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Information Systems; Disciplines


Information Systems

Information Systems is one of the most lucrative degrees for you to get. The Information Systems discipline offers many options in all education levels, undergraduate, graduate and PhD.

Undergraduate options

The University of Colorado Denver Business School offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration where you may specialize in a variety of areas of emphasis. Choose any of these tracks to add information systems to your BS.

  • Accounting & Information Systems
  • Financial Management Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Management & Information Systems
  • Marketing & Information Systems

Graduate Options

MS in Information Systems

Learn skills relevant to business now. In an industry where skills need to keep pace with technology, the University of Colorado Denver Business School's MS in Information Systems degree is regularly updated to meet the changing needs of business. The Association of Computer Machinery and Association for Information Systems  recommendations have been integrated into our curriculum and we've received the endorsement of eight major IS professional groups.

The Business School has partnered with MicroStrategy, a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software to provide business intelligence software licenses, technical support, and training.

MS in Information Systems Specializations

Your Information Systems degree can be unique by selecting one of several specializations that will give you an edge in the job market. Modern career paths are in constant flux, so it is an advantage to have a degree that grows with you.

Build from a theoretical foundation and then specialize using your electives.

Accounting and Information Systems Audit and Control

Recently, new regulatory environments have required companies to provide better documentation of their accounting and IT systems to improve the management and disclosure of their business processes for better financial and regulatory controls. Accounting and IT professionals have significant roles in audit and control activities, since they control the systems that monitor and report on finance, planning and operations. The courses within this specialization cover:

  • Business-process management and security
  • The strategies for integrating governance and compliance
  • The IT organization's financial and business intelligence services

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

If you do not have an AACSB accredited undergraduate or graduate degree in business, you are required to complete at least 12 credit hours that provide a general business foundation upon which your graduate information systems degree will be built.

Choose four of the following courses:

  • Data Analysis for Managers BUSN6530
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information BUSN6550
  • Marketing Management BUSN6560
  • Management of Operations BUSN6630
  • Financial Management BUSN6640

If you have a limited business background consider taking BUSN6550, BUSN6560, BUSN6630 and BUSN6640.

Curriculum

Information Systems Audit and Control Association model curricula recommendations are integrated into the specialization. This provides you with the necessary skills to meet the demand for future accounting and IS professionals.

The Accounting and Information Systems Audit and Control specialization focuses leveraging the existing IT infrastructure to establish quality in financial and internal audit processes and address the regulatory issues associated with reporting, consolidation and document/content management more effectively and completely.

Before starting the specialization, you need to complete:

  • Financial Accounting ACCT6030

You then complete the following courses:

  • Business Process Management ISMG6040
  • Analysis, Modeling and Design ISMG6060
  • Database Management Systems ISMG6080
  • Information Systems Management and Strategy ISMG6180
  • Business Intelligence Systems ISMG6220
  • Global Enterprise Systems ISMG6420
  • Auditing ACCT6020
  • Accounting and Information Systems Processes and Controls ACCT6510 /ISMG6510

Then choose two of the following:

  • Information Systems Security and Privacy ISMG6430
  • IT Project Management ISMG6450
  • Financial Statement Analysis ACCT6340
  • Fraud Examination ACCT6360
  • Advanced Auditing ACCT6620
  • Internal Auditing ACCT6470
Business Intelligence Systems

Business Intelligence (BI) systems combine operational data with analytical tools to present complex and competitive information to planners and decision makers. The objective is to improve the timeliness and quality of inputs to the decision process. BI is used to understand:

  • The capabilities available in a firm
  • The state of the art, trends, and future directions in the markets
  • The technologies and regulatory environment in which the firm competes
  • The actions of competitors in the implications of these actions

With this specialization, you get the necessary skills and knowledge in real-time data warehousing, data visualization, data mining, online analytical processing, customer relationships management, dashboards and scorecards, corporate performance management, expert and advanced intelligent systems, and hands on experience with leading BI tools.

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

If you do not have an AACSB accredited undergraduate or graduate degree in business, you are required to complete at least 12 credit hours that provide a general business foundation upon which your graduate information systems degree will be built.

Choose four of the following courses:

  • Data Analysis for Managers BUSN6530
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information BUSN6550
  • Marketing Management BUSN6560
  • Management of Operations BUSN6630
  • Financial Management BUSN6640

If you have a limited business background consider taking BUSN6550, BUSN6560, BUSN6630 and BUSN6640.

