Earn your Master’s in Information Systems in the technology capital of the world.
Santa Clara’s MSIS program is in and of Silicon Valley. Our project-based curriculum connects classroom learning to real-world business challenges.
Silicon Valley centered
Ideally positioned in Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University—and its strong relationships with industry leaders—gives MSIS students exposure to leading-edge technology, business practice, and potential employers.
Blending business and information systems core courses, our MSIS curriculum is the foundation for your growth as a key contributor to the IT industry. Coursework is project-based, connecting learning to actual challenges in the field.
Our MSIS curriculum includes new electives such as Big Data Modeling and Analysis, Innovations in Mobile Payments, and Data Science Analysis with Python. Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension has been approved by international students.
Your MSIS coursework falls within four broad clusters. The Core Knowledge components comprise 30 units; the Specialization and Capstone total 21 units. Most course descriptions are listed in the expandable menu below.
Core Information Systems Knowledge
Core Information Systems courses give students knowledge about the technical aspects of information system design and strategic issues around their use.
MSIS 2601 Object-Oriented Analysis and Programming (3 units)
MSIS 2602 Information Systems Analysis and Design (3 units)
MSIS 2603 Database Management Systems (3 units)
MSIS 2604 Information Systems Policy and Strategy (3 units)
MSIS 2605 Telecommunications and Business Networks (3 units)
MSIS 2606 Software Project Management (3 units)
Core Business Knowledge The Core Business courses provide students with an understanding of the "context" in which information systems operate. Students acquire a basic knowledge of business and organizational requirements that enable them to understand how information systems are designed and successfully implemented.
ACTG 2301 Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 units)
OMIS 2355 Computer-Based Decision Models (3 units)
MGMT 2501 Building and Leading High-Performance Teams and Organizations (3 units)
Specialization Electives offer you a variety of courses to develop capabilities in a specific area, and several topical tracks are suggested for your specialization within the MSIS degree here » You must choose up to five (5) electives for specialization. Integration and Application To complete your MSIS degree, you will develop perspectives on how information systems are actually designed and used, and how broad social and ethical questions must be considered in thinking about the use of such systems. You will complete a major application project as part of this cluster. Four (4) courses are required. See more about integration and application here » Note: Courses are subject to change and availability in a given quarter is not guaranteed.
What do I need to know about the MS in Information Systems program?
Application deadlines Fall Enrollment
Round One: April 1 (for scholarship consideration)
Round Two: May 1 (final deadline all applicants)
Round One: April 1 (international applicants needing I-20)
Round Two: May 1 (final deadline all other applicants)
$1,068/unit (2017-18 tuition)
51 units minimum
4-year bachelor's degree from accredited college or university (in the U.S., by a regional accrediting agency; international institutions must be accredited by country's Ministry of Education)
Two official transcripts from each institution attended (including extension programs) or, for international degrees, ICAP course-by-course evaluation by WES
GMAT or GRE scores sent directly to University from test center GMAT Institution Code BV3-WB59 GRE Institution Code 7238
TOEFL scores sent directly to University from test center Required if English is not your first language, even if your schooling was conducted in English. TOEFL Institution Code 4851, Department code: 02
Two confidential letters of recommendation Must be from managers or supervisors familiar with your work. For new graduates, recommendations from faculty are acceptable.
MS Information Systems Class Profile
Typical MSIS entering class profile
Average age: 26
Average undergraduate: GPA 3.2
Average GMAT or GRE: 650 / 308
Holding another graduate degree: 20%