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Kaley Klaus, MLS Coordinator
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Fort Hays State University
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Management Information Systems Concentration

About the Program

The Management Information Systems concentration is offered through the Department of Informatics, whose mission is creating individuals with the skills, knowledge, and creativity to succeed in the 21st century.

Fort Hays State University is pleased to offer a concentration in the Masters of Liberal Studies (MLS) in Management Information Systems. This concentration includes developing a mastery of Management Information Systems theory, processes, and applications. Students may also mix Computer Networking, Web Development, Information Assurance, Computer Science, or Masters of Business Administration courses when customizing their plan of study (with the approval of the student's advisor).

All required courses are offered through distance learning and do not require campus visits.

The Masters of Liberal Studies is a 31-hour interdisciplinary graduate program that is offered on campus and online. It consists of a 10-hour IDS core, a 15-hour MIS core (including the culminating project) and 6 hours of electives.

Program Admissions Requirements

This concentration requires a 3.0 GPA or higher on their last 60 undergraduate credit hours.

The program has established these deadlines for priority application consideration:

  • Fall - March 31
  • Spring - October 31
  • Summer - January 31

Program Curriculum

MLS Core Courses: 10 credit hours (required)

  • IDS 801: Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies 
  • IDS 802: Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective
  • IDS 803: Origins and Implications of the Emerging Knowledge Society
  • IDS 804: Information Literacy

Concentration Core: 12 credit hours

The Management Information Systems concentration assumes a fundamental expertise in Management Information Systems, programming, and networking. Students who do not have this expertise may develop it by taking non-graduate leveling courses designated by their advisor.

  • MIS 602: Information Systems Design and Development (Fall, Virtual)
  • MIS 603: Database Systems or INT 654 Web Enabled Databases: Oracle (Fall, Virtual & Campus)
  • INF 605: Principles of Computer Security and Forensics (Fall, Virtual)
  • MIS 650: Networks and Data Communications OR INT 680 Network Architecture and Data Communications I (Fall, Virtual & Campus)

Select two courses from the following: 6 credit hours

  • CSCI 663 Introduction to Cryptography (Spring, Campus)
  • INF 650: Interactive Systems Design (Fall, Spring, & Summer, Virtual) (Spring, Campus) 
  • INF 651: Advanced Web Development (Fall, Virtual & Campus)#  
  • INT 653: Web Scripting Languages (Spring, Virtual, Even years only)
  • INF 655: Web-Enabled Database Administration: Oracle (Fall, Virtual & Campus)#
  • INF 658: Law of Cyberspace (Fall/Spring/Summer, Virtual) (Fall, Campus) 
  • INF 662: Modern Telephony (Fall, Virtual)*
  • INF 664: Wireless and Cellular Systems (Spring, Campus)
  • INF 671: Linux for Networks (Spring, Virtual)
  • INF 672: Advanced Linux for Networks (Fall, Virtual)
  • INF 678: Seminar in INT: Unix Administration (Spring, Virtual)
  • INF 681: Network Architecture and Data Communications II (Spring, Virtual & Campus)
  • INF 695: Advanced Routing (Fall, Virtual & Campus)* **
  • INF 696: Securing Converged WANS (Spring, Virtual & Campus)* **
  • INF 697: Advanced LAN Switching (Fall, Virtual & Campus)* **
  • INF 698: Optimizing Converged Networks (Spring, Virtual & Campus)* **
  • INF 678: Seminar in INT/INT Project Management (Spring, Virtual only)
  • MIS 640: Advanced Management Information Systems
  • MIS 651: MCSE Prep I (Fall, Virtual)
  • MIS 652: MCSE Prep II (Spring, Virtual)
  • MIS 675: Seminar in Management Information Systems
  • MIS 672: Readings in Management Information Systems (Fall, Spring, Summer, Virtual & Campus)^
  • INF 676: Apprenticeship^
  • MIS 677: Internship (Fall, Spring, Summer, Virtual & Campus)^
  • MBA 813: Information Systems for Management (Fall, Virtual & Campus)
    • A special MBA fee applies to the virtual section.

Other courses are available from the MBA and other programs by permission of advisor.

^By permission of instructor only.

#To take these courses, a student must have completed INT 250.

*To take these courses, a student must have completed INT 291, 292, and 293 or passed the CCNA examination.

**Advanced Routing, Securing Converged WANS, Advanced LAN Switching, and Optimizing Converged Networks are the courses providing preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) exam.

Culminating Experience: 3 credit hours

  • MIS 610: Systems Development Project (Spring, Virtual & Campus).

Total Required Hours: 31 credit hours

Program Contact

Contact Dr. Shane Schartz if you think the Master of Liberal Studies concentration in Management Information Systems is right for you. Once you have been admitted to this concentration, please follow the MLS Checklist and carefully read the MLS Student Handbook.

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