Master of Science in Information Systems

Program Overview

The Information Technology (IT) job market continues its rapid growth as the lower cost of developing applications and expanding user platforms creates additional demands for qualified IT employees.  The Master of Science in Information Systems is designed for early to mid-career professionals who aspire to become CTO’s / CIO’s or rise to other senior management roles in career tracks that have a significant technological component. Such career advancements are possible through multiple pathways because of the role of technology in every aspect of an organization's functioning.  This program helps students to develop the knowledge and skills to evaluate the IS needs for a business organization and develop and implement the appropriate IT strategies, all while attending to the the ethical and legal implications of data and technology-related issues.  The program also provides students with practical experience to develop their professional communication skills and ability to work with others in diverse environments to solve IT problems.

Curriculum Overview

The Rider M.S. in Information Systems curriculum includes prerequisite, core and elective classes.  Depending on the background of the individual student, completion of the degree may require between 30-36 credits.  Rider's Norm Brodsky College of Business is accredited by the AACSB International (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business), a distinction held by fewer than 4% of business programs worldwide

Classes for the program are offered in the evening, Monday through Thursday, with some courses offered online. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters and can elected to pursue the MS in Information Systems on a full or part-time basis. Students who would like to complete the program within a year must start in the fall or spring.  Courses are taught in small sections, usually by full-time faculty holding doctoral degrees. Faculty are engaged in research in their fields and have business experience as well. 

Degree Offered

  • Master of Science in Information Systems


Mrs. Jean Cherney
Graduate Business Academic Coordinator
Norm Brodsky College of Business

Program Website:  Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

Associated Department:  Norm Brodsky College of Business, Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Information Systems Program Requirements

(30 credits)

Required Business Core6
Information Technology Management
Operations & Supply Chain Management
Required Information Systems Core18
Information Security for the Enterprise
Project Management
Applied Data Mgt for Bus Users
Business Analysis and Design
Design Thinking and Innovation
Digital Futures
Elective Courses6
Select two of the following:
Mkt Analysis & Decision Making
Adv. Organizational Behavior
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Managemen
Business Intelligence Tech-Data Mining
Electronic Commerce
Globalization and Technology
Application Development for the Web
Bus Analytics for Managers
Total Credits30

Prerequisite Curriculum

6 credits (for students with a non-business undergraduate degree or outdated course work that does not meet the waiver requirements).

Prerequisite Curriculum 1
PMBA 8010Information Technology Proficiency1.5
PMBA 8051Fund of Statistical Analysis3
PMBA 8052Models and Methods of Operations Mgt1.5
Total Credits6

Business Writing Requirement

One objective of the MS in Information Systems program is to develop strong written communication skills. This will be done both formally, through a class for those not demonstrating a level of proficiency expected for business professionals, and informally for all students through faculty review of student-prepared course materials such as research reports, case study write-ups and papers.

Each student who enters the Graduate Business degree program must have their writing skills formally assessed in one of the following ways:

  1. Through the writing portion of the GMAT or GRE.  A score of 4.5 or better on the GMAT writing section or a score of 4 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing section would rate the student as proficient. 
  2. Through the Graduate Business Writing Assessment, a 60-minute test in which students write a passage in response to a prompt.  The passage is graded using a rubric that assesses Voice/Tone; Organization; Ideas, Support and Development; and Grammar and Mechanics.  Students must score a 3 (adequate) on all four of the writing elements for a passing grade.

Students who fall below the proficient levels as identified above on any of the specified assessments will be required to do one of the following:

  • Complete a business/workplace writing course at a U.S.-accredited university. The student must achieve a “C” or better in the course, demonstrating basic proficiency. Courses must be approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.  ENG 321 is not included as an approved course for this purpose. 
  • Retake either of the above assessments until a proficient level is reached. Students will be provided with a directory of resources to improve their business writing skills prior to retaking the assessments including Rider writing lab, online tutorials and not-for-credit courses.

Students need to satisfy the above requirement within the first 6 credit hours of taking breadth and elective courses in the graduate business program. Students who do not satisfy the above requirement within the specified time frame will not be allowed to take additional breadth or elective courses in the graduate business program until the requirement is satisfied; he or she may continue to enroll in pre-program courses.

MS in Information Systems –Waiver of Prerequisite Courses

A waiver of a course from pre-program requirements may be granted under the following conditions:

I) PMBA prerequisite class is waived based on previous undergraduate coursework if:

  • Student took the equivalent course less than six years ago and received a grade of B or above. 
  • Student took the equivalent course more than six years ago and received a grade of B or above and utilizes the knowledge in their professional position on a regular basis, as determined by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.

II) PMBA prerequisite class is waived upon the proficiency assessment or successful completion of a review short-course if:

  • Student took the equivalent course less than six years ago and received a grade of B- or C+. 
  • Student took the equivalent course more than six years ago and received a grade of B or better.
  • Student took the equivalent course more than six years ago and received a grade of B- or C+ and utilizes that specific knowledge in their professional position on a regular basis, as determined by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.

