Graduate School of Business
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M.S. in Information Systems

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Harding's MSIS is 100% online and designed with the business professional in mind, engaging just enough technology for a deeper understanding of data or security-related decisions.

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.  Digital transformation can only be successfully achieved via a 360 degree view of all organizational information systems, such as provided by this masters program.


Choose from two of the fastest-growing areas of technology: 

  • Information Security and Assurance
    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 framework.

  • Data Analytics
    Bridge the gap between the technical expertise of data scientists and the operational expertise of marketing, supply chain, risk, and other frontline managers.

Who would benefit from this program?

  • Business professionals who want to stay current with technology-related changes affecting their career
  • Those working in the technology field who do not have undergraduate qualifications in this field
  • Those working in a 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.

When To Apply

Apply for MSIS sessions by the following dates:

Spring 2020 Block 1:  January 3, 2020

Spring 2020 Block 2: February 28, 2020

Fall 2020 Block 1: August 14, 2020

Fall 2020 Block 2: October 9, 2020

How to Apply

Harding University Graduate School of Business is participating in the Business Centralized Application Service (BusinessCAS).

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Technical Information

Application Requirements

  • Complete and submit the BusinessCAS application and applicable fees
  • Request official transcripts be sent to BusinessCAS*
    (not required of Harding University alumni OR current Harding University students.)
  • Request three letters of recommendation in BusinessCAS
  • Upload one writing sample in BusinessCAS 
  • Upload a current resume/CV in BusinessCAS
  • Request GMAT or GRE scores, as applicable. (See Admissions Requirements below.)

Additional Requirement for International Students

  • TOEFL scores, as applicable. TOEFL CODE: B888 (See additional information below.)

*Transcripts should be sent directly to:

BusinessCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9221
Watertown, MA 02471

Admission Requirements 

Admission to the Harding University Graduate School of Business is determined on an individual basis. Requirements include:

  • 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.

  • GMAT (target score of 500) or GRE (target score of 300)

  • WAIVERS: The GMAT/GRE entrance exam is 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, analytical responsibilities including P&L, CPA licensure).

Provisional standing due to academic reasons

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.

About additional documents for international students

Harding University requires all international applicants for whom English is not their 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.



Is this program highly technical?

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

Program Structure & Curriculum Plan

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 related to key business functions. Students choose a concentration in either Data Analytics or Information Assurance and Security. 

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. Graduates will be equipped to use Big Data tools to analyze 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.

Information Assurance and Security

Information Assurance and Security equips graduates to make strategic investments in cybersecurity, understand reporting frameworks, manage cybersecurity risks, and
communicate those risks to internal teams and external clients.

Curriculum Plan

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For additional information about the Harding MSIS, you may want to consult the Catalog.

Course Schedule

For a list of current classes offered, please click on the master schedule link below.

MSIS Pace Sheet pdf

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


Fax: 501-279-4805

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Harding University

Graduate School of Business

Box 10774

Searcy, AR 72149-5615