MBA & MS-Information Systems
The dual degree MBA/MS-IS program is designed for information systems professionals and others who wish to strengthen their competencies, gain greater knowledge and understanding, and further their positions as leaders in the field of information systems management. The dual MBA/MS-IS program provides preparation for students interested in eventually seeking positions as Chief Information Officers through in-depth coverage of information systems and broad coverage of business issues. Courses such as IT Security, IT Policy and Strategy, and other advanced topics in computing and information systems development provide students with expertise in information systems, while MBA courses provide knowledge of business functions within an organization. Students completing the degree will have an understanding of organizational issues and challenges facing information systems managers and will acquire the skills needed to manage information systems functions.
This dual degree program takes advantage of course overlap between the MBA and MS-Information Systems curricula and allows students to receive both degrees simultaneously upon completion of 57-84 graduate credits. Students can reduce the total credits required to the minimum of 57 credits (minimum 30 MSIS/27 MBA credits) if they have had acceptable courses waived.
Students may earn their degree entirely through online courses. In addition to being offered online, the MBA core, application and capstone courses are also available on-campus during evening hours. An undergraduate degree in business is not required; applications are accepted from all academic backgrounds. Students who wish to pursue the dual MBA and MS-Information Systems program must meet the entrance requirements of both programs.
For UM-Dearborn undergraduate students, there will be a transition term available in the final semester prior to graduation. If students have a course load in the transition term that allows room for the start of graduate level courses, they will be allowed to begin such course work if they apply to the dual MBA/MS-IS program and meet all other admission criteria. If students do not finish the undergraduate work in the transition term, they must successfully finish their undergraduate degree prior to taking any additional graduate courses.