Online Master's in MIS Courses

Online Master's in MIS Courses

Course content for the MISonline programs are based on the MIS department’s top-five ranked graduate programs at the University of Arizona.

Some courses require purchasing of textbooks. Textbook information will be listed under the course description.

Cost of textbooks is not included in the course fees. It does not matter where you purchase your textbook (as hardcopy or eBook), but the University recommends for buying of textbooks. Books can also be rented through UA BookStores.

Technical - 3 Credits - Prerequisite Course

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a foundation in the development of well-designed computer programs.  It will provide students with a solid understanding of common programming concepts and can serve as a refresher for more advanced work.

Theory - 3 Credits - Elective Course 

Description: Broad survey of the individual, organizational, cultural, social and ethical issues provoked by current and projected uses of networked computers on the Internet.

Theory - 3 Credits - Core Course 

Description: This course will integrate many business foundations in support of MIS students in the MS program. In today's environment, IT solutions have to support the competitive needs of organizations and recognize the inter-organizational nature of business processes. In addition, the IT solutions have to support the financial well-being of a firm as well as its responsibility to various stakeholders. This course uses five modules: business strategy in a global environment, process analysis and re-design in an ever expanding value chain; IT in support of these business processes, economic justification and social implications.

Theory/Practical - 3 Credits - Elective Course 

Description: This course covers using controls to protect information assets. Topics include internal and external IT auditing, the role of auditing role in information security, the IT audit process, system independent IT audit processes, system dependent IT audit processes, auditing outsourced IT systems and resources. Controls covered will include desktop computer controls, systems development controls, computer center operation controls, assurance of information related to on-line, client-server, web-based, internet, cloud computing, virtualization and other advanced computer topics. Students will learn approaches to evaluating and addressing technology risk throughout the organization from the perspective of internal and external audit in addition to the view of end users. Topics included in the class will include coverage of all areas to prepare students to take the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam.

Textbook for MIS514 is: James A. Hall, "Information Technology Auditing"

Theory/Practical - 3 Credits - Core Course 

Description: This course exposes the student to a broad range of computer systems and information security topics. It is designed to provide a general knowledge of measures to insure confidentiality, availability and integrity of information systems. Topics range from hardware, software and network security to INFOSEC, OPSEC and NSTISS overviews. Components include national policy, threats, countermeasures and risk management among others. 

No textbook needed.

Theory/Practical - 3 Credits - Elective (for Master's)/Core (for Certificate) 

Description: The objective of our MIS 516 course is to provide students a thorough and operational knowledge of information security so that this critical area is recognized as a management issue and not an I.T. issue. As the course topics within our MIS 516 syllabus have been directly "mapped" against the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) certification requirements for National Training Standard for Information System Security for professionals.

Technical - 3 Credits - Elective (for Master's)/Core (for Certificate) 

Description: The information security arena contains a broad array of multi-level models for assessing, planning, implementing and monitoring the mitigation of security risks. At the very core of this information security spectrum are the actual system and network devices which store, manage, transmit and secure information. This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of issues and techniques surrounding the proper safeguarding of operating systems and related components. Filled with Information Assurance topics, this course offers a solid base for system administrators and technical managers. 

No textbook needed.

Technical - 3 Credits - Core Course 

Description: This course introduces the student to fundamentals of database analysis, design and implementation. Emphasis is on practical aspects of business process analysis and the accompanying database design and development. Topics covered include: conceptual design of databases using the entity relationship model, relational design and normalization, SQL and PL/SQL, web based database design and implementation using Oracle or some other modern Database Management Systems. Students may be required to work with an organization in understanding their business requirements, developing a detailed set of requirements to support business processes, and designing and implementing a web based database application to support their day- to-day business operations and decision making. Students will acquire hands-on-experience with a state-of-the-art database management system such as Oracle or Microsoft SQLServer, and web-based development tools. 

