Master of Science in
Management Information Systems

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Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS) Degree Program Overview

Future leaders and researchers will need to balance the goals of economic success with the constraints of greater social and environmental sustainability and globalization. Graduates learn to close the gap between core business management capability with changing human and information resources and innovative technology, while nurturing the entrepreneurial mindset that has always been one of the key characteristics to successful businesses. The master’s program additionally further develops students’ research and critical thinking capabilities to find solutions for business management and technological problems.

Master of Science in Management Information Systems Degree Program Objectives

This master’s degree program expands on the topics covered in the Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems program, giving students more advanced critical thinking and research skills to develop sound solutions to complex business management and technology issues. Students who earn their master’s in MIS will bring the following to their careers:

  • Communication skills to share administrational and operational data with various stakeholders
  • Collaboration and leadership skills to make choices and achieve goals that affect positive change in organizations
  • Research and analysis expertise to assess innovative technologies, sustainable development trends, and other new business ideas
  • Empirical data interpretation abilities that can be fused with technical skills and existing business knowledge to help organizations overcome obstacles
  • Ethical principles that can be applied when dealing with unfamiliar business situations

MSMIS Degree Program Course Work

Students must complete 12 courses totaling 36 credits to graduate from this program. These courses include four core classes that provide students with the proficiencies all business managers need and eight specializations that go over a particular area of management information systems. Our MSMIS program features the three following specializations:

  • Business Analytics: Students learn to identify and describe multifaceted problems many organizations face using analytical and technological models. They also learn to leverage qualitative and quantitative data to better understand business issues and offer socially and financially sound solutions.
  • Business Optimization: In these courses, students recognize and examine how efficiencies in processes, products, resources, and services can impact productivity. They offer techniques organizations can use to alter their current business models and promote more streamlined operations, such as performing quality control, optimizing assets, nurturing institutional capability, and reducing expenses.
  • Entrepreneurship: This topic goes over strategies business leaders can use to enhance internal organizational capacities for consulting efforts. Students learn to combine qualitative and quantitative materials to design innovative business endeavors.

Before applying to this program, ensure you meet all the graduate program admission requirements. Students need to demonstrate a certain level of education, college readiness, and character to enroll in our programs. Additionally, they must submit proof of identity and eligibility to verify their age. Other enrollment criteria may apply depending on the specific program.

Career Outlook With A Management Information Systems Master’s  Degree

Studying management information systems opens students up to numerous career opportunities across multiple industries. Our MSMIS program gives students specialized knowledge in the field, which they can use to continue their education and pursue positions at the director, executive, and management levels. Potential career paths and yearly salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for those with this background include:

  • Management Analyst ($87,660)
  • Financial and Risk Analyst ($83,660)
  • Operations Research Analyst ($86,200)
  • Training and Development Specialist ($62,700)
  • Chief Information Officer ($185,950)
  • Sales Engineer ($108,830)

Earn Your Master of Science in Management Information Systems

If you wish to study management information systems in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, turn to Fairfax University of America for an outstanding business education at our Virginia campus. Our programs come with affordable tuition and cost and follow a flexible structure, allowing students to gain the instruction they need to follow rewarding career paths.

Complete an application to enroll in classes at our Virginia campus in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. If you have questions about our MSMIS program, you can also request information online.


The MSMIS program has 36 credits of required coursework where students engage in and learn the skills and knowledge that all managers need.

Program Structure
Area Number of Courses Credits
Core Courses 4 12
Specialization 8 24
Total 12 36
Required Courses

All MSMIS program students take four (4) core courses and (8) specialization courses.

Code Course Title Microcredentials Certifications Prerequisites Credits
BUSS 501 Descriptive Analysis and Data Visualizations MA: MMS;DVT CCBA or CBAP 3
BUSS 561 Program Design and Development BD;CE:DO ESBC 3
BUSS 582 Quantitative Analysis and Decision Making CCBA or CBAP 3
BUSS 601 Operational Analytics MA:CA&MS;MA: PD&S CCBA or CBAP 3
Required Courses for each specialization:

Students choose an area and develop specialized knowledge in that area. Additionally, students work toward a capstone project in their specialization, aimed at developing specific career-skills that they will use as they continue into their professional trajectory. The following are offered as specializations in this program:

Business Analytics Specialization (8 Courses–24 Credits) Accepting Applications for Fall 2022

This specialization prepares students to become proficient in practical business data analysis and research skills by applying knowledge acquired in classrooms to real-world business problems. Additionally, graduates will be capable of doing applied research on business problems through application of business analytics tools.

Code Course Title Microcredentials Certifications Prerequisites Credits
BUSS 502* Business Decision and Predictive Analysis MA MMS CCBA or CBAP None 3
BUSS 503* Business Intelligence Tools and Techniques MA: P&PA; DVT SDC&A:FDC CCBA or CBAP None 3
BUSS 504* Advanced Business Analytics MA:P&PA; SDC&A: DCM&S CCBA or CBAP BUSS 503 3
BUSS 539 Human Resource Analytics MA:PD&S; SDC&A; FDC CCBA or CBAP None 3
BUSS 545 Marketing Analytics MA: MMS; MA:CA&MS; DVT CCBA or CBAP None 3
BUSS 578 Business Risk Analysis and Optimization MA:PD&S; MA:P&PA; MA:CA&MS CCBA or CBAP None 3
BUSS 579 Advanced Data Prediction and Business Optimization MA:CA&MS; MA: PD&S; SDC&A: C&ACD CCBA or CBAP BUSS 504 3
BUSS 582 Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making CCBA or CBAP BUSS 280 3
BUSS 587 Contemporary Issues in Applying Business Analytics None 3
BUSS 588 Ethical Dilemma of Business Analytics None 3
BUSS 604 Internship in Business Analytics None 3
BUSS 605* Capstone in Business Analytics Completion of 4 specialization courses 3

*Indicates a required capstone course.

