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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​

Business Intelligence:
The Business Intelligence track focuses on data warehousing, data mining, big data analytics, and 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.
Previous Degree RequiredRequired Pre- requisitesGenderCGPA or PercentageTOEFLLetter of PurposeWork Experience

BSc in Information Systems

BSc in Information Technology

BSc Computer Science

English courses for applicants who scored less 450-550 in TOEFL

 

F/M

3.75 out of 5 or its equivalent.

 

 

TOEFL 450-550

OR

GRE 260-300

 

 

500 wordsNA
BSc in any Business major

BSCS 1350 Introduction to Programming

BSIS 3320 Database Management Systems

 

English courses for applicants who scored less 450-550 in TOEFL

BSc in majors other than Business and Computing Yes
3-5 years work experience in the field​

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply advanced concepts of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of complex computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts in writing and through oral presentations.
  • Design and implement a computing-based solution to meet a given set of complex computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline
  • Apply Information systems theories and software development fundamentals to build and manage projects within an information systems environment
  • Recognize the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities impact on society when making managerial decision
  • Exhibit integrity and academic values when conducting projects or research
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of culturally diverse team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline.

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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

Course CodeCourse NameCredit Hours
MSIS6350
Business Intelligence and Decision Support3
MSIS6351Data Warehousing and Data Mining3
MSIS6352
Big Data Analytics3

​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. Turki Abdullah AlThaqafi

Chair - Assistant 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, Hekma School of Engineering, Computing & Informatics; Coordinator, Hekma School of Design & Architecture


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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