Apr 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Information Systems, Online, M.S.


All students are required to complete 30 credits to receive their degree. Students who need to take the Fundamentals Course (IS 607) must complete 34 credits.

Fundamentals Course


May be waived based on experience and is determined during the admissions review process.

Special Topics Courses


Periodically, our faculty offer courses that cover topics addressing specific issues within information systems. These “special topics” courses offer our online master’s students a unique opportunity to delve into subject matter that is closely relevant to particular areas of interest within the IT professional community and is derived from research conducted by faculty here in the IS department of UMBC. Special topics courses, when offered, meet advanced course requirements and count toward your degree. These courses are subject to limited enrollment and prerequisite requirements. Students can also choose a MS thesis option, which is equivalent to two elective courses. At the end, students are required to come to the campus to defend their MS thesis.

Program Tracks


We are pleased to offer our students another way to set themselves apart from the crowd. Program tracks allow you to focus on an in-demand area of interest while receiving a great education in information systems.

We currently offer the following tracks. Completing a track requires three courses (9 credits) in each category.

Current Students: To sign-up for a track, fill out this form.

Cybersecurity Track


This track will help you secure our connected future. With ransomware and cyber warfare on the rise, governments and businesses need cybersecurity minded people throughout their organizations.

Data Science Track


Businesses and governments around the world are using data to make decisions. They need you to help them make the right ones. This track will help you learn the fundamentals of data science, one of industry’s most coveted skills.

User Experience (UX) Design Track


Have you ever looked at a technology system and thought it could be better or easier to use? The goal of UX Design is an understanding of how humans interact with information technologies and to use this information to improve the lives of those individuals. Taking this track can help enhance your current work and prepare you for a career in user experience, information architecture, and usability.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs. AI is a booming field with applications in all aspects of life, including healthcare, finance, business, biology, gaming, physics, security, government, data science, and more. Our AI Track prepares professionals to solve problems in these areas using techniques such as machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), expert systems, and vision systems.