Curriculum

Develop strong management skills and leverage technology to improve performance. The W. P. Carey Online MSIM curriculum allows you to immediately apply new knowledge, giving your organization a competitive advantage.

Our curriculum takes you beyond mere technical application, integrating management and business knowledge with the latest techniques and tools driving change in information systems. In the W. P. Carey Online MSIM program, you’ll learn in a case-based and team-oriented environment, allowing you to collaborate and leverage the experience of your peers.

Advantages of the Online MSIM

  • Enjoy the flexibility of a 16-month program beginning in January
  • The same curriculum, taught by the same faculty, as you would receive on campus
  • Interact with classmates in a convenient and streamlined online curriculum
  • Build on core concepts as courses progress, culminating in an applied project

Course descriptions

Addresses central issues in managing information to achieve competitive advantage and support innovation. Specific topics covered include data modeling using entity relationship (ER) diagrams, data quality, building analytic capability, and providing user-friendly access to organizational data.

Instills students a balanced and disciplined view of IT and business with their interplay. Cases and assignments involving the symbiotic relationship of IT and business are assigned to provide real-world exposure for critical thinking and engaging discussion.

Covers how organizations strategically use Business Intelligence (BI) to gain a sustainable, competitive advantage. Builds the foundations for evidence-based managerial decision making, covers technologies for data warehousing and data mining from a managerial perspective, and incorporates contemporary topics such as real-time BI, business analytics, and business performance management.

Provides a broad survey of information security and controls, utilizing the COBIT framework to illustrate how information security and controls contribute to effective IT governance. Develops an understanding of the issues associated with information security and effective IT governance, assesses effectiveness of information security alternatives, and designs an organizational information security program.

Builds foundations for process analysis by focusing on information, documents, people, roles, and business rules. Provides an introduction to various techniques and tools of process analysis, including an understanding of organizational issues in rolling out change initiatives.

Explores decision models and frameworks applied to assess, evaluate and implement technologies. Provides context for applying the decision models and frameworks, including enterprise integration technologies, mobile platforms and devices, semantic web, and electronic collaboration technologies.

Investigates major categories of enterprise systems, factors driving software adoption and keys for successful implementation. Special attention is paid to evaluating the potential impact of emerging technologies on business environments.

Focuses on key aspects of commoditization of hardware, software, and business processes. Introduces the IT product development and service delivery processes with sound management principles for on-budget and on-time projects that meet end-user needs.

Explores how different industries and organizational functions are deriving value from big data, the challenges they’re encountering, and how to avoid pitfalls. Addresses the value and importance of adopting data science and building an analytical culture within an organization, and how companies utilize big data as part of their business strategy.

Applies the concepts, theories, and frameworks learned throughout the program. This capstone course focuses on emerging IT issues. While working in teams, gain real-world experience by developing an IT-enabled transformation plan for a business and presenting to industry and academic professionals.