III) PMBA prerequisite class must be taken if:

  • Student has never taken the undergraduate equivalent class.
  • Student received below a C+ in the class, regardless of when it was taken. 

In all cases, the comparable undergraduate courses must have been taken from an accredited school. 

If a student is granted a waiver for any pre-program requirements, the student is responsible for a satisfactory level of competency with the representative material. If necessary, the student should review and/or seek tutoring support for the waived material in preparation of advanced courses. Any appeal of a waiver decision based on previous course work must be made to the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs within the first semester of the program.

Courses and Descriptions

PMBA 8010 Information Technology Proficiency 1.5 Credits

Computing proficiency requires understanding implications of advanced information technologies and the ability to successfully apply these technologies in an increasingly global society. This course will enable students to effectively use specific information systems tools (spreadsheet and database management) to begin to design applications for effective decision making.

PMBA 8051 Fundamentals of Statistical Analysis 3 Credits

overs basic statistical techniques useful in business decision making. Includes descriptive statistics, event probability, random variables, sampling distributions, regression analysis and topics in statistical inference.

PMBA 8052 Models and Methods of Operations Management 1.5 Credits

This course provides students with some of the most frequently used quantitative tools necessary in analyzing and resolving issues and problems in managing service and/or manufacturing operations. These tools are required in PMBA 8250 Operations and Supply Chain Management, and may also be used in other PMBA courses such as Economic Analysis and Decision Making, and Business Intelligence.

Prerequisite(s): PMBA 8051.

PMBA 8210 Information Technology Management 3 Credits

This course introduces the theory and practice of Information and Communication technologies deployment in organizations. This includes planning, analysis, design, and implementation of computer-based management information systems (MIS). The course emphasizes an understanding of emergent cutting-edge technological phenomena and the effect of information systems on the practice of management.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PMBA 8010.

PMBA 8250 Operations & Supply Chain Management 3 Credits

This course provides MBA students with the current knowledge and practice of operations and global supply chain management. Supply chain management has become one of the most important and talked about topics in business in recent years. Many companies have realized that they can reduce their costs, increase profits, and increase customer satisfaction by improving their supply chain practices. It is also evident that most supply chains extend beyond the borders on the U.S., and consequently, have global components and challenges. This course is designed to prepare students to meet operations and supply chain related challenges in their careers.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PMBA 8050, 8051 and 8052.

PMBA 8260 Mkt Analysis & Decision Making 3 Credits

The purpose of the course is to provide the analytical skills required to understand complex marketing situations in order to develop and implement appropriate marketing strategies. The decision-making processes in the management of product planning, pricing practices, selection of channels of distribution and development of effective promotion programs are investigated. This involves identification and selection of appropriate target markets, the effective use of marketing research and recognition of organizational dynamics. The case approach is used to develop communication skills and further build team skills as students interact with peers in solving problems.

Prerequisite(s): PMBA 8060.

PMBA 8270 Adv. Organizational Behavior 3 Credits

A study of key individual, group, and organizational processes. At the individual level, the focus is on different personalities, job attitudes, and work motivation. The implication of individual factors is then considered in a team context focusing on the processes of communication, influence, conflict, and leadership. Finally, we examine the impact of organizational culture and change on workplace behavior. In order to integrate the individual, group, and organizational levels of study, the course emphasizes a team- based approach to learning.

Prerequisite(s): PMBA 8070.

PMBA 8290 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Management 3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to meet the legal, ethical, and regulatory challenges and opportunities they will encounter as they conduct business as managers and entrepreneurs. To excel, managers and entrepreneurs must recognize that the law is important to firm success and that they must always consider the legal ramifications of their business decisions. Students will learn how to identify legal and ethical issues before they become legal problems and how to communicate and work collaboratively with legal counsel. The course begins with an overview of business ethics and social responsibility and goes on to cover the U.S. court system and the laws of contracts, torts, and intellectual property. The course covers corporate governance issues including the fiduciary duties of officers, directors, and controlling shareholders, public and private offerings of securities, and securities fraud. Environmental regulation, product quality, legal aspects of the employment relationship (as they relate to the liability of the corporation and managers for the acts of their employees), wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment will also be covered.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of MBA pre-program courses.

PMBA 8311 Information Security for the Enterprise 3 Credits

This course will teach students how businesses can implement security policies which will protect their significant investment in computer systems. The course topics include but are not limited to security attacks, attack prevention and mediation and security audits. Security devices, firewalls, PC and server security, authentication methods and procedures, and network security will all be discussed. The course will be delivered through a combination of hands-on labs where students will evaluate and implement computer security on computers, and class lectures.

Prerequisite(s): PMBA 8210.

