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Master of Science in Information Science Online

The Master of Science in Information Science online program from TAMIU is focused on the development and enhancement of computer-based and information systems, as well as the management of those structures within organizational settings.


Program Overview

This STEM-certified M.S. in Information Science program enables you to develop the programs that answer specific technological challenges in a variety of organizations. You will explore a wide range of business and IT topics such as web applications, networking, database design, advanced systems analysis design and development, information security, data mining, business analytics, and project management.

$11,082

Total Tuition

Tuition
as few as 12 months

Program Duration

Calendar
33

Credit Hours

Credit Hours

This 100% online program emphasizes the application of analytical and technical tools to meet organizational challenges. The study of advanced manipulation of data—and the programming of sophisticated, data-intensive applications and file structures—will help you learn how to connect business leaders with the technologies to enhance their corporations. Coursework in this TAMIU online master’s in information science provides an integrated perspective of problem-solving that utilizes information technology in today’s complex business environment with a concentration on the processes, principles, guidelines and techniques for systems analysis.

Your communication skills and confidence will grow as you present on topics such as systems theory, systems modeling, project planning, documentation, current and proposed systems specification, and introduction to data modeling. You will also acquire the leadership tools and techniques needed to become an effective project manager capable of planning, staffing, organizing and controlling the development of computer-based information systems. Plus, you can tailor your degree to your interests and goals by choosing elective courses.

Benefit from flexible admission requirements, including a GMAT waiver for those who qualify, and six start dates per year. Our accelerated, 7-week courses are delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, so you can balance personal and professional obligations while earning your degree. This AACSB-accredited M.S. in Information Science program consists of 33 credit hours that can be completed in as few as 12 months. Students of this program who hold an F-1 Visa may extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) to 29 months.

In the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction online program, you will:
  • Utilize organizational management and problem-solving for a wide range of businesses
  • Transform an organization’s raw data into meaningful and useful information
  • Approach problem-solving through the implementation of a significant software product and advanced manipulation of data
  • Program sophisticated, data-intensive applications and file structures
  • Communicate verbally and with data to address managerial issues that stem from technology in an organizational environment
AACSB Accredited

Programs in the A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

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Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Science in Information Science online program is affordable and can be paid by the course. All fees are included.

In-State Tuition:

The following tuition applies only to Texas residents.

Per Credit Hour $336
Per Three Credit Course $1,008
Program Tuition $11,082

Out-of-State Tuition:

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Per Credit Hour Per Three Credit Course Program Tuition
$974 $2,921 $32,129

Qualified applicants in certain programs may qualify for the TEACH Grant of up to $3,764 for the 2019-20 award year.* Please call for further information.

*The maximum grant amount can vary by year. TEACH Grants are available to qualified applicants and require approved recipients to sign a service agreement for certain teaching service obligations for four academic years. If obligations are not met within eight years after graduation, the grant will turn into a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid with all accrued interest from the date of disbursement. For more information, please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach or contact the Texas A&M International University Financial Aid Office.

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Calendar

The M.S. in Information Science program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring six start dates each year. Choose the start date that is best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall I 2020 8/24/20 8/10/20 8/17/20 8/19/20 8/21/20
Fall II 2020 10/19/20 10/5/20 10/12/20 10/14/20 10/16/20
Spring I 2021 1/19/21 1/5/21 1/12/21 1/13/21 1/15/21
Spring II 2021 3/22/21 3/8/21 3/15/21 3/17/21 3/22/21
Summer I 2021 5/17/21 5/3/21 5/10/21 5/12/21 5/13/21
Summer II 2021 7/5/21 6/21/21 6/28/21 6/30/21 7/2/21
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Graduate Programs Degree Plan

Admissions

You must meet the following requirements for admission into the Master of Business Administration in International Banking and Finance online program.

MBA online admission requirements

Automatic Admission – Applicants who have all of the following will be automatically admitted by the Graduate School*:

  • Official transcripts documenting an earned undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited business school
  • Upper-level GPA of 3.0 or higher or, in the case of international applicants, a 3.0 or higher on the last 60 hours of completed work
  • Resume documenting the applicant's background, including work experience, along with three references and contact information for these references
  • Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS score report for international applicants or domestic applicants whose university/college studies were done outside the United States. TOEFL minimum score is 79, and IELTS minimum score is 6.5. Scores must be no more than two years old.

*Applicants who meet all the above criteria, except having a degree from an accredited business school—i.e., non-business background—can be automatically admitted with the provision that the ARSSB will review to determine the proper sequence of required prep modules needed for the student to take.

Applicants requiring further review – Applicants who do not satisfy the criteria required for Automatic Admission must also submit the following:

  • The submission of a score on the GRE or the GMAT, or the PAEP (for applicants from Mexico). Score must be from the last five years
  • Personal statement with 300 words or more describing career and personal goals
  • Two reference letters

International Transcript Evaluation:
TAMIU does their own foreign credential evaluations. Graduate Studies does not require third party evaluations nor are obligated to accept the results, or GPA calculations, if an evaluation is submitted. If an applicant submits an official evaluation, the evaluation does not replace official transcripts or certificates of graduation.

Note: The upper-level GPA is a calculated grade-point average of all upper level courses. Upper level is defined as all junior and senior level courses. Institutions use course numbers to make these designations. For example, TAMIU uses 3000 courses for junior level courses and 4000 courses for senior level courses.

