Rajiv Sabherwal
Department Chair
Business Building
rsabherwal@walton.uark.edu

Ph.D. Program Directors
Amber Young
Business Building
ayoung@walton.uark.edu

Varun Grover
Business Building
vgrover@walton.uark.edu

Paul Cronan
Master of Information Systems Program Director
215 Business Building
pcronan@walton.uark.edu

Degrees Conferred:
M.I.S. in Information Systems (INSY)
Ph.D. in Business Administration (BADM)

Graduate Certificate:
Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems (ISESGC)

Program Descriptions: The Master of Information Systems is designed to provide professional preparation for positions in business and government. It provides sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of students with various backgrounds and foster lifelong learning and innovation. Students may concentrate in one of four areas: Information Technology Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Blockchain Enterprise Systems Management, or Software Engineering Management.

The Ph.D. in Business Administration with an area of study in Information Systems is designed to produce a graduate with an understanding of the necessary subject matter required to contribute educational and research expertise to the field of information systems.

The program also offers a graduate certificate in Enterprise Systems to provide graduate students with knowledge and experience in information systems used in modern enterprise environments. The certificate includes four concentrations to allow students to focus on one facet of information systems.

Requirements for M.I.S. with Blockchain Enterprise Systems Management Concentration

The Master of Information Systems is designed to provide professional preparation for positions in business and government. It provides sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of students with various backgrounds and foster lifelong learning and innovation. Students may concentrate in one of five areas: Information Technology Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management, Blockchain Enterprise Systems Management, Cybersecurity Management, or Software Engineering Management.

Admission Requirements: The Master of Information Systems program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work. “Evidence of ability” means superior grade-point average, an acceptable test score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and recommendations with respect to ability for successful pursuit of graduate-level work. International applicants and resident aliens must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score, or complete the Intensive English Language Program (Spring International Language Center) and receive an English proficiency recommendation for admission. Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis.

Requirements for the Master of Information Systems Degree:  Students whose previous studies have fulfilled requirements of the common body of knowledge in business and information systems will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work. The required common body of knowledge in Information Systems includes management information systems, systems analysis, database, and programming languages (such as Visual Basic, Java, or other).

To ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for career success, the M.I.S. program strongly encourages all students to obtain additional training directly related to the M.I.S. program prior to graduation. The M.I.S. program considers this training an integral part of the curriculum and recommends that students work for up to one year in a position (or positions) which allow for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in M.I.S. courses.

Students who hold non-immigrant status in the United States in the F-1 or J-1 categories are responsible for coordinating any necessary authorization for employment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). F-1 and J-1 students are strongly advised to discuss training options with the M.I.S. Program Director and the ISS office early in their program, and to make themselves aware of limitations and restrictions related to F-1 or J-1 employment authorization benefits. 

Pre-M.I.S.
ISYS 511VIT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (This course may not be used for the Master of Information Systems degree.)
Core Courses
ISYS 5423Seminar in Systems Development3
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems3
ISYS 5943Management of Information Technology Seminar3
Areas of Concentration 15
Electives6
Total Hours30

M.I.S. (Part-time):  The Department of Information Systems also provides an opportunity for professionals in the workplace to complete the program by taking 6 hours per semester; 5 semester program with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management and Blockchain Enterprise Systems (ES) Management concentrations. Contact the department for additional information or visit the Graduate School of Business website. 

Electives are chosen by the student in consultation with the Master of Information Systems Program Director in the Department of Information Systems (ISYS). Approved electives (6 hours) may be any graduate course approved by the Master of Information Systems program director.

With the approval of the Master of Information Systems Program Director, any senior-level ISYS course (ISYS 4000 or higher) may be taken for graduate credit. After admission, the student must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average on all graduate coursework and all information systems coursework. Additionally, the student must receive a letter grade of at least a “B” in 75 percent of the courses attempted.

For the M.I.S. (part-time), approval of the Director is required to enroll in more than six hours per semester.

Additional Requirements for Blockchain Enterprise Systems Management Concentration 

Blockchain Enterprise Systems (BES) Management

ISYS 5133Blockchain and E Business Development3
ISYS 5173Blockchain Fundamentals3
ISYS 5453Blockchain and Enterprise Data3
Select six hours from the following:6
Data Analytics Fundamentals
ERP Fundamentals
Enterprise Transaction Systems
Decision Support and Analytics
Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management
Total Hours15

Requirements for M.I.S. with Cybersecurity Management Concentration

The Master of Information Systems is designed to provide professional preparation for positions in business and government. It provides sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of students with various backgrounds and foster lifelong learning and innovation. Students may concentrate in one of five areas: Information Technology Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management, Blockchain Enterprise Systems Management, Cybersecurity Management, or Software Engineering Management.

Admission Requirements: The Master of Information Systems program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work. “Evidence of ability” means superior grade-point average, an acceptable test score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and recommendations with respect to ability for successful pursuit of graduate-level work. International applicants and resident aliens must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score, or complete the Intensive English Language Program (Spring International Language Center) and receive an English proficiency recommendation for admission. Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis.

Requirements for the Master of Information Systems Degree:  Students whose previous studies have fulfilled requirements of the common body of knowledge in business and information systems will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work. The required common body of knowledge in Information Systems includes management information systems, systems analysis, database, and programming languages (such as Visual Basic, Java, or other).

To ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for career success, the M.I.S. program strongly encourages all students to obtain additional training directly related to the M.I.S. program prior to graduation. The M.I.S. program considers this training an integral part of the curriculum and recommends that students work for up to one year in a position (or positions) which allow for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in M.I.S. courses.

Students who hold non-immigrant status in the United States in the F-1 or J-1 categories are responsible for coordinating any necessary authorization for employment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). F-1 and J-1 students are strongly advised to discuss training options with the M.I.S. Program Director and the ISS office early in their program, and to make themselves aware of limitations and restrictions related to F-1 or J-1 employment authorization benefits. 

Pre-M.I.S.
ISYS 511VIT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (This course may not be used for the Master of Information Systems degree.)
Core Courses
ISYS 5423Seminar in Systems Development3
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems3
ISYS 5943Management of Information Technology Seminar3
Areas of Concentration 15
Electives6
Total Hours30

M.I.S. (Part-time):  The Department of Information Systems also provides an opportunity for professionals in the workplace to complete the program by taking 6 hours per semester; 5 semester program with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management and Blockchain Enterprise Systems (ES) Management concentrations. Contact the department for additional information or visit the Graduate School of Business website. 

Electives are chosen by the student in consultation with the Master of Information Systems Program Director in the Department of Information Systems (ISYS). Approved electives (6 hours) may be any graduate course approved by the Master of Information Systems program director.

With the approval of the Master of Information Systems Program Director, any senior-level ISYS course (ISYS 4000 or higher) may be taken for graduate credit. After admission, the student must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average on all graduate coursework and all information systems coursework. Additionally, the student must receive a letter grade of at least a “B” in 75 percent of the courses attempted.

For the M.I.S. (part-time), approval of the Director is required to enroll in more than six hours per semester.

Additional for the Cybersecurity Management Concentration

ISYS 5013Data and Cybersecurity3
ISYS 5023Data and System Security3
ISYS 5043Cybersecurity, Crime, and Data Privacy Law I3
Select six hours from the following:6
Advanced Data and Cybersecurity Management
Cybersecurity, Crime and Privacy Law II
Data Analytics Fundamentals
ERP Fundamentals
Blockchain Fundamentals
ISYS Courses (approved by Director)
Total Hours15

Requirements for M.I.S. with Enterprise Resource Planning Management Concentration

The Master of Information Systems is designed to provide professional preparation for positions in business and government. It provides sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of students with various backgrounds and foster lifelong learning and innovation. Students may concentrate in one of five areas: Information Technology Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management, Blockchain Enterprise Systems Management, Cybersecurity Management, or Software Engineering Management.

Admission Requirements: The Master of Information Systems program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work. “Evidence of ability” means superior grade-point average, an acceptable test score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and recommendations with respect to ability for successful pursuit of graduate-level work. International applicants and resident aliens must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score, or complete the Intensive English Language Program (Spring International Language Center) and receive an English proficiency recommendation for admission. Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis.

Requirements for the Master of Information Systems Degree:  Students whose previous studies have fulfilled requirements of the common body of knowledge in business and information systems will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work. The required common body of knowledge in Information Systems includes management information systems, systems analysis, database, and programming languages (such as Visual Basic, Java, or other).

To ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for career success, the M.I.S. program strongly encourages all students to obtain additional training directly related to the M.I.S. program prior to graduation. The M.I.S. program considers this training an integral part of the curriculum and recommends that students work for up to one year in a position (or positions) which allow for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in M.I.S. courses.

Students who hold non-immigrant status in the United States in the F-1 or J-1 categories are responsible for coordinating any necessary authorization for employment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). F-1 and J-1 students are strongly advised to discuss training options with the M.I.S. Program Director and the ISS office early in their program, and to make themselves aware of limitations and restrictions related to F-1 or J-1 employment authorization benefits. 

Pre-M.I.S.
ISYS 511VIT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (This course may not be used for the Master of Information Systems degree.)
Core Courses
ISYS 5423Seminar in Systems Development3
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems3
ISYS 5943Management of Information Technology Seminar3
Areas of Concentration 15
Electives6
Total Hours30

M.I.S. (Part-time):  The Department of Information Systems also provides an opportunity for professionals in the workplace to complete the program by taking 6 hours per semester; 5 semester program with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management and Blockchain Enterprise Systems (ES) Management concentrations. Contact the department for additional information or visit the Graduate School of Business website. 

Electives are chosen by the student in consultation with the Master of Information Systems Program Director in the Department of Information Systems (ISYS). Approved electives (6 hours) may be any graduate course approved by the Master of Information Systems program director.

With the approval of the Master of Information Systems Program Director, any senior-level ISYS course (ISYS 4000 or higher) may be taken for graduate credit. After admission, the student must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average on all graduate coursework and all information systems coursework. Additionally, the student must receive a letter grade of at least a “B” in 75 percent of the courses attempted.

For the M.I.S. (part-time), approval of the Director is required to enroll in more than six hours per semester.

