Master of Information Systems

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Program Description

Master of Information Systems

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Develop a competitive edge at the intersection of technology and business strategy as a working professional.

Become a master of information systems and develop a competitive edge at the intersection of technology and business strategy. Acquire the skills to create sound financial systems and manage an organization’s human capital.

The MSIS program emphasizes an effective use of information technology to enable a competitive advantage for both individuals and organizations. Integrated courses that highlight the integral role information technology plays in every sector will prepare you to be a successful leader. MSIS offers small class sizes and an evening class schedule to help working professionals balance their busy lives while enjoying an enriched learning environment and deeper relationship building.

Master of Science in Information Systems Program Overview

  • Typical program length is 27 months, with 36 credits
  • Attend class for four hours one night a week
  • Minimum of two years of professional work experience
  • Optional concentrations available in Biotechnology and Information Security
  • Offered at USF's San Jose campus (fall semester)

Program Details

Program Co-Directors: William Kolb, Edward Kreutzer

The effective and efficient use of information technology is an integral part of an organization's ability to achieve a competitive advantage in both the private and public sectors. Ethical practices and professionalism are integrated components throughout the program, along with a focus on essential career development skills and effective management of human resources.

The program, based upon nationally approved curriculum recommendations from the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), is updated frequently. Students may optionally select a special emphasis area in Information Security or Biotechnology.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the MSIS program will be prepared to provide leadership in the Information Systems field. It is a professional degree that:

  • Integrates information and organizational cultures; focusing on current and emerging concepts from both technical and managerial viewpoints.
  • Addresses the need of organizations to integrate disparate internal systems in order to create effective communication channels with external parties such as suppliers and customers.
  • Promotes the ability to use information technology to foster sound financial systems, to create more effective organizational structures, and to better manage an organization's human capital.
  • Investigates how policy and strategic decisions are affected by information systems and how technology is transforming organizations.
  • Improves people, business, and team skills, while emphasizing a customer service orientation, ethics and professionalism.

The MSIS curriculum analyzes how systems and technologies are implemented. This includes information security, project planning, scheduling, budgeting, and change management.

MSIS graduates make vital contributions in support of innovation, planning, management of information infra-structures, and the coordination of information resources. The need for information systems professionals with systems management and development expertise continues to grow.

The MSIS curriculum includes 36 semester credits (12 courses). Students must also demonstrate computer proficiency through academic background or professional training.

Master of Science in Information Systems Program Requirements

  • MSIS 612 - Analysis, Modeling and Design
  • MSIS 611 - Database
  • MSIS 620 - Economics for IS Managers
  • MSIS 625 - IT Policy and Strategy
  • MSIS 613 - Communications and Networking
  • MSIS 651 - IT Security
  • MSIS 624 - Managing Projects and Change
  • MSIS 647 - Global Information Systems
  • MSIS 631 - e-Business Technologies
  • MSIS 648 - Enterprise Information Systems
  • MSIS 656 - Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing
  • MSIS 626 - Capstone Project

Degree Requirements

Completion of all major coursework with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA

Concentration in Biotechnology

Biotechnology innovation is now driving one-third of the world’s economy and with every application of biotech driven by information, the explosion of information in the biotech space is unprecedented.

From DNA to diagnostics, from drug trials to bio-identity management, from the open source quest for cures to cancer to online video games unlocking the structure of nature, the single common link is information.

The MSIS program offers a concentration in Biotechnology to enable students to immediately enter the burgeoning biotech field, or if already employed in biotech, to better understand its place within the global industry, drawing heavily from the San Francisco Bay Area, the world’s largest bio-innovation cluster and the birthplace of biotech. Uniquely, as part of the Business of Biotechnology program, this concentration enables students to visit major global bio-clusters, alongside fellow USF grad students in business administration and biotechnology.

Concentration Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the local, national and global biotechnology industry.
  • Comprehend the “what” and “where” of biotech information – from clinical drug trials to criminal databases, from regulatory requirements to the personal genome, to a basic understanding of how DNA can be transformed from inside a human cell to its digital representation in data.
  • Understand the difference between traditional pharmaceuticals and bio-pharmaceuticals, and the latter’s important relationship to personalized medicine.
  • Gain insight into the legal, social and ethical implications of biotech – from GINA, the US’s Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, to the regulation of frozen embryos in the UK nonexistent in the US, from the perspectives of various religions vis-à-vis biotechnology to the challenging decisions that individuals and families face with newly emergent bio-pharma, diagnostics, and treatments.
  • Meet biotechnology industry professionals, while discovering the innovation advantages of each global bio-cluster and its impact on the industry, and comprehending that every biotech business is a global business, and all information is global.

Please note: The Concentration in Biotechnology is only offered on the San Francisco Main Campus.

Concentration in Information Security

Corporate information security is of ever increasing importance and in response to the increased technical, organizational, political, and legal complexity surrounding the field, the MSIS program now offers three elective courses that provide a more in-depth treatment of this important area.

Program Director: Stephen Morris

Program Objectives

  • Integrates information and organizational cultures; focusing on current and emerging concepts from both technical and managerial viewpoints.
  • Addresses the need of organizations to integrate disparate internal systems in order to create effective communication channels with external parties such as suppliers and customers.
  • Promotes the ability to use information technology to foster sound financial systems, to create more effective organizational structures, and to better manage an organization's human capital.
  • Investigates how policy and strategic decisions are affected by information systems and how technology is transforming organizations.
  • Improves people, business, and team skills, while emphasizing a customer service orientation, ethics and professionalism.

Program Requirements

The MSIS Concentration in Information Security requires a total of 9 credits. Please consult your MSIS advisor to clarify your course schedule.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated March 8, 2016
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Sept. 2016
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27 months
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39,960 USD
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