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Northwest Missouri State University


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Writing Samples

All graduate students must complete a writing sample during their first trimester of study. The program coordinator will inform you about the details.

Comprehensive Exams


Fall 2017 Friday, November 10, 2017 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Spring 2018 Friday, March 30, 2018 3:00-4:30 p.m.


When can I take comprehensive exams?

You must be admitted to candidacy in order to take comprehensive exams. Requirements for being admitted to candidacy include having a 3.0 grade-point-average. See the Graduate Catalog for more details on admission to candidacy and on eligibility for comprehensive exams. In addition, you must be in your last trimester of study, or you must be in your next-to-last trimester and have six or fewer hours left for the next trimester.

Course content is changing. Will the student be tested over what was in the course when they took the course or the current content?

Most courses change slowly, so you should have no difficulty answering most of the questions if you take comprehensive exams on schedule, during your last semester of study.

Part-time students should take comprehensive exams as soon as they are eligible, which will be when they have only six required hours left.

In establishing the minimum grade requirements for passing comprehensive exams, the faculty members have taken into account the fact that courses do change and that it will be difficult for a student to answer all of the questions. We do not expect any student to make 100% on the exam and therefore have set the passing grade to a lower value than we would for a normal in-class exam.

What is the format of the exam and which courses will be covered?

The MS-IS comprehensive exam will consist of multiple-choice questions.

Questions will reflect basic knowledge that any graduate should know. There will be 80 questions.

Students have 90 minutes to complete the exam.

What constitutes a passing grade on the exam?

A student who earns a minimum of 60% in the exam will pass.

Can I get access to my old course websites to download materials to study from?

No. It is your responsibility to download materials from each course website while taking the course. Course websites will not be available to you after the course ends.

What happens if I fail Comprehensive Exams?

You may attempt Comprehensive Exams three times. If you fail three times, you cannot graduate. Comprehensive exams are given only one time during each trimester, so if you fail, you must return the next trimester to re-take them. These rules are Graduate School rules, so the School of Computer Science and Information Systems cannot make changes or exceptions. See the Graduate Catalog for more details.

Capstone Project

Students in their final semester are required to complete a capstone Information Systems Development project to expose them to real world IT practices, enhance their communication skills and prepare them to enter the job market. This project involves implementation of all the knowledge gained from the courses taken in this program. The scope of these Information Systems projects include gathering requirements, performing analysis and design, developing data models and incorporating the database system to develop functional prototypes that can serve as a proof of concept on which a final system can be developed in the future.

Current Projects

M.S. Information Systems students graduating in Spring 2018 are working on two projects for the Learning & Teaching Center (LTC) and the Student Success Center (SSC) at Northwest Missouri State University.

Professional Inventory system for the LTC: This system will store evidence of profession-based learning experiences for Northwest students. The prototype will demonstrate how students can track their progress in profession-based learning experiences including course information, grades, outcome, and the associated activities. Students will be able to generate a document that summarizes their profession-based experiences.

Student Success Center Reporting System for the SSC: This system will provide a web application prototype for the professional advisors to use to generate reports. Advisors will be able to review data based on adviser, advisee, and other advisement information.

The LTC supports faculty in the development and sharing of pedagogical and content-specific knowledge, access to professional development support and resources, their teaching and professional activities, and current and emerging instructional technologies.

The SSC is the centralized hub for academic success at Northwest. The SSC supports student learning and contributes to growth and development from orientation to graduation. The Student Success Center focuses on transitioning, advising, supporting, and connecting students to maximize their academic potential.

Past Projects

Fall 2017

Project: Conference Center at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park (Maryville, Missouri)
Client: City of Maryville

Mozingo Lake Recreation Park is a premiere recreation destination for tourists and local residents consisting of 3000+ acres of park land and 1000-acre lake area. The recreation park promises excellent outdoor recreation opportunities including fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, golfing and remote control airfield. The Conference Center at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park is a premiere event destination at the park that is a perfect spot for all types of personal and professional events from corporate retreats and regional meetings to birthdays, reunions, and weddings offering a banquet seating up to 500 people.

The projects students are working on are:

  • Employee Management System
  • Beverage Inventory Management System
  • Room Management System
  • Supply Chain Management Systems