Additional Requirements for the Enterprise Resource Planning Management Concentration

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management Concentration:

ISYS 5213ERP Fundamentals3
ISYS 5223ERP Configuration and Implementation3
ISYS 5233Seminar in ERP Development3
Select six hours from the following:6
Data Analytics Fundamentals
Blockchain and E Business Development
Blockchain Fundamentals
Blockchain and Enterprise Data
Decision Support and Analytics
Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management
Total Hours15

Requirements for M.I.S. with Information Technology Management Concentration

The Master of Information Systems is designed to provide professional preparation for positions in business and government. It provides sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of students with various backgrounds and foster lifelong learning and innovation. Students may concentrate in one of five areas: Information Technology Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management, Blockchain Enterprise Systems Management, Cybersecurity Management, or Software Engineering Management.

Admission Requirements: The Master of Information Systems program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work. “Evidence of ability” means superior grade-point average, an acceptable test score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and recommendations with respect to ability for successful pursuit of graduate-level work. International applicants and resident aliens must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score, or complete the Intensive English Language Program (Spring International Language Center) and receive an English proficiency recommendation for admission. Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis.

Requirements for the Master of Information Systems Degree:  Students whose previous studies have fulfilled requirements of the common body of knowledge in business and information systems will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work. The required common body of knowledge in Information Systems includes management information systems, systems analysis, database, and programming languages (such as Visual Basic, Java, or other).

To ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for career success, the M.I.S. program strongly encourages all students to obtain additional training directly related to the M.I.S. program prior to graduation. The M.I.S. program considers this training an integral part of the curriculum and recommends that students work for up to one year in a position (or positions) which allow for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in M.I.S. courses.

Students who hold non-immigrant status in the United States in the F-1 or J-1 categories are responsible for coordinating any necessary authorization for employment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). F-1 and J-1 students are strongly advised to discuss training options with the M.I.S. Program Director and the ISS office early in their program, and to make themselves aware of limitations and restrictions related to F-1 or J-1 employment authorization benefits. 

Pre-M.I.S.
ISYS 511VIT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (This course may not be used for the Master of Information Systems degree.)
Core Courses
ISYS 5423Seminar in Systems Development3
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems3
ISYS 5943Management of Information Technology Seminar3
Areas of Concentration 15
Electives6
Total Hours30

M.I.S. (Part-time):  The Department of Information Systems also provides an opportunity for professionals in the workplace to complete the program by taking 6 hours per semester; 5 semester program with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management and Blockchain Enterprise Systems (ES) Management concentrations. Contact the department for additional information or visit the Graduate School of Business website. 

Electives are chosen by the student in consultation with the Master of Information Systems Program Director in the Department of Information Systems (ISYS). Approved electives (6 hours) may be any graduate course approved by the Master of Information Systems program director.

With the approval of the Master of Information Systems Program Director, any senior-level ISYS course (ISYS 4000 or higher) may be taken for graduate credit. After admission, the student must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average on all graduate coursework and all information systems coursework. Additionally, the student must receive a letter grade of at least a “B” in 75 percent of the courses attempted.

For the M.I.S. (part-time), approval of the Director is required to enroll in more than six hours per semester.

Additional Requirements for Information Technology Management Concentration 

Information Technology Management Concentration:

ISYS 5213ERP Fundamentals3
ISYS 5503Decision Support and Analytics3
Computing Electives selected from approved ISYS and CSCE9
Total Hours15

Requirements for M.I.S. with Software Engineering Management Concentration

The Master of Information Systems is designed to provide professional preparation for positions in business and government. It provides sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of students with various backgrounds and foster lifelong learning and innovation. Students may concentrate in one of five areas: Information Technology Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management, Blockchain Enterprise Systems Management, Cybersecurity Management, or Software Engineering Management.

Admission Requirements: The Master of Information Systems program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work. “Evidence of ability” means superior grade-point average, an acceptable test score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and recommendations with respect to ability for successful pursuit of graduate-level work. International applicants and resident aliens must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score, or complete the Intensive English Language Program (Spring International Language Center) and receive an English proficiency recommendation for admission. Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis.

Requirements for the Master of Information Systems Degree:  Students whose previous studies have fulfilled requirements of the common body of knowledge in business and information systems will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work. The required common body of knowledge in Information Systems includes management information systems, systems analysis, database, and programming languages (such as Visual Basic, Java, or other).

To ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for career success, the M.I.S. program strongly encourages all students to obtain additional training directly related to the M.I.S. program prior to graduation. The M.I.S. program considers this training an integral part of the curriculum and recommends that students work for up to one year in a position (or positions) which allow for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in M.I.S. courses.

Students who hold non-immigrant status in the United States in the F-1 or J-1 categories are responsible for coordinating any necessary authorization for employment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). F-1 and J-1 students are strongly advised to discuss training options with the M.I.S. Program Director and the ISS office early in their program, and to make themselves aware of limitations and restrictions related to F-1 or J-1 employment authorization benefits. 

Pre-M.I.S.
ISYS 511VIT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (This course may not be used for the Master of Information Systems degree.)
Core Courses
ISYS 5423Seminar in Systems Development3
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems3
ISYS 5943Management of Information Technology Seminar3
Areas of Concentration 15
Electives6
Total Hours30

M.I.S. (Part-time):  The Department of Information Systems also provides an opportunity for professionals in the workplace to complete the program by taking 6 hours per semester; 5 semester program with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management and Blockchain Enterprise Systems (ES) Management concentrations. Contact the department for additional information or visit the Graduate School of Business website. 

