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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Information Systems and Operations Management

department web page: www2.uta.edu/infosys/
department contact: insy.om@uta.edu
graduate web page:
graduate contact:


R.C. Baker
535 Business

College of Business Administration Overview
Admission: MSIS Program | Degree Requirements | Courses: INSY, MASI, OPMA

Areas of Study and Degrees

Business Administration
M.B.A., Ph.D.
(See Program in Business Administration)

Information Systems

Mathematical Sciences
(See Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs.)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis or Thesis Substitute

M.B.A. Graduate Advisor

Greg Frazier
107 Business, 817.272.3004

M.S.I.S. Graduate Advisor

Carolyn Davis
508 Business, 817.272.7399

INSY Ph.D. Graduate Advisor

Radha Mahapatra
508 Business, 817.272.3556

OPMA/STAT Ph.D. Graduate Advisor

Greg Frazier
530 Business, 817.272.3559

Graduate Faculty


Baker, Raja, Teng, Whiteside

Associate Professors

Eakin, Frazier, Mahapatra, Sikora, Slinkman

Assistant Professors

Cannon, Duffy, Henderson, Nerur, Prater, Song, Swafford

Objective: M.B.A. Program

Information Systems emphasizes the preparation required for developing and managing computer-based information systems. The comprehensive curriculum includes the study of applicable computer hardware, software, and database technology; the design of information systems; and management and control of information technologies and applications.

Operations Management (OPMA) focuses on the activities involved in the transformation of inputs into outputs for both manufacturing and service organizations. The OPMA courses contain a variety of topics such as scheduling, inventory management, operations strategy, quality, logistics, project management and supply chain management.

Objective: Master of Science in Information Systems

The objective of the Master of Science degree in Information Systems is to provide qualified students with both a general knowledge of business and a specialized knowledge of information systems. Students are exposed to the theory, research, and practical applications of numerous information systems areas including management information systems, database management systems, systems analysis and design, and data communications; and may take electives in distributed systems, information resource management, general systems concepts, electronic commerce, ERP, decision support systems, problem formulation, computer science, management sciences, research, and other related fields. The program is designed to prepare students for information systems careers in government and nonprofit organizations as well as in business and industry.

Objective: Ph.D. in Business Administration Program

The objective of the Ph.D. degree in Business Administration is primarily to develop scholars with an ability to teach and conduct independent research. The program is designed to provide the student with fundamental knowledge in these areas. Doctoral students in information systems can work in many areas of current expertise of the faculty, such as: data base management, systems development, object technology, distributed systems, electronic commerce, information resource management, enterprise resource planning, decision support systems, knowledge management, and human aspects of information systems. Within operations management/statistics, students can concentrate in either operations management or business statistics.


The Master of Science degree in Information Systems is accredited by AACSB.

Admission: M.S.I.S. Program

Admission to the M.S. in Information Systems (MSIS) program is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For MSIS program admission an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and a satisfactory record of undergraduate academic performance are required. Applicants are encouraged to submit with their application a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments, linguistic abilities, computer expertise and leadership experience. Applicants with two to five years of experience are preferred. A single standardized test score will not be used as the sole criterion for denying an applicant's admission to the MSIS program. Similarly, scores in English and quantitative skills that fall below acceptable levels on a single standardized test will be viewed in conjunction with other demonstrated skills in these areas.

Students for whom English is not their native language must achieve a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 570 (paper-based) or 230 (computer-based). International applicants that score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted on probation with acceptable demonstration of English proficiency.

Multiple criteria (both quantitative and qualitative) are used to make admission decisions. Quantitative measures include an applicant's GMAT score, GMAT Verbal percentile, GMAT Quantitative percentile, and grade point average as calculated by the Graduate School. These measures are integrated into a formula, or index, that multiplies the grade point average by 200 and adds the total GMAT score. Index factors are weighed equally at the outset of applicant evaluation. When applicable, a graduate grade point average is considered when it is based on at least 24 semester hours of graduate work.

Along with the grade point average and GMAT total score, admission criteria include the following:

  1. GMAT sub-scores (verbal and quantitative)
  2. GMAT writing sample
  3. Grades in specified undergraduate business and business-related courses (math, accounting, economics, statistics, for example)
  4. Graduate academic performance, if applicable
  5. Educational objectives and quality of written expression of the application essay
  6. Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant's academic background and/or work experience
  7. Undergraduate major and relevance to graduate study in IS
  8. General and specific program accreditation status of degree granting institution
  9. Professional work experience
  10. Professional certification or licensure

Unconditional Admission

For unconditional admission, the applicant's composite total from the index must be 1120 or higher, and items 1 through 6 above should strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate information systems student. If an applicant falls below the GMAT Verbal percentile of 30 and/or the GMAT Quantitative percentile of 30, corroborating evidence of proficiency in that skill will be reviewed.

