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Fast-Track Master of Science in Information Systems

In today’s highly competitive global environment, the effective deployment of information technology has become a key to business success. New applications of information technology strike at the heart of what management does and how organizations are structured and compete. In many respects these applications are redefining the nature of work and its organization. There is a continuing shortage of specialists and managers with the combination of business and technology skills needed to bring about this reshaping of international industries.

The purpose of the Master of Science in Information Systems program is to produce graduates who are able to combine business knowledge with the latest information systems tools and techniques to enable organizations to compete strongly in the global marketplace. Graduates will be prepared for careers in a variety of areas such as systems development, information systems management, consulting, project management, software quality management, database management, security and privacy, and business process design.

Structure, Schedule and Location:
Robinson's Fast-Track Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems is a year-long cohort program. Students proceed as a group through three semesters: fall, spring, and summer. Courses meet at Georgia State University's Buckhead Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:30 – 9:45pm. Through a mix of coursework, cases, class projects, and group exercises, students will acquire the knowledge, skills and expertise required to master the technologies needed for success in this dynamic field.
NOTE: New cohorts begin in August of each year (Fall semester start). Work experience or a background in computing is not required to enter this program.



Fast-Track Master of Science in Information Systems

Ten Courses (3 credit hours each, shown below)

30 credit hours

Field Study Course

6 credit hours


36 credit hours

Fast-Track MS Courses in Information Systems (36 hours).

CIS 8000 - Information Technology Project Management

CIS 8010 - Process Innovation

CIS 8030 - Software Requirements Management

CIS 8040 - Fundamentals of Database Management Systems

CIS 8050 - Telecommunications Design

CIS 8080 - Security and Privacy of Information and Information Systems

CIS 8090 - Enterprise Architecture

CIS 8300 - Software Quality Management

CIS 8399 - Field Study Project (two courses)

CIS 8630 - Computer Forensics

CIS 8670 - Enterprise Resource Planning Systems


Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates will be chosen based on interviews, GPA, GMAT, or GRE scores and the ability to handle demanding coursework. Professional experience is not required.

Applicants must submit the online application, a current resume, a $50 application fee, an essay, transcripts for all post-secondary education, and GMAT or GRE scores. Applications who are strong candidates for the program will be interviewed by the admissions committee.

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Attend an Information Session - Register Here:
Thursday January 19 from 6-7pm @ Alpharetta
Tuesday, March 6 from 12 – 1pm @ Alpharetta
Thursday, March 22 from 6-7pm @ Buckhead
Thursday, April 12 from 6-7pm @ Buckhead

Attend an Open House - Register Here:
Thursday, February 23 6 -8PM @ Grand Hyatt Buckhead

Application Deadline:
May 1, 2012 is the application deadline.
Classes begin at the Buckhead Center in fall 2012 (August). The cohort size is limited, and candidates are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply early to ensure consideration.

Fees, Tuition and Services:
Cost of the program is $39,500 and covers class materials, an iPad2, textbooks, parking, meals/snacks and professional development services offered by Robinson's Career Management Center. Students will be billed in three installments of $13,167 per semester. A nonrefundable orientation and program fee of $250 is due upon enrollment.

Contact Us:
For more information about Robinson's Fast-Track Master of Science in Information Systems, please contact:

Tiffany Nelson
Associate Director,
Graduate Recruiting

Ephraim R. McLean, Ph.D.
CIS Department Chair,
Department of Computer Information Systems

Mailing Addresss:
Fast-Track Master of Science in Information Systems
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4058
Atlanta, GA 30302-4058


About CIS: Because of the breadth and excellence of the CIS Department, it has received considerable recognition over the years including a $2 million grant from IBM and top rankings both in U.S News & World Report and Computerworld.


Ranking Recognition
In the world in IS research publications
Communications of the AIS, 2007
In the world in IS research citations
Communications of the AIS, 2007
In the world in the number of IS scholars
(6 out of the top 30 IS scholars in the world are in Robinson College's CIS Department)
Communications of the AIS, 2007
In the world in information systems research publications
Communications of the ACM, 2008
On the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index among research universities (USA)
Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Undergraduate MIS/CIS degree program ranking (USA)
U.S. News & World Report, 2011
Graduate MIS/CIS degree program ranking (USA)
U.S. News & World Report, 2012
In Agile Software Development research (USA)
Agile Software Development: Current Research and Future Directions, 2010

Tech-centric MBA Programs

Network World, 2011

Top Ten
One of the "Top 10 IT schools to watch" (USA)
Computerworld, 2008


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