Information Systems, MS Project Management Specialization

This specialization is designed for IT professionals who want to acquire the skills and competencies for IT project management. The project management specialization provides the students with the managerial and technical skills that are applicable to information systems software development lifecycle (SDLC) including requirements, analysis/design, implementation, and testing. The student applies the fundamental concepts and techniques of project management like schedule and budget estimation, resource allocation, progress monitoring, risk mitigation and contingency planning to IT projects in the software industry. The student acquires hands-on experience with traditional project management methodologies and modern project management methodologies like Agile project management. Standards for quality assurance and quality control, like ISO 9000 family of standards, will be discussed and explained to assess the maturity of the development organizations and the development processes for the IT projects. Business Communication and IT budgeting moves projects and innovation forward, focusing on application to real-world initiatives.


Core Courses (4 units)

Course Title
CIS 413-DL
CIS 414-DLObject Oriented Programming
or MSDS 430-DL Python for Data Analysis
CIS 417-DLDatabase Systems Design & Implementation
CIS 498-DLComputer Information Systems Capstone Project
or CIS 590-DL Capstone Research

Specialization Courses (7 units)

Course Title
MSDS 475-DLProject Management
Any two of the following
Enterprise Agility Frameworks (Required)
Business Writing and Communication
Information Technology Finance
Any four electives
Web Application Development
Database Administration
Practical Data Science Using Machine Learning
Data and Digital Platforms
Cybersecurity Attacks and Counter Measures
Enterprise Security Strategy
Disaster Recovery and Continuity
Management of Information Security
Innovation with Blockchain Technology
Information Technology Management
Information Technology Strategy

About the Final Project

Students may pursue their capstone experience independently or as part of a team. As their final course, students take either the individual research project in an independent study format or the classroom final project class in which students integrate the knowledge they have gained in the core curriculum in a project presented by the instructor. In both cases, students are guided by faculty in exploring the body of knowledge on information systems while contributing research of practical value to the field. The capstone independent project and capstone class project count as one unit of credit.

Course Title
Choose one
Computer Information Systems Capstone Project
Capstone Research