Feb 25, 2024
Master of Science in Information Systems
Concentrations in the M.S. in Information Systems include Business Analytics and Decision Sciences. For students with an undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in information systems, the curriculum may be completed in 1 1/2 years (full time) or 2 1/2 years (part time). Students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than business administration are eligible to apply; however, such students will be required to complete additional courses or demonstrate proficiency as described under the Curriculum requirements.
Cal State Fullerton is the only university in Orange County accredited by the AACSB International at both the undergraduate and graduate level for both accounting and business administration.
Most graduate courses in the Mihaylo College of Business Administration and Economics require “classified MCBE status” and are open only to students with classified standing in the M.S. in Information Systems, M.S. in Taxation, M.A. in Economics, MBA or M.S. in Accountancy programs.
Admission is competitive. Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants will be evaluated based on the following:
- Satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Students must score in the top 50 percent on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing areas
- A bachelor’s degree with a major in business administration equivalent to the degree as offered at CSUF with at least an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B). The degree must include calculus and software applications equivalent to passing MATH 135, Business Calculus and ISDS 265, Introduction to Information Systems and Applications, with a “C” (2.0) or better in each. Courses in the major that are more than seven years old must be evaluated/validated for currency. Courses with grades lower than “C” (2.0) must be repeated
- For international students, a minimum score of 570 on the TOEFL paper exam or 90 on the internet based (iBT) is required
- Recommendation from the ISDS Admission Committee based upon a review of the above requirements, the student’s “Statement of Purpose” and prior work experience. Additional coursework may be required of conditionally admitted students who holistically satisfy the criteria but are weak in one of the above areas
At least 21 of the 30 units required for the Master of Science in Information Systems degree must be at the 500 level. In lieu of the Information Systems study plan, students may choose a concentration in either Business Analytics or Decision Sciences.
An overall 3.0 (B) GPA is required in study plan courses and all applicable coursework. Any study plan course with a grade lower than “C” (2.0) must be repeated with at least a “C” (2.0).
Students admitted with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than business administration will be required to complete the following additional course requirements or their equivalent (either prior to or during their residency at CSUF):
Business foundation courses
These courses must be completed with at least a 3.0 (B) overall grade point average and with a “C” (2.0) or better in each course.
Master of Science in Information Technology
Subject areas required for a M.S. in Information Technology are programming, accounting, data communications, management of an IT organization, systems analysis and design, e-commerce and database development.
Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants will be evaluated based on the following:
- Minimum of 2 years practical experience in a functional area of business
- Minimum average score of 530 on the GRE or a total scaled score of 530 on the GMAT
- Submission of a written self-assessment explaining why they believe they would be a good candidate for the program
- Successful passage of a phone or face-to-face interview designed to assess their level of technology knowledge, skills and abilities to be an online learner
- Proficiency in office productivity tools using a personal computer and knowledge and experience in utilizing Internet-based systems
- For international students, a TOEFL score of 570 on the paper exam is required
The deadline for completing an online application is March 1 for the following fall semester (see: www.csumentor.edu). Mailed applications need to be postmarked by the same deadline. However, the deadline may be changed based upon enrollment projections.
Each student is required to attend and successfully complete an on-campus orientation session for new students and maintain a GPA of 3.0. If circumstances force a student to fall out of the original cohort schedule, the student will be permitted to continue in the program, but will default to the next cohort cycle, provided the student remains in good academic standing.
Information Technology Study Plan
Required Courses (21 units)
Elective Courses (6 units)
Required Capstone Course (3 units)