Master of Science in Information Systems
Operating under the auspices of the School of Business Administration, Penn State Harrisburg’s master’s degree program in Information Systems is designed to meet the rapidly increasing need for technically grounded, upper-level information resources managers within organizations. With the exception of a small percentage of students who are full-time, the students served by the M.S.I.S program are employees of area businesses, state and local governments, and not-for-profit organizations, who study on a part-time basis. In order to accommodate both full and part-time students, courses are primarily offered in the evening.
The two-fold nature of the program requires a manager to have competence both in information technology and in business; therefore, the curriculum combines the highly technical content of information technology with the managerial emphasis of information systems. Unlike computer science programs, which tend to focus on computer hardware and architecture, this program is organized around applied computer-based activities, the development of communication skills, and managerial principles.
Students may elect to take one of two options in the program: Information Systems in Health Care Management and Delivery, or Information Systems in the Life Sciences. Each of these options requires a total of 36 credits. Alternatively, students can earn the degree without notation of an option; the total credits required for the degree under this choice are 30 credits.
Degree Conferred: M.S.