Curriculum

You first complete:

  • Database Management Systems ISMG6080
  • Business Intelligence Systems ISMG6220

Then choose six of the following:

  • Information Systems Management and Strategy ISMG6180
  • Global Enterprise Systems ISMG6420
  • Information Systems Security and Privacy ISMG6430
  • Data Warehousing and Administration ISMG6480
  • Business Intelligence in Healthcare, ISMG6810 OR Business Intelligence in Financial Modeling, ISMG6820
  • Business Applications of Data Mining DSCI6828
  • Customer Relationship Management MKTG6090

Electives

You need to complete an additional 6 credit hours by completing both:

  • An elective course from an ISMG graduate courses OR an Internship
  • A free elective selected from any graduate course offered by the Business School, except BUSN courses numbered below 6800
eHealth and Healthcare Service Entrepreneurship

With the pervasive nature of Internet-based technologies, healthcare services are undergoing significant transformations where both providers and consumers have access to information for making informed decisions yielding the best possible outcomes. While providers are adopting or upgrading to state-of-the-art IT, the ongoing liberation of healthcare data has energized technology vendors, healthcare systems, start-ups, and researchers to develop new applications, tools, and products. Advances in IT solutions, such as mobile apps, are also expected to empower consumers to interact with their care providers more effectively. This specialization is designed for (1) those interested in getting drugs, devices, diagnostics, healthcare IT products and scalable services platforms to market, (2) those interested in developing knowledge, skills and capabilities in bio-entrepreneurship. It focusses on how life science inventions and discoveries are developed, financed, and commercialized. It will be offered in collaboration with the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus Program in Bio-innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the school of Medicine.

Curriculum

First complete:
  • Analysis, Modeling, and Design, ISMG6060
  • Database Management Systems, ISMG6080
  • Internet and Mobile Technologies, ISMG 6120
  • Emerging Technologies, ISMG6460
Electives: 

(18 credits) complete 6 courses from the two elective lists below for a total of 18 credits

Bio-innovation and Entrepreneurship Electives (minimum of 3 courses):
Health Information Technology Electives (minimum of 3 courses):
  • .Net Programming Fundamentals, ISMG6020
  • Information Systems Security and Privacy, ISMG6430
  • Business Intelligence In Healthcare, ISMG6810
  • Introduction to Health Information Technology, HLTH6071
  • Fundamentals of Health Information Technology Management, HLTH6072
Enterprise Risk Management

Risk management is a growing area within information systems, accounting, finance, and insurance. With this specialization, you will get the necessary knowledge and skills in understanding organizational risks from corporate and information technology perspectives and in using and analyzing methods for managing risk within organizations. This specialization prepare students (1) to evaluate methods and tools for identifying and managing risks and opportunities faced by a firm in internal operations and insurance services, (2) to assess technologies and regulatory environments in which a firm competes from a risk management perspective, and (3) to understand information technology governance and service management roles in financial and insurance industry and more broadly in risk management in general.

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

If you do not have an AACSB accredited undergraduate or graduate degree in business, you are required to complete at least 12 credit hours that provide a general business foundation upon which your graduate information systems degree will be built.

Take the following:
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information BUSN6550
  • Financial Management BUSN6640 (prereq is BUSN 6550)
Then choose two from the following courses:
  • Data Analysis for Managers BUSN6530
  • Marketing Management BUSN6560
  • Management of Operations BUSN6630

Curriculum

You first complete:
  • Information Systems Management and Strategy ISMG6180
  • Principles of Risk and Insurance RISK 6809
  • Corporate Risk Management RISK 6909
Then choose five of the following:
  • Practical Enterprise Risk Management RISK 6129
  • Global Enterprise Systems ISMG6420
  • Information Systems Security and Privacy ISMG6430
  • IT Project Management ISMG 6450
  • Business Intelligence in Financial Modeling, ISMG6820
  • IT Governance and Service Management ISMG 6840

Electives

You need to complete an additional 6 credit hours by completing both:

  • An elective course from an ISMG graduate courses, a RISK graduate course, or an Internship
  • A free elective selected from any graduate course offered by the Business School, except BUSN courses numbered below 6800

Course descriptions

FNCE 6129 Practical Enterprise Risk Management

Enterprise Risk Management involves identifying the risks and opportunities faced by a firm, assessing them, developing and implementing a plan to address them, and then monitoring progress. In this course, students will learn the basics of ERM while working with risk management professionals to develop and present components of such a plan to an ongoing business. This is a required course in the Risk Management and Insurance specialization of the MS (Finance) Program. (Pre-requisite BUSN 6640 Financial Management)

FNCE 6809 Principles of Risk and Insurance

This course prepares students for advanced work in insurance and risk management. The course first covers the nature of risk and risk fundamentals, insurer operations, and insurance regulation. It then considers the principal techniques of managing risk exposures and the bases for decision making in management of business and personal risks. This is a required course in the Risk Management and Insurance specialization of the MS (Finance) Program and the MBA Program. (Pre-requisite: BUSN 6640 Financial Management)

