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Information Systems Education Journal, v11 n6 p40-49 Dec 2013

This article describes the creation of the Master of Science of Computer Science and Information Systems at University of North Carolina Wilmington. The creation of this graduate degree was funded by the Sloan Foundation as a new type of program, the Professional Master's. The program was designed with significant industry input, and is truly interdisciplinary, spanning not only departments, but schools and colleges. The planning, start-up, operation, and formal review of the program are reviewed. IS Educators planning or administering graduate programs should benefit from the review of challenges and solutions provided.

Descriptors: Masters Programs, Program Development, Interdisciplinary Approach, Information Systems, Program Evaluation, Computer Science Education, Departments, Program Descriptions, Program Administration, Educational History, Accreditation (Institutions), Feedback (Response), Student Recruitment, Student Evaluation, Employment Potential, Job Placement, Scheduling, Evaluation Methods, Skill Development

Information Systems and Computing Academic Professionals. Box 488, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. e-mail: publisher[at]; Web site:

Autor: Kline, Douglas M.; Vetter, Ron; Barnhill, Karen


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