Master of Information Systems

Innovative organizations place high value on cross-disciplinary leaders, and we've positioned our curriculum to meet that demand.

When information technology expertise is blended with traditional business disciplines, our graduates can 'pull it all together' to make timely, informed decisions for their employers.

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Employers around the world seek to recruit and retain top talent who can assume technology leadership roles. The Master of Information Systems degrees offered by the Walton College are designed to groom these leaders.

The job market for Walton MIS graduates continues to be strong, as the demand for combined technological expertise and managerial skills increases. Close partnerships with our corporate partners facilitate recruiting, networking and career opportunities.

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Two Program Options

A full-time degree program, and a part-time program for working professionals.

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Courses and Schedule

What coursework is required for this degree?

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Just the Facts

How Much? How Long?
Who can enroll?

How Do I Enroll?

Admission to Walton College masters programs is selective. Enrollment in each program is limited. 

Enterprise Systems

Enterprise Systems at Walton College are comprised of five major hubs and support systems, along with access to large, real-world datasets.

  • IBM z15 Mainframe Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016
  • Teradata Intelliflex Database Server
  • SAP Enterprise Resource Planning Software
  • Statistical Software – SAS VIYA, SAS Enterprise Guide & SAS Enterprise Miner

Enterprise systems platforms integrate business processes and align IT to support business strategy.

 

Flexible Course Schedule

Graduating with a Masters Degree

Full-Time Schedule

Students who choose the full-time program option finish their degree in one year.

Completing a Masters Degree

Part-Time Schedule

Working professionals can complete the part-time schedule in less than two years.

Program Courses

30 credit hours for the Master of Information Systems

The Department of Information Systems and the Graduate School of Business have structured this program to meet the needs of working professionals as well as traditional full-time students. Do you have questions about your schedule options? Contact us.

Just the Facts: Master of Information Systems

Program Length

1-2 Years

The full-time program can be completed in one year. The "professional" part-time program can be completed in less than two years.

Start Date

Program Specific

The full-time program begins in Summer session. The part-time program begins in the Fall Semester.

Admissions Info

Do I Qualify to Enroll?

Complete your undergraduate degree and meet additional requirements. View Requirements

Entrance Test

GMAT or GRE

Students may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE test waiver with a 3.2 undergraduate GPA or 3 years of professional work experience. Please review our master's admissions policies.

Application Deadline

Professional, Part-Time
Early decision: April 1
Final deadline: July 1

Full-Time
Deadline: November 1

Total Program Cost

Professional, Part-Time
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Full-Time
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Financial Assistance

Paying for College

Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Financial Aid

Class Profile

Current Students

View a listing of current Master of Information Systems Students.

S.T.E.M. Program Designation

STEM Designation

This graduate degree is a STEM designated program.

4+1 Degree Option

The 4+1 Master of Information Systems program option will allow well-prepared undergraduate students to begin graduate courses during the last year of their undergraduate studies.

WHO: Walton students with a 3.2 undergraduate GPA.

WHAT: Early consideration for a graduate program and possible dual credit between an undergraduate and graduate degree.

WHEN: Apply by February 15 in Spring of your second-to-last undergraduate year.

WHY: Save time and potentially money!

How can I apply for the 4+1 degree option?

Students interested in the 4+1 Master of Information Systems program will require additional guidance and advising.

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By The Numbers

View student data for the Professional MIS Program, to include acceptance rate, work experience, job placement, and top employers of our graduates.

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Career Development

Close ties with our corporate partners facilitate recruiting and networking opportunities, internships, and careers.

Students can participate in corporate internships, career counseling, and take advantage of all the Walton College Career Services has to offer.

Career Services

 

The Northwest Arkansas Community

Join a supportive and engaging community located in the vibrant business network of Northwest Arkansas, with over 300 Fortune 500 companies with a presence in the region.

Business leaders and Walton College alumni are closely connected to the college, not just during your studies, but throughout your career.

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Courses and Program Schedule

Students graduate from the Walton MIS program equipped with an understanding of where IT "fits" in the context of a business, and how IT can be effectively leveraged to support the strategic and tactical objectives of an organization.

By learning concepts and approaches for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Business Analytics, Emerging Technology, Cybersecurity, and Enterprise Systems, our students can apply their knowledge to solve business problems using tools from IBM, SAP, Microsoft, Teradata, and SAS.

Full-Time Program Schedule

Summer

ERP Fundamentals An introduction to enterprise resource planning systems. Students should gain an understanding of the scope of these integrated systems that reach across organizational boundaries and can change how a company does business. Implementation issues are covered, including the importance of change management.
Foundations of Digital Innovation The aim of the course is to provide business students with ethical frameworks, innovation theories, and management practices to assess the potential business and social value of emerging digital innovations for organizations. Students will learn about the technology hype cycle and management practices to move digital innovations from proof-of-concepts to live production implementations that consider stakeholder consequences. Students will learn about digital innovations from innovators, thought leaders, and each other.
Data and Cybersecurity This provides current business cybersecurity and data issues for graduate students to include securing data, detecting and responding to cyber security breaches, cyber-technologies, current security and cryptographic techniques, and ensuring a secured computing environment to safeguard company information. In addition, students will explore cybersecurity strategies and compliance with security standards, as well as data confidentiality, integrity, ethical use, and availability.

