Cooperating MSIS and MBA Programs

The combination of business skills and information system skills is very attractive in the market and predicted to increase. The graduate program in Information Systems and the Maine Business School’s MBA program have formulated a strategy to allow students to combine these skills in a variety of ways suiting the student’s career choice.

Note: While approved by the Graduate School, the Maine Business School and the School of Computing and Information Science, the joint programs listed are yet undergoing final approval by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Spring of 2016.


 

MS in Information Systems (MSIS) and Graduate Certificate in Business

(45 or fewer credits total)

This combination is for the student most interested in information systems but who believes some business knowledge will be beneficial.

The master’s degree in Information Systems is a 30 credit graduate degree consisting of 15 required credits and 15 credits of electives.  The MSIS can be taken live or via distance technology.
The Graduate Business Certificate is a 15 credit certificate consisting of two 400 level courses (which are prerequisites for the MBA program) and three graduate business courses.  The Graduate Business Certificate may be taken live or via distance technology.
The certificate is constructed as an introduction to business and a pathway to the MBA.
Some graduate business courses may be accepted on a case-by-case basis as part of the MSIS requirement and thereby reduce the total number of credits required for the combined program.

Requirements:
For the master’s degree in information systems, see MSIS Program Requirements or Graduate Catalog > Graduate Programs, Certificates and Specializations > Information Systems.

For the graduate certificate in business, see Maine Business School Graduate Business Certificate or Graduate Catalog > Graduate Programs, Certificates and Specializations > Business Administration (Certificate)


 

Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

(45 or fewer credits total)

This combination is for the student most interested in a graduate business degree but who wants some information systems skills and knowledge.

The MBA is a 30 credit graduate degree consisting of 21 required credits and 9 credits of electives (soon to be 24 required credits and six credits of electives).  The MBA may be taken live or via distance technology.
The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems consists of the fifteen required credits from the MS in Information Systems graduate degree program. The certificate may be taken live or via distance technology. Similar to the business certificate, the information systems certificate is a gateway to the full MSIS program.
Some graduate business courses may be accepted on a case-by-case basis as part of the MSIS requirement and thereby reduce the total number of credits required for the combined program.

Requirements:
For the master’s degree in business, see MBA Programs or Graduate Catalog > Graduate Programs, Certificates and Specializations > Business Administration.

For the certificate in information systems see the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems or Graduate Catalog > Graduate Programs, Certificates and Specializations > Information Systems (Certificate)


 

Dual MBA and MSIS  Graduate Degrees

(45 credits total)

This combination is for the student who wants to be highly skilled in both business and information systems.

Thus the combination of these two full graduate degrees is for the person who wants a flexible career path with breadth and depth in two highly complementary disciplines. The dual degree represents a reduction in total course credits down from 60 or more credits if obtaining the two degrees separately. The dual degree may be pursued either live or via distance technology.

Requirements: For the dual degree admission and program requirements, see MSIS and MBA Dual Degree. For the requirements of each degree separately, see the links list above. NOTE: This dual program is yet undergoing final administrative approval.