Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology

The Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) prepares students for leadership positions in the areas of (1) cyber security, and (2) business intelligence and information systems technology career tracks. The main objective is to graduate students who have the ability to identify and solve business problems, manage organizational risk, secure and manage computer network systems, ensure business continuity, design and implement data warehouses, and use business intelligence tools to collect, integrate, analyze, and use analytics tools to mine big data for the purpose of supporting managerial decision making at all control levels-frontline, managerial, and strategic. Graduates of both career tracks are able to use their analytics knowledge to fully exploit the opportunities provided by big data, i.e. nurture data-based, evidence driven organizations. Specific positions for the cyber security career track include: information security analyst, security manager, forensics manager, computer network analyst, database administrator, and computer network architect. Specific positions for the business intelligence and information systems technology career track include management analyst, business intelligence analysts, computer system analysts, business continuity planners, research analysts, IT project managers, and business application managers. The cyber security and in business intelligence and information technology career paths can also lead to strategic positions such as Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Analytics Officer, Chief Data officer, or Chief Business Architect. The program is open to all qualified students with a postbaccalaureate degree (major or minor) from an accredited college or university in any field. Students must have a keen interest in pursuing careers in cyber security, business intelligence, data analytics, and information systems technology.

Admission to the Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A bachelor's degree (major or minor) from an accredited college or university;
  2. Submission of official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all institutions attended to CSUSB Graduate Admissions Office. CSUSB students are not required to submit any CSUSB transcripts. If your transcript is not in English, then you must also send a certified literal English translation of the transcripts along with the official original-language transcripts with proof of degree to: CSUSB Graduate Admissions Office, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 91761
  3. Submission of an acceptable Graduate Management Admission (GMAT) or GRE score unless the GMAT or GRE score is waived by the coordinator of the MSIT program or the chair of the department based on waiver guidelines set by the department.
  4. Submission of GMAT or GRE score by deadline for that term; if test result is not submitted on time, admission status will be unclassified postbaccalaureate unless the GMAT or GRE requirement has been waived. Additionally, an applicant may request waiver of the GMAT upon proof of completion of graduate work (e.g., J.D., Ph.D., M.D., etc.) from an accredited U.S. college or university, or upon meeting other GMAT waiver criteria as set by the department. If your Bachelor’s degree was not taught principally in English, then you must take the TOEFL or IELTS (score of 7) or complete Level 6 of CSUSB’s ESL program and have official scores sent to CSUSB Graduate Admissions Office.
  5. Submission of a 200 – 250 word statement that demonstrates academic motivation, reasons for wishing to pursue the MISIT at CSUSB, and personal qualifications that will contribute to the successful completion of the program. Although work experience is not required, at least two years of professional work experience will make an application more competitive. Any letters of recommendation or a résumé are optional.
  6. Additional requirement for international students: International students must also submit a completed affidavit of financial support form.

Students who meet all entrance requirements may be admitted to the program in a conditionally classified status until the Foundational Course requirements are met. Once students meet the minimum passing level of “B” for each of the two foundational courses (ADMN 601 & ADMN 602) they will be advanced to classified graduate standing in the program. Only fully classified students, however, may enroll in the other 600-level core courses unless they have written consent from the college graduate director.

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved fully classified standing;
  2. Completed, at least 20 semester units of applicable graduate-level course work at the university, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B");
  3. Completed an approved graduate program plan in consultation with an MSIST advisor
  4. Secured approval of the Graduate Director of the College of Business and Public Administration.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable graduate-level work, consistent with the program plan (with a grade point average of 3.0), with at least 36 units completed at the university;
  2. At least 28 quarter units of 600-level course work;
  3. Successful completion of the required core courses and career track concentration courses as outlined in the program curriculum section;
  4. After advancement to candidacy, students must compile an MSIST Portfolio and complete a culminating experience project course (4 units). Students will not be allowed to do the project or compile an MSIST Portfolio if grade point average is below 3.0 ("B");
  5. IST 691 MSIST Culminating Project (4 Units): In consultation with a faculty advisor, complete and defend of a written project based on his or her career track concentration before a committee of graduate faculty;
  6. IST 995 MSIST Portfolio (0 units): Successful completion of IST 995 (MSIST Portfolio) which includes preparation and submission of a portfolio of course work. The portfolio includes a reflective essay showing how the portfolio demonstrates accomplishment of essential goals for the program. Students register for this 0-unit course after advancement to candidacy, completion of 40 units of coursework, and are eligible for the project;
  7. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of ADMIN 602;
  8. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed on the university bulletin.
  9. Career track concentrations are available in (1) Cyber Security, and (2) Business Intelligence and Information Systems Technology. Prior to advancement to candidacy, a student must select one of these career track (with the consultation of a faculty career track advisor). Only students who are currently classified, have completed all foundational and core courses, have been advanced to candidacy, have obtained approval of the graduate director, have grades of "B" or better, no "incomplete" grades, and are not on probation may do the project.
  10. A "no credit" (NC) designation will be entered on the student's transcript if he/she fails the IST 691 Culminating Project course. Students who do not receive a passing grade on the first attempt must petition the college's director of graduate studies for permission to retake the culminating experience.

 Degree Requirements (48 units)

The 48 units Master of Science in Information System Technology degree program begins with two foundational courses ADMN 601 and ADMN 602 (8 units) which are provided to develop the students’ communication (oral & writing), analytical, and evidence based decision making skills. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of ADMN 602.

Five core courses (20 units) are required for all MSIST students to develop a deeper understanding of IST and business issues. This is followed with specialized (16 units) career track courses for Cyber Security or Business Intelligence and Information Technology through electives. Prior to advancement to candidacy, a student must select one of the two career tracks. The specific courses a student will take will jointly be undertaken by the student in consultation with an assigned faculty career track mentor. Similarly, selection of the student’s MSIST Culminating Experience Project topic (4 units) will be decided by the student in consultation with an assigned faculty career track mentor.

Foundational Courses (8)
ADMN 601Data-Driven Decision Making4
ADMN 602Advanced Managerial Communications4
Core Courses (20)
IST 609Information Systems and Technology Management4
IST 645Information Systems Analysis and Design4
IST 646Information Systems Planning, Strategy and Policy4
IST 647Information Based Management4
IST 648Information Networking Systems and Security4
Culminating Experience (4)
IST 691MSIST Culminating Project4
IST 995MSIST Portfolio0
Track (16)
Sixteen units from one of the following Tracks.16
Total Units48

Cyber Security Career Track (Program Code: ) (16 units)

Sixteen units chosen from:16
Cyber Defense
Computer Forensics
Information Assurance Policy and Management
Risk Management and Problem Solving
Information Networking Systems and Security
Project Management
Total Units16

Business Intelligence and Information Technology Track (Program Code: ) (16 units)

Sixteen units chosen from:16
Information Decision Systems
Risk Management and Problem Solving
Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
Advanced Marketing Research
Project Management
Business Analytics