MS in Business: Information Systems
Information systems is a strategic asset to any organization. How information is organized, managed and made available to decision makers can be the key to gaining a competitive advantage. And the systems that capture, support and analyze a firm’s information can be the difference between a firm that survives and a firm that soars.
The Smith Master of Science in Business: Information Systems program prepares you to lead in the ongoing technology revolution. Throughout the curriculum, the emphasis is on helping you understand how organizations can best manage technology to extract maximum strategic and tactical value. Accordingly, you’ll learn how to manage enterprises by effectively leveraging technology in every aspect of the business process. You’ll develop the latest technical skills and be well-positioned to work for a variety of organizations in exciting roles that are literally changing the world.
You’ll learn from the best minds in information systems today. Smith Faculty members are among the finest IS minds in the world. They serve as top consultants and advisors to Fortune 500 and multinational corporations. They are acknowledged thought leaders in Web 2.0 technologies, project management, transformational and disruptive technologies, and the impact and management of technology in organizations.
And, you’ll learn in one of the strongest IT regions in the world. Classes are held at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus, a short distance from Washington, D.C. Spanning from Baltimore to Northern Virginia, the Washington, D.C. region is one of the strongest IT regions in the world—a choice, sophisticated area in which to learn, work and network in the IS profession.
The MSB in IS program only admits students during the fall semester.
The following are required to be considered for admission into the program:
- The equivalent of a US bachelor's degree with sufficient mathematical background.
- The Graduate Record Examination® (GRE®) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test® (GMAT®). At least one official score must be submitted.
- A completed online application form that includes a written essay articulating your qualifications and motivation for pursuing advanced education.
- Application fee of $75.
- The online application allows you to upload a copy of your transcript(s) for each college or university attended. If the transcript where you received your degree does not state the degree was conferred, please also upload a diploma or copy of your degree received (most schools already list the conferred degree on the transcript). If you are formally admitted to the University of Maryland, you will be required to submit an official transcript at new student orientation. If your transcript is not in English, please also upload a copy of your transcript translated into English.
- Two letters of recommendation from supervisors within your organization or from professors familiar with your work.
- Admissions interview, if required. After initial screening, the Admissions Office may select candidates for interviews which may be done in person or by telephone. The Admissions Office will contact you to schedule an interview time.
- Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS official scores).
- For any international student needing an F1 visa, a completed certification of finance form and supporting financial documentation must be received before a formal admission decision can be made. The certification of finance form is located in the online application. All financial documents can be uploaded into the online application.
- October 15, 2012
- December 1, 2012
- February 1, 2013 *
- April 1, 2013
* Final deadline for international applicants
Tuition rate is dependent on your residency status in the state of Maryland. If you qualify for in-state tuition rates, your cost will be approximately $45,000. If you qualify for out-of-state tuition rates, your cost will be approximately $55,000. These amounts do not include books and additional course materials that are required to attend class. These tuition figures are based on fall 2012 costs and will change for the fall 2013 term.
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Last updated March 30, 2016