Master of Science in Information Systems

San Diego State University - College of Business Administration

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

Master of Science in Information Systems

San Diego State University - College of Business Administration

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree prepares you for a leadership career in Information Systems. The job of the information-systems professional is to understand and improve the ways organizations derive value from information. Information-systems professionals have a variety of roles and responsibilities. Business leaders (including Chief Information Officers, or CIOs) focus on ways to nurture and exploit information assets to gain competitive advantage in their industries. Technical practitioners focus on the specification, development, and deployment of new information-related capabilities.

The MSIS degree can ready you for a career path that suits your passions. If you are interested in technical practice, you can focus on areas such as software, networking, security, and databases. If you are interested in information strategy, you can learn how to enhance competitiveness through smarter and faster decision making, improved productivity, and process integration with business partners. You also have career options in the middle: systems analysts work with users to define their requirements, and work with technical people to design and implement systems that will meet those needs. Because information is the fuel that runs the modern enterprise, well-trained information-systems professionals are always in high demand.

The MSIS is an internationally recognized credential. The SDSU degree program is modeled after a curriculum jointly published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Association for Information Systems (AIS).

Admission Process

  1. Apply to San Diego State University between October 1st and March 1st. Apply online at A $55 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants.
  2. Submit Official Transcripts & Test Scores to the Graduate Admissions Office by April 1st.
  • Send official transcripts from all institutions attended to Graduate Admissions. If your transcript is not in English, then you must also send a certified literal English translation of the transcripts along with the official original-language transcripts with proof of degree.
  • Take the GMAT or the GRE and request that official scores be sent to Graduate Admissions. If your Bachelor’s degree was not taught principally in English, then you must take the TOEFL or IELTS and have official scores sent to Graduate Admissions.
  • Complete Program Application
    • Electronically submit Program Application through your Decision Desk account by April 1st. No paper or e-mailed materials will be accepted or reviewed. You must have your SDSU Red ID to submit your Program Application.
    • Applicants will have the opportunity to upload an optional essay if there are any concerns you want to explain to the Admissions Committee.
    This school offers programs in:
    • English


    Technical careers in Information Systems often lead to job titles such as System Architect, Web Developer, Data Security Specialist, Digital Forensic Analyst, Network Administrator, or Chief Staff Scientist. Strategic careers in information systems may lead to titles such as Systems Analyst, Chief Information Officer, Supply Chain Manager, Chief Security Officer, or Chief Technology Officer.

    Cost & Fees

    Estimated Total Cost*

    California Resident MSIS
    Full-time Student (12 units)
    Average Cost Per Semester: $7,169
    YPart-time Student (6 units)
    Average Cost Per Semester: $4,229
    Non-California Resident MSIS
    Full-time Student (12 units)
    Average Cost Per Semester: $11,633
    Part-time Student (6 units)
    Average Cost Per Semester: $6,461
    *Fees are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees. Estimated total costs are based on Fall 2015 tuition and fee amounts and are regarded as estimates. These estimates do not include prerequisite/core classes for non-MBA programs or miscellaneous costs (books, housing, etc.) and are based on the typical length of time it takes a student to complete the degree.

    Last updated July 5, 2016
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    This course is Campus based
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    USA San Diego, California
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