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Computer Information System Graduate Program

Department of Computer Information and Decision Management

Master of Science in Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics

IntroductionUSNWR CISBA

The Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics (MS CISBA) program prepares the next generation of computing leaders to meet the challenge of harnessing and analyzing data to enhance business decisions and achieve business success in today's technology-centric business environment.  The program 2020 ranking is #8 by U.S. News & World Report and #3 by Intelligent.com for online database management graduate programs

The program is designed to provide students with the analytical skills, business acumen, cyber-security awareness, computing strategies and other tools to transform business organizations into a more competitive enterprise and derive optimal results.  Classes combine lectures, cases, individual and team projects, and participant presentations. Many projects may be directly applicable to the student participant's employer.  The program is designed for students who want to improve their understanding of computer applications in the following areas:Database Ranking

  1. Quantitative analysis;
  2. Data analytics;
  3. Computing and data mining;
  4. Web and mobile development;
  5. Business integration and cybersecurity;
  6. Technology planning and project management.

­The 36 credit hour MS in CIS & Business Analytics program is generally designed for completion within a two-year period, although a few students may complete the program sooner due to their individual needs. Courses can be completed on campus, via online instruction, or students have the option of combining course requirements by completing courses in a combination of both campus and online instruction offerings.  

The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics degree program is a STEM program available completely online and/or on campus.  Due to visa regulations, International Students in non-immigrant F1 visa status can only count one online class toward the required 9 credit hours full time class load per semester. 

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Full Admission Requirements

  1. Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
  2. International Applicants Only: TOEFL score 213 (computer based); 79 (iBT) or IELTS score of 6.0 or PTE 53
  3. While all applicants are welcome to take the GMAT exam, those with an UG GPA of 3.0 or higher may request to have this requirement waived by completing a GMAT Score Waiver Request Form and emailing it to gradbusprograms@wtamu.edu. Alternately, you may submit an Electronic GMAT Score Waiver Request Form.
  4. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  5. Three letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be a professional recommendation). The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business Recommendation Letter Form is available for downloading.*
  6. Resume showing career progress*
  7. Statement of goals for pursuing a graduate business degree*
  8. Proficiency in foundation computing and statistics courses

*To be emailed to the Office of Graduate Business Programs (gradbusprograms@wtamu.edu)

Consideration may be provided for excellence in previous academic program, GMAT performance, career progression in
industry and/or in military service.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics degree must first establish proficiency in Computer Information Systems and Statistics. This proficiency may be established by courses taken in an undergraduate program, by completing advanced standing examinations in these areas, documented applied professional experience, or by taking foundation courses identified by the faculty advisor. 

M.S. in Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics Core Courses (27 graduate hours)

­­­Quantitative Analysis in Business (select one)
  CIDM 6305: Quantitative Analysis in Business
­­­  CIDM 6320: Econometrics
Data Analytics (select one)
­­  CIDM 6308: Seminar in Data Analytics
­­  CIDM 6362: Advanced Business Forecasting
Computing and Data Mining ­(select two)
  CIDM 5310: Business Intelligence & Decision Support Systems
­­  CIDM 6312: Seminar in Information Visualization
  CIDM 6350: Data and Information Management
­­  CIDM 6355: Data Mining Methods
Web and Mobile Development­ (select two)
­­  CIDM 5360: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  CIDM 6325: Electronic Commerce and Web Development
­­  CIDM 6330: Software Engineering and Systems Development
Business Integration and Cybersecurity ­(select two)
­­  CIDM 6340: Network Management and Information Security
  CIDM 6341: Current Issues in Cybersecurity
­­  CIDM 6363: Enterprise Process Management
­­  CIDM 6375: Planning for IT in Health Care
Technology Planning and Project Management (select one)
­­  CIDM 6310: Information Technology Management
­­  CIDM 6388: Change and Innovation Management
­­  CIDM 6390: Project Management

Additional Requirements:

  • Nine­ semester hours of graduate elective courses in computer information systems and decision management (CIDM), accounting (ACCT), economics (ECON), or ­finance (FIN) as approved by academic advisor (excluding leveling courses CIDM 6300, ACCT 6300, ECON 6300, or FIN 6300).­
  • Upon MS program coursework completion, degree candidates are required to pass a­ comprehensive exam.­   The comprehensive exam is offered online in December (fall exam offering) and May (spring exam offering).  Please contact the Graduate Business Program office or faculty advisor for additional information.

Learning Objectives for the MS in CIS & Business Analytics Program

Goal 1: Professional Communication:
1.1 Writing:­ Demonstrate capacity to employ written presentation channels to communicate computing information systems research results.

Goal 2: Critical Thinking:
2.1 Critical Thinking: Demonstrate capacity to use computing and analytical tools to analyze complex problems and recommend feasible solutions.

Goal 3: Business Environment:
3.1 Business Ethics: Demonstrate capacity to recognize and evaluate ethical dimensions of applying computer information to business solutions.
3.2 Global Business Environment: Demonstrate knowledge of the issues involved in conducting business in a diverse, global environment.

Goal 4: Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics Integration:
4.1 Theoretical Integration: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of advanced theoretical and applied concepts in information technology.
4.2 Quantitative Integration: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of advanced quantitative and statistical skills to solve applied problems in computer information systems and business analytics.

MS Comprehensive Exam

The­ MS comprehensive exam will be offered the first Friday of finals at the end of each semester.­  The comprehensive examination covers MS goals 2, 3, and 4 with an explicit focus on objective 4.1 and an implicit focus on objectives 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, and 4.2.­­  Click on the learning objectives and study hints for exam assistance.­  Please contact Dr. Jeffry Babb for more information.

Master of Science in CIS & Business Analytics Program Faculty for 2019-2020

Amjad Abdullat - Ed.D., Pepperdine University
Jeffry Babb - Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Anne-Christine Barthel - Ph.D., University of Kansas
Sharon Burnett - Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Katherine Carl - Ph.D., University of Arizona
Liang Chen - Ph.D., University of Kentucky
De'Arno De'Armond - Ph.D., Texas Tech University
John Francois - Ph.D., University of Kansas
Karyn Friske - Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Eric Hoffmann - Ph.D., University of Kansas
Gahangir Hossain - Ph.D., University of Memphis
Sean Humpherys - Ph.D., University of Arizona
Ibrahim Lazrig - Ph.D., Colorado State University
Shan Lei - Ph.D., University of Missouri
Xiaolin Lin - Ph.D., Washington State University
Anne Macy - Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Ryan Mattson - Ph.D., University of Kansas
Neil Meredith - Ph.D., University of Georgia
James Owens - Ph.D., Harvard University
Rex Pjesky - Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Leslie Ramos Salazar - Ph.D., Arizona State University
Bin Shao - Ph.D., University of Illinois
Lee Stitzel - Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Huabing Wang - Ph.D., University of Alabama
J. Christopher Zimmer - Ph.D., Clemson University

Contact Information
Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business
Office of Graduate Business Programs
Phone:  806.651.2500
Email:  gradbusprograms@wtamu.edu

For program specific or comprehensive examination questions, please contact: Dr. Jeffry Babb, associate professor of computer information systems at jbabb@wtamu.edu.