Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Management Information Systems (ISM)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 52.1201

Muma College of Business


Major Description

The Management Information Systems major provides the skills and knowledge necessary for information systems development and support positions in both business and non-business organizations.

Limited Access - This major has additional admissions requirements as listed in this section.

Admission to the Muma College of Business is based upon availability of faculty and space within each discipline. The Muma College of Business is an upper-level, limited access college, which means that it has admission requirements in addition to those of the University in general. Students interested in pursuing a degree in the areas offered by the Muma College of Business must complete the required prerequisites for entering the College in addition to other related criteria listed below.

Students must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 60 semester hours of college credit earned.
  • Minimum of a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on all college-level work and a minimum of 2.0 on all credit attempted at USF, including any prior to renewal. NOTE: Beginning Fall 2013 the Muma College of Business will establish each fall a new minimum overall GPA required to satisfy the limited access GPA admission requirement. The minimum overall GPA will range between a 2.5 with a maximum required GPA of a 2.75. Students will be notified each fall as to the minimum entrance GPA required for the following fall semester. Notification will occur through Canvas and updated at the following link: http://www.usf.edu/business/undergraduate/requirements-general.aspx.
  • In computing entry grade point average, all business and economics courses taken for S or U grades will be converted to C or F, respectively.
  • A minimum score of 550 on paper and pencil or 213 on computerized TOEFL is required, when applicable.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Transfer credits will be accepted from accredited institutions; however, all hours earned may not be applied toward USF business degree requirements. Individual courses will be evaluated by an academic advisor and appropriately credited toward requirements in the student's program at USF.

Florida public state or community college students enrolled in an Associate of Arts (AA) program should normally complete the general education requirements and the State Mandated Common Prerequisites at a Florida College System institution. As a rule, AA students should avoid taking any business courses at the state or community college that are listed as 3000- and 4000-level courses at USF. Normally, courses in finance, marketing, management, and accounting, as well as other business administration and economics courses, taken at the lower division level that are offered as upper division courses at USF will not be accepted for upper division credit in business administration or economics. In general, business courses taken at the lower level, at technical schools, or as part of professional or military training, are not applicable to the degree programs of the Muma College of Business. Exceptions to this policy will be made only upon proper validation of such courses. Validation consists of successfully completing specified advanced courses in the discipline.

Florida College System students pursuing an Associate of Science (AS) program in Business Administration are fully admissible to USF. Please see a business advisor to determine the articulation courses, discuss admission to the Muma College of Business and prepare a program plan for degree completion. Students transferring to the Muma College of Business with an A.S. in Business Administration may earn a major in General Business Administration only.

Florida College System students pursuing an Associate of Science (A.S.) program in any other discipline should contact the TRansitional Advising Center, SVC 2043, (813) 974-2645, for information regarding course transferability and degree articulation.

Completion of the following State Mandated Common Prerequisites (or equivalents) with a grade of C- or higher in each course and an overall 2.0 GPA:

  • *ACG X021/ACG X022 Financial Accounting (or ACG X001 & ACG X011)
  • *ACG X071 Managerial Accounting (or X301)
  • CGS X100 Computers in Business (or acceptable Substitute, i.e., CGS X100C, CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X531, CGS X0000, MAN X812)
  • ECO X013 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO X023 Principles of Microeconomics
  • MAC X233 Elementary Calculus or MAC 2230
  • STA X023 Introductory Statistics or QMB X100 or STAX122 although STA X023 and QMB X100 are preferred).

*Accounting majors must earn a C not C- in ACG 2021 & ACG 2071

Total Major Hours: 27 Hours

Major Core

Within the 120-semester-hour program, students must complete a set of 6 required MIS courses and 3 approved MIS electives.

Students must have a 2.0 or higher GPA in the major; they can use grade forgiveness for only one upper-level MIS course. A grade point average of 2.0 or higher must be achieved in all major course work at USF and an overall 2.0 GPA including transfer work. MIS majors must earn a "C" or higher (not C-) in ISM 3011 and the six required MIS courses. At least 21 hours must be taken in residence at USF Tampa.

Major Core Courses - 18 Hours

  • ISM 3232 Business Application Development*
  • ISM 3113 Systems Analysis and Design*
  • ISM 3431 Operations and Supply Chain Processes
  • ISM 4212 Database Design and Administration
  • ISM 4220 Business Data Communications
  • ISM 4300 Managing Information Resources

*ISM 3232 (Business Application Development) is recommended to be taken before, or concurrently with, ISM 3113 (Systems Analysis and Design).

Major Elective Courses - 9 Hours

**No more than three hours of ISM 4950 can be counted as MIS electives. (ISM 4905 will not count as an MIS elective.)

Optional Accelerated Program

B.S/M.S. Information Systems Management

Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program

The goal of the USF Muma College of Business integrated undergraduate-graduate program in MIS is to provide outstanding undergraduate students an option to complete the B.S. undergraduate degree in MIS and the M.S. graduate degree in MIS in five years (141 total hours).

The integrated B.S./M.S. program is a 141-hour undergraduate-graduate option that allows eligible students to work towards the M.S. in MIS degree requirements while completing their undergraduate B.S. degree. Students interested in this option will work closely with an advisor and a faculty member to develop an integrated plan of study.

General Guidelines

  • Time of admission to the program: Students will be eligible for admission to the integrated degree program at the beginning of their senior year In MIS. Students must apply for admission consideration during their junior year. Students will start taking courses in the graduate program in their senior year.
  • Joint admission: Students must apply to and meet admission requirements of the M.S. in MIS graduate program.
  • Plan of study: In consultation with an advisor and a faculty member, students will be required to prepare a Graduate Degree Action Plan.
  • Degree Action Plan. The plan will cover the entire time period of the program and it will be periodically reviewed with an advisor.
  • Advising: Students will present their portfolio (see below for details) and a plan of study in person to the integrated program committee prior to being admitted to the program.
  • Tuition charges: Students will be required to pay graduate tuition rates when taking graduate courses.

Admission Requirements

  1. Students with at least a junior standing in their undergraduate degree program may apply for admission consideration into the integrated B.S./M.S. undergraduate/graduate program Students will submit an Accelerated Program Interest Form that must be signed by the Graduate Program.
  2. Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA.
  3. Interested students will be required to present a "Portfolio" of the following credentials:
    • Three letters of recommendation, at least two from faculty
    • Statement of intent-a personal statement about why the student wishes to apply for the integrated program.
    • Undergraduate transcripts.
    • Other supporting documents {e.g., projects and papers, software, work experience, internships, etc.) should be included where possible.
  4. The GMAT or GRE should be taken sometime before or during the Fall semester of the junior year of study.
  5. All applicants will need to meet any other admission requirements established for the M.S. in MIS program.
  6. The application to the integrated program will be considered as a complete package and therefore obtaining a high undergraduate GPA is not a guarantee of admission. Grades in the undergraduate MIS core courses will be taken in consideration and will have a significant impact on the M.S./MIS acceptance decision.

Degree Requirements 5-Year Plan of Study for Integrated B.S./M.S. Undergraduate-Graduate Program

With appropriate planning, a total of 12 hours of graduate credit may be taken that can be applied to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. This will reduce the minimum total credits required for both programs from 153 (120 for B.S., 33 for M.S.) to 141 credits. Specifically:

  • None (9) hours of graduate credit can be taken in place of the 9 hours of elective undergraduate credits. The student must earn a minimum grade of B in each graduate course that is to be counted for both degrees.
  • The graduate level Operations and Supply Chain Processes course ISM 6436 can be taken in place of the comparable undergraduate course ISM 3431.

A comprehensive plan of study to complete the integrated B.S./M.S. program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member. A possible plan of study could be as follows. Summer sessions may also be included in the study plan.

First Year and Second Year

Courses and credits as designated for freshman and sophomore years.

Third Year (Apply for Admission to Integrated B.S./M.S. Program)

  • ISM 3232 Business Application Development
  • ISM 3113 Systems Analysis and Design
  • Additional undergraduate courses
  • ISM 4212 Database Design and Administration
  • ISM 4220 Business Data Communications
  • Additional undergraduate courses

Fourth Year (Student accepted In M.S./MIS Program)

  • ISM 6436 Operations and Supply Chain Processes
  • Twelve (12) credit hours of undergraduate coursework
  • ISM 4300 Managing Information Resources (B.S. Capstone)
  • ISM 6124 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
  • Six (6) credit hours of undergraduate or graduate electives

Fifth Year

  • ISM 6225 Distributed Information Systems
  • ISM 6218 Advanced Database Management
  • Eighteen (18) credit hours of graduate electives
  • ISM 6155 Enterprise Information Systems Management (M.S. Capstone)

The following courses are suggested specialization elective courses and are cross-listed between the graduate and undergraduate catalogs:

  • ISM 6145 Seminar in Software Testing
  • ISM 6156 Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Process Management/ ISM 4153 Information Systems in Organizations
  • ISM 6328 Information Security and Risk Management/ ISM 4323 Information Security and IT Risk Management
  • ISM 6316 Project Management

For further course information, visit: http://ugs.usf.edu/course-inventory/.

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