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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Business Analytics and Information Systems (BAI)
with a Concentration in Analytics and Business Intelligence (ABI)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 11.0501
College of Business Administration (BA)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 33

Contact Information:
College of Business Administration
Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department (QMB)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CIS1040
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Kaushik Dutta
Phone: 813-974-5524


Faculty Search: Business Administration Faculty List

Program Information

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Business Analytics and Information Systems (BAIS) meets the needs of the marketplace for expertise in both information technology and management. Highly qualified individuals with motivation for leadership in information technology fields are encouraged to apply for admission to this program. Graduates of the program are in great demand by firms in the information services sector of the economy, software development organizations, management consultants, and wherever data analytics is used in industry. An Advisory Board consisting of senior business analytics and information systems executives works closely with the department to ensure that the program maintains high standards.

The BAIS program is designed for individuals who are challenged by applications of Information Systems and Information technology and who are willing to undertake a career that demands a broad rather than narrow range of skills. Students who already have considerable background either in information systems or in business coursework will make use of the built-in flexibility of the program, designing programs of study that will provide them with the best background for their careers. A faculty advisor will work closely with each student to design and monitor the most effective course sequence and optional thesis/practicum work.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 1
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
Students are admitted to the M.S./BAIS program based on the evaluation of their application in its entirety, including

  • bachelors degree with a 3.00 GPA,
  • GMAT or GRE scores,
  • TOEFL scores (for international students only), with a minimum score of 79
  • letters of recommendations,
  • statement of purpose, and
  • relevant work experience.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

The program requires 33 hours of coursework and may be taken either full-time or part-time. Full-time students with appropriate prerequisites may be able to complete the program in one full year (3 semesters) of study. Part-time students and full-time students who need prerequisites will typically need from 1 to 3 years to complete the degree. Early in the first semester, a student and the program advisor will work together to complete a formal Program of Study that will define a coherent sequence of courses to satisfy the student’s objectives. A student may have the option to complete a master’s thesis or a Practicum project, depending upon the availability and approval of a faculty sponsor.

Incoming students are expected to have the following as prerequisites:

  • One semester of a high-level, object oriented programming language (e.g., C#, C++, Java) or substantial programming experience;
  • One semester of Information Systems Analysis and Design or equivalent experience;
  • One semester of Database Systems or equivalent experience;
  • A course in Statistics
  • A course in economics, and
  • A course in financial accounting.

These required prerequisite courses may be taken concurrently with courses in the M.S./BAIS program. Prerequisiite courses do not count toward the 33 credit hours of course requiremetns in the M.S./BAIS program.


Total Minimum Program Hours: 33 credits
Core 12 credits
Capstone 3 credits
Concentration or Electives 18 credits

Technical Core 12 credits
The following four courses provide a solid understanding of state-of-the-art research and practice in technical areas of Information Systems Management.

ISM 6124 (3) Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
ISM 6218 (3) Advanced Database Management
ISM 6225 (3) Distributed Information Systems
ISM 6436 (3) Operations and Supply Chain Processes

Capstone Course - 3 credits
ISM 6155 (3) Enterprise Information Systems Management
This course is considered to be the capstone of the M.S./BAIS program and as such it must be taken during one of the last two semesters of the student’s program.


Students select from the following concentrations or complete 18 hours of electives.

In addition to the Technical Core and Capstone courses, students must complete the following:

Required courses 12 credits
Students will have to complete four out of the following five courses:
ISM 6136 (3) Data Mining*
ISM 6218 (3) Advanced Database Management
ISM 6208 (3) Data Warehousing
ISM 6137 (3) Statistical Data Mining*
QMB 7566 (3) Applied Multivariate Statistical Methods

In addition, graduate students who take the required four courses for this concentration and earn an average GPA of 3.00 or higher in these courses, will receive a “Joint SAS/USF Certificate in Analytics and Business Intelligence,” when they use a SAS analytics package as part of some of these courses.

*Specifically, graduate students will need to use, among other tools, SAS Enterprise Miner or an equivalent SAS analytics package in the Data Mining and Statistical Data Mining courses. Students may take both of the data mining courses, but only need to complete one of the two courses and four courses in the required courses for the concentration to be eligible for the Joint SAS/USF Certificate.

