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Department of Information Science & Systems

Academic Programs

The Information Science and Systems Department is one of the departments in the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management. All programs at all levels in the Graves School are AACSB accredited. The School is housed in a state-of-the-art building with ultra-modern classrooms that have the latest multimedia presentation facilities. The Department offers courses at the Undergraduate level, Graduate level and the Ph.D. level.


The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Intelligence Management (CyIM) Program, housed in the AACSB accredited Graves School of Business and Management within the Information Science and Systems Department, is non-technical and focuses on the core track of required knowledge units which emphasizes Cyber Threats, Policy, Legal, Ethics, Compliance, Security Program Management, Security Risk Analysis, Cybersecurity Planning, and Cybersecurity Management. Each of these core and supplemental knowledge units follows the recommendations of knowledge units to be covered by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other federal agencies to give Maryland students a program that is at the cutting-edge of cybersecurity and is of considerable demand to both government agencies, non-profits, and the private sector.

Students will be prepared to demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills using ethical cybersecurity methods and toolsets to competently manage cybersecurity at a strategic, tactical, and operational level. All industries require such knowledge to manage their operations and protect their computing and network infrastructure.  The undergraduate cybersecurity program is a 120 credit hours, 4-year, 8-semester duration, and is initially given in face-to-face modality. Coming in 2024 will be the distance education modality.



The B.S. in Information Systems program covers the basic concepts proposed by the ACM/AIS/AITP model curriculum, including:

I. Technological Concepts:

Computer Applications
Computational Thinking-Algorithms
Programming Languages
Networking & Security
Mobile App Development
Dynamic Web Technologies

II. Organizational Concepts:

General Organization Theory
Information Systems Management
Organizational Behavior
Managing the Process of Change
Legal and Ethical
Interpersonal Skills

III. Developmental Concepts (Systems Concepts)

Approaches to Systems Development
Systems Development Concepts and Methodologies
Systems Development Tools and Techniques
Enterprise Information System
Design Thinking
Enterprise Resource Planning
Security & Risk Management
Project Management
Information and Business Analysis
Information Systems Design
Systems Implementation and Testing Strategies
Systems Integration, Operation, and Maintenance
Systems Development for Specific Types of Information Systems.

The mission of the department of Information Science and Systems is to offer high quality programs in information systems at the undergraduate and doctoral level, services and supply chain management at the undergraduate level, and project management at the graduate level. The department seeks to provide opportunities for students to study and apply various technical and organizational knowledge and skills. The department's regularly updated curricula are taught by a team of highly qualified faculty that engages in research and brings corporate and government technical IT work experience to the classroom. The programs are suitable for students who are planning (1) to work in a corporate environment, (2) to operate their own business, (3) to obtain a strong systems background for pursuing graduate studies. The program enables the student to develop solid foundations in key technologies, methodologies, processes, and in organizational skills

What's the Difference between Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Systems?

Computer Science: The science that deals with designing and improving the efficiency of computers with the computer in mind. The field requires study of design of operating systems, data structures, extensive programming and discrete mathematics. More or less, this field requires extensive coding (writing programs). A computer science major may create software for anti-virus.

Computer Engineering: The design and development of computer hardware e.g., Central Processing Unit, Memory, Hard Disks, communication ports, cooling. The field requires study of materials, Electrical engineering principles, heat transfer, extensive calculus and programming.

Information Systems: The design and development of automated systems that are used in enterprises. The field requires study of business fundamentals (purchasing, sales, accounting, logistics, finance), systems analysis, database systems, networking and security, enterprise systems, project management. The IS major will interface with employees and/or customers to provide them with automated solutions that meet their needs. The field requires business knowledge to analyze the needs of employees/customers/partners (understand the business language and business terms), technology principles, and ability to design solutions.

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Study of Services and Supply Chain Management (SSCM) provides solid understanding of supply chain processes and systems. This program provides the necessary skills to plan and manage a firm's production /service processes including supply management, operations, quality, logistics, material handling, distribution and customer services. Services and Supply Chain Management deal with fundamental business processes with larger roles than ever before, as businesses operate on lean management schedules utilizing just-in-time inventory management.

Graduates of this program are expected to start their careers as entry-level supply chain analysts; retail managers; buyers; transportation managers; inventory specialists; facilities managers; customer service specialists; warehouse managers; material planners; fleet managers; procurement specialists; schedulers; account managers; client managers to name a few

The undergraduate Services & Supply Chain Management (SSCM) program at Morgan State University emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to offer students a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of services and supply chain management theories and practices, including service design and operations, strategic sourcing and procurement, logistics, channel management, operations, business improvement, Lean and Six Sigma, sustainability, business analytics, retail management, public service management, information systems, and supply chain risk management.

Graduates of this program are expected to start their careers as:

  • Entry-level supply chain analysts
  • Procurement manager
  • Buyer
  • Demand manager
  • Logistics planner
  • Supply management analyst
  • Acquisition project analyst,
  • Sales/distribution managers
  • Supplier relationship manager
  • Customer relationship manager

A SSCM minor consists of a select number of courses that form a cohesive set of knowledge that supports the student's major field of study. The interdisciplinary approach adopted in SSCM courses embellishes the students' understanding of other functional areas.