FNCE 6909 Corporate Risk Management

The ultimate goal of corporate risk management is to maximize firm value by shaping a firm’s risk profile. The risk management team identifies the type and level of risk exposure faced by their company. This helps executives choose which risks to bear and which risks to transfer to other entities, in three basic ways: modifying the firm’s operations, adjusting its capital structure, and employing targeted financial instruments such as derivatives, insurance contracts, and structured financial products. This is a required course in the Risk Management and Insurance specialization of the MS (Finance) Program and the MBA Program. (Pre-requisite: BUSN 6640 Financial Management)

ISMG 6430 - Information Systems Security and Privacy

Designed to develop knowledge and skills for security of information and information systems within organizations. Focuses on concepts and methods associated with planning, designing, implementing, managing, and auditing security at all levels and on all systems platforms, including enterprise systems. This course presents techniques for assessing risk associated with accidental and intentional breaches of security as well as disaster recovery planning.

ISMG 6820 - Business Intelligence and Financial Modeling

This course will introduce students to the application of business intelligence in a corporate finance setting. Financial data intelligence is essential for effective decision making throughout the firm, in finance directly and in other functions supported by the finance department. Strategy setting, budgeting, and new product development are just a few decision areas where finance personnel play an active role. In this course, we learn how to apply Oracle e-Business Suite, a finance and business intelligence software tool that provides modules for financial reporting, analysis, budgeting, and planning. These tools enable finance personnel to access and analyze corporate data in support of critical decision making across the enterprise. Students will also analyze data through the use of financial models built in Microsoft Excel. The development of complex financial models will provide students with valuable hands-on experience with a software tool used widely incorporate finance departments

ISMG 6840- IT Governance and Service Management

This IT governance course is concerned with interrelated decisions on (1) clarifying the business role of IT, (2) defining integration and standardization requirements for the IT architecture, (3) determining shared and enabling services for the IT infrastructure, (4) specifying the business need for SaaS, purchased or internally developed IT applications and (5) choosing which initiatives to fund and how much to spend. Governance of cloud computing, IT outsourcing and other IT services will also be covered in the course. IT governance frameworks, such as ITIL, CoBIT, CMMI, and COSO, indicate how the IT department is functioning overall, what key metrics management needs and what return IT is giving back to the business from the investment it’s making. Students will learn from lectures, books, articles, case studies and guest speakers.

Enterprise Technology Management

This specialization focus on information technology as the prime driver of business strategy.

Coursework focuses on the strategic, technological, financial and organizational issues involved with the effective management of information technology within an enterprise.

Curriculum

You first complete:

  • Business Process Management ISMG6040
  • Information Systems Management and Strategy ISMG6180

Then choose six of the following:

  • Database Management Systems ISMG6080
  • Internet and Mobile Technologies ISMG6120
  • Business Intelligence Systems ISMG6220
  • Global Enterprise Systems ISMG6420
  • Information Systems Security and Privacy ISMG6430
  • IT Project Management ISMG6450
  • Emerging Technologies ISMG6460

Electives

You need to complete an additional 6 credit hours by completing both:

  • An elective course from an ISMG graduate courses OR an Internship
  • A free elective selected from any graduate course offered by the Business School, except BUSN courses numbered below 6800
Geographic Information Systems Option

The Geographic Information Systems option expands upon system development skills through the understanding geographic information systems work flows, analysis processes and data models.

This option for the either the Business Intelligence (BI) or Web and Mobile Computing specializations addresses how map representations can be abstracted in geo-databases to develop intelligent GIS systems. Learn how GIS can improve efficiencies, decision making, planning, geographic accountability, science-based plans and communication.

The GIS option is offered in conjunction with the College of Engineering and Applied Science and a certificate in GIS is awarded by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

In addition to these courses you complete the common body of knowledge courses (CBK) above and your primary specialization (either BI or Web and Mobile)

Curriculum

First complete:

  • Your primary Specialization (BI or Web and Mobile)
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems CE5381 (take this course as your Information Systems elective)

Then choose three of the following:

  • GIS Spatial Data Development CE5382
  • GIS Analyses - Theory and Practice CE5383
  • GIS Management and Policies CE5384
  • GIS Relational Database Systems CE5385
  • GIS Laboratory CE5386

Notes:

