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Graduate Degree Programs

Information Systems (INFSY)

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GIRISH H. SUBRAMANIAN, Program Director
Penn State Harrisburg
School of Business Administration
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
717-948-6140
MSIShbg@psu.edu

Degree Conferred:

M.S.

The Graduate Faculty

  • Melvin Billingsley, Ph.D. (Yale) Professor of Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship
  • Gregory A. Crawford, Ph.D. (Rutgers) Associate Librarian
  • Rhoda Joseph, Ph.D. (City University of New York, Baruch College), Assistant Professor of Information Systems
  • Parag C. Pendharkar, D.B.A. (Southern Illinois) Professor of Information Systems
  • Girish Subramanian, Ph.D. (Temple) Professor of Information Systems
  • Gayle J. Yaverbaum, Ph.D. (Temple) Professor of Information Systems

The Program

Operating under the auspices of the School of Business Administration, Penn State Harrisburg's master's degree program in information systems is designed to meet the rapidly increasing need for technically grounded, upper-level information resources managers within business organizations. With the exception of a small percentage of students who are full-time, the students served by the M.S.I.S. program are employees of area businesses, state and local governments, and not-for-profit organizations who study on a part-time basis. In order to accommodate both full- and part-time students, courses are primarily offered in the evening.

The two-fold nature of the program requires a manager to have competence both in information technology and in management theory; therefore, the curriculum combines the highly technical content of information science with the managerial emphasis of information systems. Unlike computer science programs, which tend to focus on computer hardware and architecture, this program is organized around applied computer-based activities, the development of communication skills, and managerial principles.

Students may elect to take one of two options in the program: Information Systems in Health Care Management and Delivery, or Information Systems in the Life Sciences. Each of these options requires a total of 36 credits. Alternatively, students can earn the degree without notation of an option; the total credits required for the degree under this choice are 30 credits.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must hold a baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited, college-level institution. Students who apply for the option in Life Sciences must hold a baccalaureate degree in life sciences or a related field from a regionally accredited college-level institution. Decisions are based primarily on undergraduate junior-senior grade-point average and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores. (Please visit www.gmac.com for more information on the GMAT). Postbaccalaureate course work, professional experience, and the statements provided in the application are also taken into account.

Students are also required to submit the following:

  • a completed application form with application fee
  • two copies of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended;
  • official scores from the GMAT test (the test must have been taken within the past five years);
  • letters of recommendation (optional);
  • supplemental application;

An application is available on the web at www.hbg.psu.edu or by calling 717-948-6250.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (www.toefl.org) must be taken by applicants for whom English is not their first language or whose language of instruction was not English. Submit the results of that test with the application for admission. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or higher is required for admission.

All students with international credentials must submit transcripts to Educational Credential evaluators, Inc. (ECE) for a "course by course" academic evaluation of transcripts and degree. An ECE application can be obtained on the web at: www.ece.org.

Application Dates

Candidates may enter the program at the beginning of the fall, spring, or summer session. To allow time for applications to be processed, all information, including GMAT score, must be received by Enrollment Services no later than July 18 for admission to the fall semester, November 18 for admission to the spring semester, and April 18 for admission to the summer session.

Applicants from outside the United States must follow the early admission dates in order to allow the necessary clearances and paperwork to be processed in time.

Entry Requirements

Analytic Skills Requirement: Prior to enrolling in their M.S.I.S. course work, students are required to demonstrate competence in Analytic skills. This requirement may be demonstrated by: (1) satisfactory completion of college-level courses in calculus and statistics such as QUANT 310 or MATH 110 plus STAT 200 or (2) successful completion of a calculus and statistics proficiency examination approved by the M.S.I.S. program. This requirement must be taken either during the first semester or summer session of the student's matriculation and completed with a grade of C or better.

Credit by Examination: Interested students should obtain a Credit by Examination form from Enrollment Services and should consult with the M.S.I.S. Program to schedule the exam and obtain a list of suggested preparatory materials.