Business Optimization Specialization (8 Courses – 24 Credit Hours)

The business optimization specialization is designed to train students with the knowledge and skills in optimizing business performance in product development, project management, cost optimization, output productivity and lean operations, product outsourcing, strategic procurement, product distribution and overall supply chain management. In this specialization, students learn various applied research methods to analyze existing business processes and develop models for process optimizations and alignment of business functions with an organization’s resource constraints.

Code Course Title Microcredentials Certifications Prerequisites Credits
BUSS 511 Contracts, Procurement & Supply Chain Management VCM:MA None 3
BUSS 514 Risk Management in Project Management BPOC None 3
BUSS 527 Emergent Roles of Project Management in Business None 3
BUSS 580 Operations Management and Analysis VCM:OM; LSS BPOC None 3
BUSS 581 Supply Chain and Logistic Management VCM:MA None 3
BUSS 583 Project and Operation Management Seminar VCM:OM BPOC None 3
BUSS 584 Administration of Service Operations VCM:OM BPOC None 3
BUSS 685 Optimality of Project Financing LSS None 3
BUSS 686 Managing Multinational Operations None 3
BUSS 687 Emerging Challenges in Business Optimizations and Technologies None 3
BUSS 688 Resource Optimizations Techniques None 3
BUSS 689 Internship in Business Optimizations None 3
BUSS 690* Capstone in Business Optimizations Completion of 4 Specialization courses 3

*Indicates a required capstone course.

Entrepreneurship Specialization (8 Courses– 24 Credit Hours)

The entrepreneurship specialization is designed to expose students to the key concepts of innovative entrepreneurship including creativity and ideation, evaluation and screening of business concepts, business model formulation, startup models and the entrepreneurial process, team planning techniques, and launching innovative business strategies. This program also trains students with various applied research methods to find solutions for problems and risks being encountered when establishing new business ventures.

Code Course Title Microcredentials Certifications Prerequisites Credits
BUSS 519 Merger and Acquisition VCM:MA None 3
BUSS 520 Venture Capital CE:CSI ESBC None 3
BUSS 565 Social Media Marketing CE:BBM


None 3
BUSS 566 New Venture Management CE:FP


None 3
BUSS 571 Introduction to New Ventures BD; CE:DO None 3
BUSS 572 Venture Initiation BD; CE:DO None 3
BUSS 573 Case in Feasibility Analysis CE:DO None 3
BUSS 586 Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship CE:DO None 3
BUSS 667 Technology Commercialization CE:FP


None 3
BUSS 668 Entrepreneurship in Innovative Industries CE:CSI


ESBC None 3
BUSS 669 Entrepreneurship eCommerce ESBC None 3
BUSS 671 Corporate Entrepreneurship ESBC None 3
BUSS 673 Social Entrepreneurship None 3
BUSS 676 Internship in Entrepreneurship None 3
BUSS 691* Capstone in Entrepreneurship Completion of 4 specialization courses 3

*Indicates a required capstone course.


Students who do not have previous coursework related to the foundational knowledge required for the program must fulfill up to three (3) additional courses or nine (9) credits across the following. This would increase the total number of credits that the student would take in additional to the 36 credits.

Code Course Title Microcredentials Certifications Prerequisites Credits
BUSS 280 Introduction to Statistics None 3
BUSS 290 Introduction to Data Analytics BUSS 280 3
BUSS 351 Business Development None 3

Capstone Project

Students complete a capstone project that represents significant work related to the degree and specialization. The exact project is determined in consultation with the professor for the course.

Associated Microcredentials

The following microcredentials are offered as part of the program:

  • Marketing Analytics: Marketing Measurement Strategy (MA: MMS)
  • Market Analytics: Price and Promotion Analytics (MA: P&PA)
  • Marketing Analytics: Competitive Analysis and Market Segmentation (MA:CA&MS)
  • Marketing Analytics: Product, Distribution and Sales (MA: PD&S)
  • Big Data Analytics: From Data to Decision (BDA: DTD)
  • Big Data Analytics: Statistical Inference and Machine Learning (BDA: SI&ML)
  • Big Data Analytics: Mathematical Modeling (BDA: MM)
  • Big Data Analytics: Data Visualization (BDA: DV)
  • Survey Data Collection and Analysis: Framework for Data Collection (SDC&A: FDC)
  • Survey Data Collection and Analysis: Data Collection Method and Sampling (SDC&A: DCM&S)
  • Survey Data Collection and Analysis: Combining and Analyzing Complex Data (SDC&A: C&ACD)
  • Value Chain Management: Managerial Accounting (VCMP: MA)
  • Value Chain Management: Operation Management (VCM: OM)
  • Value Chain Management: Capstone (VCM: CAP)
  • Lean Six Sigma (LSS)
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship: Crafting Strategy for Innovation (CE: CSI)
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship: Financing and Profiting (CE: FP)
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship: Building the Business Model (CE: BBM)
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship: Developing Opportunities (CE: DO)

Associated Certifications

The following certifications can be earned by graduates of the program through the certifying organizations offering them. Among the certifications that students can meet the minimum requirements for include:

  • Certification Competency Business Analyst (CCBA)
  • Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
  • Entrepreneurship and small business certification (ESBC)
  • Business Process Optimization Certification (BPOC)

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