Master of Science in Management: Information Systems and Services

Information Systems and Services Specialization

The Information Systems and Services (ISAS) specialization provides courses on the ways a manager can procure and use computer-based information systems to enhance decision making and organizational effectiveness. This specialization is structured to accommodate the needs of students who have little or no experience with computers as well as those with advanced computer skills.

In addition to receiving a technological foundation, students are exposed to the interaction of technology, organizational behavior, strategic planning, project management, and systems analysis used to support an organization through its information systems.

Career Path

The MSM program prepares graduates for a number of entry-, mid-, and high- level positions, as determined by a student's work experience.

Depending on a student's background and an employer's criteria, graduates of the Information Systems and Services specialization may qualify for these positions:

  • Systems or Business Analyst
  • Systems Development Manager
  • IS Project or Program Manager
  • IS consultant
  • CIO
  • IS-Aware General Manager



Students who have not taken a finance course recently are strongly encouraged to take UCSP 620 prior to taking MGMT 640.

Students who have not had any recent statistics use should take UCSP 630 prior to taking MGMT 650.

Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take UCSP 605, Effective Graduate Writing (0).

Core Required Courses

UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study

  • MGMT 630 Organizational Theory and Behavior (6)
  • MGMT 640 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)
  • MGMT 650 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)

Note: As an alternative to MGMT 630, you may take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615.

Core Rules

  1. MGMT 630  (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits of the MS in Management program.
  2. Students must complete 24 credits, including other core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
  3. MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be completed simultaneously.
  4. MGMT 640 is prerequisite to FIN 610 in the Financial Management specialization.
Capstone Course

MGMT 670 Strategic Management Capstone (3)

Clustered Course Option

MGMT 630 Organizational Theory and Behavior in a Global Environment (6) is a six-credit course. Students who receive credit for MGMT 630 may not receive credit for MGMT 610 or MGMT 615.

Information Systems and Services (ISAS) Specialization Required Courses

  • ISAS 600 Information Systems for Managers (3)
  • ISAS 610 Information Systems Management and Integration (3)
  • ISAS 620 Information Systems Sourcing Management (3)
  • ISAS 630 Systems Analysis and Design (3)
  • ISAS 640 Decision and Support Systems and Expert Systems (3)
  • ISAS 650 Information Technology, the CIO, and Organizational Transformation (3)
  • IMAT 639 Internet Multimedia Applications (3)

Specialization Rules

  • ISAS 600 is a prerequisite for other courses in this specialization.

Note: Some course titles and numbers were revised beginning with the fall 2007 semester. If you began your program prior to fall 2007 and have chosen to follow the pre-fall 2007 curriculum, please refer to the pre-fall 2007 Study Plan to determine your degree requirements.

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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