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    seduflow is offline Registered User
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    Petedude , what do you think of the MSIS program at minot?

    and i dont see anywhere that fort hays program is now MPA , still says MLS

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    Quote Originally Posted by seduflow View Post
    Petedude , what do you think of the MSIS program at minot?
    Looks like a solid, cheap, relatively quick program with a state name. Hard to beat for most IS/IT folks.

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    Program: Information Systems, M.S.I.S. - Dakota State University - Acalog ACMS

    this cost about 11k or so, but how is this compared to minot? which is better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seduflow View Post
    Program: Information Systems, M.S.I.S. - Dakota State University - Acalog ACMS

    this cost about 11k or so, but how is this compared to minot? which is better?
    It would be hard to guage which program is better than the other without experiencing both. Given that they are both state schools tells me that they are both quality programs.

    However, there are some differences:
    • Minot State University is a smaller regional university in ND, while Dakota State University appears to be a larger university in SD.
    • Minot State's program is a general program with no specializations, while Dakota State's program is much more detailed and offers several concentrations
    • Minot State University requires you to complete a professional consultation project, while Dakota State requires you to either complete a project or pass a comp exam.

    I've considered both programs in the past and its my opinion that Minot State is less intensive and focuses more on the business-aspects of Information Systems . On the other hand, Dakota State's program is more technically-developed and allows students to pick and choose the concentration that best suits them.

    I've heard good things about both programs, so I think the answer would be that they are both good, but different programs. The good thing about DSU is that it is a segway into the doctoral program is that interests you. I think you really need to review the course descriptions of each program and see which courses would benefit and interest you personally.
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    I believe ahardinjr's response is correct. One other thing about these programs as well as any others. Always check the course rotations and availabilities. Can you finish in 1, 2 or 3 years? Of course whether you are part-time or full-time also makes a difference.

    The Minot can be done in 9 months if you start in the fall and take the classes they specify
    MSU - College of Business

    I'm not sure of the time needed for the DSU degree. Here's the course rotation
    MSIS Course Rotation

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    I guess overall price and ease play a big role. I love to learn but a lot of work required for a degree is busy work with all the papers. based on what I found on google comparing the classes, minot seems to have a lighter work load and no comprehensive exam at the end.

    And thank u all for all your help!

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    Update

    Sorry in advance for the length of this post.

    So I thought I would revisit this thread - I have just completed the MSIS program at Minot State. I did it in 4 semesters instead of 2 because I missed the first session fall in 2011 so i had to wait for prerequisites to come back around. Here are some of my impressions, I'd be happy to answer any questions anyone has.

    Pros:
    -Great value, everyone pays instate tuition regardless of where you are
    -State school with an actual campus, been around since 1913, 3rd largest in ND
    -All of my professors except 1 were in-residence PhD's, the one outside PhD was for a Project Management class and he is considered a PM expert from California.
    -Split sessions make it reasonable to finish in 2 semesters if you want (only if you start in the 1st session fall) - each semester is 2 8 week sessions, so you're not taking 5 classes for 16 weeks, youre taking 3 for 8 and 2 for 8 or vise versa.
    -No "tests" - everything is based on written papers, group projects, and assignments.
    -No comprehensive final, but there is a final individual project which requires 2 webconference presentations (paper length about 30-40 pages and presentation about 30ish minutes with 30 minutes for the faculty grad committee Q&A)
    -Business/management-focused approach so it's great for people who already have a technical background.

    Cons:
    -Online based, so you get out of it what you put in from an effort standpoint
    -Not a technical program
    -A couple of the classes had a ton of work to fit within the 8 weeks (a couple were really really light, the rest felt manageable for someone who works full time)
    -Group projects play a big role in many of the classes - this isn't necessarily a con if you have a group that works well together over the 3 separate classes your group stays together

    All in all I'm happy with my experience at MSU - the people there are extremely nice, very helpful, and the professors are great at giving feedback and guidance - they want you to succeed in the program. If anyone has any questions for me, let me know.

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    Could you PM me the same syllabus information? I'd be obliged. I just found this program today and am very interested.
    Sean Moran
    B.S. Business Information Systems - Bellevue University
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    I just got my acceptance notification from Minot State this morning. I will begin this spring. I'm glad I read about this here. Thanks!
    Sean Moran
    B.S. Business Information Systems - Bellevue University
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    thank for sharing information???

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    hi, i have enrolled into this program [Fall 2014]. It would be really helpful if you can share the syllabus information..Also how did you find program so far.. i work full time so any tips would be greatly appreciated

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    Angry The Problem with MSIS Program of Minto State University

    Dear future students of MSIS in Minot State Education ,

    I am putting this post for those student who have a requirement that their course must meet the standards of STEM and should be considered as a STEM course. This might be most important requirement for many immigrant students.

    I completed the MSIS Program from Minot State University in April 2015. When I joined this program I was told by the MSIS program
    Director (Dr. Lori Willoughby) that this program is recognized by STEM. I trusted her. My most important requirement to complete MSIS degree that it should be recognized by STEM.

    But I think I have been misguided by Dr. Lori Willoughby. I feel that I have wasted my time and money. In the STEM Program there is no CIP Code against this program. When asked to Dr. Willoughby by one of the class fellows. Dr. Willoughby assured us that she can do what she can to change the MSIS to that CIP Code.

    But there has been no communication since 29 May 2016. SO to whom it is important that the MS Degree should be recognized under STEM , they must make sure from the STEM List and the CIP COde that your MS Degree is listed there. Do not ever trust what the other professor says.

    Here is the list of STEM Programs in 2016. https://www.ice.gov/sites/default/fi.../stem-list.pdf


    Regards
    Charanjit

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