Fall

Data Analytics Fundamentals Fundamental knowledge and skills in several major areas of business data analytics. Emphasis on the management and use of data in modern organizations, intermediate & advanced spreadsheet topics; relational databases & SQL; and programming (such as Python). (ISYS 51003)
Decision Support and Analytics Analysis of the highest level of information support for the manager-user. A study of systems providing analytics-based information derived from databases within and/or external to the organization and used to support management in the decision making. Application of tools in business analytics, problem solving, and decision making. (ISYS 55003)
Seminar in Systems Development Advanced study of structured systems development. Emphasis on strategies and techniques of structured analysis and structured design for producing logical systems specifications and for deriving physical systems designs. Coverage of methodologies for dealing with complexity in the development of information systems. (ISYS 54203)
Concentration Course Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, or ERP

Spring

Data Management Systems Investigation and application of advanced database concepts include database administration, database technology, and selection and acquisition of database management systems. Data modeling and system development in a database environment. (ISYS 58303)
Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management Business intelligence focuses on assessing and creating information and knowledge from internal and external sources to support business decision making process. In this seminar, data mining and information retrieval techniques will be used to extract useful knowledge from data, which could be used for business intelligence, and knowledge management. (ISYS 58403)
Management of Information Technology Seminar Presented in a way that allows you to play an active role in the design, use, and management of information technology. Using IT to transform the organization, as competitive strategy, and creating new relationship with other firms is included. (ISYS 59403)
Concentration Course Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, or ERP


Professional, Part-Time Course Schedule

Fall - Year One

Data Analytics Fundamentals Fundamental knowledge and skills in several major areas of business data analytics. Emphasis on the management and use of data in modern organizations, intermediate & advanced spreadsheet topics; relational databases & SQL; and programming (such as Python). (ISYS 51003)
Decision Support and Analytics Analysis of the highest level of information support for the manager-user. A study of systems providing analytics-based information derived from databases within and/or external to the organization and used to support management in the decision making. Application of tools in business analytics, problem solving, and decision making. (ISYS 55003)

Spring – Year One

Data Management Systems Investigation and application of advanced database concepts include database administration, database technology, and selection and acquisition of database management systems. Data modeling and system development in a database environment. (ISYS 58303)
Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management Business intelligence focuses on assessing and creating information and knowledge from internal and external sources to support business decision making process. In this seminar, data mining and information retrieval techniques will be used to extract useful knowledge from data, which could be used for business intelligence, and knowledge management. Pre- or Corequisite: ISYS 5833 or equivalent. (ISYS 58403)

Summer – Year One

ERP Fundamentals An introduction to enterprise resource planning systems. Students should gain an understanding of the scope of these integrated systems that reach across organizational boundaries and can change how a company does business. Implementation issues are covered, including the importance of change management. (ISYS 52103)
Concentration Course Data and Cybersecurity or Emerging Technology

Fall – Year Two

Seminar in Systems Development Advanced study of structured systems development. Emphasis on strategies and techniques of structured analysis and structured design for producing logical systems specifications and for deriving physical systems designs. Coverage of methodologies for dealing with complexity in the development of information systems. (ISYS 54203)
Concentration Course Data and Cybersecurity or Emerging Technology

Spring – Year Two

Management of Information Technology Seminar Presented in a way that allows you to play an active role in the design, use, and management of information technology. Using IT to transform the organization, as competitive strategy, and creating new relationship with other firms is included. (ISYS 59403)
Concentration Course Data and Cybersecurity or Emerging Technology

Two Degree Options

The Walton Master of Information Systems (MIS) degree is offered in a 30-hour, part-time or full-time option. Students who choose the full-time option can finish their degree in one year. Working professionals who pursue the part-time schedule can complete their degree in less than 2 years.

Program Courses

Our curriculum is focused on delivering practical knowledge through hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies used in the world’s largest organizations.

Many courses in the MIS program are team-taught by faculty and industry experts, combining and comparing theory with practical application in real-world scenarios. Students will develop leadership, communication, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are sought after by leading employers.

Prior to beginning MIS graduate coursework, students must demonstrate proficiency in general business, statistics, and information systems by completing the "Information Systems and Business Analytics Toolkit" experience.

Part-Time Degree Option

The Walton Professional MIS is designed for working professionals. Once proficiency is demonstrated in our Information Systems and Business Analytics Toolkit, the program can be completed by taking 2 courses per semester for 5 semesters.

Courses are taught through a blended-delivery format with both face-to-face and online components, so students are in class only one Saturday per month. We work hard to simplify the logistics of returning to school so that you can focus on learning.

A Great Time to Grow

Management and leadership positions in Information Technology are increasingly being filled by candidates with graduate degrees. Our Master of Information Systems program exposes students to many different aspects of IT, providing a well-rounded perspective with enough depth to be proficient in several disciplines. The MIS program is also a great way to network and develop relationships with other professionals in the IT field.

Saturday Class Dates

Spring
2024
Summer
2024
Fall
2024
Spring
2025
Summer
2025 – EMBA, MSPI, SCMT
Summer
2025 – MIS, MABA, MHCBA
January
20
May
18
August
24
January
18
May
17
May
31
February
17
June
15
September
21
February
15
June
7
June
14
March
9
July
6
October
26
March
8
June
28
June
28
April
6
July
20
(ISYS Only)
November
9
April
5
July
26
July
26
April
27
July
27
(EMBA and MS SCMT Only)
December
7
April
26
   

* Students admitted to the professional programs in the Walton College are required to attend a multi-day orientation prior to the start of scheduled courses. Dates to be determined. Please contact gsb@walton.uark.edu for more information.