M.Sc. in Information Systems

The Master of Information Systems program is designed to introduce holders of B.Sc. degrees in information systems or related areas to a set of core and elective courses that will enhance the breadth and depth of their knowledge in information system processes and management. Graduates of the program can have rewarding careers as members of information system development teams or in management positions that require technical know-how as well as the opportunity to pursue further graduate studies and research leading to a PhD.

Program Objectives

After completing the MSIS program, graduates should be able to: 
1. Measure and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of real-world information systems.
2. Manage and supervise the development and implementation of information systems projects.
3. Understand the main subject areas of information systems. 
4. Carry out independent study and research.
5. Know the ethical, legal and security issues related to information systems. 
6. Know the communication skills needed to enhance job performance.

Program Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to meet program objectives. The MSIS program requires a total of 33 credit hours divided into the following components:
• Core Courses: 15 credits hours
• Career Electives: 9 credits hours
• Master Thesis: 9 credits hours
Core Courses
All enrolled students are required to take a set of five common core courses:
• Data Modeling and Databases
• Software Development
• Data Communications and Networking
• Project and Change Management
• Information Technology Policy and Strategy

Career Electives

Career electives allow students to specialize by focusing on individual career tracks. Initially, the program offers two alternative career tracks through the development of cohesive sets of electives. In the future, more alternative career tracks are planned. Each set of career electives consists of three courses. These career electives were chosen according to local market needs and the available specializations and interests of faculty members.

Track 1:

• E-Commerce Application Development

• Data Warehousing & Data Mining

• Client Server Technologies

Track 2:

• Data Warehousing & Data Mining
• Selected Topics in Databases
• Security of Information Systems

Mater’s thesis

A Student may register for the thesis provided that she/he has enrolled as a graduate student and passed all the core and elective courses of the MSIS program with a minimum AGPA of 3.0. Each student must have a thesis advisor to be appointed by the Faculty.
A Thesis Proposal Screening committee consisting of the advisor and two additional members must examine the thesis proposal. Having approved the proposal, co-advisors may also be appointed.
With a recommendation from the advisor, the College appoints a thesis examination committee of 3 members including the advisor, one full-time member of the graduate program, and one external examiner.

Graduation Requirements

1. Complete the core and elective courses with a minimum AGPA of 3.0.
2. Pass the Thesis examination with a minimum grade of B.
Admission Requirements:
1. Bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited institution in Information Systems or a related computing discipline.
2. Evidence of proficiency in English. A TOEFL score of 550, ILETS score of 6.0, or the equivalent of another standardized test approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).
3. Students should arrange for two recommendation letters to be sent by appropriate academic referees before they can be considered for the program.

Probationary admittance may be granted to:

1. A student with a TOEFL score of 530, or its equivalent using a standardized test approved by MOHESR, may be provisionally admitted to the MSIS program provided the following:
a. The student achieves a TOEFL score of 550 by the end of the first semester.
b. The student takes a maximum of six (6) credit hours in the first semester during which he/she also takes intensive English whereby he/she must achieve an average score of B in the credit courses taken.
c. If either provision is not met, the student is dismissed.
2. A student with an AGPA of between 2.5 and 2.99 and a TOEFL score of 550, or its equivalent using a standardized test approved by MOHESR, can take a maximum of nine (9) credit hours in the first semester. He/she must achieve a semester average score of B in the credit courses taken, or is liable to be dismissed.

Program Duration

Full time students are expected to finish the courses component of the program in two semesters and the thesis component in a further two semesters. Part time students require four semesters for each component of the course.
Program Fees
Currently the program fee is 2000 Dirham per credit hour registered. This does not include application processing fees or other administrative fees.

Course Descriptions

350501 - Data Modeling and Databases
This course provides an understanding of the issues in managing database systems as an essential organizational resource. Students learn the enterprise data architecture compo¬nents, data storage configura¬tions, and information retrieval methods. It expands from the relational model to the multidimensional model, object-relational techniques, and web accessed data.
350502 - Software Development
This course provides an understanding and application of system analysis and design processes. Students evaluate and choose appropriate system development methodo¬logies and design a system. Students learn the importance of effective communication and integration with users. They will use current methods and tools such as rapid application development, prototyping, and visual development.
350503 - Data Communications and Networking 
This course develops a managerial level of technical knowledge and terminology for data, voice, image, and video communications and computer networks to effectively communicate with technical, operational and management people in telecommunications. 
350504 - Project and Change Management 
This course introduces two major and related topics: project management and change management. Managing projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project. Project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management. Manage the changes in organizations that result from introducing or revising information systems. The change management role of the IS specialist.
350505 - Information Technology Policy and Strategy 
In this course students develop an understanding of the strategic use of information technology from a business perspective at the enterprise level. They are expected to understand the internal management of information systems services from the point of view of the CIO and to examine alternative strategies and tactics available to management to achieve goals.
350511 – E-Commerce Application Development 
This course covers the fundamental issues in designing an e-Commerce web-based application. It starts with a review of the web technologies and server-side technologies. The course then covers design issues of creating tiered and scalable applications. The last part of the course takes a look at Wireless e-Commerce applications and developing business-to-business applications using XML, SOAP and Biztalk servers.
350512 - Data Warehousing and Data Mining
This course is designed to introduce the students to the areas of Data Mining and Data Warehousing as they apply to the business world. The student should be able to create a Data Warehouse/Data Mart and apply a Data Mining technique to obtain knowledge from the data.
350513 - Client-Server Technologies
This course is designed to introduce the students to the areas of Web programming technologies as they apply to the business world. The student should be able to build and maintain the client and the server sides on the Web using new languages and new software systems.  
350514 – Selected Topics in Databases
The aim of this course is to introduce the students to the state-of-art of selected topics in databases.
350515 - Security of Information Systems
This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for security of information and information systems within organizations. It focuses on concepts and methods associated with planning, designing, implementing, managing, and auditing security at all levels and on all systems platforms, including worldwide networks. The course presents techniques for assessing risk associated with accidental and intentional breaches of security. It covers the associated issues of ethical uses of information and privacy considerations.
Graduated Students in the MSIS program
1. Omar Saeed
2. Athra Sultan
3. Haydar Karam
4. Khuloud Abdullah
5. Eshraq Zenal
6. Abdul Ghaffar
7. Amira
8. Roba Bassam
9. Samar Al-Hassasneh
Contact Information
Master’s Coordinator:  
Tel.: 067056610                                         
Email: araar@ajman.ac.ae
Inquiry Service Center: 971-800 6688
P.O. Box 346, Ajman, UAE