Electives 6 credits
To complete the Analytics and Business Intelligence concentration, students will need to ensure the 33 minimum total hour requirement for the MS in BAIS program by taking additional (two or three, as needed) graduate level electives from the list of graduate electives offered by the Information Systems & Decision Sciences department or from other areas of specialization with prior approval from the academic advisor of the program.


In addition to the Technical Core and Capstone courses, students must complete the following:

Required courses 6 credit hours
ISM 6328 (3) Information Security & Risk Management
ISM 6930 (3) Selected Topics: Decision Analysis for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Electives 6 credits
Any two elective courses from the set of courses listed below
ISM 6145 (3) Seminar on Software Testing
ISM 6316 (3) Project Management
ISM 6124 (3) Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
ISM 6218 (3) Advanced Database Management
ISM 6266 (3) Software Architecture

Electives 6 credits
To complete the Information Assurance concentration, students will need to ensure the 33 minimum total hour requirement for the MS in BAIS program by taking additional (two or three, as needed) graduate level electives from the list of graduate electives offered by the Information Systems & Decision Sciences department or from other areas of specialization with prior approval from the academic advisor of the program.

Electives - 18 credits
Up to eighteen credits may be selected from additional Information Systems courses or (with prior approval by the academic advisor) other areas of specialization such as areas of Management, Decision Sciences, Computer Science, Logistics, etc. Existing Course Offerings:

ISM 6124 (3) Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
ISM 6266 (3) Software Architecture
ISM 6145 (3) Seminar on Software Testing
ISM 6155 (3) Enterprise Information Systems Management
ISM 6218 (3) Advanced Database Management
ISM 6225 (3) Distributed Information Systems
ISM 6305 (3) Managing the Information System Function
ISM 6442 (3) International Aspects of Information Science
ISM 6405 (3) Information and Business Intelligence
ISM 6485 (3) Electronic Commerce
ISM 6905 (1-6) Independent Study
ISM 6930 (1-6) Selected Topics in Management Information Systems
ISM 6316 (3) Project Management
ISM 6136 (3) Data Mining
ISM 6208 (3) Data Warehousing
ISM 6056 (3) Web Application Development
ISM 6156 (3) Enterprise Resource Planning & Business Process Management
ISM 6328 (3) Information Security and Risk Management

In addition, the following Special Topics are being offered:

ISM 6930 Selected Topics: Multimedia Applications
ISM 6930 Selected Topics: Mainframe Technologies
ISM 6137 Statistical Data Mining

Thesis Option - 6 hours
The master’s thesis option requires six credits of ISM 6971, which count as six of the 18 BAIS elective credits. The thesis must make a well-defined contribution to the research and development in an area of Information Systems.
ISM 6971 (2-6) Thesis: Masters

Practicum Option 1-6 hours
The practicum option requires an investigation of a new information technology artifact. The project typically occurs in the student’s place of employment and is jointly supervised by a faculty member and a manager in the company. One credit of ISM 6905 would be taken for each semester that the student works on a project. The practicum would count for one to six hours of the 18 hours of BAIS electives.

Research/Project Option 1-3 hours
The research/ project option requires working on an BAIS related project that involves research or community engagement. The project is supervised by a faculty member. One to two credits of ISM 6905 would be taken for each semester that the student works on a project. The research/ project option would count for one to three hours of the 18 hours of BAIS electives.

Comprehensive Exam

In lieu of a comprehensive exam, assessments comprising the capstone course (ISM 6155) fulfill the requirements for the comprehensive assessment in the program.

Graduate Certificate Options
Note that students in the Program can also obtain graduate certificates in (1) Compliance, Risk and Anti-Money Laundering and/or (2) Information Assurance by selecting elective courses suitably.


Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program

The goal of the USF Muma College of Business integrated undergraduate-graduate program in BAIS is to provide outstanding undergraduate students an option to complete the B.S. undergraduate degree in BAIS and the M.S. graduate degree in BAIS in five years (141 total hours).