Textbook for MIS531 is: Carlos Coronel and Steven Morris, "Database Systems: Design, Implementation and Management"

Technical - 3 Credits - Core Course 

Description: Service-oriented architectures and computing have emerged as the core of the next generation of information systems. This course focuses on analysis and design of information systems with a service-oriented perspective. This course also covers process analysis and modeling to certain degree since it is the foundation of service-oriented architectures. This course will include some of the following topics: introduction to service oriented architecture, overview of system sourcing strategies, specification of service level agreements, software development approaches, process-driven system integration, introduction to Unified Modeling Language. The course may involve a group project that analyzes and design a real world system in a corporate setting. 

Textbook for MIS541 is: Satzinger et al., “Systems Analysis and Design in a Changing World with Computing and Information Technology”

Technical - 3 Credits - Core Course 

Description: This course provides an in-depth knowledge of data communications and networking requirements, including networking technologies, hardware and software. This course has two objectives. First, it focuses on basic networking standards and protocols. Second, students will learn to evaluate, select and implement different data network options and prepare a cost-benefit analysis for a proposed solution.

Textbook for MIS543 is: James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross, “Computer networking: a top-down approach”

Technical - 3 Credits - Core Course 

Description: Corporations today are said to be data rich but information poor. For example, retailers can easily process and capture millions of transactions every day. In addition, the widespread proliferation of economic activity on the Internet leaves behind a rich trail of micro-level data on consumers, their purchases, retailers and their offerings, auction bidding, music sharing, so on and so forth. Data mining techniques can help companies discover knowledge and acquire business intelligence from these massive datasets. This course will cover data mining for business intelligence. Data mining refers to extracting or “mining” knowledge from large amounts of data. It consists of several techniques that aim at discovering rich and interesting patterns that can bring value or “business intelligence” to organizations. Examples of such patterns include fraud detection, consumer behavior and credit approval. The course will cover the most important data mining techniques --- classification, clustering, association rule mining, visualization and prediction. 

No textbook needed.

Theory/Practical - 3 Credits - Elective 

Description: Project Management is the application of knowledge, analytical skills, software tools and techniques related to various project activities in order to meet project requirements. It is increasingly recognized as an essential business skill.  With a variety of exercises, demos, simulations and lectures, this course will present to you a systematic approach to project management that complements common sense with discipline. 

Textbooks for MIS 578 are:

  • Timothy Kloppenborg, Vittal S. Anantatmula, Kathryn Wells, “Contemporary Project Management,” 4th Edition
  • Cindy Lewis, Carl Chatfield, Timothy Johnson, “Microsoft Project 2019, Step by Step"

Technical - 3 Credits - Elective (for Master's)/Core (for Certificate) 

Description: The objective of this course is to introduce you to Business Intelligence (BI) techniques and understand how to use them to gain insights into emerging social media technologies and deal with "Big Data". You will be exposed to managerial, strategic and technical issues associated with developing and deploying Business Intelligence and Web Analytics Solutions. You will learn how to gather strategic decision making requirements from businesses, develop key performance indicators (KPIs) and corporate performance management metrics, understand how external sources of data (using Web 2.0 technologies and social media sites) can be harnessed to design and implement business dashboards. Topics covered include the principles of dimensional modeling, techniques for extraction of data (ETL) from source systems, data profiling, data transformation methods, data staging and quality, data warehouse implementation, online search engine optimization, online advertising, web metrics and social media analytics. You will also learn how to apply analytical techniques to sift through large amounts of data and provide actionable business insights. Using tools such as Google Analytics you will learn to measure, redesign and improve websites to attract visitors. The course will delve into different metrics used to evaluate effectiveness of websites. You will also learn to collect and analyze data from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Foursquare so that these sites can be used effectively by businesses. Specifically you will learn to build, visualize, and analyze graphs and networks using different kinds of datasets to understand how to harness social media effectively for business use. 

Textbook for MIS 587 is Ralph Kimball and Margy Ross, "The Data Warehouse Toolkit: The Definitive Guide to Dimensional Modeling,"

Theory/Practical - 3 Credits - Core Course 

Description: Students will integrate their knowledge from their program of study and apply it to a problem area in MIS. Each student will write a significant report based on the results of his or her work. 

Prerequisites: any two MISonline courses that result in 6 credits.