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Master of Science in Information Systems

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) is a two-year program, with 42 credit hours towards graduation. It combines the highly technical content of information science with the managerial emphasis of information systems, applying computer-based activities, communication skills, and managerial principles. The curriculum is customized to serve the immediate needs of the labor market culminating in a capstone project, which gives students an initial start to participate in and solve real-life problems with hands-on experience.

Courses in the program are scheduled in the evenings and/or weekends to accommodate different busy work/life schedules that students may have. Tuition is per credit hour.

Program Tracks:

  • Project Management (Organizational Change Management, Project Recourses and Risk Management)
  • Business Intelligence (Data Warehousing, Data Mining, Big Data Analytics, Decision Support Systems)

Program Mission

To enable technical and business professionals to become accomplished agents, innovative entrepreneurs, and technically empowered leaders of the future with real-world perspectives. Our faculty and graduate students will contribute and strengthen research in the field of information systems.

Why Choose the MSIS Program at Dar Al Hekma

  • Our degree is more professional than theoretical
  • We are the only University in Saudi Arabia that offers Business Intelligence and Project Management tracks:
  • Business Intelligence is the new trend now with technologies such as Big Data, Analytic, and What-If Methodology
  • There has been an increasing demand for Certified Project Managers in the last five years.
  • The curricula, which are customized to serve the immediate needs of the labor market, are taught by professors who have vast private sector experience.
  • The capstone project gives students an initial start to participate and solve real-life problems with hands-on experience.
  • The Program qualifies to ACM/IEEE curriculum.
  • Our degree includes hands-on training from reputed companies like IBM, CISCO, EMC, Oracle, SANS, and SAP. Each graduate will have a digital certificate for completing core knowledge of technologies of their program.
Program Required TOEFL ScoreREQUIRED BACHELOR DEGREE

Other Admission

Requirements

Pre-Requisite Program

Master of Science in Information Systems

  • Information Systems (Track)
530A Bachelor Degree in Information SystemsPass InterviewNot Required
  • Project Management (Track)
  • Business Intelligence (Track)
A Bachelor Degree in Information Technology or Computer Science, or a Bachelor Degree in Business with Concentration in IS, IT or MISPass InterviewRequired

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program, students will be able to:


1. Analyse, design, develop, and maintain information systems to solve real-world and business problems;
2. Collect, manage and distribute meaningful information within an organization using the proper information management methods and systems;
3. Develop and manage complex information systems enterprise architectures (EA);
4. Lead and manage IS projects using project management tools and techniques;
5. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of possible solutions and make intelligent choices to select the best solution;
6. Weigh the ethics and the impact on society as a whole when making a decision;
7. Engage in entrepreneurial thinking and develop a business plan;
8. Contribute to organizational development and change management;
9. Apply analytical techniques to extract information from data and use it to predict future trends and behavior patterns;
10. Communicate effectively in writing and through oral presentations in a team-oriented, culturally diverse environment with clarity of purpose and an understanding of the audience.

Year One
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

MSIS 6310
IT Infrastructure
Administration
3
MSIS 6312
Emerging Technologies
3
MSIS 6311
Systems Development &
Deployment
3
MSIS 6313
Enterprise Architecture
3
MSIS 6320
IS Ethics & Sustainability
3
MSIS 6322
Information & Content
Management
3
MSIS 6321
Business Continuity &
Information Assurance
3
MSIS 6323
IS Strategy &
Governance
3
Total Credit Hours 12 Total Credit Hours 12
Year Two
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code 

Course Title

Credit Hours 

Course Code 

Course Title

Credit Hours 

MSIS 63XX
Program Elective
3
MSIS 63XX
Program Elective
3
MSIS 63XX
Program Elective
3MSIS 6332
Integrated Capstone
Project II
3
MSIS 6331
Integrated Capstone
Project I
3
BMSIS 6330
Technology
Entrepreneurship
3
Total Credit Hours 9 Total Credit Hours 9

The program equips students with the necessary knowledge, expertise, and tools to be ready for career opportunities, such as:

  • Chief Information Officers (CIOs)
  • Information Technology Consultants
  • Chief Systems Analysts and Designers
  • Chief Technology Project Managers
  • Chief Enterprise and ERP Systems Architects
  • Chief Business Intelligence Analysts
  • Chief Software Developers

Dr. Sahar Siraj Shabanah

Dean - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Informatics

Dr. Wadee Saleh AlHalabi

Visiting Associate Professor

Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Informatics

Key Facts

Program Name

Master of Science in Information Systems


Academic Degree

Master


Credit Hours

42


Program Length

2 Years


Mode of study

Full time / Part Time

Dr. Sahar Siraj Shabanah

Dean, School of Engineering, Computing & Informatics, Acting Chair, Computer Science & Cybersecurity Department, Acting Chair, Master of Information Systems Department, Acting Director, Technology Center & Cybersecurity Center


PhD, Computer Science, George Mason University, USA, 2010

MSc, Computer Science, George Washington University, USA, 2001

BSc, Computer Science, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, KSA, 1990

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