Master's in MIS Program Overview, Curriculum and Courses

Master's in MIS Program Overview, Curriculum and Courses

Skills needed in today’s business world—and required by tomorrow’s.

In as little as 16 months, you can complete your graduate degree in a field in demand today, tomorrow and always.

Study alongside world-renowned faculty in a consistently top-ranked program, focusing on a concentration or dual-degree option that aligns with your career goals.


ranked best graduate information systems program among public programs in U.S. News & World Report


program designation means international students can work in the U.S. for up to 36 months post-graduation without corporate sponsorship


internship placement for Master's in MIS students

What You’ll Learn

Solve the challenges of today’s tech-driven business world by learning to use IT to support business processes and strategic needs. You’ll gain valuable skills in enterprise data management and will learn to analyze business processes, rethink them, redesign them and even automate them.

The Curriculum

Complete 30-33 credits, including your core courses, which will give you a high-level overview of the complexities of information systems. Then you’ll customize your program of study with at least three courses from your concentration area of choice—either Security and Information Assurance (SIA), Business Intelligence and Analytics (BIA) or Managing Business Operations (MBO).

You can also complete internships as part of your program, getting hands-on experience while building valuable workplace connections at the same time. If you don’t have a business background, you’ll be required to take two additional classes, including financial accounting and a marketing or operations management course.

MSMIS Plan of Study

Year One-Fall  Units
MIS 509 Strategic Communications 3
MIS 545 Data Mining  3
MIS 531 Enterprise Data Management 3
MIS 543 Business Data Communications and Networking 3
NOTE: Students identified as needing statistic coursework will take MKTG 552 in Fall 1.
Year One-Spring Units
MIS 513 Business Foundations for IT (IT Strategy) 3
MIS 541 Information Systems Analysis & Design 3
BNAD 597A Eller Business Consulting  3
MIS Elective  3
 Year One-Summer  Units 
 MIS 593 Internship   1
Year Two-Fall  Units
MIS 507 Software Design                            3
MIS Elective 3
MIS Elective 3
Total 30-39


Students complete a number of core of classes that will give them a broad based view of the complexities of information systems.

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Master's Project

The master's project is an important component of the MS/MIS program and is required of each MIS master's students. Students work with MIS faculty to deepen understanding of an aspect of MIS. The requirements for the project are flexible enough to encourage a wide range of topics and approaches.

the Master's Project



Customize your plan of study to focus on one of three areas of concentration that aligns best with your career aspirations. By taking your electives to earn one of the concentration designations, you can focus on Security and Information Assurance (SIA), Business Intelligence and Analytics (BIA) or Managing Business Operations (MBO). A total of (9) units are needed for each concentration certificate.  Concentrations may be subject to change, please discuss with your academic advisor.

Security and Information Assurance (SIA)

Course Units Semester Offered
MIS 515 Information Security in Public and Private Sectors 3 Fall/Spring
MIS 516 Information Security, Risk Mgmt., Disaster Recovery 3 Fall/Spring
MIS 517 Systems Security Management 3 Fall/Spring

Business Intelligence and Analytics (BIA)

*MIS 531 Enterprise Data Management is a required prerequisite for this concentration.

Course Units Semester Offered
MIS 545 Data Mining for Business Intelligence (required) 3 Fall
MIS 584 Big Data Technologies  3 Fall 
MIS 587 Business Intelligence 3 Spring

Managing Business Operations (MBO)

*MIS 513 Business Foundations for IT (IT Strategy) is a required prerequisite for this concentration.

Course Units Semester Offered
MIS 527 Introduction to Enterprise Computing Environments 3 Fall
MIS 578 Project Management 3 Fall/Spring
OSCM 577 Supply Chain and Logistics 3 Fall

Dual Degree

Earn a master’s in two top Eller programs, the MS MIS and MBA, in three years or less. You’ll gain an exceptional breadth of experience, often including internships that help you build your real-world skills and network.

Explore the MS MIS/MBA Dual degree

Technology Leadership Program

Top MS MIS applicants can be considered for our Technology Leadership Program (TLP), which allows students to simultaneously take MBA and MIS courses and apply the skills and concepts they learn across each discipline.

Students in the TLP plan of study are automatically considered for academic scholarships and other benefits that cover all tuition. You’ll enjoy greater engagement and networking across the MBA and MIS programs throughout your experience. There’s also an added boon for international students—since this program is STEM designated, those who graduate from the TLP are eligible to work in the U.S. for 36 months after graduation without the need for corporate sponsorship.

Learn about the Technology Leadership Program

AZSecure Cybersecurity Program

Our AZSecure cybersecurity program is a two-year, on-campus program. Through coursework in the University of Arizona's MIS degree and electives in MIS, CS and/or ECE departments as well as our online NSA-recognized Enterprise Security Certificate, students emerge with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the cybersecurity workforce. 

AZSecure Cybersecurity Program


Your Future is Calling

You’ve heard the “why.” If you think you’re a good fit, it’s time for the “how.” Let’s get you on the road to your Eller MS MIS. Contact us or begin your application now:

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