In today’s highly competitive, increasingly technical, and rapidly changing global economy, this dual degree option allows students to better position themselves for sustained competitive advantage upon graduation. The dual program provides students with the management, leadership, and technical skills required for the global marketplace.
Admission to the MBA-MSMIS program is based upon a variety of factors: academic achievements, professional work experience, professional goals, and professional recommendations. The following are admission requirements for the MBA-MSMIS program:
- A completed application;
- An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;
- Official transcripts of all completed undergraduate and graduate course work;
- A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the last 60 credits of the baccalaureate program. Students whose undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.0 may be required to take the GMAT or GRE;
- A résumé outlining experiences and education, including one year (or more) of professional experience;
- Three professional or academic recommendations;
- A statement of professional goals and how the MBA-MSMIS will help achieve them; and
- Demonstration of competency on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, as necessary, if the student’s native language is not English.
MBA-MSMIS Degree Requirements
Successful completion of all required foundation courses or their equivalents, as well as core courses for the MBA and the MSMIS, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the dual degree. All required course work must be completed within eight years of matriculation into the program.
Foundation Course Waivers
Waiver of foundation courses generally requires that courses used as a basis for the waivers are comparable in content to the MBA-MSMIS foundation courses, were taken within the last 10 years from a regionally-accredited college or university, and were completed with a grade of B or higher. Waivers are not granted solely on the basis of work experience.
A waived foundation course will not require substitution of another MBA-MSMIS course. Credits are not given for waived foundation courses. Depending on the number of foundation courses waived, a student might enter the program required to take only the core courses. Final determination of a waiver is made by the appropriate program director.
After admission to the MBA-MSMIS program, students cannot submit portfolios for waiver or substitution of foundation courses. If portfolio credits were earned prior to admission to the MBA-MSMIS program and are considered equivalent to foundation course work, the portfolio credit may be recognized. The appropriate program director has final approval of all portfolio credit for applicability to MBA-MSMIS foundation course work. Portfolio credit is not an option for graduate-level course work in the MBA-MSMIS program.
Ordinarily, a maximum of six graduate credits can be transferred into the MBA-MSMIS program. To be accepted for transfer credit, courses must have been taken from a regionally-accredited institution within the last six years with a minimum grade of B and must directly relate to one of the MBA or MSMIS core courses. Transfer credit is not given for internship or practicum experiences.
Prior to the start of every semester or summer session, new students are expected to participate in the College’s orientation session. This session, offered through the Office of Advising Services, includes introductions of College staff, relevant University policies and procedures, and computer and library resources.
Requirements for Continuance in the MBA-MSMIS Program
All matriculated MBA-MSMIS students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress in their graduate courses toward completion of the MBA-MSMIS program. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher is required for graduation from the program.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) each semester/session to remain in good academic standing. Any student whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 at the end of any semester or summer session will have the following term to correct the deficiency.
A student who earns three Cs (including C+) or one F in graduate courses in the program will automatically be suspended from the program.
Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one to three semesters should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the Academic Rules and Regulations section.
Readmission to the MBA-MSMIS Program
Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the eight-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than six years before the date at which the MBA-MSMIS is awarded may not be used to satisfy the degree requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the degree, the student must apply in writing to the program director for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original eight-year time limit.
A student who has been suspended from the program may apply for readmission after a lapse of three semesters/sessions. Applicants for readmission must meet current minimum admission requirements. Readmission to the program is not guaranteed.
MBA-MSMIS Course Requirements (61-91 credits)
Foundation Courses (1-31 credits)
ACCT 201 Accounting for Managers (3 credits)
BPST 314 Business Legal Environment (3 credits)
BPST 316 Statistics for Managers (3 credits)
CIST 299, 305, 401, 406 or equivalent (3 credits)
CIST 304 or equivalent (3 credits)
LRSP 306 Economics for Business (3 credits)
LRSP 311 The Management Process (3 credits)
LRSP 331 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
LRSP 400 Introduction to the MBA Program (1 credit)
LRSP 412 Marketing for Managers (3 credits)
LRSP 433 Production/Operations Management (3 credits)
Notes: (1) MBA students admitted fall 2007 or later must complete all foundation courses before enrolling in MBA courses, with the exception of MBUS 501A and MMIS 500; (2) MSMIS students may complete a maximum of 9 credits in graduate-level Management Information Systems courses (including graduate transfer courses) prior to completion of all required foundation credits toward the MSMIS; and (3) Any student who earns a grade below C in a foundation course taken at the University must retake the course and earn a C or higher.
Core Courses (60 credits)
MBUS 501A Organization Theory and Design (3 credits)
MBUS 502 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3 credits)
MBUS 523 Marketing Strategy (3 credits)
MBUS 525 Visionary Leadership (3 credits)
MBUS 529 Quantitative Business Modeling (3 credits)
MBUS 548 Managerial Economics (3 credits)
MBUS 550 Computer-Based Decision Support Systems (3 credits)
MBUS 595 Strategic Management (3 credits)
MMIS 500 Management Information Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 505 Information Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)
MMIS 515 Information Technology Project Management (3 credits)
MMIS 531 Managing and Leading the Information Technology Workforce (3 credits)
MMIS 532 Enterprise Information Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 533 Management of Information Technology Outsourcing (3 credits)
MMIS 534 Business Database Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 535 Strategic Management of Information Systems and Innovation (3 credits)
MMIS 540 Computer Information Security (3 credits)
MMIS 590 MIS Research Project (3 credits)
MMIS 591 MIS Externship (3 credits)
Selected course in consultation with faculty advisor (3 credits)