PMBA 8312 Business Intelligence Tech-Data Mining 3 Credits

In this course, students will learn to solve problems/exploit opportunities by processing datasets, interpreting results, and deploying solutions. This course provides hands-on experience with these tasks. Upon this base of experience, students will build a robust data mining methodology that can be applied to real-world investigations. The course of study will include Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), statistical and machine learning techniques, and unstructured text analysis. Students will learn to apply these techniques through the study of payroll, procurement, and expense report fraud. Cell phone and credit card fraud, credit and bankruptcy analysis, and customer relationship management will also be covered. This course applies to the Business Analytics, Forensic Accounting and Fraud & Forensic Accounting concentrations. This course applies to the graduate certificate in Business Analytics.

PMBA 8313 Electronic Commerce 3 Credits

Electronic commerce involves the use of information technology to improve, enhance, simplify or enable business transactions. This course examines such business, social, and technical issues of electronic commerce as the technology of the Internet, effective system strategies to attract and maintain customers, security, and electronic payment systems.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of MBA pre-program courses.

PMBA 8314 Project Management 3 Credits

in our complex world of global economies and pervasive technology, change is constant. It is a persistent challenge to manage this change. It is the body of knowledge that is project management that helps managers address this change. This course will introduce students to project management for a variety of disciplines. The methods and techniques taught will be applicable not only to software development, but to any series of tasks that could constitute a project. The course content will cover the identification, approval, and management of complex projects. Various project management tools, techniques, and approaches will be covered.

PMBA 8315 Globalization and Technology 3 Credits

The emergence and growth of the global economy constitutes an epochal shift in the organization of the world. Technology has been a key component in the production and acceleration of these phenomena. This course introduces students to the latest theoretical and empirical literature on globalization as shaped by technology. This course applies to the Information Systems and Global Business concentrations. This course will satisfy the International elective requirement.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of MBA pre-program courses.

PMBA 8316 Application Development for the Web 3 Credits

This class will examine application development for the Web platform in detail. Through a combination of lecture and labs, students will learn the architecture of Web applications and the skills needed to develop applications using that architecture. Specific skills learned include programming with the JavaScript programming language, creating Web pages using the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Other skills learned in this course include how to create user-friendly user interfaces, and how to retrieve and update information stored on computer servers.

Prerequisite(s): PMBA 8210.

PMBA 8317 Applied Data Management for Business Users 3 Credits

Learn the benefits of data sharing in a business organization , the benefits of the relational database model, how data is structured in a relational database model, and how data can be accessed in a relational database using the structured query language (SQL). The process of formatting, loading, and accessing data for data analytics will be shown as well as the interaction with data warehouse schemas such as the star schema and snowflake scheme. This course applies to the concentration in Business Analytics and the Business Analytics Certificate Program.

PMBA 8318 Business Analysis and Design 3 Credits

This course will integrate the skills of business analysis with those of system design. Students will learn a dynamic visioning/planning process which will guide the development of a technology architecture model for the business enterprise. Students will learn requirements elicitation techniques and use cases. Design methods such as object modeling and prototyping and data modeling with enterprise relationship diagrams will also be covered.

Prerequisite(s): PMBA 8210.

PMBA 8352 Design Thinking and Innovation 3 Credits

This graduate course on Design Thinking and Innovation provides students with a framework for dealing with unstructured problems, and for managing the innovation process. This course introduces students to design thinking as a systematic approach to innovation, but also guide students through the process to identify and translate broadly defined opportunities into actionable innovation possibilities. Students who have earned credits for CIS 388 or equivalent cannot take PMBA 8352 for credit.

Prerequisite(s): PMBA 8210.

PMBA 8353 Digital Futures 3 Credits

This course is a capstone course aimed at leveraging the in-depth understanding of Technology that MsIS students possess and transforming such knowledge into a new skill set of strategic leadership development at the level of the firm, economy and society.The course is divided into three parts. Part 1 aims to familiarize students with literature on rapid technology-led transformations such as Schumpeterian theories of ‘creative destruction’ and derivative theories of technological restructuring at the scale of an industry such as disruptive technology / innovation. Part 2 engages the students in a discussion of three multi-firm cases of strategic innovation, followed by Part 3 on debates about new policy and ethical dilemmas engendered by technological changes of the last four decades. Each part is aimed at developing new skills that will enable the student to assess and respond to challenges in their current work environment as well as develop strategic leadership capacity going into the future.

PMBA 8357 Business Analytics for Managers 3 Credits

Business Analytics, the data driven approach to management, is essential to achieve effective business decision-making and competitive advantage. All business managers need to analyze data and make quantitative-based decisions in their business careers. The focus of this course is to equip students with a variety of data analysis methods and tools that are useful to uncover trends, patterns, relationships, and other useful information. The course will take a hands-on, example-based approach and introduce fundamental concepts as they are needed. Students will be using both Excel and SAS software. This course applies to the concentration in Business Analytics and the Business Analytics Certificate Program.