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MS-ISM John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business Duquesne University


Duquesne University -- A Top 10 Catholic School

Duquesne University is a private, Catholic school located on a bluff overlooking the Monongahela River in uptown Pittsburgh, PA. The only Spiritan University in America, Duquesne consistently ranks amongst the top Catholic Universities in the nation thanks to a combination of award-winning faculty members and a tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne is consistently ranked in the top 10 among Catholic Schools in the nation by US News and World Reports.

Notable alumni include Cardinals of the Catholic Church and movers and shakers in government and industry.

A High Ranking School of Management

The Duquesne University Donohue Graduate School of Management programs are ranked in the top 25 worldwide by the Aspen Institute. The Donohue School of Business offers a Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems Management.

The master's program prepares students to implement technology to achieve business goals, emphasizing the study of information system architecture in real world applications.

The MS in Information Systems Management

Information System Management (ISM) at Duquesne is based on the understanding that data integrity is the core of modern business: well run systems are the keys to economic success. The program focuses on Information Systems (IS) audits, controls, and risk management within data system architecture and its effects over time. The goal is to create an understanding of the impact of technology decisions within the business world.

Students at Duquesne take 10-course central plans of study to earn their MS in Information Management services degrees. Topics include "Business Intelligence," "Database Management and Controls," "Enterprise Models," "IS Audit and control," "IS Policy and Strategy," "IS Security and Risk Management," "IT Infrastructure," "Project and Change Management," "Software Quality Management," and "Systems Analysis."

Award-winning Faculty Members

Distinguished faculty members in ISM at Duquesne are experts in information systems and infrastructure issues, combing academic achievement with years of hands-on experience in business and industry. Their commitment to excellence is matched only by the desire to assist students reach their maximum capabilities.

Notable members of the faculty include ISM master degree program director Kathleen S. Hartzel. Dr. Hartzel's research concentrates on computer-supported collaboration in groups and across organizations. A member of APICS, the Association for Operations Management and the PMI, Dr. Hartzel has earned certification in inventory management and CAPM designation in supply chain management. Professor Hartzel has also created the annual "Intercollegiate Project Management Triathlon," where teams of students from around the country engage in competition designed to test knowledge and technical ability in project management.

Professor William E. Spangler is an expert in information systems auditing, control, and security. His work has been published in numerous journals including "Management Science," "Decision Support Systems," "IEEE Transactions," and "Communications of the ACM." Dr. Spangler regularly leads International Program student groups, traveling to Europe, Japan, South America, India, and Africa.

Professor Charles Wood won the Best Paper Award from the American Marketing Association, as well as Best Paper at the Hawaii International Conference on System Science. Dr. Wood's research interests include behavioral changes among buyers and sellers in markets, especially in e-commerce. He has also conducted ground-breaking work on how seller reactions change competition, bundling decisions, and pricing.

A vibrant campus

Duquesne occupies 49 rolling acres on the Bluff above the Monongahela in Pittsburgh, Pa. Thirty-one buildings house the university's academic and social department along "College Way," a pedestrian only thoroughfare running through campus. Building styles are eclectic, including a gothic-style chapel, Victorian gilded age opulence, and modern structures, such as one building by noted architect Ludwig Mies van der Roeh.

Opportunities through the ISM Department include monthly meetings of the Donahue Business Society, a networking and career placement organization dedicated to connecting students to alumni and volunteer opportunities. The Duquesne Case Competition team has a long history of success in national competitions, including 3 1st place awards in a recent tournament at Loyola Marymount. The team has also competed at the international level, most recently in Montreal.

Duquesne is also home to a fast-growing chapter of Net Impact, a network of students and community activists dedicated to using business for positive social change.



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