Electives are chosen by the student in consultation with the Master of Information Systems Program Director in the Department of Information Systems (ISYS). Approved electives (6 hours) may be any graduate course approved by the Master of Information Systems program director.

With the approval of the Master of Information Systems Program Director, any senior-level ISYS course (ISYS 4000 or higher) may be taken for graduate credit. After admission, the student must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average on all graduate coursework and all information systems coursework. Additionally, the student must receive a letter grade of at least a “B” in 75 percent of the courses attempted.

For the M.I.S. (part-time), approval of the Director is required to enroll in more than six hours per semester.

Additional Requirements for Software Engineering Management Concentration 

Software Engineering Management

ISYS 5133Blockchain and E Business Development3
ISYS 5503Decision Support and Analytics3
Select nine hours from the following:9
Software Engineering
Formal Languages and Computability
Computer Security
ISYS or CSCE courses (approved by Director)
Total Hours15

Ph.D. in Business Administration (Information Systems) 

Information Systems Ph.D. Program Website

Overview: The objective of the Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in information systems is to prepare students to conduct quality research in information systems as a faculty member at a research-oriented university school of business. The program is designed to produce a graduate with an understanding of the necessary subject matter required to contribute educational and research expertise to the field of information systems. In addition to preparing students to be world-class researchers, the program seeks to prepare students to teach effectively in an information systems curriculum.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the university’s Graduate School and Walton College of Business’ Graduate School of Business requirements, the Information Systems Ph.D. program has the following requirement: Applicants are expected to have a background in information systems via prior courses in topics such as a programming language, systems analysis, design, and development, and database processing. Students without the background may also be admitted but will likely be required to take up to 3 master's level courses to remedy the deficiency.

Requirements for the Ph.D. in Business Administration (Information Systems) include required courses in information systems, research, and supporting fields. These 70 credit hours of courses are taken prior to advancing to candidacy and are broken down as follows: Information Systems required courses (21 hours); research requirements (21 hours) and supporting field courses (10 hours).  Following completion of the coursework, students must pass a candidacy examination. The program also requires completion of 1st and 2nd year summer research projects, defense of a dissertation proposal, and successful defense of the dissertation (18 credit hours). Students are also prepared for a career in research through research assistantships, collaborative research projects with faculty members, colloquia, and classroom teaching and support.

Course Requirements

Required Courses (21 hours)
ISYS 6133Survey of IS Research3
ISYS 6333Individual-level Research in IS3
ISYS 6373Social Networks in Information Systems Research3
ISYS 6533Information Systems for Managing Organizations and Platforms3
ISYS 6743Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Research3
ISYS 6753Management of Knowledge and Information Systems3
ISYS 6833Theory Development3
Research Requirements (21 hours)
ISYS 601VGraduate Colloquium12
ISYS 5723Advanced Multivariate Analysis3
6 hours of Research Electives to be chosen in consultation with the Ph.D. Coordinator6
Supporting Fields (10 hours)
WCOB 6111Seminar in Business Administration Teaching I 1
9 hours of Electives to be chosen in consultation with Ph.D. Coordinator 9
Dissertation 18
Doctoral Dissertation
Total Hours70

Alternative courses may be used for substitution upon availability and with coordinator consent.

Candidacy Examination
Students must satisfactorily complete a first and second year summer research project.  The candidacy exam comprises two parts: Research tools and Information Systems core. The written exam is administered in the summer after two years of coursework. Is she or he fails, the student will have to re-take the exam during the next administration of the exam.  This includes students having to re-take only parts of the exam.  Students also must satisfactorily pass an oral exam upon successful completion of the written exam. Ordinarily, only one re-take of the written exam (part or whole) and/or oral exam is permitted.

Students must complete a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and 42 graduate credit hours beyond the master’s degree. For students who apply to the degree program without a master’s degree, a minimum of 2 additional credit hours in consultation with the Ph.D. coordinator will be required to fulfill the full degree requirements to include approved graduate courses. Additional hours may be assessed in individual cases to meet specific coursework deficiencies.  

For a complete list of University Graduate School and International Education degree requirements, please visit the Objectives and Regulations section.

Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems

Paul Cronan
Director
WCOB 215
479-575-6130
cronan@uark.edu
Enterprise Systems Graduate Certificate Program Website

The Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems is a part-time program offered on campus, blended, and online. It is designed to provide graduate students with knowledge and experience in information systems used in modern enterprise environments. The demand for skilled professionals in information systems continues to outpace the supply of qualified applicants. Students may choose one of four tracks for the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems: Blockchain Enterprise Systems, Business Analytics, Cybersecurity and Data, or Enterprise Resource Planning. The certificate program is intended to be completed part-time (ordinarily no more than six hours per semester), and is open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline.

Admission Requirements: The Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems is a part-time program open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline. Students must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School of Business; the GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems degree program. (Students who have earned a GPA 3.5 or better upon completion of the certificate program and subsequently apply to the part-time Master of Information Systems program (Professional M.I.S.) will not be required to submit a test score). Information regarding Graduate School of Business admission requirements can be found earlier in this chapter.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems: (12 hours)

To receive the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems, students must select one of the tracks below. Students are required to take 9 hours of coursework in the Walton College of Business and 3 hours of electives related to Enterprise Systems in either the Walton College or in another college at the University of Arkansas. Elective courses other than those listed below must be approved by the director of the certificate program. Some elective courses have prerequisites that are not met by courses in the certificate program. Students are advised to check prerequisites prior to enrolling in a course.

