Minot State University Online MSIS

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  1. falcons05

    falcons05 New Member

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    I just wanted to recommend this program for those looking for a Master's program in IT. I am in my 3rd term at MSU and not only is the program pretty economical (about 9k for the entire program), the people are awesome there and my professors have been really great. I did my undergrad at a traditional campus-based school so I was a little hesitant about the online class environment but it's been so far so good. The only issue for anyone interested is their limited number of students they accept - its a smaller school so you have to apply early.
     
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    Good to know you like the Program. Keep updating us.
     
  3. jam937

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    This is one of the programs I am considering. According to their website the degree can be done in 4 consecutive terms (9 months) if you start in the Fall. It is also the least expensive IS/IT degree I could find.

    Are the class grades based more on writing assignments or exams? Are the exams proctored? If so do they use online proctoring?

    Thanks
     
  4. falcons05

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    The schedule you quoted is correct - the Fall and Spring semesters are divided into 2 8 week sessions each, so you take a class (or classes) for 8 weeks, then a couple weeks break and then the 2nd session with your next set of classes. If you start in session 1 Fall, you could get done at the end of spring session 2 basically would have taken 5 classes fall and 5 spring.

    I've had no tests so far in any class - not to say there wont be any, we'll see, but all I've had is writing assignments, a group project with fellow students that required a few phone conferences, and a couple online class chats that used Blackboard's chatroom and took maybe 30 minutes. Also, my first class had video lectures the professor recorded that were very helpful.
     
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    Could you PM me any of your course syllabuses? I'd like to see what is required in some of the classes. How many classes have you taken?
     
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    japhy4529 House Bassist

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    I would appreciate it very much if you could do the same for me.

    Thanks,
     
  7. falcons05

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    I sent those to you guys, hope it helps.
     
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    I hate to pile on but I'd love to see a few of those syllabi as well.
     
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    Here's the nuts and bolts of the one syllabus. Since none of the courses falcons05 has taken have had exams I would think this syllabus is probably typical of all the classes.

    11 Case analysis papers (max 4 pages incl. cover) = 1100 points
    4 Discussion forums = 200 points
    1 Online chat = 150 points
    1 Term paper (12-18 pages, 11+ references) = 550 points
    No exams or quizes

    The grading scale is tough. I've not taken any graduate level courses but I would expect it to be more challenging. Here's the scale:
    A 94-100%
    B 88-93%
    C 82-87%
    F 81 and below

    Textbook:
    STRATEGIES for E-BUSINESS: concepts and cases, Tawfik Jelassie and Albrecht Enders, 2/E Prentice Hall, 2nd edition/2008, ISBN-13:978-0-273-71028-8 or ISBN-10:0273710288, 664 pages
     
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    are the writing assignments manageable or overwhelming? I'm not a big fan of writing but for the price and time it takes to get the degree, it sounds good
     
  11. seduflow

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    also what type of careers do you guys want to get from this type of degree?
     
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    What sort of topics do the term papers need to be written on? Are they like big case studies?
     
  13. jam937

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    I am not enrolled at Minot just deciphering the syllabus. The term paper for this syllabus is on a "Technology History Topic" whatever that means. The syllabus said online was a list of topics but I don't have access. I would say 11 case study analysis's that are 4 pages max including the cover page (means 3 pages max content - max means it could be 2 pages) and one 12 page term paper in an 8 week class is not overwhelming considering you don't have to study for any exams.

    This link has a good break down on the different IT degrees.
    http://www.acm.org/education/curric_vols/CC2005-March06Final.pdf

    An MSIS degree like this one is more on the business side of IT and not software/hardware/technical intensive. An MS Comp Sci or MS Soft Eng are much more technical degrees and not much on business.

    As far as careers ... I would eventually like to teach so a MS is a minimum for me and I may continue on to a PhD. This degree appeals to me because it meets my needs and the cost/time can't be beat. I also do a lot of traveling and this degree doesn't require local proctors which is a deal breaker for me. I don't mind the online proctoring as that can be done anywhere.
     
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    Meh. I'm not a big fan of the Master of Liberal Studies degrees. I just think there is limited utility in these MLS degrees (I could be wrong, but that is my impression). That said, FHSU is a regionally accredited institution and the degree is certainly legitimate. And like you said - the price is certainly right - although it's only about $1700 less than Minot.
     
  16. falcons05

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    Minot State

    To answer some questions I saw floating around:

    The "term paper" described in the syllabus was about 16ish or so pages, 1.5 spaced, MLA style, on a topic to be approved. Some of the topics included The History of Cloud Computing, The History of ERP, things that are IT-based but still have a tie to business.

    The 4 page case studies are basically a way to make sure you're keeping up on the reading. I haven't felt overwhelmed by the reading in any class, though, and these types of small papers or book question sections aren't difficult.

    The classes in the program cover a broad spectrum of the IT field, so if you want a specialized focus like CS or Software Engineering, etc, this is not for you. If, however, you want to work in business and someday be in a decision making position like Director of IT, Director of IS, or Chief Technology Officer, then those would be terminal positions for this type of degree that offer a wider view across multiple IT topics.

    Long post, I know, but I started the thread because I was in the same position many of you were - looking for a Masters in IT that wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg, was online, etc. I have 0 regrets about picking MSU and have been impressed with both the instructors and the staff there.
     
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    Even though the MLS from Fort Hays looks decent as far as classes, I'd much rather have a MSIS for the $1700 difference.
     
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    Yeah, a lot of us are in that position or one similar. I appreciate you posting this.

    Is it possible to work and do the full-time course load with Minot?
     
  19. falcons05

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    I have only taken a single class per session so far, but my schedule is ramping up to take multiples per session starting in a few weeks. And yes, I do work full-time, so we'll see how that goes. But I haven't felt overwhelmed at all by any single class and have been able to get my schoolwork done with few if any issues due to conflicts or time.
     
  20. seduflow

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    you are right, in the end...a MSIS is better than MLS . Do you have to be very knowledge with tech (like have certs) to become an administrator within technology instead of the technology person
     

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