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Master of Science

in
Information Systems
(MSIS)

Central Michigan University
Business Information Systems Department

GRADUATE STUDENT
HANDBOOK
2009 - 2010

....................................................................................................... 4 Certificate and Degree Requirements .................................................. 8 Business Processing Engineering (SAP) Courses (9 credits) .......... 4 Course Prerequisites..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12 Academic Probation ..... 13 Student Groups......................................................................... 10 Authorization of Graduate Degree Program ............................................................................................................ 8 BIS Course Descriptions ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 3 Overview ..................................................................... 12 Academic Integrity............................................ 9 Plan B Research Requirement Courses (6 credits) .. 4 Credit Hour Requirements ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 13 AITP ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 4 Admission ......... 11 Changing the program after the form is filed.................................................................................................................................................................................................. 6 Sequence of MSIS Courses ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12 Inactive Status .............................................................................................................. 11 Maximum Number of Transfer Credits .............................................................................................. 11 Processing the form................................... 11 Transfer Credits .............................. 12 Maximum and Minimum Academic Loads .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Table of Contents WELCOME .......................................................................................................................... 13 Time Limits ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8 MSIS Core Courses (15 credits) .................................. 10 Procedure ........................ 11 Full Time Student Status.......................................................................................................... 10 Dropping and Adding Classes ......................................................................................................................... 12 Students with Disabilities ........................................................................ 10 Registration .................................................................................... 13 MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 1 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 4 MSIS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS............................ 11 Transfer Procedure ................................................................................................................ 4 Graduate Student Responsibilities ...... 7 MSIS Student Learning Outcomes ............................

........................................ Graduate Student Association .................................................................. 19 Graduate Studies Assistantships ............................................................................................................................................. 16 Graduation Procedures ............................................................................................................... 22 MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 2 ....................................................................................... 20 Neighboring Regions Tuition Awards ............................................................ 14 Application Procedure ................................................................................................................................................. 20 MSIS Graduate Assistantships ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 19 Graduate Studies Fellowships ................................................................................................................. 19 King/Chavez/Parks Future Faculty Fellowships .............................................................. 17 Other Important Offices ................................. 20 On-Campus Employment................. 20 Other Financial Assistance Options .. 20 Financial Assistance/Graduate Research Fellowships/Graduate Assistantships ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 19 Out of State Tuition Merit Awards .................................... 16 Application Procedure ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 21 Business Information Systems Department ......... 20 Legacy Tuition Program ... 19 Graduate Assistantships ............ 14 Curricular Practical Training ..................... 13 Optional Practical Training ........................................ 18 Financial Assistance for Graduate Students ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 22 GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP APPLICATION .................................................

James Cappel Grawn 336A 989-774-3435 cappe1jj@cmich. Anil Kumar Grawn 320B 989-774-1906 kumar1a@cmich.edu/msis email: msis@cmich. Frank Andera Grawn 320C 989-774-6503 ander1fj@cmich.cba. Roger Hayen Grawn 302A 989-774-3889 hayen1rl@cmich. Nancy Hicks Grawn 338 989-774-3485 csapo1n@cmich.edu Dr.WELCOME to Central Michigan University and the Masters of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program.edu Dr. Robert Miller Grawn 317 989-774-2831 mille5re@cmich.edu Dr. Mark Hwang Grawn 302B 989-774-5900 hwang1m@cmich. Michelle Salmona Grawn 340 989-774-3514 salmo1ms@cmich.edu Dr.edu Dr. Monica Holmes Dean’s Office 989-774-3337 holme1mc@cmich. James Scott Grawn 337 989-774-4370 scott1jp@cmich.edu Dr.edu Dr.edu I wish you a great start of a successful study here at CMU.edu Dr. Your classes in information systems will be taught by faculty members whose expertise is in the information systems discipline. The contact information for our faculty members in the Business Information Systems Department is listed below for your reference: Dr. courses. Emil Boasson. Coordinator and Academic Advisor MSIS Program For more information. You have selected a program that will provide you with the opportunities to start careers in the information systems discipline. Emil Boasson Dr.edu Dr. Zhenyu Huang Grawn 305 989-774-7416 huang1z@cmich.cmich.edu MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 3 . graduation procedures and graduate assistantship.edu Dr.edu Dr. If you have more questions. class schedule. James Melton Grawn 334 989-774-3510 melto1jh@cmich. please contact the MSIS office in Grawn 305. Emil Boasson Grawn 322 989-774-3588 boass1e@cmich.edu Dr. please visit MSIS website: http://bis. This handbook contains important information concerning your study here including admission.