Required Course
Choose at least one of the following depending on the track chosen:
Data and Cybersecurity
Blockchain Fundamentals
Data Analytics Fundamentals
ERP Fundamentals

Blockchain Enterprise Systems Track

This track is open to individuals with backgrounds in fields other than Information Systems and is designed to provide non-IS graduate students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to successfully transition to a career in the Information Systems field. Students who complete this track will have exposure to fundamental principles of blockchain, enterprise information systems, and techniques for management and development of blockchain  projects.

Required Courses (9 hours)
ISYS 5173Blockchain Fundamentals3
ISYS 5133Blockchain and E Business Development3
ISYS 5453Blockchain and Enterprise Data3
Students should choose 3 hours of coursework from among the following:3
Data Analytics Fundamentals (recommended)
ERP Fundamentals
Enterprise Transaction Systems
Data Management Systems
Total Hours12

Cybersecurity and Data Track

This track is open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline and is designed to provide business and non-business graduate students a foundation to help organizations assess and detect threats while securing and protecting data and data-driven systems against a myriad of threats such as malicious software, hacking, insider threats, and other cybercrimes.

Required Courses:
ISYS 5013Data and Cybersecurity3
ISYS 5023Data and System Security3
ISYS 5043Cybersecurity, Crime, and Data Privacy Law I3
Students should choose 3 hours of coursework from among the following:3
Advanced Data and Cybersecurity Management
Cybersecurity, Crime and Privacy Law II
IT Toolkit & Skills Seminar
Data Analytics Fundamentals
Blockchain Fundamentals
ERP Fundamentals
Total Hours12

Business Analytics Track

This track is open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline and is designed to give business and non-business graduate student’s knowledge and experience in the management and use of enterprise data for operations and decision-making. The ability to effectively manage and analyze increasingly large and complex sets of data is highly valued among employers in all disciplines, as “business intelligence” becomes a primary source of competitive advantage in many organizations. Students who complete this track will have a foundation in the effective management and use of relational and dimensional data, the application of statistical decision-making theory, and the exploration and exploitation of data using advanced data mining tools and techniques. Students completing this track may be eligible to receive a certificate endorsed by the SAS Institute.

Required Courses (9 hours)
ISYS 5103Data Analytics Fundamentals 3
ISYS 5503Decision Support and Analytics 3
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems3
Students should choose 3 hours of coursework from among the following:3
IT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (this course may not be used for the Master of Information Systems degree)
Blockchain and E Business Development
ERP Fundamentals
Seminar in Systems Development
Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management
Total Hours12

Enterprise Resource Planning Track

This track is open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline and is designed to provide business and non-business graduate students a foundation in the effective use, implementation, and customization of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. ERP systems support integrated core business processes in nearly every large organization, and knowledge of and experience with these systems are highly valued among employers in all business disciplines. Students who complete this track will have exposure to fundamental principles of ERP and techniques for configuration, implementation, and development of ERP systems. Students completing this track may be eligible to receive a certificate endorsed by SAP America and the SAP University Alliances Program.

Required Courses (9 hours)
ISYS 5213ERP Fundamentals3
ISYS 5223ERP Configuration and Implementation3
ISYS 5233Seminar in ERP Development3
Students should choose 3 hours of coursework from among the following:3
IT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (recommended)
Data Analytics Fundamentals
Blockchain Fundamentals
Blockchain and Enterprise Data
Data Management Systems
Total Hours12

