Information Systems (M.S.)

The Gabelli School’s Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) curriculum is focused on creating value through technology. You’ll learn how to develop innovative new processes, products, and business models while helping to integrate new technology into your company’s culture.

The program allows students to specialize in one of four career-oriented tracks, according to their interests:

  • Enterprise Risk Management: a field that has exploded since the 2008 financial crisis. Employers are looking for IS professionals who go beyond collecting risk information: They want experts who understand the relevance of that information to the current business environment.
  • Enterprise IT Management: a quickly growing area dedicated to helping companies gain more value from investments made in IT capabilities, infrastructure, and resources.
  • Digital Business Innovation: focuses on creating major change for companies through e-commerce, mobile commerce, cloud computing, social technologies, and tech startups.
  • Business Analytics: centered around the processes of collecting, cleaning, structuring, integrating, and analyzing data to drive management insight, informed decision-making, and superior business performance.

These career tracks were chosen for their exceptional employment opportunities in today’s job market, as well as their relevance to a wide range of industries.

The MSIS has two schedule choices, a one-year full-time program and a part-time program spread over a longer time frame, ideal for professionals who don’t want to leave their jobs while they pursue the degree.


To learn more about the MS in Information Systems, visit the Fordham website.

The MSIS degree requires 10 graduate-level courses for a total of 30 credits. Students must take six core courses (18 credits) and four elective courses (12 credits). The program allows students to specialize in one of four career-oriented tracks, according to their interests. They can choose from Enterprise Risk Management, Enterprise IT Management, Digital Business Innovation, or Business Analytics. 

Prerequisites

Students who completed a non-business undergraduate major are required to do a self-study module on IT and business to ensure that they have a basic understanding of the material covered in our Business IT course. In addition, data mining and other data analytics courses may require an understanding of basic statistics.

Curriculum

Students who have advanced experience or a deep academic background may substitute up to two of the core courses with advanced information systems electives, with permission from the area chair. 

Students may choose elective courses that meet their individual interests and career aspirations. Conversations with the program director and academic advisor will help in this process.

Course Title Credits
ISGB 7902SYSTEM ANALYSIS & DESIGN3
ISGB 7973DATABASE MANAGEMENT3
ISGB 7955PROJECT MANAGEMENT3
ISGB 7905WEB APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT3
ISGB 7967DATA MINING FOR BUSINESS3
ISGB 7910INFO SYSTEMS STRATEGY & MGMT3
Four elective courses, for example: 112
Three courses from one of the following tracks:
Enterprise Risk Management
Enterprise IT Management
Digital Business Innovation
Business Analytics
Total Credits30

Electives

Courses in this group have the ISEL attribute.

Course Title Credits
CISC 5300COMPUTER PROGRAMMING C++3
CISC 5800MACHINE LEARNING3
CISC 5950BIG DATA PROGRAMMING3
CISC 6650FORENSIC COMPUTING3-4
CISC 6680INTRUSION DETECTION AND NETWORK FORENSICS3
CISC 6725Computer Networks3
ISGB 7922HEALTHCARE IT3
ISGB 7977TEXT ANALYTICS3
ISGB 7978WEB ANALYTICS3
ISGB 7985DATA WAREHOUSING3
ISGB 7988BUSINESS PERFORMANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT3
ISGB 7990BIG DATA ANALYTICS3
ISGB 799QACCOUNTING INFO SYSTEM3
SDGB 7841STATISTICAL THEORY I3
SDGB 7842STATISTICAL THEORY II3
SDGB 7844STAT METHODS AND COMP I3

Enterprise Risk Management Electives

Courses in this group have the ISER attribute.

Course Title Credits
CISC 6650FORENSIC COMPUTING3-4
CISC 6680INTRUSION DETECTION AND NETWORK FORENSICS3
ISGB 7988BUSINESS PERFORMANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT3
ISGB 799QACCOUNTING INFO SYSTEM3
SDGB 7841STATISTICAL THEORY I3
SDGB 7844STAT METHODS AND COMP I3

Enterprise IT Management Electives

Certain Special Topics Courses (ISGB 79XX; examples include Tech Startups, Information Security, Privacy and Controls) may also apply toward this program.

Courses in this group have the ISET attribute.

Course Title Credits
ISGB 7975BUS ANALYTICS FOR MANAGERS3
ISGB 7985DATA WAREHOUSING3

Digital Business Innovation Electives

Courses in this group have the ISDB attribute.

Course Title Credits
ISGB 7901E BUSINESS STRATEGIES & APPL3
ISGB 7924MOBILE E-COMMERCE & APPS3
ISGB 7945IT AND SUSTAINABILITY3
ISGB 7978WEB ANALYTICS3

Business Analytics Electives

Courses in this group have the ISBA attribute.

Course Title Credits
ISGB 7975BUS ANALYTICS FOR MANAGERS3
ISGB 7977TEXT ANALYTICS3
ISGB 7978WEB ANALYTICS3
ISGB 7980BUS MODELING W/ADV SPRDSHEETS3
ISGB 7985DATA WAREHOUSING3
ISGB 7988BUSINESS PERFORMANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT3
ISGB 7990BIG DATA ANALYTICS3

For students who are not interested in any of the above tracks, another option is to create an optimal mix of electives across the tracks, in consultation with the program director and area chair.