Computer Skills Requirement: Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of Microcomputer Applications. This requirement can be satisfied through completion of a college-level microcomputer applications course within the past five years with a grade of B or higher or by documented significant computer-related work experience. If this requirement has not been met prior to admission, a college-level microcomputer course such as M I S 103 or CMPSC 203--Microcomputers in Business--is required. Course work must be taken either during the first semester or summer session of the student's matriculation and completed with a grade of B or higher.

Communication Skills Requirement: Successful completion of the M.S.I.S. program requires the ability to think clearly and to write and speak persuasively. Part of this requirement can be met by obtaining a score of "4" or more on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). If this score is not achieved, students must satisfy this requirement through additional course work in writing skills or other work developed in consultation with the M.S.I.S. Program. This requirement must be satisfied during the first semester or summer session of the student's matriculation and completed with a grade of B or higher. The speech component of this requirement is satisfied through individual and group presentations in courses in the M.S.I.S. Program.

Pre-Program Requirement: The Pre-program requirement provides a basic foundation in theory, tools and techniques required for the management of profit and non-profit organizations. It also provides a basic understanding of applications of financial accounting, the creation and distribution of goods and services, and how people relate to others in various organizations, helping to merge two related disciplines: business and information systems. Students who have completed the appropriate pre-program courses previously must have completed the courses with a grade of B or higher within seven years prior to admission, or through equivalent graduate course work completed with a B or higher within seven years prior to admission or college level course work validated by recent work experience. Students who have not met these tests of relevancy, grade or currency, prior to admission to the program must take these courses at the graduate level and early in Program. Students choosing an option in life sciences are required to have a baccalaureate degree in life sciences or a related field.

Pre-Program Requirement: 9 credits
ACCT 501, BUS 505, MGMT 511, BUSEC 502

Degree Requirements

The M.S.I.S. program requires, excluding prerequisite requirements, 30-36 credits of course work at the graduate level (500-level or higher). Options require 36 credits.

These are distributed over three groups of courses: Prescribed Courses, Additional Courses, and Electives.

M.S.I.S. Degree Program

Master of Science in Information Systems

Pre-Program Courses
ACCT 501. Financial Analysis (3)
BUS 505. Data Analysis for Business Decisions (2)
BUSEC 502. Prices, Markets, and Competitive Strategy (2)
MNGMT 511. Organizational Behavior (2)

Prescribed Courses
INFSY 535. Object-Oriented Design and Program Development (3)
INFSY 540. Information Technology and Knowledge Management (3)
INFSY 554. Master's Project (3)

Additional Courses (choose 15 credits)
INFSY 543. Electronic Commerce (3)
or
INFSY 550. Strategic Information Systems (3)
or
INFSY 587. Global Information Technology (3)
INFSY 545. Program, Data, and File Structures (3)
INFSY 547. WEB Enabled Technologies (3)
INFSY 555. Data Management (3)
INFSY 556. Data Warehousing (3)
INFSY 560. Data Communications Systems and Networks (3)
INFSY 562. Network Protocols (3)
or
INFSY 563. Network Security Management (3)
or
INFSY 564. Mobile computing (3)
INFSY 565. Intelligent Systems (3)
INFSY 566. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (3)
INFSY 570. Software Engineering in the Analysis and Design of Information Systems (3)
INFSY 575. Seminar in Information Technology Management (3) (as approved for major by Program)
INFSY 597. Special Topics (3)

Electives (6 credits)

Elective courses allow students to select additional elective courses of interest. Six credits of elective courses should be taken from 500-level courses offered by Penn State Harrisburg's School of Business Administration.