Graduate Faculty

Anand, Abhijith, Ph.D. (University of Waikato), M.I.S. (University of Wollongog), B.E. (K.S. Institute of Technology), Assistant Professor, 2017.
Bristow, Susan E., Ed.D., M.B.A., B.S.B.A. (University of Arkansas), Clinical Associate Professor, 1997, 2020.
Conway, Daniel, Ph.D., M.A. (Indiana University), B.A. (Augustana College), Teaching Professor, 2019.
Cronan, Timothy P., Ph.D. (Louisiana Tech University), M.S. (South Dakota State University), B.S. (University of Southwestern Louisiana), Professor, M.D. Matthews Endowed Chair in Information Systems, 1979.
Dereszynski, Michael, M.I.S. (University of Arkansas), B.S. (Milwaukee School of Engineering), Instructor, 2019.
Freeze, Ron, Ph.D. (Arizona State University), M.B.A. (University of Missouri–Kansas City), B.S. (General Motors Institute), Clinical Professor, 2015, 2021.
Gibbs, Michael, M.B.A., M.I.S., B.A. (University of Arkansas), Instructor, 2020.
Grover, Varun, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburg), M.B.A. (Southern Illinois University), B.S. (Indian Institute of Technology), Distinguished Professor, David D. Glass Chair in Information Systems, 2017.
Hoehle, Hartmut, Ph.D., B.Com. (Victoria University of Wellington), Visiting Professor, 2013, 2022.
Keiffer, Elizabeth, Ph.D., M.A. (University of Arkansas), B.S. (East Central University), Teaching Assistant Professor, 2016, 2019.
Lacity, Mary, Ph.D. (University of Houston), B.S.B.A. (Pennsylvania State University), Professor, 2018.
Mackey, Andrew, M.S. (University of Arkansas), Instructor, 2014.
Mullins, Jeff, Ph.D., M.A., B.S. (University of Arkansas), Assistant Professor, 2006, 2018.
Nolan, Steve, Ph.D., M.A. (University of Missouri-Columbia), B.A. (Westminster College), Instructor, 2017.
Sabherwal, Rajiv, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), P.G.D.M. (Indian Institute of Management), B.S.E.E. (Regional Engineering College, India), Distinguished Professor, Edwin and Karlee Bradberry Chair, 2011, 2019.
Setia, Pankaj, Ph.D. (Michigan State University), M.B.A. (Management Development Institute), B.S. (University of Delhi, India), Associate Professor, 2008, 2013.
Steelman, Zachary R., Ph.D., M.I.S. (University of Arkansas), B.B.A. (Northeastern State University), Assistant Professor, 2017.
Sykes, Tracy Ann, Ph.D. (University of Arkansas), B.S. (University of Maryland-College Park), Associate Professor, 2011, 2016.
Syler, Rhonda A., Ph.D. (Auburn University), M.B.A. (Columbus State University), M.S. (Kansas State University), B.S. (Middle Tennessee State University), Clinical Assistant Professor, 2016.
Weng, Qin, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburg), M.S. (Virginia Commonwealth University), B.A. (Beijing Foreign Studies University), Assistant Professor, 2018.
Young, Amber, Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma), M.B.A. (Oklahoma Christian University), B.S.Ed. (University of Oklahoma), Assistant Professor, 2018.

Courses

ISYS 5013. Data and Cybersecurity. 3 Hours.

This course provides current business cybersecurity and data issues for graduate students to include securing data, detecting and responding to cyber security breaches, cyber-technologies, current security and cryptographic techniques, and ensuring a secured computing environment to safeguard company information. In addition, students will explore cybersecurity strategies and compliance with security standards, as well as data confidentiality, integrity, ethical use, and availability. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and departmental consent. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ISYS 5023. Data and System Security. 3 Hours.

This course involves a comprehensive study of data security and network security in today's digital enterprise. Traditional network protocol and security issues are explored as well as security issues such as cloud environments, data protection, IoT ecosystems, ERP systems, and Blockchain deployments. Prerequisite: ISYS 5013. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ISYS 5033. Advanced Data and Cybersecurity Management. 3 Hours.

This course provides graduate students with an in-depth, advanced understanding of information security and data management. Topics include risk assessment, information systems security, continuity planning, data protection, threat detection, threat/risk mitigation, recovery issues/techniques, and current topics. Prerequisite: ISYS 5023. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ISYS 5043. Cybersecurity, Crime, and Data Privacy Law I. 3 Hours.

This graduate level course in examines applicable cybersecurity, crime, and data privacy law to include the Fourth Amendment, Privacy, the Wiretap Act, and other. Limits on law enforcement that might affect private industry developing surveillance tools used by governments are reviewed. Crimes such as hacking, identity theft, economic espionage, online threats, are also discussed. Prerequisite: ISYS 5013. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ISYS 5053. Cybersecurity, Crime and Privacy Law II. 3 Hours.

The course explores best practices for data, privacy, and security protection measures with respect to privacy and security law, as well as mitigation techniques for privacy and security threats. The importance of informational privacy will be highlighted along with a high-level overview of U.S. laws and regulations including FTC roles and government surveillance. Prerequisite: ISYS 5023 and ISYS 5043. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ISYS 5103. Data Analytics Fundamentals. 3 Hours.

Fundamental knowledge and skills in several major areas of business data analytics. Emphasis on the management and use of data in modern organizations, intermediate & advanced spreadsheet topics; relational databases & SQL; and programming (such as Python). Prerequisite: MIS Director approval. (Typically offered: Fall)

ISYS 511V. IT Toolkit & Skills Seminar. 1-3 Hour.

Seminar in Information Systems solutions and concepts (such as applications development, VB.NET, analysis of problems and design of solutions via application systems, etc.) designed for students entering the MIS program--may not be used for MIS degree credit. Prerequisite: MIS Director approval. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

ISYS 5133. Blockchain and E Business Development. 3 Hours.

This course explores various blockchain and e-business development technologies and then utilizes these technologies for developing a realistic application. Students will also learn strategies and use a varied web stack to build web pages that interact with blockchain platforms. Pre- or corequisite: ISYS 5173. (Typically offered: Fall)

ISYS 516V. Independent Study. 1-3 Hour.

(Formerly ISYS 450V.) Permits students on individual basis to explore selected topics in data processing and/or Quantitative Analysis. Graduate degree credit will not be given for both ISYS 450V and ISYS 516V. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ISYS 5173. Blockchain Fundamentals. 3 Hours.

This course provides the fundamental concepts underpinning blockchain technologies. The focus is on blockchain applications for business. Students will learn about the overall blockchain landscape, including investments, the size of markets, major players and the global reach, as well as the potential business value of blockchain applications and the challenges that must be overcome to achieve that value. Students will learn enough about the underlying technologies to speak intelligently to technology experts and will be well-prepared to develop blockchain applications in future courses. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and departmental consent. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

ISYS 5203. Experimental Design. 3 Hours.

