction

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2053 Human-Computer Interaction

      Course Description

      While many organizations have outsourced the design of production systems, there is still a need to provide specifications for those systems. In addition, the recent Internet and e-commerce explosion has created an even wider need to design corporate web sites. Organizational practices must exist to make sure designers and developers take into account what we know about human factors engineering. This course focuses on how to gather requirements, achieve a usable first draft, and test and improve that draft. A half-dozen course projects will include usability critiques, assessments of users’ difficulties in understanding systems, and designs of forms, screen layouts, and icons. A mid-term YouTube video project will evaluate usability of various PC or mobile devices. A final project will provide prototype screens and an in-depth plan for an actual application. The course is intended for anyone with special interest in, and appreciation for usability, and will be especially useful for those who will provide input to design teams, manage projects, or develop systems. Prerequisites: None.

      3 Credits

    • BMIS 2074 Strategic Information Technology in Global Supply Chains

      1.5 CREDITS

      BMIS 2074 Strategic Information Technology in Global Supply Chains

      Course Description

      In today’s business world, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software plays a critical role in providing the necessary tools for agile business decisions, customer management, & operations management. ERP systems provide a competitive advantage by allowing the company to manage its many different functions and processes in one large integrated information system. Using SAP as our learning platform, this course examines the advantages and complexities of the enterprise software, showing how ERP can improve processes and streamline operations. Additionally, we will expand the ERP concept outward into the supply chain, advancing ERP adoption and best practices with a focus on Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems. We will be taking an in-depth view into SAP’s SCM components, discussing the various processes and functions that make up SAP/SCM solution and how firms today depend upon the continuous exchange of data when sourcing, manufacturing demand planning, sales forecasting, logistics planning and managing service commitments, within the supply chain. We will discuss and explore the SAP/SCM solution using text, lecture, group case studies, and simulated project experiences within the SAP system to provide the student with a working environment to validate key concepts covered in the course. Prerequisites: None.

    • BMIS 2501 Enterprise Systems and Integration of Business Processes

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2501 Enterprise Systems and Integration of Business Processes

    • BMIS 2542 Introduction to Data Science: Programming Essentials

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2542 Introduction to Data Science: Programming Essentials

      3 Credits

    • BMIS 2527 Privacy, Security, and Ethical Computing

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2527 Privacy, Security, and Ethical Computing

    • BMIS 2679 Technology, Innovation, Adoption and Diffusion

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2679 Technology, Innovation, Adoption and Diffusion

      Course Description

      This course will expose students to concepts in technology innovation, markets for information technology goods and services, and adoption dynamics within organizations for new products and processes, and therefore should prove useful in a variety of student careers. Assignments emphasize written and oral communication skills. There is an opportunity for a self-selected project to customize the course to particular student interests. Skill acquisition and improvement goals for the course include Case analysis, short analytic writing, technology research, and long-form writing. Prerequisite: None.

      3 Credits

    • BMIS 2689 Technology Enabled Business Transformation

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2689 Technology Enabled Business Transformation

      Course Description

      Business Transformation has been defined as the alignment of process, people and technology such that it can both support and innovate business strategies. Given that technologies evolve and develop at a rather rapid pace, it is desirable for managers to develop skills that allow them to understand what technologies can do (both established and new) and how they might be leveraged to create real value. Using lecture and current case studies, this course will examine topics to help students develop those skills. These topics include: (1) Transformation Strategies, (2) The relationship between Information Technology and Business Transformation, (3) When to build and when to buy, (4) Business Analysis, (5) Process Modeling, (6)Enterprise Systems, (7) Software Development Methodologies. Prerequisite: None.

      3 Credits

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    Spring Term

    15

    Credits

    Specialized courses and real-world application of fundamental tools and theories. MS-MIS students with special interests, with the approval of the faculty director, will be permitted to substitute other relevant courses from the Pitt School of Computing Information. Students may also choose non-MIS electives from the MBA schedule (up to a maximum of 10.5 credits).