M.S.I.S. Degree with Options

Information Systems in Health Care Management and Delivery Option

Pre-Program Courses
ACCT 501. Financial Statement Analysis (3)
BUS 505: Data Analysis for Business Decisions (2)
BUSEC 502. Prices, Markets, and Competitive Strategy (2)
MNGMT 511. Organizational Behavior (2)

Prescribed Courses
INFSY 535. Object-Oriented Design and Program Development (3)
INFSY 540. Information Technology and Knowledge Management (3)
INFSY 554. Master's Project (3)

Additional Courses
INFSY 555. Data Management (3)
INFSY 556. Data Warehousing (3)
INFSY 560. Data Communications Systems and Networks (3)
INFSY 565. Intelligent Systems (3)
INFSY 566. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (3)

Option Courses
H ADM 539. Health Systems Organizations (3)
INFSY 585. Advanced Applications in Medical Informatics (3)

Select 6 credits from:
H ADM 540. Health Administrative Policy Formulation (3)
H ADM 541. Health Economics (3)
H ADM 542. Health Care Politics (3)
H ADM 543. Long-Term Care Administration (3)
H ADM 548. Health Care Quality (3)
H ADM 551. Health Care Law (3)
H ADM 552. Health Delivery Systems: managed care (3)
HES 570. Health Economics (3)
INFSY 575. Seminar in Information Technology Management (3) (as approved for option by Program)
INFSY 597. Special Topics (3) (as approved for option by Program)

Information Systems in Life Sciences Option

Prerequisite
A baccalaureate degree in a life sciences field

Pre-Program Courses
ACCT 501. Financial Analysis (3)
BUS 505. Data Analysis for Business Decisions (2)
BUSEC 502. Prices, Markets, and Competitive Strategy (2)
MNGMT 511. Organizational Behavior (2)

Prescribed Courses
INFSY 535. Object-Oriented Design and Program Development (3)
INFSY 540. Information Technology and Knowledge Management (3)
INFSY 554. Master's Project (3)

Additional Courses
INFSY 555. Data Management (3)
INFSY 556. Data Warehousing (3)
INFSY 560. Data Communications Systems and Networks (3)
INFSY 565. Intelligent Systems (3)
INFSY 566. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (3)

Option Courses
INFSY 578. Technology and Life Sciences (3)

Select 9 credits from:
BUSAD 534. Ethical Dimensions of Management in the Biotechnology and Health Industry (3)
BUSAD 583. Future of the Biotechnology and Health Industry: Strategic Implications (3)
INFSY 575. Seminar in Information Technology Management (3) (as approved for option by Program)
INFSY 597. Special Topics (3) (as approved for option by Program)
S T S 589. Ethics and Values in Science and Technology (3)
SWENG 552. Bioinformatics (3)

Students electing an option in the M.S.I.S. program must complete a total of 36 credits in the major to obtain the degree.

A minimum 3.0 grade-point average is required before a student is awarded an M.S. degree in Information Systems.

All course work must be completed within six years, or seven consecutive summers of matriculation.

Transfer Credits

Up to 10 transfer credits may be applied toward the degree. However, credits used to complete a previous graduate degree may not be applied. These courses must have been taken within the past five years, appear on a graduate transcript, and have been passed with a B grade or higher. It must be the opinion of the reviewing faculty that these courses are equivalent in quality to those offered at Penn State Harrisburg. Credit will not be given for any class used to complete a previous degree.

Course Substitutions

Because some students enter the Program with advanced knowledge in one or more subject areas, up to six credits in prescribed or additional courses may be replaced with more advanced graduate courses in the same subject area. Except for INFSY 554, which must be taken at the College, INFSY prescribed and additional courses, in cases where there is equivalent knowledge, must be replaced with more advanced courses in the same field. Substitutions are based on a minimum of six credits of advanced undergraduate course work in an area of concentration or credits earned in an equivalent graduate-level program at a regionally accredited, college-level institution. These courses must have been completed within the past five years and have earned a grade of B or better. Substituted courses must be replaced with other advanced graduate courses in the field for which the substitute is the foundation/prerequisite. Substitutions are based on past academic performance. An examination cannot be used for earned graduate course credit.

Grade-Point Average and Time Limit

A 3.00 (out of 4.00) minimum grade-point average is required FOR THE AWARD OF THE M.S.I.S. degree. All course work must be completed within six years, or seven consecutive summers, of matriculation.

Financial Aid

There are a limited number of scholarships, fellowships, and research grants available, as well as several graduate assistantships. For more information on these, contact Penn State Harrisburg's School of Business Administration.

Many students work full-time and take classes part-time. In many cases, employers have a tuition-reimbursement plan paying for partial or full tuition.To find other options available to you, contact one of the following offices: Financial Aid Office, 717-948-6307 or Enrollment Services, 717-948-6250.

Graduate School Assistantships

Full time graduate students who are interested in an assistantship should contact the graduate program coordinator. Students must be nominated for an assistantship by their program coordinator.

Students applying for an assistantship should submit scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or similar examinations by January 30.

CONCURRENT DEGREE OFFERINGS WITH THE DICKINSON SCHOOL OF LAW

Penn State Harrisburg, School of Business Administration
The Dickinson School of Law

Degrees Conferred:

J.D. (Dickinson)
M.B.A. (Penn State Harrisburg)
M.S.I.S. (Penn State Harrisburg)

Concurrent Degree Programs

The Dickinson School of Law and the School of Business Administration of Penn State Harrisburg offer cooperative programs leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.) to be granted by the Dickinson School of Law, and either the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or Master of Science in Information Systems (M.S.I.S.) to be granted by Penn State Harrisburg. These concurrent degree opportunities facilitate the completion of both a law degree and a professional degree in business or information systems. The programs are designed primarily for location-bound students who enter law school with an undergraduate degree in business, information systems or related fields.

Admission Requirements

The concurrent programs require that the student first be admitted to the Dickinson School of Law. Subsequently, the student is recommended for and applies for admission to the graduate school for the Penn State Harrisburg M.B.A. program or M.S.I.S. program.

The following are required for applicants:

The Dickinson School of Law: Completed Law School application; Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score; Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) report; one page personal statement; employment record since high school; two letters of recommendation.

M.B.A. And M.S.I.S. Programs: Completed Graduate School application; Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); letter of recommendation from the associate dean of the Dickinson School of Law; evidence of proficiency in analytic skills through college-level calculus and statistics demonstrated either by completion of courses or successful completion of a mathematics proficiency examination approved by the program; evidence of proficiency in microcomputer applications skills; proficiency in writing evidenced by a score of "4" or higher on the analytical writing assessment portion of the GMAT; proficiency in entry-level financial accounting as demonstrated by completion of college-level course work; completion of a set of pre-program business core requirements demonstrated by completion of a minimum of six credits of advanced undergraduate work in each core areas. Each course must have been completed with a grade of B or higher within seven years prior to admission to the M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. program. The School of Business Administration will review the applicant's transcripts for acceptability of the courses.

No courses from the M.B.A program or M.S.I.S. program may count toward the J.D. program until the student is matriculated at The Dickinson School of Law. However, graduate-level courses taken in either in the M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. program at Penn State Harrisburg or at another graduate-level institution may be applied to the M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. in accordance with the transfer policies of the Graduate School.

Transfer of Credits

For those students meeting the entry and pre-program requirements of the M.B.A. and M.S.I.S. programs, 30 additional credits are required. Nine credits of course work at the Dickinson School of Law may be transferred toward the M.B.A. or the M.S.I.S. degrees, subject to program approval. Students must obtain a grade satisfactory to the M.B.A. and M.S.I.S. program in order for the credits to be transferable. Nine credits of M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. courses may be transferred for credit toward the J.D. degree at the Dickinson School of Law, subject to the approval of the school of law.

Advising of Students

All students in the concurrent program have two advisers, one in the School of Business Administration and one from the faculty at the Dickinson School of Law. Because the concurrent program is designed to be taken in synchrony with the objective that both degrees will be earned simultaneously, students who do not demonstrate progress toward completion of both degrees may be denied continuation in the concurrent program. Such a decision will rest jointly with the faculties of the M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. program and the J.D. program.

Tuition

The Dickinson School Of Law and Penn State Harrisburg will each charge their own tuition to students in the J.D./M.B.A. and J.D./M.S.I.S. programs.