Certificate and Degree Requirements Credit Hour Requirements The MSIS program was originally designed to be a cohort program. Contact the advisor on a regular basis to keep informed of program requirements and to obtain general assistance on the completion of the program.) & ACC 202 (Concepts Managerial Acc.Overview Graduate Student Responsibilities The Graduate student is expected to: a.  ACC 201 (Concepts Financial Acc. Conditional: This means that you do not meet all the requirements for regular admissions. Students who begin the program in the spring must plan their sequence of courses ahead of time to avoid class conflicts. the College of Graduate Studies. you must file a Petition for Reclassification form to have your admission status changed. You must have regular admission to graduate. It is recommended that the students complete these classes prior to attending classes. Once you have finished your missing requirements. The minimum scores for CLEP Subject Examinations are determined by the department authorizing credit for the MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 4 . beginning in the fall. Admission When you applied to Central Michigan University. and the department. c. Assume primary responsibility for complying with all the regulations of the university. Course Prerequisites The following are prerequisites to the program. Regular: This means that you have fulfilled all the admission requirements. you were granted either regular or conditional admission. as all classes are not offered every semester. It is recommended that students work with their advisor to develop a schedule plan before beginning the program. Become familiar with the academic regulations of the university and the requirements of the specific educational program.)  MTH 217 (Business Calculus) or MTH 132 (Calculus)  BIS 221 (Computers in Business)  STA 282 (Introduction to Statistics) Prerequisites CLEP The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) sponsored by the College Board affords students and prospective students the opportunity to demonstrate their academic proficiency in various general areas and in specific subjects. and for meeting all requirements for the degree within the allowable time limits. b. You must have regular admission prior to your last semester to participate in the graduation ceremony. Students enrolled on a part-time basis must realize that it will take them longer to complete their degree. You will need to work with your advisor to sign a course of action to complete the missing requirements as soon as possible.

or CMU ID card is acceptable. To be eligible for credit for CLEP scores. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 5 . B. Government Issue ID. Credit earned through the CLEP Humanities General Examination and the CLEP Social Sciences-History General Examination may NOT be used to satisfy University Program requirements.  Scheduling for an Exam o Information and registration materials for CLEP examinations are available at the Computer Based Testing Center (Lower Level Robinson Dining Commons). this evidence will be evaluated by the Registrar's Office with credit being granted in appropriate areas. When a student submits evidence of achievement by CLEP. You can register over the phone with a credit card or at the CBTC. subject. C.  4 Year BTech o Prerequisites are satisfied if you have taken A9902 Mathematics – I. C9902 Managerial Economics & Financial Analysis. A valid driver's license. a student must have been granted regular undergraduate admission at CMU and an official score report must be on file. A9901 Mathematics –II. Credit for the CLEP General Examinations in Humanities and/or Social Science/History must be taken before the first day of classes as a freshman. A student is not considered to have been enrolled in a course if they have dropped the course during the regular drop/add period at the beginning of the semester. C9901 Probability & Statistics. Identification: A photo-bearing identification card will be required the day of the test. The student may not at any time have been enrolled in the course for which credit is being sought nor in a higher level course in the same subject. There is a $25 scheduling fee that you must pay at the time you submit your registration in order to reserve a testing time. A. passport. Others will be looked at on a case by case basis.

e. SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS (COMPUTER RELATED CLASSES) Minimum 3 semesters and 1 summer course BIS 647s (3) SAP Enterprise Software Management BIS 667 (3) Electronic Business E-Commerce BIS 632 (3) Network Systems Management Or Graduate level programming class.MSIS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS REQUIRED CORE COURSES: 21 CREDITS BIS 630 (3) System Analysis & Design BIS 628 (3) Transaction Processing Systems BIS 638 (3) Database Management for Business Systems BIS 633 (3) Decision Support Systems (DSS) BIS 634 (3) Information Resource Management (IRM) BIS 625 (3) Research in Information Systems BIS 635 (3) Business Systems Applications (*Required Plan B Project) REQUIRED COMPREHENSIVE EXAM TAKEN DURING LAST SEMESTER. GENERAL BUSINESS MKT 560 (3) International Marketing ECO 508 Monetary MKT 650 (2) MKT Research Managerial ECO 572 International Monetary Applications ECO 532 Forecasting MKT 555 (3) Forecasting ECO 585 & 565 MGT 533 (3) Purchasing Strategies ACC 536 (3) Forensic ACC MGT 542 (3) Inventory & Materials Mgt MGT 543 (3) Mgt and Control of Quality MGT 545 (3) Operation Strategies FINANCE MGT 635s (2) Employee Compensation Practice and Process ELECTIVES OTHER THAN THESE MUST BE APPROVED BY RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENT CHAIRS. CONCENTRATION OPTIONS: 9 CREDITS 1. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 6 . JAVA.g. You must inform the Director of the MSIS program that you want to take the comprehensive exam.. Visual Basic if approved 3. BUSINESS PROCESSING ENGINEERING (SAP) Minimum 4 semesters BIS 647s (3) SAP Enterprise Software Management BIS 657s (3) ABAP Programming for Managerial Systems BIS 658s (3) SAP Configuration and Implementation 2.