  • GIS courses are offered online and can be completed concurrently with the information systems courses.
  • Students will be able to register for the classes on the Web. There are not any special registration requirements.
  • Students need to notify the graduate advising office at the Business School (303-315-8200) prior to graduation if they are planning to complete the GIS option. Students also need to indicate the completion of the coursework when they submit their online intent to graduate form.
Health Information Technology

Recently, the health care industry has shifted its focus from using proprietary and expensive IT solutions to more innovative IT applications in Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT) innovations for sharing information effectively to help manage healthcare crisis. The courses within this specializations cover the evolving roles and importance of IT in health care industry; the innovative IT applications for delivering healthcare with reduced cost and increased quality; the management of health care using effective IT systems; and the security and privacy issues associated with health information. These courses will focus on how IT enabled health care organizations can integrate information from various resources, in order to deliver innovative IT solutions to meet unique requirements of health care industry.

Curriculum

First complete:

  • Analysis, Modeling, and Design ISMG6060
  • Database Management Systems ISMG6080

Then choose six of the following:

  • Business Intelligence Systems ISMG6220
  • Service Oriented Architecture ISMG6280
  • Information Systems Security and Privacy ISMG6430
  • Emerging Technologies ISMG6460
  • Business Intelligence In Healthcare ISMG6810
  • Introduction to Health Information Technology HLTH6071
  • Fundamentals of Health Information Technology Management HLTH6072

Electives

You need to complete an additional 6 credit hours by completing both:

  • An elective course from an ISMG graduate courses OR an Internship
  • A free elective selected from any graduate course offered by the Business School, except BUSN courses numbered below 6800
Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialization is designed to prepare students for successful careers in innovation-related roles, allowing them to organize, develop, and commercialize information technology-based innovation in existing firms or to create new technology-based ventures. This specialization prepares students to evaluate opportunities and manage the process of innovation and builds the necessary knowledge and skills that enable leaders to seize market opportunities and drive strategic management and intelligent decision making. It includes courses in both Information Systems and Entrepreneurship and may also include an optional emphasis in Bio-innovation.

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

If students do not have an AACSB accredited undergraduate or graduate degree in business, they are required to complete at least 12 credit hours in addition to the 30 credits below. (Select 4 courses from the list below):

  • Data Analysis for Managers BUSN6530
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information BUSN6550
  • Marketing Management BUSN6560
  • Management of Operations BUSN6630
  • Financial Management BUSN6640 (if selecting BUSN 6640, must complete BUSN 6550 prior)

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • ENTP 6842: New Concept Development
  • ENTP 6020: The Business Plan
  • ENTP 6021: Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • ISMG 6460: Emerging Technologies

Electives:  (18 credits) complete 6 courses from the two elective lists below for a total of 18 credits

Entrepreneurship Electives (minimum of 2 courses, maximum of 3):

  • ENTP 6824: Entrepreneurial Financial Management
  • ENTP 6826: International Entrepreneurship
  • ENTP 6848: Leadership in New Ventures
  • ENTP 6822: Legal and Ethical Issues of Entrepreneurship
  • ENTP 6854: New Venture Operations and Project Management
  • ENTP 6862: Strategic Web Development

Information Systems Electives (mimimum of 3 courses, maximum of 4):

  • ISMG 6180: Information Systems Management and Strategy
  • ISMG 6080: Database Management Systems
  • ISMG 6060: Analysis, Modeling and Design
  • ISMG 6120: Internet and Mobile Technologies
  • ISMG 6220: Business Intelligence Systems
  • ISMG 6240: Web site Development Practices and Technologies
  • ISMG 6450: IT Project Management

Course Description

ENTP 6842: New Concept Development

This course will help you assess the viability of new business concepts those in the very early stages of development. Using theory from the social sciences and building on marketing concepts, the course provides ways of thinking about new business ideas and tools for understanding and evaluating markets and industries.

ENTP 6020: The Business Plan

This course teaches the process and the key steps for preparing a business plan for a new (or existing) business venture. A business plan is an essential tool in planning an entrepreneurial venture and integrates an analysis of the potential demand for the product or service and the potential customers, identifying and generating critical competitive advantages, the proposed marketing, pricing and competitive strategy, how the product or service will be produced; the proposed legal structure and financing sources for the new venture, generates the projected financial results, and describes the team needed to manage the business.

ENTP 6021: Corporate Entrepreneurship

This course is designed to help students learn about best practices in corporate entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship. This course is new for Fall and the catalog description is not finalized (I have requested it from MP).

ISMG 6460: Emerging Technologies (Information Systems Innovation)

Entrepreneurship Electives (Choose 2-4):

ENTP 6824: Entrepreneurial Financial Management

Build a foundation for the financial management of your business, including an overview of financial reporting and cash flow analysis for small businesses, financial planning and budgeting techniques, working capital management and long-term asset decisions, business valuation, franchising, lease versus buy decisions, financial aspects of international trade, and different methods of obtaining capital including trade credit, loans, private placements, angel capital, and venture capital.

