Master of Science in Information Science

The objective of the Master of Science in Information Science program is to provide its graduates with the analytical, managerial, and technical skills to enhance the lives of the people and organizations within their sphere of influence.

Learning Outcomes

In the process of successful completion of the Master of Science in Information Science program students will:

  • analyze, design, and implement solutions to information systems projects and problems
  • construct computer programs to automate tasks, to solve problems, and to interact with or augment existing systems
  • demonstrate understanding of the impact of security concerns and measures as applied to the design and implementation of information systems
  • utilize analytic techniques for using mainstream and emerging technologies to solve business problems
  • develop and express an ethical framework from which technological challenges are addressed

Contact Us

Jennifer Plantier-Director of Graduate Programs

Dr. Jennifer Hobbs Plantier

Professor of Business and Marketing, Coordinator of Marketing Programs, Director of Graduate Programs for Kelley College of Business 325-671-2166


  • Master of Science, Information Science (M.S.I.S.)

Why Earn a Master of Science in Information Science at HSU?

MSIS Professor conducting lecture via Skype to room of students

MSIS is Online

The MSIS program is conducted 100% online, so it's reasonable to extend your education and career opportunities while you continue to work.

Diverse Experience

The Master of Science in Information Science is an interdisciplinary program, combining aspect of computer science and business.

HSU Information Science student in computer lab

Bright Future

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

Program Details

Required Courses

The program provides a tightly prescribed list of courses that are progressive in nature. A cohort of students are admitted into the 2-year program each fall for the following course of study.

Fall Semester 1

  • ISCI 5320 Database Systems
  • ISCI 6310 Applied Programming
  • ISCI 6321 Management Information Systems

Spring Semester 1

  • ISCI 5324 Networking
  • ISCI 5364 E Commerce
  • ISCI 6320 Advanced Business Analytics

Fall Semester 2

  • ISCI 5322 Information Systems Analysis & Design
  • ISCI 6330 Human-Computer Interaction
  • ISCI 6332 Introduction to Data Science

Spring Semester 2

  • ISCI 6335 Topics in Cybersecurity
  • ISCI 6340 Ethics & Technology
  • ISCI 6345 Capstone Project

To be eligible for admission to the MSIS program, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. An undergraduate degree with a major or minor in business, information systems, computer science or other science field.
  2. 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work or a previous Master’s degree, or 5 years of work experience, or approval from the Program Director
  3. All undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts (International students must have transcripts translated through WES)
  4. Writing sample
  5. International students must also follow the necessary requirements for admission into Hardin-Simmons University

Employment of computer systems analysts is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As organizations across the economy increase their reliance on information technology (IT), analysts will be hired to design and install new computer systems. Smaller firms with minimal IT requirements will find it more cost effective to contract with cloud service providers, or to industries that employ expert IT service providers, for these workers. This contracting should lead to job growth in both the data processing, hosting, and related services industry and the computer systems design and related services industry. Additional job growth is expected in healthcare fields. Computer systems analysts will be needed to accommodate the anticipated increase in the use and implementation of electronic health records, e-prescribing, and other forms of healthcare IT.

Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer and information systems managers will grow as firms increasingly expand their operations to digital platforms. Computer and information systems managers will be responsible for implementing these goals.