it is very important to take the classes as suggested. Although it is not required to graduate within 2 years.cmich. part-time students and students who have prerequisites must develop a different plan with their advisor. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 7 . check out the details on the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems at http://www. If you are interested in taking only classes in SAP and cannot come to campus. it is important to take 3 classes each semesters.Sequence of MSIS Courses Courses in the MSIS program are typically taken in the sequence noted below. if your plan is to do so. Concentration: Business Processing Engineering (SAP) (MOST POPULAR CHOICE BECAUSE OF INDUSTRY DEMANDS) Fall BIS 638 (3) Database Management for Business Systems BIS 628 (3) Business Transaction Processing Systems BIS 625 (3) Research in Information Systems Spring BIS 647s (3) SAP Enterprise Software for Management BIS 630 (3) Systems Analysis & Design BIS 634 (3) Information Resources Management No Summer Fall BIS 657s (3) ABAP Programming for Managerial Business BIS 633 (3) Decision Support Systems BIS 635 (3) Business Systems Applications Spring BIS 658s (3) Configuration & Implementation Special Studies in BIS April Date: TBA Comprehensive Exam Due to class scheduling.edu/onlineMBA/SAPgradcert/. however.cel.

Students will learn the concepts and techniques of on-line. apply systems development concepts effectively to all phases of an information systems development project. Students may have the opportunity to learn DBMS software such as MS Access and Oracle. Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA or MSIS program. 3. 4. ACC 201 and ACC 202 or ACC 250 and ACC 255. demonstrate and apply knowledge of database concepts with emphasis on the relational model and its application to business systems. or any Faculty to teach the courses as they are described below. apply appropriate research methods in conducting information systems research. MTH 132 or MTH 217 and STA 282. or permission of the MBA or MSIS director. will be used to develop information systems for processing business transactions. thus demonstrating knowledge of the integration of MIS concepts. Course content and the number of credits for any course are subject to change at any time. interactive and file-oriented systems for processing daily business transactions. the Business Information Systems Department. BIS Course Descriptions Note: All information regarding the MSIS program and courses is subject to change at any time.MSIS Student Learning Outcomes Upon graduation. BIS 638-Database Management for Business Systems (3 credits) Description: Database concepts with emphasis on the relational model and its application to business systems. Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA program or MSIS program or permission of the MBA director or MSIS director and completion of the following or equivalent courses: BIS 221 or BIS 255. a procedural programming language. BIS 628-Business Transaction Process Systems (3 credits) Description: COBOL. develop a decision support system using a fourth-generation language. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 8 . and 7.7 with no course grade lower than a C. complete the analysis and design of an information system. 2. A system model is developed. develop a transaction processing system using a procedural programming language. with a minimum grade-point of 2. 6. students earning this degree should be able to: 1. identify various types of information technologies and how these technologies can be applied to help organizations meet their goals. The information presented here is to give students a general idea of the prerequisites and course descriptions and in no way represents a commitment by Central Michigan University. MSIS Core Courses (15 credits) BIS 630-Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits) Description: Business systems modeling. 5. planning and developing systems prototypes.

BIS 657s-ABAP/4 Programming for SAP R/3 (3 credits) Description: ABAP/4 programming language will be used to customize SAP R/3 interfaces and programs through individual and group assignments and projects. ACC 201 and ACC 202 or ACC 250 and ACC 255. with a minimum grade-point of 2. MTH 132 or MTH 217 and STA 282. Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA program or MSIS program or permission of the MBA director or MSIS director and completion of the following or equivalent courses: BIS 221 or BIS 255.7 with no course grade lower than a C.7 with no course grade lower than a C. BIS 633-Decision Support Systems (3 credits) Description: Concepts and practices of decision support systems for managers. and BIS 630.7 with no course grade lower than a C. Prerequisites: BIS 628 (or another 4GL programming language) or BIS 640. A decision support system is developed using fourth-generation computer language. Prerequisites: BIS 628 (or another 4GL programming language) or BIS 640. ACC 201 and ACC 202 or ACC 250 and ACC 255. BIS 634-Information Resources Management (3 credits) Description: Overview of the issues involved in the management of information assets in organizations.Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA or MSIS program. with a minimum grade-point of 2. BIS 647s. or permission of the MBA or MSIS director. or permission of the MBA or MSIS director. specifically SAP R/3. BIS 647s and admission o the MBA or MSIS program. includes current research issues. with a minimum grade-point of 2. This course should be taken during the students last semester Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA program or MSIS program or permission of the MBA director or MSIS director and completion of the following or equivalent courses: BIS 221 or BIS 255. BIS 658s-SAP R/3 Configuration and Implementation (3 credits) Description: Students will learn how to configure and SAP R/3 system through individual and group assignments and projects. Business Processing Engineering (SAP) Courses (9 credits) BIS 647s-Introduction to SAP R/3 Enterprise Software (3 credits) Description: Overview of packaged software or enterprise software. or permission of the MBA or MSIS director. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 9 . MTH 132 or MTH 217 and STA 282. admission o the MBA or MSIS program. Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA program or MSIS program or permission of the MBA director or MSIS director and completion of the following or equivalent courses: BIS 221 or BIS 255. ACC 201 and ACC 202 or ACC 250 and ACC 255. MTH 132 or MTH 217 and STA 282. Emphasis is placed on designing for convergent technologies as well as on inherent societal issues. BIS 657s.

If the student does not pass the exam the second time. A student. Prerequisites: admission o the MBA or MSIS program. may re-take the exam once. This class is usually offered only to students in their last semester. No exceptions.cmich. he/she must re-take one or more courses. The exam is offered on a specific date each semester which is determined by the MSIS director. Non-MSIS/MBA students can email the Director of the MSIS program at msis@cmich. BIS 635-Business Systems Applications (3 credits) Description: Students will complete a substantial written report in the application of information systems. They can also call 989-774- 4364. Prerequisites: BIS 630 Comprehensive Exam (pass/fail status) Description: Each student must pass a written comprehensive exam in information systems. Dropping and Adding Classes Courses are added only by the Director of the MSIS program. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 10 . who does not pass the exam.edu during the times listed for drop and add. They may also drop or add a class during the walk-in registration period at the Bovee Center. Students will prepare a proposal for the Plan B research Project. Students must fill out an application and submit to the MSIS director in Grawn 305 at the beginning of their last semester in order to take the Comprehensive Exam. The project will typically include a significant information systems development activity demonstrating evidence of creative ability. or permission of the MBA or MSIS director. Students must take the exam on the scheduled date. The exam is taken during a student’s last semester. Students may drop a class using the on-line registration through https://portal. Registration Procedure Only students who are admitted to the MSIS or MBA programs are allowed to register for the BIS classes. please talk to your advisor. Dropping or Adding classes after the official drop/add period is permitted only in exceptional situations and requires the approval of the department chairperson.edu to register for these classes. If you are having severe difficulty in a course. A $100 late registration fee is charged to a student’s account when they initiate registration on the first day of classes.Plan B Research Requirement Courses (6 credits) BIS 625 -Research in Information Systems (3 credits) Description: Developing and refining business communication skills.

The form requires the signature of the advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. the student must fill out a Transfer Credit Request form. certificate programs allow a maximum of 6 semester hours and master’s degree programs allow a maximum of 15 semester hours. Transfer credits are acceptable only if these conditions are met: credits must be earned at a college or university of recognized standing. In order to determine the maximum number of transfer credits allowable on a specific program. the student must have a B or higher in the course(s). the credits must be earned within the time limit for completion of the degree. all requirements for the graduate degree will be recorded on the Authorization of Graduate Degree Program form. the student should consult the Graduate Bulletin. the student’s transcript is compared with the Authorization of Graduate Degree Program on file in the College of Graduate Studies. The original of this form must be on file in the College of Graduate Studies. Changing the program after the form is filed Any changes to an authorized program should be made via the Course Substitution Form available in the College of Graduate Studies.Authorization of Graduate Degree Program The Authorization of Graduate Degree Program form is the official document that lists all requirements for a student’s graduate degree. Information can be found under Graduate Transfer Credit Policy. Transfer Procedure In order to receive transfer credit. This form specifies course requirements at CMU as well as acceptable transfer credits and is signed by the advisor. The advisor should evaluate credits eligible for transfer in terms of the Graduate Transfer Credit Policy published in the Graduate Bulletin. Transfer Credits An important responsibility of the graduate advisor is to carefully review student transcripts for acceptable transfer credits. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 11 . When a student applies for graduation. Maximum Number of Transfer Credits CMU graduate programs all have a maximum number of allowable transfer credits. Generally. This should be done prior to signing the Authorization of Graduate Degree Program form if transfer credits are included. Processing the form The advisor will meet with the student shortly after admission to the College of Graduate Studies. At this time.

It is expected that students will assess need. a student must show satisfactory progress toward regaining a 3. International students without graduate assistantships are required to enroll for a minimum of nine (9) hours per semester in order to maintain their student visa status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. and ethics in their areas of study. Unless financial or immigration requirements necessitate defining a minimum number of hours for status as a full-time graduate student.0 cumulative GPA. Academic dishonesty. writing. assessment.Full Time Student Status The College of Graduate Studies considers a normal load for full-time resident study to be 9-12 hours in the fall or spring semester and 4-6 hours in a six-week summer session. which includes cheating. plagiarism and other forms of dishonest or unethical behavior. there is no minimum load requirement for graduate studies. Once placed on probation. is prohibited. Written or other work which students submit must be the product of their own efforts and must be consistent with appropriate standards of professional ethics. programs and services. ability. a student must take a min. a student must take five (5) credit hours. DSS Liaison or Ms.0 in any session. Academic Probation If a student’s GPA drops below a 3. DSS Coordinator at 1-800-950-1144 ext 3264 at least 4 weeks prior to a scheduled event or commencement of classes. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 12 . International students who have a GA are required to enroll in a min. (See pg. Ernie Bedford. a graduate student may not enroll for more than 15 credits in the fall or spring semester. Students with Disabilities Central Michigan University provides students with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in university activities. by earning a grade point average ABOVE a 3. Kari Rojas. and other factors judiciously and register for a class load that permits one to maintain graduate standards. Students with disabilities requiring an accommodation should contact Mr. the student is placed on probation. of nine (9) credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. of six (6) hours. In the academic community the high value placed on truth implies a corresponding intolerance of scholastic dishonesty. Exceptions to the limitation require approval of the graduate advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. To qualify as a part-time student. Note: BIS requires all international students to take three (3) classes each semester. Academic Integrity Because academic integrity is a cornerstone of the University’s commitment to the principles of free inquiry.0 during the next semester. Some loan programs require six (6) credit hours for part-time status. To qualify as a full-time student for financial benefits under Veteran’s or Social Security Administration programs or other CMU financial aid programs. students are responsible for learning and upholding professional standards of research. nor may the student enroll for more than 15 credits in the two summer sessions combined. 8) Maximum and Minimum Academic Loads Limits are set on the number of credits that a graduate student may take in a given semester. Specifically.

If a student fails to obtain a GPA higher than 3. a student must reapply to the College of Graduate Studies but will not have to pay the application fee providing the student is applying to the same program. the student will be taken off probation. Take a look around our website to learn more about CMU's chapter of AITP and how you can become an active member.0. or admission standards may change. Inactive Status If. no further graduate credit is earned for 3 consecutive years.When the GPA reaches 3.rso. Weekly meetings allow you to gain knowledge about the IT industry. http://www.edu/AITP/ Graduate Student Association The College of Business Administration Graduate Business Students Association provides an avenue for networking through social and professional events to help its members. after completing one or more courses. The networking and educational experience AITP brings is a great way to enhance your college experience. no guarantees that the student will be readmitted. since some departments have limited openings available for graduate students. he or she may be continued only if the department makes a specific request and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies concurs.0 GPA by the end of the second session. However. of course. The National conference lets you compete in specialized areas of technology against AITP students from around the country. Time Limits Two calendar years should be adequate for the completion of the MSIS degree program.cmich. A department may ask to extend the probation for an additional session if circumstances warrant.0 in the first session following notification of probation status. Unless the College of Graduate Studies has granted a policy exception. http://www. in all instances requirements must be met within 7 years from the time of your initial coursework. the department may recommend to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies that the student be removed from the degree program.edu/cbagsa/ MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 13 . To reactivate the admission status. If a student does not regain a 3. There are. transfer credit that is more than 7 years old at the time of graduation will not count towards a graduate degree program.cmich. Student Groups AITP AITP brings in experts from the IT workforce and lets you hear what real world jobs in business and technology are all about. a student is classified as inactive and admission is terminated.rso.

While on OPT. 2. Make an appointment with an advisor and bring the following to the OIE: a. While school is in session. provided that OPT does not exceed 20 hours a week. individuals are still considered to be F-1 students at CMU although they may be working elsewhere in the United States. A recommendation letter from your academic advisor or department chairperson (a sample is included in the application packet). Optional practical training is available in the following circumstances: 1. of all course requirements for the degree (excluding thesis or equivalent). An F-1 student may apply for authorization for temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student’s major area of study. OPT must be completed within a 14-month period following the completion of study.Optional Practical Training (OPT) Central Michigan University Office of International Education General Information Practical training may be authorized to an F-1 student who has lawfully enrolled at CMU on a full-time basis for one full academic year. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 14 . Students continue to be responsible for informing CMU and the Office of International Education of their current address until their OPT has been completed and they leave the United States. or. b. or. Authorization to engage in OPT is automatically terminated when the student transfers to another school or begins study at another educational level. Application Procedure 1. and is eligible for registration and intends to register for the next semester. INS Form I-765 completed. OPT must be requested prior to the completion of all course requirements for the degree or prior to the completion of the course of study. 3. indicating (c)(3)(B) in item 16. The student may be authorized 12 months of practical training and becomes eligible for another 12 months when he/she changes to a higher educational level. During the student’s annual vacation and at other times when school is not in session if the student is currently enrolled. It is intended to provide hands-on practical work experience complementary to the academic program. After completion of the course of study. The student seeking OPT may not accept employment until he/she has been issued an Employment Authorization Document (EAD card). (part- time OPT is calculated at half the full-time rate).

d. you will submit the following documents to the USCIS: a. The OIE will inform you when this I-20 is ready. please submit a copy to the OIE. Students must continue to keep the OIE informed of their current addresses during their period of OPT. d. e. c. Students making a trip outside the United States while on OPT after graduation will need their Form I-20 endorsed by an advisor within the last six months for re-entry to the United States. A valid student visa in your passport 2. Check or money order for $340 payable to Citizenship and Immigration Service Mail the documents by certified mail with return receipt to the following address: CIS Service Center P. a SEVIS I-20 will be printed. Once you receive your EAD. Photocopies of your current and previous I-20s. Original Form I-765 b. After reviewing the material listed above. Once you receive your SEVIS I-20. Photocopy of first three pages of passport and visa page f.O. 3. the advisor will send an OPT recommendation to the CIS electronically. Box 87765 Lincoln. be prepared to submit the following documents or information at the border: 1. Passport and Form I-94 2. A letter from your employer stating you are expected to return to your position upon re- entry MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 15 . If the CIS accepts your application. USCIS requires students to notify the OIE within 10 days of a change of address. g. Photocopy of Form I-94. Photocopy of the SEVIS I-20 with OPT recommendation. Your EAD card 3. NE 68501-7765 NOTES: Students may not legally begin working until the CIS has issued an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and the employment date has been reached. In addition. front and back. Two photos meeting CIS specifications see attached examples. Photocopies of all previous I-20s. c.

CPT does not need to be credit bearing. prior to completion of that program. He/she will indicate whether the training is full-time or part-time. as the employment authorization will be employer specific. length and location of employment. you must have a job offer. the employer’s identification information and the dates of practical training. Once you receive your CPT endorsed Form I-20. Application Procedure Make an appointment with an OIE advisor and bring the following: Passport and Form I-94. The advisor will update your record in SEVIS for CPT that is directly related to your major area of study. Students who have received one year or more of full-time curricular practical training in an academic level are ineligible for optional practical training (OPT) in that same academic level To be eligible for curricular practical training. In addition. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 16 . date and issue you an updated Form I-20. Your academic program offers credit-bearing training opportunities that are an important. but optional part of the program of study. Current and any previous Form I-20 If it is determined that you are eligible to receive CPT. practical work experience in situations where the work serves as an integral part of a student’s academic program.Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Central Michigan University Office of International Education General Information Curricular Practical Training for F-1 students is intended to provide hands-on. In this case. you may engage in curricular practical training from the start date indicated on the Form I-20. The advisor will then issue a SEVIS Form I-20 indicating that CPT has been approved. Next. Letter of Curricular Training offer from prospective employer stating terms. an OIE advisor will authorize your request. at least one of the following conditions must be met: Your academic program requires employment in the field of study as a condition of graduation. Students that have been in F-1 status for one academic year may apply to participate in this type of training. Completed Form Curricular Practical Training Recommendation (attached). he/she will sign. this will serve as your authorization to work.

along with a check or money order for the $50. g. After the audit is complete. approximately 8 weeks before the end of the semester. Audit After a student submits a Graduation Application form. Students who fail to complete requirements by the deadline will receive a Failure to Complete Requirements For Graduation form. f. e. h. Complete all requirements pertinent to Plan B.Graduation Procedures To graduate. indicating that they will not graduate at the upcoming graduation and advising them to apply for the next graduation period. Pass the comprehensive exam. Earn at least a “C” in each course applied to MSIS. written verification is available. the student’s record is audited in the College of Graduate Studies to verify completion of program requirements. Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. b. a master’s degree student must: a. d. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 17 . Send a completed Graduation Application form. If a student needs evidence of degree completion in less than 6 weeks.00 fee. the audit form indicates what the student must do before graduating. Earn 15 or more hours for the degree in courses at or above the 600 level. Diplomas Diplomas are mailed to students about 6 weeks after commencement. c. and Students must apply for graduation themselves through the Graduate School. Have regular admission to the degree program. Deadline dates are published in the current Graduate Bulletin. In the latter case. the student and advisor will each be mailed an audit form Your Progress Towards Graduation indicating either that all requirements are satisfied or that the student has requirements left to complete. Fulfill all requirements of the chosen curriculum and all other university regulations pertaining to the program. File an Authorization of Graduate Degree Program form. to the College of Graduate Studies.

OIA staff members also conduct programs and workshops covering issues such as work authorization.com/er/security/login. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 18 . M-F Phone: 989-774-4308 Besides orientation and advising services. or 79 iBT and above. Roger Coles Phone: 989-774-4890 Director of Graduate Admissions: Judy Prince Phone: 989-774-1059 The College of Graduate Studies handles all types of issues relating to graduate students. The grad office processes Fellowship and graduation applications. employer referral program. all students enrolled in the Institute.erecruiting. career resource center. before they pursue their studies full-time. In any case. 550 PBT. the English Language Institute offers a series of courses to assist students whose native language is not English to acquire the level of proficiency adequate for success in academic study. Career Services Location: Bovee University Center 215 Location: Grawn 112 Hours: 8am-5pm.. etc. depending on their level of proficiency. Only international students who have received TOEFL scores of 213 CBT. English Language Institute (ELI) Location: Anspach Hall 212 Phone: 989-774-2567 If you are an International Student. mock interviews. must be certified by the Institute as having attained proficiency in academic English. M-F Hours: Posted Phone: 774-3068 Phone: 989-774-7205 Services provided are free of charge and include: career advising. On the basis of their placement scores. Students must enroll in the Institute full-time or part-time. undergraduate students (1) will be required to enroll in ENG 198-199. driving in the U. Because TOEFL scores are not always a reliable predictor of proficiency in English for academic tasks. the Institute gives new non-native speakers of English a placement test to determine their actual proficiency. American Language for International Students (or equivalent courses such as ENG 101 or ENG 103-099).Other Important Offices Office of Graduate Studies Location: Foust 100 Hours: 8am-5pm. and internship fairs. study skills. internship center. employment vacancy bulletin. cross-cultural communication. M-F Interim Dean: Dr. CMU eRecruiting Network: http://cmich. or IELTS scores of 6. the OIA coordinates a number of programs designed to help students become familiar with campus and community life. from admission through awarding of graduate certificates and degrees. on-campus interviewing program.5 and above may be granted regular admission. resume critiques.jsp Office of International Affairs (OIA) Location: Bovee 106 Hours: 8am-5pm. Successful completion of which demonstrates competence in basic writing or speech or both.S. nutrition.

Awarded to master’s students* for the entire academic year. Statement of qualifications / goals for graduate study. No work requirement. Types: teaching. Contact your department for more information. * Doctoral students should apply for Doctoral Research Fellowships instead. Further details are on the application form. Open to master’s and doctoral students who are U. 6 each year.htm Deadline March 31.312.edu/forms. May be awarded for a semester only or for the entire academic year. Can be awarded a full.300 (average – can vary by department).300.760.edu/forms.cmich. 2008-2009 full-time master’s GA terms: Stipend: $10. King/Chavez/Parks Future Faculty Fellowships Administered by the College of Graduate Studies through support from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth with the goal of increasing the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers. Required to work 20 hours per week for department. Provides resident tuition for academic year & subsequent summer.grad. Decisions are generally made in February or March for following fall. Graduate Studies Assistantships Administered by the College of Graduate Studies. Some programs require GRE scores with GA applications. Provides resident tuition. Applications/information available at www. 2008-2009 Graduate Studies Fellowship: Stipend: $10. Tuition remission: 24 credits ($388 each) valued at $9. Graduate Studies Fellowships Administered by the College of Graduate Studies Applications/information available at www. Application for graduate admission & transcripts on file. citizens and residents of Michigan.S. Some departments make GA applications available on websites.htm Deadline Feb.or part-time GA.grad. or administrative (depending upon program).cmich. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 19 . Three letters of recommendation.Financial Assistance for Graduate Students Graduate Assistantships Administered by & applied for through departments/programs. Tuition remission: 20 credits ($388 each) valued at $7. research. Requirements: GRE or GMAT score.

0 GPA). please visit https://bulletins. Illinois.edu/2009/ug/Financial%20Aid/Memorial. No application deadline. no application necessary.grad.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA 2.htm. Good for the duration of the program contingent upon the recipient remaining in good standing (3.edu/forms.0 GPA). Out of State Tuition Merit Awards Grant in-state (Michigan resident) tuition to students admitted to a CMU graduate program. Three Requirements must be met: 1. 205 Warriner Hall. On-Campus Employment Jobs are available on campus through the Student Employment Office. Students interested in graduate Research Fellowships should contact the College of Graduate Studies.edu/. Telephone: (989) 774-GRAD. There is no guarantee that any financial assistance.edu. MI 48859. e-mail: CMUOSFA@cmich. with terms of award like departmental assistantships. Pleasant.asp Further information about scholarships. Other Financial Assistance Options Various department-specific scholarships are available.cmich. Pleasant. Neighboring Regions Tuition Awards Automatically awarded only to residents of Ohio. Legacy Tuition Program Students with at least one parent or grandparent who has graduated with an earned degree from CMU are eligible for in-state tuition. No application necessary. and other forms of financial assistance is available through CMU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Financial Assistance/Graduate Research Fellowships/Graduate Assistantships Students interested in financial assistance should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. (989) 774-3881. Vacancies are also posted on the web at http://ses. For a listing. graduate research fellowships or graduate assistantships will be available.cmich. and Indiana who have a 3. loans. Michigan 48859. (888) 392-0007 or (989) 774-3674. Application available at www. by e-mail at CMUOSFA@cmich. Mt.cmich. One of the following: 560 GRE Verbal and 66 GRE Quantitative scores OR 600 GMAT score OR 55 MAT score Granted automatically by the College of Graduate Studies.3 or higher cumulative undergraduate GPA. Good for the duration of the program contingent upon the recipient remaining in good standing (3.cmich. or on the web at http://financialaid. Awarded for two years. Fax: (989) 774-3634.edu. Grant in-state (Michigan resident) tuition to students admitted to a CMU graduate program.edu/. e-mail: GRAD@cmich. 600 (250) TOEFL score for non-native speakers of English 3. Central Michigan University. 206 Bovee University Center. 3. Central Michigan University. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 20 . Telephone (989) 774-3674. Mt.edu.