Students who are unconditionally admitted must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 as calculated by the Graduate School (or 3.00 at the graduate level), and enroll for a minimum of six semester credit hours to be eligible for available fellowship and/or scholarship support. A standardized test score will not be used as the sole criterion for determining fellowship and/or scholarship eligibility.

Probationary Admission

For an applicant with an index score below 1120, probationary admission may be available when at least three items of 1 through 6 above strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate information systems student. Items 7 through 10 will also be used to identify positive indicators for admission. When verbal or quantitative percentiles are below the 30th percentile, probationary admission may be available. Students admitted on probationary status for low verbal or quantitative percentiles, must satisfactorily complete one or more English and/or math courses in the first two semesters as specified by the Graduate Advisor. Students who are admitted on probation must meet the conditions specified, such as no grade less than 'B' for the first 12 hours of graduate study and any required undergraduate course.

Provisional, Deferred and Denied Admission

A provisional decision to admit may be granted when the applicant meets criteria for unconditional or probationary status but one or more applicant credentials are incomplete. A deferred decision may be made when an applicant's file is not sufficiently complete to make an admit or deny decision.

For an applicant who does not meet minimum acceptable scores on the GMAT, and other evidence indicates lack of potential for academic success as a graduate information systems student, admission will be denied. However, all applicant data will be carefully reviewed before an admission denial is made.

Degree Requirements

For students who have earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree (or equivalent), the program consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours, including six hours of thesis work. Nine semester hours of advanced electives approved by the Graduate Advisor can be substituted for the thesis, in which case the advanced program will be 33 semester hours. Students who do not have a BBA may have to take additional coursework (up to 18 semester hours) to acquire sufficient general business knowledge for effective performance as an information systems professional. Foundation courses which are listed in Section 1 below, may be waived if equivalent coursework has been completed.

Students with no background in computers or business math may have to take deficiency courses prior to the foundation courses. Students who are deficient in written and/or oral communication may be required to take appropriate English and speech courses.

The minimum advanced program of 30 semester hours contains six hours of required work in research and statistical methods; 12 hours of required work in object-oriented business programming, database management systems, systems analysis and design, and distributed information systems and data communications; six hours of electives (to be selected from an approved list of elective courses, or to be approved upon selection by the Graduate Advisor); and six hours of thesis demonstrating acceptable performance on a major systems project or an approved nine-semester-hour thesis substitute.

The required curriculum is as follows:

  1. Foundation Courses (18 semester hours)
    • ACCT 5301 Accounting Analysis I
    • ECON 5311 Economic Analysis
    • MARK 5311 Marketing
    • FINA 5311 Finance
    • MANA 5312 Management
    • OPMA 5361 Operations Management
  2. Advanced Courses (Thesis Substitute Option - 33 hours; Thesis Option - 30 hours)
    1. Required Research courses (6 semester hours)
      BUS6 5325 Advanced Statistical Methods in Business Approved Research Elective
    2. Required Information Systems courses
      Thesis Substitute Option (15 semester hours)*
      • INSY 5309 Object Oriented Business Programming
      • INSY 5335 Applied Database Management
      • INSY 5341 Systems Analysis and Design
      • INSY 5343 Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
      • INSY 5375 Management of Information Systems
    3. Thesis Option (12 semester hours)*
      • INSY 5309 Object Oriented Business Programming
      • INSY 5335 Applied Database Management
      • INSY 5341 Systems Analysis and Design
      • INSY 5343 Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
    4. Approved Electives
      Thesis Substitute Option (12 semester hours)
      Approved electives (12 semester hours)
      Thesis Option (12 semester hours)
      Thesis (BUSA 5698) (6 semester hours)
      Approved electives (6 semester hours)

To the extent possible, electives should be chosen from one of the suggested information systems tracks: systems development or electronic commerce.**

Upon Graduate Advisor approval, outside elective courses may be selected from areas such as accounting, computer science, finance, industrial engineering, management, management sciences, marketing, mathematical sciences, psychology, and operations management (6 semester hours).

*Courses may be substituted if equivalent courses have been taken.
**An approved 3-credit hour graduate internship (BUSA 5399) may also be taken as an elective.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Information Systems (INSY)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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