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be sent to:

Texas A&M International University
Graduate School
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, Suite 223
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041
OR
Electronically to GraduateSchool@tamiu.edu

For documents, other than transcripts, please upload to your application portal located here. If transcripts are uploaded to the portal, you will be asked to resend all official transcripts by mail or email and will delay the application process.

Have a question? Call us at 844-872-8712.

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Courses

Curriculum for the M.S. in Information Science online program is comprised of 11 courses (33 credit hours), including 27 credit hours of core courses and six credit hours of electives.

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A student who does not possess an undergraduate degree from an AACSB-accredited program will be required to take prep-module courses that will help prepare you for your M.S. in Information Science journey. The two prep-modules are: (1) Data Analytics for Management and (2) Information Systems and Programming. Each course is worth 2 credit hours and graded on a pass/fail basis. 2 SCH will be billed at $671.62.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course introduces data analytics in business management that can assist leaders of organizations in managerial decision-making. The course provides an overview of a variety of tools and techniques used in the field of data analytics, introductory concepts in management, and the application data analytics in management. Students will summarize data and explore data mining techniques to be used to improve competitiveness, profitability, growth, and operational efficiency for organizations. This course presents a survey of concepts that will be explored more in-depth in subsequent courses in the MS IS program.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

For students interested in a basic introduction to computing. Introduces how computers create, preserve, manipulate and communicate information and the concepts and tools used to that end. By doing so, students will be able to recognize computational problems and develop basic skill sets to solve future problems. Topics include the basics of computer and Internet hardware and software, creating web pages, algorithms and logic, basic programming, and solving problems.

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a seminar in current foundation management concepts. This course includes theoretical and applied perspectives of management. Other topics will include areas such as organizational behavior, organizational theory, leadership, ethics, human resource management and other relevant management topics.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An extended introduction to an advanced programming environment utilizing a business oriented programming language. The course will provide instruction in the advanced manipulation of data, and the programming of sophisticated data-intensive applications and file structures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of data/voice communication for both a technical and related managerial issues in an organizational environment. The course addresses network implementation and administration, telecommunications, client/server technologies, wireless technologies, standards and protocols, network management, strategic business applications and the managerial implications of globally distributed communications and information systems.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The objective of this course is to provide an integrated perspective of problem solving utilizing information technology in today s complex business environment, with a concentration on the processes, principles, guidelines, tools and techniques for systems analysis. Topics include information requirements identification, systems theory, systems modeling, project planning, documentation, current and proposed systems specification, and introduction to data modeling. Communication skills will be honed, and formal presentations are required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Issues relating to the administration of computer-based systems including planning and development; control and evaluation; organization and personnel. Societal and technological issues are also addressed from both a domestic and global managerial perspective.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Basic notions of confidentiality, integrity, authentication models, protection models, security kernels, audit, intrusion detection, operational security issues, physical security issues, security system life cycle management, personnel security, policy formation and enforcement, trust modeling, risks and vulnerabilities assessment, basic issues of law and privacy, trade secrets, employee covenants, copyright, database protection, software and hardware validation, verification and certification.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The objectives and methods of database management are covered. Topics include objectives of data and database management, data models, elementary database design, data dictionaries, data integrity, security and privacy. Actual use of a commercial database management system is required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course describes the set of techniques and tools for the transformation of an organization’s raw data into meaningful and useful information for business decision-making. Major topics include data warehousing, data mining, data analytics, and statistical modeling.

 

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a practical approach to business problem solving through the actual implementation of a significant software product. It includes study of project management tools and techniques necessary to plan, staff, organize and control the development of computer-based information systems.

Please choose two courses from the following:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The interaction between decision-making and leadership is the focus of this course. Study includes analysis of individual-, group- and organization-level decision-making processes from both a sociocultural and a prescriptive point of view. What is known about the myths and reality of leadership will also be studied.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of how human resources are developed within a firm. Topics include learning and training; skills development and assessment; personnel planning; salary and benefit administration; job analysis, evaluation, design and classification; and performance evaluation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the dynamic process of creating incremental wealth by individuals who assume the major risks of providing value for some product or service. Research related to the feasibility of initiating an enterprise is conducted.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the issues, concepts and activities associated with the management of international organizations. Topics include social, political, cultural and economic issues as they affect decision-making. Issues related to organization structures, strategic control, comparative management and international ethical problems are also covered.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to strengthen the student's ability to analyze a problem, locate resources, conduct an investigation and prepare a final written report. Written and oral presentations are integral components of this course. Class should be taken within the first 12 hours of MBA course work.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course features an intensive study of import procedures; international trade terms and applications; and practices and processes of import-management operations, including government controls and compliance. Skill development in the preparation and understanding of import documents such as customs invoices, packing lists, and commercial invoices is included.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students with fundamental knowledge and profound understanding of export operations in international trade. Emphasis is placed on understanding basic terminology used; documentation required and all parties involved in the export process; related operations management; global governments’ control and customs clearance; international commercial terms; logistics procedures; and responsibilities for export officials and agencies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to enable students to comprehend and participate in foreign freight forwarding, international transportation and warehousing. It includes an extensive analysis of the documentation related to international distribution.

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