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The Master of Science (M.S.) in Competitive Intelligence Systems online degree program is designed to educate business and information systems professionals in the concepts, activities and issues related to business intelligence systems.
Modern business organizations must leverage the vast quantities of collected information to make effective decisions and achieve a strategic competitive advantage. Competitive intelligence embodies a systematic and ethical program for gathering, analyzing and managing internal and external information that can affect an organization's plans, decisions, and operations. Graduates of this online program can expect to support data warehousing, data mining, and geographic information systems to aid in marketing research and segmentation, corporate strategic planning, facility location, and product design and distribution.
The M.S. in Competitive Intelligence Systems program, along with RMU's Master of Science (M.S.) in Internet Information Systems degree program, were ranked #11 in the Student Services and Technology category and #17 for Student Engagement and Accreditation in U.S. News & World Report's Top Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs Ranking.
SuperScholar.org recently named RMU's programs in its first Smart Choice ranking of the top schools for online Computer Science and Information Technology degree programs.
The M.S. in Competitive Intelligence Systems is a 30-credit degree program comprised of seven required courses (21 credits) and three elective courses (9 credits).
Required Courses - 21 credits
INFS6010 Decision Support Systems Analysis and Design
INFS6240 Database Management System
INFS6630 Geographic Information Systems
INFS6490 Computer Network Security
INFS6510 Competitive Intelligence Systems
INFS6720 Data Mining
INFS6730 Data Warehousing
Elective Courses - 9 credits
Choose three graduate-level courses from selected communications and information systems offerings.
Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems (SCIS) are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study. Faculty members encourage students to engage in scholarly pursuits, including participation in academic conferences and professional organizations. Our faculty members’ countries of origin span seven countries and four continents. This rich diversity broadens students’ global understanding. Many lead study abroad trips and international student exchanges in Europe, South America and Asia, to name a few. Finally, SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace.