Feb 05, 2023  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Management Information Systems M.S.

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Program Overview


The Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS MIS) program prepares graduates for professional careers in the management of information technology (IT). The MS MIS focuses on the application of technology to help achieve organizational goals and solve business problems. MIS students earn competency in IT, embedded in a business context, that provides them with well-rounded preparation for occupations in high demand. Recent graduates are pursuing careers in a variety of roles, such as project manager, IT manager, business analyst, database analyst, network engineer, and systems consultant.

Each student completes a total of 36 credit hours in MIS courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The student can elect to either take 30 credit hours of coursework and complete a master-level thesis for 6 credit hours, or to complete 36 credit hours of course work. The student’s program will be selected in consultation with and approved by the student’s advisor and the department chair and may include up to two courses (four courses if the non-thesis option is selected) from supporting areas other than MIS, such as accounting, law, computer science, economics, social sciences, and management.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree
  • Application to the Graduate College at UNLV
  • Official transcripts of all college-level work
  • For international applicants to MIS graduate programs, the requirement that transcripts be evaluated by an outside agency is waived.
  • Two letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a four-point scale
  • Official GMAT or GRE score. A score of 550 or higher is required on the GMAT or a score in the 50th percentile or higher is required on the general aptitude portion of the GRE.

The GMAT test score should be reflective of verbal and quantitative aptitude. GMAT or GRE scores over five years old are not accepted.

Individuals with deficiencies in their undergraduate background may be required to enroll in selected additional undergraduate courses to satisfy the M.S. degree requirements. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred into the program if taken recently from an AACSB accredited school.The department chair and the associate dean must approve any earned credits for transfer.

Individuals with degrees in disciplines other than business are required to take the following MBA core courses:

MBA 775 - Data Modeling and Analysis ,
MBA 761 - Accounting for Managers ,
MBA 769 - Applied Economic Analysis ,
MBA 765 - Financial Decision Making  as prerequisites.
MBA 773 - Managing Information  is the prerequisite for all courses in this program. The department chair and the associate dean may waive some of these leveling courses for individuals with extensive business and information systems experience.

The application forms, fees, letters of recommendation, official transcripts, test results, and assistantship applications must be submitted to the Graduate College as outlined in this catalog. International students are required by the Graduate College to complete the TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 (written) or 213 (computerized) or show comparable evidence of competence in English. International students should check with the Graduate College for current deadlines.

Degree Requirements

Completion of the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Management Information Systems include:

  • Completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of M.S. in MIS courses.
  • Optional completion and defense of master’s thesis.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.00 for course work required for the degree.
  • No grade lower than C is acceptable.

Each student’s program of course work must be selected in consultation with and approved by the student’s advisor and the department chair, and may include up to 6 credit hours (12 credit hours if the student elects the non-thesis track) from selected disciplines other than MIS, such as cognitive psychology, computer science, accounting, or economics. Students on the thesis track are expected to select a research advisor by the end of their first year, to attend all departmental seminars, and to present a research seminar prior to graduation. Students with unsatisfactory progress toward the degree requirements are subject to dismissal. A student with a grade of C or lower in any of the required courses for the degree will be put on probation for one semester. Conditions and deadlines for the removal of probation will be specified. Failure to meet the condition will result in departure from the program. A student with two grades of C or lower will be dropped from the program. Students are required to register for six hours of thesis. They are advised to split these six hours of thesis and register for three hours each during the last two semesters.

M.S. in Management Information Systems Courses - Total Credits: 24 credits plus 12 credits electives.*

* * If a student has completed any of the required or elective MIS graduate courses as part of a previous degree at UNLV with grades of B or better, the course(s) may be waived and the number of credits required for the MS MIS program will be reduced by an equal number of credits, up to a maximum of 12 credits.

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