May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
    
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Information Systems [M.S.]

Location(s): In-person/hybrid


The Master of Science in Information Systems program at Eastern Michigan University is aimed at preparing students in concepts, theory, and practices for designing, constructing, and maintaining information systems that support business processes. The knowledge and practical business applications development experiences that the students gain during their EMU M.S.I.S. studies prepare them for professional and academic advancement. Students can choose specializations in Business Analytics, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Web and Mobile Technologies. Learning experiences in the M.S.I.S. program expose the students to challenges in developing leading-edge information systems with a sound understanding of how information technology should integrate with strategic approaches to business management.

This is a STEM-designated program (see OPT Extension).

 

Program Admission


Admit Terms and Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; students may start the program in the Fall or Winter. See Application Deadlines.

Priority deadlines have been established to receive all application materials required for admission to a graduate program (See emich.edu/graduate).

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

For full admission, applicants must have 1) Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution, 2) a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program. Conditional admission may be available to applicants not meeting minimum admission requirements.

Program Requirements

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

A score of 450 or greater in the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), with at least 20 in the verbal section and 24 in the quantitative, OR an overall score of 297 or greater in the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), including scores of at least 143 in verbal reasoning and 140 in quantitative reasoning. The GMAT/GRE requirement will be waived for students who meet any one of four criteria (GRE/GMAT Waiver Criteria ). Requests to waive the GRE/GMAT requirement are sent via email to the Graduate Programs Office (cob_graduate@emich.edu). ​The GRE/GMAT requirement is waived for Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 applicants (applicants must satisfy all other requirements). Therefore, emailing the Graduate Program’s Office requesting a waiver is unnecessary for those seeking admission for Fall 2023 or Winter 2024.

Application

Your application will be submitted using BusinessCAS, a Centralized Application Service (CAS) hosted by Liaison. After reviewing the admission requirements, please review the application instructions  and select the appropriate application below.

Domestic Applicants Domestic applicants are required to submit only the transcript from the institution granting their bachelor’s degree if either of the following criteria is met: 1) Lists 30 or more credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0 or over OR 2) Lists 60 or more credit hours with an overall GPA between 2.7 and 2.99. Within the application, follow the instructions to submit an official transcript. The University may ask applicants to submit additional transcripts after applying.

International Applicants Before applying, applicants must review the international application/process deadlines at emich.edu/international as they may differ from general program requirements.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

 

Department Information


Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems 403 Hill Hall, 734.487.3320

Charles E. Teague III, PhD, Department Head

Advisor Information


David Chou, PhD, 604 Hill Hall, 734.487.2454

Foundation/Prerequisite Courses: 12 hours


Once admitted into the program, students lacking basic course work must complete the foundation courses. These courses may be waived for students who have completed equivalent work with a C or better at any regionally accredited institution.

Business Foundation Courses: 6 hours


Degree Requirements: 30-33 hours


Concentration: 12 hours


Choose one concentration from the following

Integration Course or Thesis: 3-6 hours


Students must satisfy one of the following options.

Critical Graduation Information


Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.