    Sample Courses

    • BMIS 2409 Information Systems

      1.5 CREDITS

      BMIS 2409 Information Systems

      Course Description

      How does information technology enable the business? How does it provide business value? This course provides an overview of information technology and its application in a business. By simultaneously examining business cases and the capabilities of relevant technologies, students will develop an understanding of how information technology supports and enables business strategies, innovation, and improved business capabilities and processes. Prerequisites: None.

    • BMIS 2537 Business System Platforms

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2537 Business System Platforms

      Course Description

      The options for deployment of business information systems have grown in number and greatly increased in complexity since the Internet and concomitant technologies have become the most important de-facto standards for business computing and networking. Relevant technologies break down into five basic categories: Computer Hardware-this primarily includes computers and storage Communications-this includes wired, wireless, local and wide-area networks System Software-this includes operating systems and databases as well as transaction and message-based middleware, and load balancing Software Development-this includes web services, service-oriented architectures, and all of the various technologies commonly grouped under the heading “Web 2.0”. Horizontal Applications-this includes technologies like RFID, Business Intelligence, workflow and Content Management Accordingly, the course will pursue three simultaneous paths: Lectures and additional presentations by outside speakers will survey the most important software and hardware technologies that businesses use to deploy information systems. This will include an examination of capabilities, strengths, weaknesses, and relevant standards. It will also address alternative implementations and costs. Full-length case studies and class discussion will facilitate the examination of the business implications of and the context in which these system deployment technologies are utilized. Individual and team student projects will give the students experience in researching, understanding, evaluating and explaining information technologies. Prerequisites: None.

      3 Credits

    • MS MIS Electives (Spring Term)

      10.5 CREDITS

      MS MIS Electives (Spring Term)

      Course Description

      Choose from recommended elective courses below or download the MS Management Information Systems Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 


    Recommended Electives

    Choose from the approved elective courses below or download the MS Management Information Systems Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 

    • BMIS 2034 Information Technology Governance

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2034 Information Technology Governance

      Course Description

      Banking, retailing, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare – no matter what the industry, corporate success increasingly depends on an organization’s ability to innovate, capture new value, and adapt. This means organizations must develop and communicate a vision for IS, then deploy and manage information systems to increase efficiency, improve performance, and support innovation. Whether you are in the IS function or not, your firm’s success depends on you leading efforts that use technology to streamline introduction of new products, enable efficient management of supply-chain relationships, enhance business control and compliance requirements and maintain effective management of complex financial activities. However while billions of dollars are spent each year on technology, much of it is wasted because firms fail to account for the challenges associated with managing information systems. Managers purchase irrelevant or inadequate software because they cannot clearly specify their needs and lack the knowledge needed to evaluate and manage vendors. Multi-million dollar enterprise systems are underused because their capabilities are not understood or applied by the business users that they are designed to support. Functional managers miss opportunities to strategically use emerging technologies because they are unable to explain their priorities to technology professionals. Effectively using information systems requires that you bring together people, policies, processes, technology, and data in a timely but resilient fashion to optimize business investments, while avoiding the pitfalls and risks associated with implementing and maintaining complex systems. In this course, we will examine issues associated with developing, managing, and maintaining firms’ ability to use information technology to create business value by reducing costs, supporting growth, and enabling innovation. Through a combination of readings, discussion, presentations, and hands-on projects you will learn about: the critical roles that IS and IS management play in successful organizations; the challenges associated with developing and maintaining an organization’s IT capabilities; the business practices (such as planning, budgeting, staffing, vendor management, standard setting, etc.) that are used to support effective use of IT; the approaches used by firms to evaluate, apply, and strategically manage their investments in information systems. After this course, the student should be able to think like a CIO, both strategically and practically. Prerequisites: None.

