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Postgraduate Programs 2020/21
Master of Science Program in Information Systems Management
Award Title

Master of Science in Information Systems Management

Program Short Name

MSc(ISM)

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$270,000
Part-time: HK$240,000

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 provides management training which enables business and non-business students to harness technology-enabled business innovations. Students gain technology management skills from a wide spectrum of thematic courses. To keep abreast with the latest technology innovations, students also attend seminars by leading business practitioners. The program offers two optional concentrations: Financial Technology (FinTech) and Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship. These optional concentrations offer specialized training in specific areas to assist graduates preparing to work in specialized fields, while maintaining a high degree of overall program flexibility.  With this training and exposure, graduates are able to accelerate their professional careers.

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

10 credits
 

ISOM 5100
ISOM 5270
ISOM 5280*
ISOM 5320
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

14-20 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.
 

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

 

Last update: 31 July 2019

Students are allowed to graduate with no concentration, one concentration, or two concentrations. Students claiming a second concentration will be required to complete 34 credits in total for graduation. 

 

  1. Financial Technology Concentration

Students are required to take 8 credits (4 courses) from the list of electives in Financial Technology to graduate with the Financial Technology Concentration designation. Courses to be selected and approved by the Academic Director.

 

  1. Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration

Students are required to take 8 credits (4 courses) from the list of electives in Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship to graduate with the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration designation. Courses to be selected and approved by the Academic Director.
 

 

Last update: 31 July 2019

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: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5

* refers to the total score in one single attempt


Applicants are not required 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.

Apply online before the application deadlines.

 

Application Fee

HK$800

Application Deadlines

For 2020/21 Fall Term Intake:

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Feb 2020
Part-time: 1 Apr 2020
 

Local Applicants
Full-time: 1 Feb 2020
Part-time: 1 Apr 2020


 * Applicants are considered as non-local students if they hold (i) student visa/ entry permit; or (ii) visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG); or (iii) dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Director of Immigration. For details on student visa/ entry permit requirements, please click here.