Continuing Students

Welcome to the Master of Information Systems (MIS) Program! This site is a compilation of answers to questions commonly asked by continuing students. It is created to guide you on your journey as an MIS graduate student. We hope that this may help you to have a fruitful learning experience with the program.

General Information

The Master of Information Systems (MIS) program is designed to provide professionals in the Information Technology industry with advanced training in information systems without requiring them to take extended leaves from their current posts.

After completing this program, you will be expected to be able to demonstrate in-depth understanding of technical concepts and ethical issues pertaining to information systems, and to undertake the proper design, implementation, and maintenance of a production-grade information system.

To obtain the Master of Information Systems degree, you have to complete all the program requirements as indicated in the Program Handbook.

The following are the MIS Program point persons:

Asst. Prof. Concepcion L. Khan
Program Chair, Master of Information Systems
clkhan@up.edu.ph

Dr. Alexander G. Flor
Dean, Faculty of Information and Communication Studies
alexander.flor@up.edu.ph

Asst. Prof. Joyce A. Manalo
Faculty Secretary, Faculty of Information and Communication Studies
joyce.manalo@upou.edu.ph

Ms. Margaret S. Jarmin-Suarez
Program Officer, Faculty of Information and Communication Studies
margaret.jarmin@upou.edu.ph

Program Tracking

Below is a sample curriculum for you to be able to complete the program in two years. Normally, you could take 1-3 subjects per semester depending on your work load (part-time students can take 1-2 subjects per semester) but you should also keep in mind that the MIS Program has a maximum residency rule of 7 years.

FIRST YEAR

First Semester
IS 201 Computer Ethics (3 units)
IS 214 Principles of Programming Languages (3 units)
Elective Course (3 units)**

Second Semester
IS 215 Advanced Computer Systems (3 units)
IS 226 Web Information Systems (3 units)
Elective Course (3 units)**

SECOND YEAR

First Semester
IS 238 Client/Server Computing (3 units)
IS 272 Strategic Information Systems Development (3 units)
IS 295a Information System Project Proposal (2 units)

Second Semester
IS 295b Information System Project Implementation (2 units)*
Elective Course (3 units)**

TOTAL: 31 Units

*Students must pass the Comprehensive Exam before registering to IS 295b
**Do not choose electives you have already previously taken and credited in any program. MIS students are not allowed to take PhD courses as electives.

The Courses, Unit Load, Schedule of Offering, and Prerequisites

CORE COURSES

IS 201 Computer Ethics (3 units)
Ethical issues confronting the computer professional.
First Semester
Prerequisite: COI

IS 214 Principles of Programming Languages (3 units)
Formal language theory, principles, and techniques of compiler construction, programming language, design concepts; parallelism and formal semantics.
First Semester
Prerequisite: COI

IS 215 Advanced Computer Systems (3 units)
Recent developments in computer architecture and computer systems.
Second Semester
Prerequisite: CMSC 203 or COI

IS 226 Web Information Systems (3 units)
WWW programming, electronic commerce and online databases.
Second Semester
Prerequisite: CMSC 208 and CMSC 209 or COI

IS 238 Client/Server Computing (3 units)
Client/server computing techniques, system design, software and applications.
First Semester
Prerequisite: CMSC 205 or COI

IS 272 Strategic Information Systems Development (3 units)
Information engineering concepts and tools for strategic systems planning and development.
First Semester
Prerequisite: CMSC 206 or COI

IS 295a Information System Project Proposal (2 units)
Information System Design.
First and Second Semesters
Prerequisite: COI

IS 295b Information System Project Implementation (2 units)
Information System Implementation.
First and Second Semesters
Prerequisite: COI

ELECTIVE COURSES

The MIS Program requires 9 units of elective courses to be chosen by students. Elective courses may be taken from other UPOU graduate programs like Diploma in Computer Science, Master of Development Communication, Master of ASEAN Studies, and Master of Public Management.

Strategies in choosing your electives:

  1. Prioritize the recommended courses provided by FICS. Check the course prerequisite and its semester offering.
  2. Opt for courses which can address your IT weaknesses. Recommended courses to take are available in the DCS program.
  3. For practical purposes, align your elective courses to the nature of your work. This can also help in improving your GWA.
  4. Choose courses which can supplement your undergraduate background. For example, if you take Devcom as your undergraduate course, you can take Computer Science courses to further harness your skills.
  5. Embrace your passion and interest. This is your time to explore and grow, make the most out of it.

The list of recommended elective courses can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the enrollment procedures?

Enrollment can be done through online registration. To enroll online, you must do the following:

  • Access the Student Portal and click on the “Request for Password” link on the homepage of the Student Portal and enter your student number. Use the generated password sent to your email to log in to your Student Portal account.
  • Once logged in, click on the Online Registration System (ORS) icon. Select the term and select courses by clicking the course number/code. It is important that you follow the recommended courses per batch posted on the Student Portal or seek advice from the MIS Program Chair. The system will automatically display the assessment of fees once courses are selected.

MIS Program Chair:
Prof. Concepcion Khan
clkhan@up.edu.ph

  • Pay your fees through your preferred payment facility. Get your copy of the bank-validated slip/credit card transaction slip/official receipt. Upload a scanned copy/digital image of the payment slip to complete your enrollment.
  • Wait for the confirmation of your enrollment. You can print your Form 5 as soon as your enrollment is confirmed. Students who pay their fees using the online payment option will receive an automatic confirmation of enrollment.

2. When is the enrollment deadline?
The enrollment deadline can be found on the Academic Calendar.

3. Are late enrollees allowed?
No, late enrollees are not allowed. Please be advised that there will be no extension of enrollment.

4. How can I take the Comprehensive Examination?
After a satisfactory evaluation of IS 295a and earning 18 units of IS courses, with a weighted average grade of 2.00 or better in core courses, you may apply to take a comprehensive examination to be prepared by a committee appointed by the UPOU.

You must submit your proposal in IS 295a before taking the general examination. If failed, one re-examination will be allowed upon unanimous approval of the examination committee. You will be allowed to take IS 295b upon successfully passing the comprehensive examination.

For more information, please read the MIS Program Handbook.