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    Master's Degree Programs in Information Systems: A Global View

    Karsten, Helena and Topi, Heikki and Brown, Sue A. and Carvalho, Joao Alvaro and Donnellan, Brian and Shen, Jun and Tan, Bernard C.Y. and Thouin, Mark F. (2015) Master's Degree Programs in Information Systems: A Global View. In: Proceedings of the AIS SIG-ED IAIM 2015 Conference. AIS eLibrary.

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    In this paper, we present an analysis of 254 master’s degree programs in Information Systems, offered by 229 universities in 32 countries. The entry requirements usually include a Bachelor’s degree in IS or a related subject. In some countries such as USA any kind of Bachelor’s degree is acceptable. In a few countries significant relevant work experience can replace or supplement the BSc. The duration of the degrees varies between one to two years, with the student workload between 1350-3200 hours. If we take into consideration the differences in entering the program (from none to four years of IS studies), the gap grows considerably. Most programs require course work in both computing and a domain of practice (such as business), but some have no requirements related to the domain of practice and still others have only modest computing requirements. Degrees with a professional orientation emphasize industry projects and internships, while in several countries a thesis is an essential part of the degree thereby preparing for further studies. A thesis also trains for reading and writing academic papers, thus enabling graduates to tap into current research in their daily work. The variation amongst programs presents a concern for the image of IS as a profession and a challenge for recruiters. The results are discussed in the context of an ongoing project to revise the graduate level model curriculum in Information Systems, with a particular emphasis on the IS profession.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Cite as: Karsten, Helena; Topi, Heikki; Brown, Susan A.; Carvalho, João Alvaro; Donnellan, Brian; Shen, Jun; Tan, Bernard C.Y.; and Thouin, Mark F., "Master's Degree Programs in Information Systems: A Global View" (2015). 2015 Proceedings. 14.
    Keywords: curriculum; entry requirements; student workload; capstone project; thesis; work experience;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Innovation Value Institute, IVI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 10898
    Depositing User: Prof. Brian Donnellan
    Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 16:19
    Publisher: AIS eLibrary
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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