Additional Information

For more information and the latest updates on the concurrent programs, call the law school at 717-240-5207 or 800-840-1122, or visit the Web sites at:
http://www.dsl.psu.edu
http://www.hbg.psu.edu

CONCURRENT DEGREE OFFERINGS WITH THE PENN STATE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, THE DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACOLOGY

Penn State Harrisburg, School of Business Administration
The Penn State College of Medicine, The Department of Pharmacology

Degrees Conferred:

Ph.D. (College of Medicine)
M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. (Penn State Harrisburg)

Concurrent Degree Programs

The Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, and The School of Business Administration of Penn State Harrisburg offer cooperative programs leading to the degrees of Doctor Of Philosophy (Ph.D.) to be granted by the Penn State College of Medicine, and either the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or Master of Science in Information Systems (M.S.I.S.) to be granted by Penn State Harrisburg. These concurrent degree opportunities facilitate the completion of both a pharmacology doctorate and a professional degree in business administration or information systems. The programs are designed primarily for students interested in pursuing a career involving high-quality independent research and positions of management responsibility within the pharmacological community.

Admission Requirements:

The concurrent programs require that the student first be admitted to the pharmacology program. Subsequently, the student is recommended for and applies for admission to the graduate school for the Penn State Harrisburg M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. program.

The following are required for applicants:

Pharmacology: Completed application; Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score; A bachelor's degree reflecting a reasonable background in zoology or biology, mathematics and chemistry; a minimum junior/senior grade point average of 3.00 and with appropriate course backgrounds; two letters of recommendation; a curriculum vitae; a description of career goals. Reading knowledge of one or two foreign languages is recommended.

M.B.A. and M.S.I.S. Programs: Completed Graduate School application; Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score; letter of recommendation from the department chair of the pharmacology department; evidence of proficiency in analytic skills through college-level calculus and statistics demonstrated either by completion of courses or successful completion of a mathematics proficiency examination approved by the program; evidence of proficiency in microcomputer applications skills; proficiency in writing evidenced by a score of "4" or higher on the writing assessment portion of the GMAT; proficiency in entry-level financial accounting as demonstrated by completion of college-level course work; completion of a set of pre-program business core requirements demonstrated by completion of a minimum of six credits of advanced undergraduate work in each core area. Each course must have been completed with a grade of B or higher within seven years prior to admission to the M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. program. The School of Business Administration will review the applicant's transcripts for acceptability of the courses.

No courses from the M.B.A program or M.S.I.S. program may count toward the Ph.D. until the student is admitted to the Pharmacology Program. However, graduate-level courses taken in either in the M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. program at Penn State Harrisburg or at another graduate-level institution may be applied to the M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. in accordance with the transfer policies of the Graduate School.

It is anticipated that most students in the concurrent programs will require additional graduate credits in order to satisfy the entry and pre-program requirements in business administration. Nine credits of course work in pharmacology may be transferred toward the M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. Students must obtain a grade satisfactory to the program in order for the credits to be transferable. Nine credits of M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. course work may be transferred for credit toward the Ph.D. degree, subject to the approval of the department of pharmacology.

All students in the concurrent program have two advisers, one in the School of Business Administration and one from the faculty in the department of Pharmacology. Because the concurrent program is designed to be taken in synchrony with the objective that both degrees will be earned simultaneously, students who do not demonstrate progress toward completion of both degrees may be denied continuation in the concurrent program. Such a decision will rest jointly with the faculties of the M.B.A. or M.S.I.S. and the Ph.D. programs.

The Course Matrix

For more information and the latest updates on the concurrent programs, call the department of pharmacology at 717-531-8285 or visit the Web sites at:
http://www.hmc.psu/pharmacology_.program.index.html (Opens New Window)
http://www.hbg.psu.edu (Opens New Window)

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (BUSAD) course list

HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (H ADM) course list

INFORMATION SYSTEMS (INFSY) course list

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY (S T S) course list

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (SWENG) course list

 

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-07-473

Review Date: 6/13/06

Last updated by Publications: 5/23/11