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Degree Requirements | MS in Information Systems

Your MS in Information Systems from the University of Colorado Denver gives you a wide choice of courses. This degree consists of 30 credit hours and your course of study includes an Information Systems Specialization area.


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 managem​ent and security
  • The strategies for integrating governance and compliance
  • The IT organization's financial and business intelligence services

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.

Cyber Security and Information Assurance

With recent breaches in the security of many large government agencies and private corporations, cyber security is an issue of great importance to the global society. As corporations depend on digital solutions in new product development – from consumer shopping ;and payment systems to driverless cars – the consequence of an electronic security breach will become more severe in the future.

According to Governor Hickenlooper; Colorado has a large role in cybersecurity, particularly given its entrepreneurial focus, since small businesses typically cannot afford expensive security solutions that may be accessible to large corporations.

The goal of this specialization supports and enhances the cyber security of enterprises such as banks, governments, retail, health care institutions, law enforcement, construction, insurance agencies, transportation and the military. 

Naturally, organizations cannot outsource this protection but have to have loyal and trustworthy employees trained in this discipline. Hence, this area is likely to enjoy an ever-growing demand — and commensurate job opportunities — in the foreseeable future.


Digital Health 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, 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.

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.

Enterprise Technology Management

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.​

Geographic Information Systems Option

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.

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.

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.​


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