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Graduate Bulletin

Management Information Systems, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:  June 1

Spring: September 30



Degree Program Presently Inactive


Completed applications are processed as they are received throughout the year. International students who miss the deadlines are required to submit an evaluation of their transcript(s) by an approved educational evaluation firm.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom:Professional references from an immediate supervisor, current or past, are preferred. Academic references are acceptable.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Knowledge is required of information systems and systems development, including the basic principles of computing such as hardware and software, packaged software, databases, networking, Internet, organizational use of systems, types of information systems, and the role of information systems. This requirement can be met through relevant work experience or by taking MIS 2101.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree, not necessarily in a business discipline, is required.

Statement of Goals:

Two essays are required, one each on:

  • Leadership: Please describe an incident from your personal experiences that typifies your definition of leadership. Specifically address ethics, diversity, collaboration, and motivation.
  • Goals: Describe how you would expect to change over the course of the program. What personal and professional values and skills do you hope to acquire beyond academic content? How will obtaining the degree help you achieve your career goals?
Standardized Test Scores:

The GMAT/GRE is required.  Official test scores must be from within the last five years.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 79 iBT or 550 PBT. Applicants may substitute the IELTS for the TOEFL with a comparable score of 7.5.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Upper-level graduate credits from an AACSB-accredited graduate business program, but not previously applied to a conferred degree, may be transferred into the M.B.A. program. The credits must be part of the required degree program at Temple University. To be transferred, the grade must be a "B" or better. The Admissions Committee makes recommendations for transferring credits to the department chair. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Core Courses (12 credits):

MIS 5001:  Management Information Systems

MIS 5101:  Database Management and Warehousing

MIS 5102:  Business Systems Analysis

MIS 5103:  Network Architectures for Business

Electives and Seminars (15 credits):

2-5 MIS graduate courses at the 5100 level or above

0-3 approved graduate courses at the 5100 level or above outside MIS

Capstone Course (3 credits):

MIS 5901: Capstone in Information Technology

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Capstone Course:

The capstone course provides students with an integrative experience in information systems. Students apply the material from earlier courses to research and/or develop a complete IT solution for an organization. The course is taught in a seminar format and students work in teams on complex applied problems.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1801 Liacouras Walk

701 Alter Hall (006-22)

Philadelphia, PA 19122




215-204-1632 (fax)

Department Contacts:

Program Coordinator:

Joseph Allegra



Graduate Chairperson:

Munir Mandviwalla




Christine Kiely

Assistant Dean, M.B.A. and M.S. Programs



About the Program

The Fox School of Business and Management offers M.S. programs through which students acquire in-depth knowledge of one business discipline. These programs are ideally suited for the business professional who wishes to develop advanced mastery of one business specialization. The M.S. in MIS develops information technology (IT) professionals who can manage, lead, develop, and evaluate organizational information systems. Students are prepared to step immediately into key management roles in highly specialized fields. The Fox School is the region's second largest business graduate school, with students studying in 35 graduate business areas.

Time Limit for Degree Completion:  6 years

Campus Location:

Center City

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Limited upper-level course offerings in MIS may make scheduling difficult for full-time students. Full-time students should contact the MIS advisor to discuss.

Full-time students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester) through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1801 Liacouras Walk

701 Alter Hall (006-22)

Philadelphia, PA 19122




215-204-1632 (fax)

Interdisciplinary Study:

Students seeking an M.S. in Management Information Systems may take up to three approved graduate courses at the 5100 level or above outside MIS.


Research is supported by the Fox School of Business and Management's Advanta Center for Financial Services Studies, the Center for e-Marketing, the Center for Healthcare Research and Management, the Ethics Resource Center, the Irwin L. Gross eBusiness Institute, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, the Institute of Global Management Studies, the Safeguard Scientific Center for Economics Education, and the Small Business Development Center. Research interests of the Fox School faculty are also supported by numerous centers and institutes throughout Temple University. The MIS Department faculty conduct research in communication, empowerment, and management control issues in the development and use of information systems; computer support of communication, collaboration, and group learning; data warehousing; e-Business and e-Commerce; e-Publishing; innovation and diffusion; knowledge management; the social impact of IT at various levels of analysis, including individuals and groups; and virtual communities.


The Fox School of Business and Management is highly ranked. Current ranking information may be viewed at the following website:



All M.B.A. programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International), the association for management education.

Areas of Specialization:

The M.S. in Management Information Systems requires students to take four upper-level MIS courses (MIS 5001, MIS 5101, MIS 5102, and MIS 5103) as core courses. In addition, students must take a minimum of two MIS electives or as many as five such electives. The capstone course in MIS completes the specialization.

Job Placement:

Graduates of the Fox School of Business and Management obtain jobs in computer/information technology; consulting; consumer products and services; energy/utilities; financial services/banking; government; healthcare; industrial products and services; manufacturing; pharmaceuticals; telecommunications; and tourism/transportation.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher may be allowed to take classes under non-matriculated status. Non-matriculated students may take a maximum of 9 credit hours. Any additional courses require the student to be matriculated in a program.

Financing Opportunities

The Fox School of Business and Management has a limited number of scholarships for students with high academic grades and test scores. Scholarships are offered at the time of acceptance into the Fox School.

The Fox School has a limited number of graduate externships for assignments in academic and administrative departments. Work assignments are generally administrative in nature and may include word and data processing. An extern provides up to 20 hours of service per week. Students are required to submit applications directly to the department in which they wish to be appointed.

Updated 6.20.12