Masters in Information Systems Management - MISM 2024/2026 - (Two Years)


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map

Next Intake 2024


Masters in Information Systems Management (MISM) program is intended to provide the opportunity for professionals/executives to increase their breadth and depth of knowledge and qualifications in information systems processes and information resource management. Within this framework, graduates will be better prepared to contribute to the growth of the information systems/science discipline and industry while also enhancing their individual advancement opportunities. To this end, course content is to combine standard units of study in the field as well as elective units which can be clustered to exploit clear niche market opportunities. The MISM is specially intended to enable students to study a wider range of units with a substantial piece of research that may be directly applied and industry-relevant or to follow a research topic that may be a pathway to a higher degree such as a PhD.

  • To develop in students an awareness of human, organizational and social contexts in which information systems operate.
  • To familiarize students with the technologies to develop information systems.
  • To enable students to obtain practical skills in the techniques and technologies used to analyze, design, implement and maintain information systems.
  • To develop appropriate communication group working and research skills for enabling effective mediation between information resources, users and systems.

Semester I

MISM 6101 – Fundamentals of Information Systems and New Trends
MISM 6102 – Information Systems Project Management
MISM 6103 – Data and Information Management
MISM 6104 – Information Policy and Enterprise Architecture
MISM 6105 – Information Systems Modelling 

Semester II

MISM 6201 – Organizational IT Infrastructure Development
MISM 6202 – IS Strategy, Acquisition and Management
MISM 6203 – Information Assurance, Security and IT Law
MISM 6204 – Information for Decision Making and Business Intelligence
MISM 6205 – Introduction to Research Methods
MISM 6211 – Business Information (Elective)
MISM 6212 – Health Information (Elective)
MISM 6213 – Industrial Information (Elective)

Semester III

MISM 6301 – Information Literacy and Academic Writing
MISM 6302 – Advanced Research Methods and Statistics
MISM 6304 – Innovation and Entrepreneurship
MISM 6305 – Leadership and Professionalism

Semester IV

MISM 6303 – Research Seminar
MISM 6321 – Research project

The MISM programme consists of two academic years (four semesters) with fifteen (15) courses of 39 total credits, a research seminar which carries 03 credits and a   research project and dissertation of 18 credits. In each of the taught courses, 40 percent of the maximum marks shall be based on continuous assessments which shall assess the performance of the candidate at assignments, class-room tests, quizzes, reports, discussions, seminars, oral presentations, etc. The balance 60 percent of marks shall be used for assessing the performance of the candidates at the end-of-semester closed book written examination in an examination hall setting. Only at the end of the semester, I and II, written examinations will be held. Each of the fifteen (15) courses, research seminar, research project and dissertation shall carry a maximum Grade Point Value of 4.00. A candidate’s performance in each of the courses shall be graded according to the following scheme and the calculation of Grade Point Average (GPA) is carried out considering the Grade Point Value (GPV) for each such course and the Credits allocated accordingly.

After completion of the first academic year of the study (First and Second semesters) then from the beginning of the Third semester, candidate should work on original research study in the field of Information Systems Management under a supervisor appointed by the Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Board. She/He should submit a dissertation containing a minimum of 25,000 words and a maximum of 30,000 words based on the research. The dissertation should represent sustained research carried out in the field of Information Systems Management and be a presentation of original work incorporating analytical and/or critical review of the subject matter of research and study.

The registration for MISM shall be deemed to have lapsed at the expiry of its period of validity. A candidate whose registration has so lapsed may renew her/his registration for a further period of another academic year, provided the Faculty Board considers her/him eligible for such registration. However, no registration shall be renewed after the expiry of three academic years from the end of the first period of registration.

By-law of MISM

  • Duration:Two years
  • Weekend Programme
  • SLQF level: 10
  • Number of Credits: 60
  • Medium of Instructions: English
  1. A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university/institution in Information Systems Management; or
  2. Any other Bachelor’s degree, with prior learning/work experience in Information Systems Management; or
  3. Postgraduate Diploma (SLQF 8) from a recognized university/institution or an equivalent Qualification  acceptable to the  Faculty Board of the FGS  and the Senate of University of Colombo with prior learning/work experience  in Information Systems Management; or
  4. Professional qualification in Information Systems Management from a recognized professional body acceptable to the Faculty Board of the FGS  and the Senate of the University of Colombo with prior learning/work experience  in Information Systems Management; or
  5. Completion of NVQ level 7 (equivalent to Bachelor’s degree in SLQF)  with relevant work experience in Information Systems Management determined to be acceptable by the  Faculty  Board of the FGS  and the Senate  of the University of Colombo; And
  • A good knowledge of English language and satisfactory performance at a selection interview and/or selection test.
  • Each application under clause (v) shall be considered on its merit.
  • A person who wishes to apply for the FGS programmes shall forward the application to the Senior Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Graduate Studies, No.35/30, Pro. Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha, Colombo 07.
  • Applications can be downloaded from ( the faculty website.
  • The students will be selected through an interview or a placement test or both.
  • The next intake will be announced via the website, at the time of calling for applicants.
  • Professor Prathiba Mahanamahewa
  • Professor B. Nishantha
  • Dr. Rushan Abeygunawardana
  • Dr. Sajitha Dishanka
  • Dr. Dilina Herath
  • Mr. Chanuka Wattegama
  • Mr. Mangala Perera
  • Mr. Thepul Ginige
  • Mr. Nipuna Suduwella
  • Ms. Amila De Silva

Course Coordinator

Dr. Rushan Abeygunawardana
PhD, University of Colombo

Mobile: 0714425276 / 0770633637

Course Assistant

Ms. Ashika De Silva

Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56