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

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 30, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
27 months
Full time
39,960 USD
Start date Sept. 2017
USA San Francisco, California
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USA San Jose, California
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Duration 27 months
Price 39,960 USD