3. There are no graduate assistant positions available in the summer. Call the English Language Institute at (989) 774-2567 before applying. Appointment to an assistantship is an honor by which academic excellence is encouraged and rewarded. If you are an international student. 2. Appointments are awarded to students who have records of high quality academic attainment in the past or who are judged to offer promise of high quality academic achievement in the future. This test is given at the beginning of the semester. 5. Graduate assistants are paid a stipend and are given a certain number of hours of tuition free enrollment in courses during their assistantships. *All applicants might be required to give a presentation on a teaching topic selected by the BIS department. MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 21 . If you are currently holding a graduate assistantship position with the BIS department. 4. The Department offers full or part time positions depending on Department needs. Complete a graduate assistantship application plus submit a Letter of Interest. current resume. HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ASSISTANTSHIP 1. an unofficial transcript and a class schedule for the semester that you are applying to be a GA. If you have another visa or work authorization card please contact the Office of International Education. date. the English writing and speaking test are required. 7. 6. assist instructors with classroom activities or assist in research projects.MSIS Graduate Assistantships A small number of graduate assistantships are available for students who are working on their MSIS degree. Graduate Assistants may teach introductory courses. class schedule and application each semester. and place to be determined. Time. You will need an F1 or J1 visa to work on campus. The deadline for Fall graduate assistant positions is April 1 and the deadline for Spring is November 1. submit your updated resume. MSIS students are given priority for Graduate assistantship appointments in the BIS department.

your position may be terminated. Nov 1st for Spring semester All hired GA’s are required to be back on campus the week before classes begin to attend training. Business Information Systems Department Central Michigan University GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP APPLICATION Deadline for submission: April 1st for Fall semester. research for a publication) _________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ List CMU courses taken (if any): ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 22 . Name: _____________________ ______________ _______ DOB: _____ / _____ / ____ Last First Initial mm dd yyyy Student ID # ___________________ CMU Email address: _____________________________ Permanent Address ____________________________________________________________ Phone # _________________________ Current Address ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Phone # _________________________ Have you been admitted to the College of Graduate Studies? (Yes/No) __________________ Have you been accepted into the MSIS graduate program? (Yes/No) ____________________ Do you have another job? (Yes/No) Where? ________________________________________ Do you have another GA appointment in another department? (Yes/No) Where/How many hrs? ____________________________________________________________________________ Do you give the BIS department permission to release your academic transcripts to Faculty Personnel Services in the event you are hired? (Yes/No) ______________________________ Are your skills better suited for Research or Teaching? ________________________________ Please explain: _______________________________________________________________ List all your skills that would be relevant to this position: (ex: blackboard. SAP. experience in SPSS. If you cannot make this deadline.

English Language exam completed. If you are an international student. Graduate assistantship appointments in the be determined. the BIS department. submit your updated resume and d. You will need an F1 or J1 visa to work on campus. Central Michigan University 4. CMU (989) 774. Letter of Interest assistantship position with the BIS c.edu 5. Please make sure that your application and any presentation on a teaching topic selected by supporting materials are complete. Current Resume department. Pleasant. BIS department are contingent upon admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Please submit application materials to: acceptance into the Master of Science in BIS Department. If you are currently holding a graduate b.Please provide the names and phone numbers of at least three references. If you have another visa or work MSIS Handbook 2009-2010 (Version 4) Page 23 . Michigan 48859 take the writing and speaking test at the Phone: 989-774-3554 English Language Institute. At least one reference should be a faculty member: Name Phone Number Email ____________________________ _______________________ ______________________ ____________________________ _______________________ ______________________ ____________________________ _______________________ ______________________ Previous Graduate Information Institute Degree/Major GPA Date Received ____________________________ ____________________ ____________ ___________ ____________________________ ____________________ ____________ ___________ ____________________________ ____________________ ____________ ___________ Comments/Other Information Other Relevant Work Experience General Information 1. you must Mt. Grawn 305 Information Systems graduate program. Complete applications require the following: authorization card please contact Office of a. This Graduate Assistantship Application International Education. form (completed) 6. Applicants may be required to give a 2. and place to 3. needed. date. Time. 7. Fax: 989-774-3356 2567 before applying. if application each semester. Email: msis@cmich.