      3 Credits

    • BMIS 2053 Human-Computer Interaction

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2053 Human-Computer Interaction

      Course Description

      While many organizations have outsourced the design of production systems, there is still a need to provide specifications for those systems. In addition, the recent Internet and e-commerce explosion has created an even wider need to design corporate web sites. Organizational practices must exist to make sure designers and developers take into account what we know about human factors engineering. This course focuses on how to gather requirements, achieve a usable first draft, and test and improve that draft. A half-dozen course projects will include usability critiques, assessments of users’ difficulties in understanding systems, and designs of forms, screen layouts, and icons. A mid-term YouTube video project will evaluate usability of various PC or mobile devices. A final project will provide prototype screens and an in-depth plan for an actual application. The course is intended for anyone with special interest in, and appreciation for usability, and will be especially useful for those who will provide input to design teams, manage projects, or develop systems. Prerequisites: None.

      3 Credits

    • BMIS 2074 Strategic Information Technology in Global Supply Chains

      1.5 CREDITS

      BMIS 2074 Strategic Information Technology in Global Supply Chains

      Course Description

      In today’s business world, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software plays a critical role in providing the necessary tools for agile business decisions, customer management, & operations management. ERP systems provide a competitive advantage by allowing the company to manage its many different functions and processes in one large integrated information system. Using SAP as our learning platform, this course examines the advantages and complexities of the enterprise software, showing how ERP can improve processes and streamline operations. Additionally, we will expand the ERP concept outward into the supply chain, advancing ERP adoption and best practices with a focus on Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems. We will be taking an in-depth view into SAP’s SCM components, discussing the various processes and functions that make up SAP/SCM solution and how firms today depend upon the continuous exchange of data when sourcing, manufacturing demand planning, sales forecasting, logistics planning and managing service commitments, within the supply chain. We will discuss and explore the SAP/SCM solution using text, lecture, group case studies, and simulated project experiences within the SAP system to provide the student with a working environment to validate key concepts covered in the course. Prerequisites: None.

    • BMIS 2501 Enterprise Systems and Integration of Business Processes

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2501 Enterprise Systems and Integration of Business Processes

    • BMIS 2542 Introduction to Data Science: Programming Essentials

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2542 Introduction to Data Science: Programming Essentials

      3 Credits

    • BMIS 2527 Privacy, Security, and Ethical Computing

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2527 Privacy, Security, and Ethical Computing

    • BMIS 2679 Technology, Innovation, Adoption and Diffusion

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2679 Technology, Innovation, Adoption and Diffusion

      Course Description

      This course will expose students to concepts in technology innovation, markets for information technology goods and services, and adoption dynamics within organizations for new products and processes, and therefore should prove useful in a variety of student careers. Assignments emphasize written and oral communication skills. There is an opportunity for a self-selected project to customize the course to particular student interests. Skill acquisition and improvement goals for the course include Case analysis, short analytic writing, technology research, and long-form writing. Prerequisite: None.

      3 Credits

    • BMIS 2689 Technology Enabled Business Transformation

      3 CREDITS

      BMIS 2689 Technology Enabled Business Transformation

      Course Description

      Business Transformation has been defined as the alignment of process, people and technology such that it can both support and innovate business strategies. Given that technologies evolve and develop at a rather rapid pace, it is desirable for managers to develop skills that allow them to understand what technologies can do (both established and new) and how they might be leveraged to create real value. Using lecture and current case studies, this course will examine topics to help students develop those skills. These topics include: (1) Transformation Strategies, (2) The relationship between Information Technology and Business Transformation, (3) When to build and when to buy, (4) Business Analysis, (5) Process Modeling, (6)Enterprise Systems, (7) Software Development Methodologies. Prerequisite: None.

      3 Credits

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    Academics

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    We are here to offer you support through the admissions process. Below, find all of the information, requirements, and key dates you’ll need to submit your application.

    Before You Apply

    Basic Requirements

    Applicants must meet the following requirements before filling out an online application.

    As this is a new program, a Student Profile is not available, however students interested in submitting a competitive application for the MS in Management Information Systems program should have a 3.0 GPA and at least a 600 on the GMAT exam. International applicants must also have at least a score of 100 on TOEFL or 7 or higher on the IELTS. No prior work experience or prerequisite courses are required. 

    Questions regarding the application process can be emailed to admissions@katz.pitt.edu

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    The Application

    Getting Started

    The following information and components are necessary to advance in the application process.