The integrated B.S./M.S. program is a 141-hour undergraduate-graduate option that allows eligible students to work towards the M.S. in BAIS degree requirements while completing their undergraduate B.S. degree. Students interested in this option will work closely with an advisor and a faculty member to develop an integrated plan of study.

General Guidelines

  • Time of admission to the program: Students will be eligible for admission to the integrated degree program at the beginning of their Senior year in BAIS. Students must apply for admission consideration during their Junior year. Students will start taking courses in the graduate program in their Senior year.
  • Joint admission: Students must apply to and meet admission requirements of the M.S. in BAIS graduate program.
  • Plan of study: In consultation with an advisor and a faculty member, students will be required to prepare a Graduate Degree Action Plan. The plan will cover the entire time period of the program and it will be periodically reviewed with an advisor.
  • Advising: Students will present their portfolio (see below for details and a plan of study in person to the integrated program committee prior to being admitted to the program.
  • Tuition charges: Students will be required to pay graduate tuition rates when taking graduate courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Students with at least a Junior standing in their undergraduate degree program may apply for admission consideration into the integrated B.S./M.S. undergraduate/graduate program Students will submit an Accelerated Program Interest Form that must be signed by the Graduate Program.
  • Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA.
  • Interested students will be required to present a “portfolio” of the following credentials:
    • Three letters of recommendation, at least two from faculty
    • Statement of intenta personal statement about why the student wishes to apply for the integrated program.
    • Undergraduate transcripts.
    • Other supporting documents (e.g., projects and papers, software, work experience, internships, etc.) should be included where possible.
  • The GMAT or GRE should be taken sometime before or during the Fall semester of the Junior year of study.
  • All applicants will need to meet any other admission requirements established for the M.S. in BAIS program.
  • The application to the integrated program will be considered as a complete package and therefore obtaining a high undergraduate GPA is not a guarantee of admission. Grades in the undergraduate BAIS core courses will be taken in consideration and will have a significant impact on the M.S./BAIS acceptance decision.

Degree Requirements

5-Year Plan of Study for Integrated B.S./M.S. Undergraduate-Graduate Program:
With appropriate planning, a total of 12 hours of graduate credit may be taken that can be applied to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. This will reduce the minimum total credits required for both programs from 153 (120 for B.S., 33 for M.S.) to 141 credits. Specifically:

  • 9 hours of graduate credit can be taken in place of the 9 hours of elective undergraduate credits. The student must earn a minimum grade of B in each graduate course that is to be counted for both degrees.
  • The graduate level Operations and Supply Chain Processes course ISM 6436 can be taken in place of the comparable undergraduate course ISM 3431.

A comprehensive plan of study to complete the integrated B.S./M.S. program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member. A possible plan of study could be as follows. Summer sessions may also be included in the study plan.

First and Second Year
Courses and credits as designated for Freshman and Sophomore years.

Third Year (Apply for Admission to Integrated B.S./M.S. Program)
ISM 3232 (3)
ISM 3113 (3)
Additional UG Courses (9)

ISM 4212 (3)
ISM 4220 (3)
Additional UG Courses (9)

Fourth Year (Student accepted in M.S./BAIS Program)
ISM 6436 (3)
UG Courses (12)

ISM 4300 (B.S. Capstone) (3)
ISM 6124 (3)
UG Courses or Graduate Electives 6 hours

Fifth Year
ISM 6225 (3)
ISM 6218 (3)
Graduate Electives (6)

ISM 6155 (M.S. Capstone) (3)
Graduate Electives (12)

The following courses are suggested specialization elective courses, cross-listed between the graduate and undergraduate catalog:
ISM 6145/4930 Software Testing
ISM 6156/4153 Enterprise Resource Planning
ISM 6328/4323 Information Security and Risk Management
ISM 6930/4930 Mainframe Technologies

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ISM6124, ISM6218, ISM6225, ISM6155, ISM6124, ISM6125, ISM6145, ISM6218, ISM6225, ISM6305, ISM6382, ISM6405, ISM6480, ISM6905, ISM6930, ISM6316, ISM6930, ISM6136, ISM6208, ISM6930, ISM6930, ISM6930, ISM6971,