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Master of Science in Information Systems

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Why this Program?                                  

In a world where 90% of the data has been created in the last two years alone, the shelf life of education has never been shorter. Every business decision is data driven and every job is being reshaped by technology. The IS discipline bridges the gap between business professionals and highly technical professionals. As such the MSIS is carefully designed with the business professional in mind, engaging just enough technology for a deeper understanding of and participation in data or security related decisions.

Who would benefit from the Program?

  1. Business professionals who want to stay current with technology related changes affecting their career,
  2. Those working in the technology field but do not have undergraduate qualifications in this field,
  3. Those working in the technology field who have undergraduate qualifications in the field but want to add to their qualifications and update their knowledge in data analytics or security.
What the Program is NOT

The program is NOT highly technical and is not a' Master's in Data Science' Or 'Cybersecurity' which prepares graduates to be experts in these fields. Such degrees typically require a bachelor’s degree in a similar field. The MSIS does however equip the graduate to work closely with these professionals to create better business value for their area.

Program Structure

The MSIS is a 30 credit hour program comprised of 10 courses, 6 courses (18 hours) in the core and 4 courses (12 hours) in a selected concentration. The core consists of IS fundamentals in the areas of process integration, systems analysis and design, database design, project management, and ethics in data management. Concentrations include "data analytics" and "information assurance and security."

Core classes:
  • IS - 605 - Business Process Integration
  • IS - 630 - Information Systems for Competitive Advantage
  • IS - 635 - Database Management Systems
  • IS - 640 - Systems Analysis and Design
  • IS - 645 - Data Ethics, Privacy and Security
  • MGT - 683 - Project Management 

Program Pace

Pace Sheet:  MSIS Pace Sheet

Students will pace themselves through the program. A student taking the maximum credits allowed can earn their degree in as few as 3 semesters, dependent upon start date and hours enrolled per semester. We use a Master Schedule and a student can take up to 7 years to complete the program.


Data Analytics 

Data analytics bridges the gap between the technical expertise of data scientists and the operational expertise of marketing, supply chain, risk, and other frontline managers, equiping graduates to use Big Data tools to analyse and create data.  This new function/role has been termed Citizen Data Scientist, a position that is expected to grow at five times the rate of the data scientist.

IS 651 – Statistical concepts for Data Analytics

IS 652 – Data Visualization

IS 653 – Data Quality and Preparation for Analytics

IS 654 – Applied Data Analytics  

Information Assurance and Security

Information assurance and security equips graduates to understand and communicate cybersecurity risks to internal teams and external clients, make sound strategic decisions related to investments in cybersecurity, and understand cybersecurity risk management and reporting frameworks.

IS 661 - Cyber Security Fundamentals

IS 662 - Information Security Policy and Governance

IS 663 - Cyber Security Risk Management

IS 664 - Computer Forensics 


For a list of current classes offered, please click on the master schedule link below. To enroll in our courses, please submit an application and contact our office.

When To Apply

Students may enroll in the MSIS program during the fall or spring semester.

Admissions Requirements


Admission to the Harding University Graduate School of Business is determined on an individual basis. While not all inclusive, the following indicators are considered: (1) academic preparation, (2) character, (3) educational interests, (4) academic potential, (5) the ability to bring value to the program, (6) letters of recommendation, and (7) writing samples. Effort is made to admit all students who qualify and who can benefit from the unique educational program and opportunities available at Harding University.

As a general rule, application requirements for the Graduate School of Business include:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should preferably be from professors or employers.
  3. Three writing samples (essay questions in application form.)
  4. Official copies of all transcripts from the college or university that granted the bachelor’s degree and any other institution attended before or after that time.
  5. Students are required to submit a current resume with their application for admission.
  6. If applicable, present acceptable GMAT/GRE entry tests, as described below.
  7. Provide supplemental information or participate in an admission interview with the chair of the Graduate School of Business. This may be required for an applicant who might be granted provisional admission due to academic reasoning.


Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Persons with less than a 3.0 GPA may be considered for provisional admission.
    • The MSIS does not require a degree in a specific field.
  • GMAT/GRE entrance exam (waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.5 with less than 5 years’ professional experience or with a GPA of 3.0 with a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience). Additional waivers for the entrance exam may be possible (e.g., previous graduate work, terminal degree, technical or professional certifications).
    • GMAT (target score of 500) or GRE (target score of 300)


Not all candidates meet the criteria for regular admission, but may demonstrate the ability to succeed in graduate level work. Students entering the Graduate School of Business with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5-2.99 or with entrance exams below the required target scores may be granted provisional admission with the condition that the student maintains a GPA of no less than 3.0 on the first 9 hours of graduate work completed. Upon satisfying this condition, the student will be granted full matriculation.


Download the Graduate School of Business Application PDF (linked)

Submit the following items to the Graduate School of Business:

  1. Graduate Admissions Application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Two Recommendation Forms (Professional or Academic)
  4. *Official academic transcript
  5. Resume/CV
  6. Three essay questions (details on page 9 of the application packet)
  7. Entrance exam score (if applicable)

*Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate School of Business from the original school(s) via mail or electronic method.

Email the application materials to or mail to:

Harding University

Graduate School of Business Admissions

HU Box 10774

Searcy, AR 72149-0774


Harding University requires all international applicants for whom English is not the first language or who have not graduated from an American university to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL results for international students should be 550 PBT, 213 CBT or 80 iBT minimum score (no older than five years) or demonstrated performance at a U.S. institution of higher learning.

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The Graduate School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn.

ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels.

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Harding University

Graduate School of Business

Box 10774

Searcy, AR 72149-5615