ENTP 6826: International Entrepreneurship

Discover the key trends and developments in international business. Investigate the impact of environmental forces (the economic, political/legal, and sociocultural environment) on the functioning of international firms. Explore the international dimensions of selected entrepreneurial functions, including finance, marketing, accounting, organization design, and management.

ENTP 6848: Leadership in New Ventures

Uncover key leadership principles for creating strategy and managing teams in a new venture. Explore leadership concepts critical to gaining investor and organizational commitment. By exploring what entrepreneurial leaders actually do, and how they effectively lead, you will examine the principles of strategic planning, and how visionary leadership is required to develop an organization that is able to execute strategy through results-oriented metrics. Doctoral nursing students also participate in this class.

ENTP 6822: Legal and Ethical Issues of Entrepreneurship

Discover the legal issues frequently encountered by entrepreneurs involved in start-ups and closely-held or family businesses. Topics include choice of business form, legal aspects of raising capital, taxation, intellectual property law, employment law, product liability, contracts and e-commerce, and managing lawyers and litigation.

ENTP 6854: New Venture Operations and Project Management

This course is about building, running, and growing an entrepreneurial organization or entrepreneurial projects. It is about creating an organization that will sustain high performance over a long period of time and become a premier institution in its field. (we might only want to allow students to take this or the IT project management course, not both)

ENTP 6862: Strategic Web Development

Design and create a web presence that will support the purpose of the organization and help fuel the growth of the venture. Discover the importance of website visibility to new business operations. Learn how to best utilize search engines, social networks, blogs and other online tools to support and promote your business. (we might not want to allow students to take both this class and the Web site Development Practices and Technologies)

Information Systems Electives (Choose 3-5):

  • ISMG 6180: Information Systems Management and Strategy
  • ISMG 6080: Database Management Systems
  • ISMG 6060: Analysis, Modeling and Design
  • ISMG 6120: Internet and Mobile Technologies
  • ISMG 6220: Business Intelligence Systems
  • ISMG 6240: Web site Development Practices and Technologies
  • ISMG 6450: IT Project Management

Web and Mobile Computing

Learn to build and manage large systems using platforms for web sites development, mobile and wireless applications, and web services and service oriented architectures. The courses provide expertise in .Net programming, business process management, Internet and mobile technologies, web site development technologies, data warehousing and administration, and service oriented architecture. Project management coursework enables graduates to successfully handle highly complex systems development projects in the business world.

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

If you do not have an AACBS accredited undergraduate or graduate degree in business, you are required to complete at least 12 credit hours that provide a general business foundation upon which your graduate information systems degree will be built.

Choose four of the following courses:

  • Data Analysis for Managers BUSN6530
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information BUSN6550
  • Marketing Management BUSN6560
  • Management of Operations BUSN6630
  • Financial Management BUSN6640

If you have a limited business background consider taking BUSN6550, BUSN6560, BUSN6630 and BUSN6640 .

Curriculum

You first complete

  • Analysis, Modeling and Design ISMG6060
  • Database Management Systems ISMG6080

Then choose six of the following

  • .Net Programming Fundamentals ISMG6020
  • Business Process Management ISMG6040
  • Internet and Mobile Technologies ISMG6120
  • Web site Development Practices and Technologies ISMG6240
  • Service Oriented Architecture ISMG6280
  • IT Project Management ISMG6450
  • Data Warehousing and Administration ISMG6480

Electives

You need to complete an additional 6 credit hours by completing both

  • an elective course from and ISMG graduate courses OR and Internship
  • a free elective selected from any graduate course offered by the Business School, except BUSN courses numbered below 6800
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Get your MS in Information Systems online

The same faculty teaching on campus also teaches online. You get the same skills and quality of degree without being tied to campus. Request more information from CU Online.

MBA

In the Professional MBA program use your electives to add a specialization in:

Business Intelligence
Information Systems
Enterprise Technology Management

Dual MBA and MS in Information Systems degree

If you want both your MS in Information Systems and the career advantages of an MBA's broad knowledge base consider getting both through the Business School's dual MS/MBA.

Add Information Systems to an MS in Management or MS in Accounting

Both the MS in Accounting and the MS in Management offers a specialization which will give you the information system skills tailored to Management or Finance.

PhD in Computer Science and Information Systems

Combine both computer science and information systems research for academic, industrial research and senior consulting positions with a PhD in Computer Science and Information Systems.

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