ANOVA, experimental design, introduction to basis of statistics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and WCOB 1033 or equivalent. (Typically offered: Fall)

ISYS 5213. ERP Fundamentals. 3 Hours.

An introduction to enterprise resource planning systems. Students should gain an understanding of the scope of these integrated systems that reach across organizational boundaries and can change how a company does business. Implementation issues are covered, including the importance of change management. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. (Typically offered: Fall and Summer)

ISYS 5223. ERP Configuration and Implementation. 3 Hours.

The process of configuring and implementing an enterprise resource planning system. Business process analysis and integration. Students will develop a company and set up several modules in SAP for use. Develop understanding of how the business processes work and integrate. Prerequisite: ISYS 5213 or equivalent. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ISYS 5233. Seminar in ERP Development. 3 Hours.

ERP administration and system development practices. Advanced system support issues related to Enterprise Resource Planning systems that are used in global organizations. Basic ABAP programming. In addition, students will learn how to provide basic systems administration support of the operating system, database, and application systems software levels of ERP systems. Pre- or Corequisite: ISYS 5223. Prerequisite: ISYS 5213. (Typically offered: Spring) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

ISYS 5243. Current Topics in Computer Information. 3 Hours.

(Formerly ISYS 4243.) Intensive investigation of selected developments in computer information systems hardware, software, and organization having current impact on computer information systems design and application. Offering an extension of lower-level CIS courses through individual student research and faculty team-teaching of advanced topics. Topical selection made with each course offering. Graduate degree credit will not be given for both ISYS 4243 and ISYS 5243. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

ISYS 535V. Internship Experience. 1-6 Hour.

This course allows a student to experience an internship within a business and benefit from the work experience. The internship focuses on applications and business problems and is supervised by a faculty member as well as a member of the company/firm. Prerequisite: MIS Director approval is required. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

ISYS 5363. Business Analytics. 3 Hours.

This course in managerial business analytics provides future managers with the key concepts of decision modeling and information technology management concepts. Students will learn to utilize real time operational business data, as well as quickly process and effectively leverage information. In addition, students will exercise strategic IT deployment skills for supply chain and marketing processes as well as develop strong decision modeling abilities. (Typically offered: Spring)

ISYS 5373. Application Development with Java. 3 Hours.

(Formerly ISYS 4373.) This course covers object-oriented programming concepts and illustrates them via an appropriate object-oriented programming language. Students will be exposed to the design of software objects, creation of software objects, and the use of objects in constructing an information system. Graduate degree credit will not be given for both ISYS 4373 and ISYS 5373. Prerequisite: ISYS 3293 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall)

ISYS 5403. Quantitative Methods and Decision Making. 3 Hours.

Utilization of information, quantitative techniques, and computer application in decision making and problem solving for managers. (Typically offered: Irregular)
This course is cross-listed with SCMT 5133.

ISYS 5423. Seminar in Systems Development. 3 Hours.

Advanced study of structured systems development. Emphasis on strategies and techniques of structured analysis and structured design for producing logical systems specifications and for deriving physical systems designs. Coverage of methodologies for dealing with complexity in the development of information systems. Prerequisite: ISYS 511V. (Typically offered: Fall)

ISYS 5433. Enterprise Systems. 3 Hours.

Enterprise Systems comprises the entire class of information technology and systems that support the mission of the company including decision support and business processes. This managerial enterprise systems course focuses on strategic issues of information technology. Students study the various elements and integration of an organization's business processes; as a result, students gain an understanding and working knowledge of systems used to support these business processes and their use in decision making. In addition, students will study concepts and develop skills needed to utilize decision-centric business intelligence and knowledge management applications. (Typically offered: Spring)

ISYS 5453. Blockchain and Enterprise Data. 3 Hours.

The focus of this course is to expose students to working with distributed and service oriented architectures for different applications as well as the IT infrastructure needed. The course provides the opportunity for students to gain valuable insight into blockchain as a distributed system and cloud architecture platforms with the goal of developing enterprise applications. Prerequisite: ISYS 5133. (Typically offered: Spring)

ISYS 5463. Enterprise Transaction Systems. 3 Hours.

Being able to accurately capture and store business transactions is an important processing function in many businesses. For many large companies with high volume processing, the tools of choice for transaction processing are applied. This course provides students with the necessary understanding and skills to develop advanced applications in mainframe environment. Pre- or Corequisite: ISYS 5453 or equivalent or MIS Director approval. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ISYS 5503. Decision Support and Analytics. 3 Hours.

Analysis of the highest level of information support for the manager-user. A study of systems providing analytics-based information derived from databases within and/or external to the organization and used to support management in the decision making. Application of tools in business analytics, problem solving, and decision making. Prerequisite: MIS Director approval. (Typically offered: Fall)

ISYS 5603. Analytics and Visualization. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on how to discern and tell your story visually using data based on traditional graphical data representation as well as the latest data and information technologies. Coverage includes both visualization theory and hands-on exercises using appropriate computing tools. The course will also include visualization of predictive, clustering, and association models. The opportunities and challenges of Big Data visualization will be explored. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: (ISYS 5503) or (ISYS 5133 and departmental consent). (Typically offered: Fall)

ISYS 5713. Seminar in IS Topics. 3 Hours.

