Your MS in Information Systems from the University of Colorado Denver gives you a wide choice of courses. Your course of study includes the Business School's common body of knowledge and an Information Systems Specialization area. The courses are available on campus, online and in the hybrid (partially online and partially on campus) format.
Information Systems Courses
If you do not have an AACSB accredited undergraduate or graduate degree in business, you are required to complete at least 12 credit hours in addition to the 30 credits of required and elective courses. These courses provide a general business foundation upon which your graduate information systems degree will be built.
The MS in Information Systems may include courses in subjects such as:
- Data Analysis for Managers
- Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information
- Marketing Management
- Management of Operations
- Financial Management
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
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.
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, and (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.
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.
This specialization focuses on information technology as the primary 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.
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) option expands upon system development skills through understanding geographic information systems work flows, analysis processes, and data models.
This option is available as part of the Business Intelligence (BI), Enterprise Technology Management, and Web and Mobile Computing specializations. The GIS option 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.
Recently, the healthcare industry his 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 specialization covers the evolving roles and importance of IT in healthcare industry; the innovative IT applications for delivering healthcare with reduced cost and increased quality; the management of healthcare 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.
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.
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.
Please see the course catalog for course descriptions.