Postgraduate Programs 2018/19
Master of Science Program in Information Systems Management
Award Title

Master of Science in Information Systems Management

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
(provided that students attend Winter Term)

Program Fee

Full-time: HK$240,000
Part-time: HK$210,000

Program Advisor

Academic Director:
Prof Theodore H CLARK, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management

As Hong Kong has moved from a manufacturing and export-based economy to a service-based economy, the demand for support of services has surged.  The delivery of services on an international scale calls for adequate information systems support.  


The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Information Systems Management is designed to meet the rapidly increasing demand for middle and senior level information systems professionals. The program seeks to equip both IT professionals and non-IT professionals who expect to have career responsibilities for IT management with skills and understanding needed to improve business system performance, effectiveness, efficient, and quality in their businesses.  It is focused on management of information systems technology functions and staff, but technical degree.


To keep abreast with the latest technology innovations, students are invited to attend seminars by leading business practitioners, who generously share their personal and professional experience.  With this training and exposure via business case studies, lectures, and projects, graduates from this program will learn how to initiate and more effectively manage innovative IT business solutions, and move their careers along at a faster pace. Students would gain fundamental and advanced training in the core skills of the field, and an education in basic management knowledge as applied to the information systems function in modern business organizations.  

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze the core issues and identify critical factors for business decision-making; 
  2. Solve business problems using appropriate quantitative and analytical techniques;
  3. Solve business problems from alternative and innovative perspectives;
  4. Defend reasoned solutions to business problems, includes addressing time, information, and resource constraints;
  5. Demonstrate information technology foundation skills in database, system engineering, programming, and network administration;
  6. Manage information technology projects and apply project management skills and capabilities in the context of large-scale information systems projects;
  7. Examine various types of IS applications and their benefits within the organizations; 
  8. Interpret technical, organizational and managerial issues related to the use of information systems technology;
  9. Demonstrate management skills in the use of technical foundation knowledge in the context of information technology management issues;
  10. Analyze business information with information technology efficiently and effectively;
  11. Facilitate business innovations via the use of information systems;
  12. Interpret current technology trends and develop plans to leverage these trends; and
  13. Speak with end-users and other stakeholders about core technologies in information systems using relevant and audience appropriate technical and business language.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

30 credits


  1. Core Courses

12 credits

ISOM 5100
ISOM 5270
ISOM 5280*
ISOM 5320
ISOM 5370
ISOM 5460#
* Students with CISSP, CISM or GCIH professional certification may apply for substitution for ISOM 5280.
# Students with PMP professional certification may apply for substitution for ISOM 5460.


  1. Required Courses

0-6 credits

Subject to the decision of the Academic Director, students who do not have sufficient background in information systems, computer science or engineering may be required to take the following three required courses:

ISOM 5180^
ISOM 5260
ISOM 5290
^ Students with CCNA professional certification may apply for substitution for ISOM 5180.


  1. Elective Courses

12-18 credits

A list of electives offered in a particular year will be announced at the beginning of each intake. The elective courses are a selection of information systems management courses chosen from the portfolio of the School of Business and Management. Students may take any other courses approved by the Academic Director.

Full-time students are allowed to take up to 4 additional credits of electives (on top of the graduation requirement of 30 credits).


Last update: 31 July 2018

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements.  Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test (effective from 2018/19 admission): 60
    (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-score: 5.5

Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Additional Information
  • Applicants are recommended to present a satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT, with a strong showing in both quantitative and verbal skills.
  •  For the full-time program, applicants with work experience will have an advantage.
  • For the part-time program, at least two years of full-time post-qualification work experience is preferred.