MSIS Program 

Flexible Curriculum

The MSIS program is designed to be flexible, so you can learn what you need to build the career you want. Your program of study can be adjusted to account for your background and experience. The curriculum includes a "career track" element – an opportunity to customize your course work to align with your career goals. There are several "career track" options suggested below, but if you have a particular technology or domain interest you can work with your academic adviser to define a customized career-track emphasis. This can include courses from the Fowler College of Business or other Colleges across the SDSU campus.

Students complete the following pre-requisite courses as part of the MSIS program. If you have taken these courses before at an AACSB accredited school and earned a B or better in the last five years, you may be able to waive these courses with the approval of your adviser.

Course Number Course Title Units
BA 625 Financial and Management Accounting 3
BA 627 Marketing 3
BA 628 Operations and Supply Chain Management 3

Required IS Technology Core Courses (select 3 courses, a total of 9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
MIS 686 Enterprise Data Management 3
MIS 687 Business Data Communications 3
MIS 691 Decision Support Systems 3
MIS 695 Business Systems Analysis and Design 3
MIS 697 Project Planning and Development 3
MIS 752 Seminar in Supply Chain and Enterprise Resource Planning 3

Required IS Management & Analytics Core Courses (select 3 courses, a total of 9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
MIS 688 Information Systems and Strategies in Organizations 3
MIS 748 Seminar in Applied Multivariate Analytics 3
MIS 749 Business Analytics 3
MIS 750 Strategic Project Management 3
MIS 755 Information Systems Security Management 3
BA 623 Statistical Analysis 3

Career Track Courses (9 Units)

Working with your adviser, you will decide on a career-track interest and design your program of study to include courses relevant to your career objectives. These courses can be from within the College of Business Administration or from other colleges at SDSU. (See the section Career Tracks below for a description of several suggested career track options.)

Complete Plan A or Plan B Courses (3 Units)

You must complete either Plan A (thesis option) or Plan B (directed readings and comprehensive examination). You will take one of the following courses, depending on which option you choose. Your adviser will assist you in determining the best choice for you.

Plan Course Number Course Title Units
A BA 799A Thesis Research 3
B MIS 790 Directed Readings in MIS 3

The ability to direct your program of study toward an area of interest to you is a key feature of the MSIS program. As noted above, twelve units of study are to be chosen based on a career or domain interest that you determine in consultation with your adviser.

The following suggested career tracks are provided to assist you in planning your program of study. You may follow one of these tracks or create a program tailored to your own objectives.

Graduate Business Advisor
Diane Coning, EBA 448, (619) 594-4188, [email protected]

Faculty Advisors
(students with last names A-M)
Aaron Elkins, SSE 3367, (619) 594-0274, [email protected]

(students with last names N-Z)
Murray Jennex, SSE 3206, (619) 594-3734, [email protected]

A. Maintain Required Grade Point Average

Grade point averages of at least 3.0 (B) must be maintained in:

  1. All courses listed on the official program of study
  2. All courses, 300-level and above, taken at San Diego State University concurrently with or subsequently to the earliest course listed on the official degree program, including courses accepted for transfer credit

Note: No transfer or extension credit may be used to improve the grade point average of units completed at San Diego State University whether computed to determine the average on the official degree program or the overall average.

B. Submit Program of Study (POS)

All students must submit a POS worksheet to the Graduate Business Programs office no later than the semester before they anticipate graduating. For example, if a student plans to graduate in spring 2015, they should submit their POS no later than the fall 2014 semester. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be in good academic standing with the university in the semester in which they are submitting their POS. The POS must be filed before the student can be advanced to candidacy. The university requires students to be advanced to candidacy no later than the semester before they anticipate graduating.

The university Graduate Affairs office will review the POS, approve or deny the POS, and notify the student of the approval or denial. POS' are rarely denied. Once a POS has been approved it becomes the student's contract with the university that ensures that the student is meeting the requirements of the degree program.

C. Submit Petition for Adjustment of Academic Requirements (if needed)

If for any reason the student has taken courses that were not listed on the POS, the student will need to submit a Petition for Adjustment of Academic Requirements to update the POS that is on file with the university. Under the "Student Request" section, the student should list the courses they wish to have removed from their program of study as well as those that should be added to their program of study and provide a reason for the changes. The full name and number of each course and the number of units awarded for each course should be listed. MBA students should submit the completed form directly to the Graduate Business Programs office.

D. Submit Graduation Application

Students who have been advanced to candidacy and are ready to graduate need to complete an Application for Graduation with an Advanced Degree. The completed Application for Graduation should be submitted along with the $55 graduation fee via the SDSU Web Portal system in the Student Accounts area. The Graduation Application deadline varies but applications are usually due at the beginning of each semester. Students are advised to monitor the Graduate Affairs website and/or the Academic Calendar for the graduation application deadline in the semester they plan to graduate.