    In order to be considered for admission to the MS in Management Information Systems program, an applicant must submit all of the following items: 

    Online Application Form

    Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed.  You will also submit the following through your online application account:

    • Application fee (online)
    • Two recommendations
    • Essay responses
    • Current resume

    Application fee of $50. Each applicant is required to submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.  You are permitted to pay by bank check drawn on a U.S. bank, or by credit card.  If paying by check, please make the check payable to the University of Pittsburgh, and mail to:  Master's Admissions, 301 Mervis Hall, Pittsburgh, PA  15260.  If paying by credit card, please follow the instructions for payment which are included in the online application.

    Official transcripts.  An unofficial copy can be uploaded into the Educational Information section of the online application.  The unofficial copy will suffice for the application review process.  Once an applicant is admitted to the MS in Management Information Systems program, an official copy of the transcript will be requested.

    Report of the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results may be accepted, but GMAT scores are preferred. When requesting that scores be sent to the Katz Graduate School of Business MS Program in Management Information Systems, the school code you must provide to Pearson Inc for the GMAT is DPZ-M5-18 and to ETS for the GRE is 7703.

    Two letters of recommendation from persons who have known the applicant in academic or professional capacities (at least one from a faculty member is preferred). Applicants can enter the name and email address of their chosen recommenders in the online application. The recommenders will then receive an automatic email from the online application system, notifying them to complete the letter of recommendation.

    International applicants must also submit the following: a) official academic records accompanied by notarized English translations, including diplomas for degrees earned; (b) test scores in the Test of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL (required of applicants whose official native language is not English even if English was the medium of instruction in the foreign schools attended by the applicant). When requesting that TOEFL scores be sent to the Katz Graduate School of Business MS Program in Management Information Systems, the school code you must provide to ETS is B595.

    All submissions and other correspondence should be addressed to:

    Katz Graduate Admissions
    The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
    301 Mervis Hall
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260

    All applicants are responsible for checking their application status by logging into the online application system. Any questions regarding the status of an application should be addressed to admissions@katz.pitt.edu. It is wise to do so several weeks before the completed application is due.

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    Additional Information

    Need To Know

    FULL TIME ROLLING ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

    The Admissions Committee reviews applications for this program on a rolling basis. To be guaranteed consideration for the program, the Admissions Committee must have received a completed application that includes all required documents. We will consider applications received after a final deadline only as space permits. Deadlines that occur on a holiday or weekend will be extended through the next business day. The application deadlines for the Fall start date are as follows:

    Application Deadlines

    Decision Notification

    November 1

    January 15

    January 1

    March 15

    March 1

    • Deadline for international applicants

    April 15

    May 1

    • Deadline for domestic applicants

    June 15

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    Admissions

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition and fees vary based on program, residential status, and other factors.

    Tuition & Fees

    Program Tuition & Fees

    RATE PER CREDIT

    Fall 2017 (2181)/Spring 2018 (2187)

     
     

    In-State Resident

    $1,083

    Out-of-State Resident

    $1,543

    MANDATORY FEES PER TERM

    Student Activity Fee

    $15

    Wellness Fee

    $65

    Computer Network Service Fee

    $100

    Security & Transportation

    $90

    Professional Development

    $350

    Est. Total Mandatory Fees

    (per term)

    $620

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    FULL-TIME PROGRAM

     
     

    Tuition

    $19,332

    Professional Development

    $850.00

    Activity Fee

    $30.00

    Wellness Fee

    $130.00

    Computing & Network Fee

    $175.00

    Security & Transportation

    $90.00

    Total per team

    $20,607

    Est. Total Tuition & Fees

    (2 terms)

    $41,214

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    FULL-TIME PROGRAM

     
     

    Tuition

    $14,270

    Professional Development

    $850

    Activity Fee

    $30

    Wellness Fee

    $130.00

    Computing & Network Fee

    $175.00

    Security & Transportation

    $90.00

    Total per term

    $15,545

    Est. Total Tuition & Fees

    (2 terms)

    $31,090

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    Tuition & Fees

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