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MSIS for Professionals launched

by Kalamalama staff


The demands of the business world are changing rapidly due to the explosion of information technology. It is imperative for professionals to keep pace. HPU is offering a new graduate degree program designed to help professionals update their knowledge and skills in the IT profession. The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) for Professionals is an 18-month, executive-style program tailored to individuals with academic, technical, and professional experience. While the MSISP requires fewer credit hours than the standard MSISP, it makes up for this in rigor and in its requirement that students proceed in a cohort through the program.

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“The need for professionals to extend their breadth of knowledge in the field of technology is essential as computers and information systems continue to play a significant role in business today,” said Dr. Gordon Jones, dean for the College of Professional Studies. “This is an exciting opportunity for professionals in the IT field to take advantage of one of the most advanced degrees offered that integrates technical expertise with information technology strategy and management.”

The MSIS for Professionals is practical, cutting-edge, and designed to prepare students for upward mobility in one of the most dynamic and demanding professions, said Jones. The curriculum will focus on the effective use of technology in modern organizations, with special emphasis on telecommunications, project management, security, and strategic planning. The program will equip executives, corporate information officers, IT managers, and IT specialists with advanced, practical skills in designing, implementing, and managing information systems.

Leadership positions in the technology-related field are expected to grow by double digits through 2010, according to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Nationally the U.S. Department of Commerce projects that by 2006 nearly half of all U.S. workers will be employed in industries that produce or intensively use information technology, products, and services.

“ Global competition, dramatic changes in cutting-edge technologies, and the pervasiveness of technology in society are just a few of the forces that are converging. From health care and government, to military and business, there are tremendous applications for information technology today,” Dr. Jones said.

Classes will be convenient: every Wednesday from 5:15 to 9:10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and will run continuously beginning Feb. 25, 2004 through May 28, 2005.

For more information, call the HPU Center for Graduate Studies at 544-0278, e-mail, or go online at



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