Intensive seminar in selected information systems topics. Topical selection made with each course offering. Prerequisite: ISYS 511V or MIS Director approval. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

ISYS 5723. Advanced Multivariate Analysis. 3 Hours.

Factor analysis and other advanced techniques. Prerequisite: ISYS 5623. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ISYS 5833. Data Management Systems. 3 Hours.

Investigation and application of advanced database concepts include database administration, database technology, and selection and acquisition of database management systems. Data modeling and system development in a database environment. Prerequisite: ISYS 5103. (Typically offered: Spring)

ISYS 5843. Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management. 3 Hours.

Business intelligence focuses on assessing and creating information and knowledge from internal and external sources to support business decision making process. In this seminar, data mining and information retrieval techniques will be used to extract useful knowledge from data, which could be used for business intelligence, and knowledge management. Pre- or Corequisite: ISYS 5833 or equivalent. Prerequisite: ISYS 5503 or equivalent. (Typically offered: Spring)

ISYS 593V. Global Technology and Analytics Seminar. 1-3 Hour.

This course is designed to provide an updated, comprehensive, and rigorous treatment of emerging global topics. Includes, but is not limited to, global study experiences, business insights, and foundational perspectives; examines significant issues from global perspectives. Prerequisite: Department Consent, Graduate standing, and MIS Director approval. (Typically offered: Summer) May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

ISYS 5943. Management of Information Technology Seminar. 3 Hours.

Presented in a way that allows you to play an active role in the design, use, and management of information technology. Using IT to transform the organization, as competitive strategy, and creating new relationship with other firms is included. Pre- or Corequisite: ISYS 5833. Prerequisite: ISYS 5423. (Typically offered: Spring)

ISYS 599V. Practicum Seminar. 1-6 Hour.

This course is designed to introduce and engage the student in the practice, application, and problem solving in the business environment. Hands-on application of a business problem. Students will gain experience working on, making decisions about, and developing solutions for business applications. Topics include but not limited to analytics, data, and information technology. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and MIS Director approval. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

ISYS 601V. Graduate Colloquium. 1-6 Hour.

Presentation and critique of research papers and proposals. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ISYS 6133. Survey of IS Research. 3 Hours.

This is an introductory seminar in information systems research for doctoral students. Its objective is to introduce participants to major streams of IS research and discuss many of the important roles and responsibilities of an IS researcher. Also, this course will play the important role of introducing participants to the research of the current IS faculty. (Typically offered: Fall)

ISYS 6333. Individual-level Research in IS. 3 Hours.

This course aims to expose students to individual-level research in IS. It provides a window into major streams of individual-level research in IS and reference disciplines. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 18 hours of degree credit.

ISYS 636V. Special Problems. 1-6 Hour.

Independent reading and research under supervision of senior staff member. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

ISYS 6373. Social Networks in Information Systems Research. 3 Hours.

This is an introductory course in social networks for doctoral students. The course will be structured to be suitable to participants from a broad array of social and behavioral sciences. The study of social networks has emerged as an important stream with many fields, ranging from mathematics to organizational behavior to information systems to sociology. Although much of the early development took place in the analysis and methods to study social networks, more recently, a great deal of theory has been developed related to help better understand nomological networks related to social networks (and associated constructs). Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of the ISYS PhD Coordinator. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ISYS 6533. Information Systems for Managing Organizations and Platforms. 3 Hours.

The goal of this seminar is to provide an understanding of the issues related to the organizational impacts of information technologies, the processes to create value by using information technologies, and the strategic and competitive dynamics related to information technologies in organizations. Students will read and discuss various theories, conceptual issues, and empirical papers pertaining to research on these topics of inquiry. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of the ISYS PhD Coordinator. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ISYS 6633. Systems Development. 3 Hours.

The course provides an in-depth study of systems development as an area of research, understanding of the theoretical and conceptual foundations, insight into the current state of the research area, utilizes both IS and reference discipline literature as appropriate, guidance for conducting research projects and producing publishable research, an opportunity to work on cutting-edge research. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ISYS 6733. Emerging Topics. 3 Hours.

Various emerging topics, such as RFID applications and RFID supply chain, ethical decision models, behavioral modeling, piracy and privacy issues, and virtual worlds. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 15 hours of degree credit.

ISYS 6743. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Research. 3 Hours.

This seminar focuses on the study of processes, such as those associated with adoption and diffusion of technologies, the organizational impacts of technologies, and decision-making and planning by individuals and groups. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of the ISYS PhD Coordinator. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ISYS 6753. Management of Knowledge and Information Systems. 3 Hours.

This seminar focuses on research related to the management of two key resources: (a) information systems (IS); and (b) knowledge. The course aims to help prepare students to become good researchers on management of IS and knowledge. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of the ISYS PhD Coordinator. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ISYS 6833. Theory Development. 3 Hours.

To acquire theory development and writing skills, to understand challenges in developing and writing theory sections of papers, and to discuss approaches to writing good empirical journal articles. This course is suited for all social sciences students and is particularly appropriate for students conducting behavioral research in the business disciplines. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ISYS 700V. Doctoral Dissertation. 1-18 Hour.

Doctoral Dissertation. Prerequisite: Candidacy. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for degree credit.