Master of Science Degree in Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) is designed to provide managers and professionals the necessary technical and managerial skills needed to fulfill the responsibilities of senior professional and project management positions in the Information Systems/Technology field.

The MSIS degree program is organized into two Options: A Professional Option (PMSIS) designed for current IS/IT professionals, and an Executive Option (EMSIS) designed for managers and professionals working outside the IS field.

Admission to the Program

In addition to applying to the University, prospective students must submit a separate graduate program application to the College of Business and Economics. Applicants are admitted to the MSIS program based on a comprehensive review by the department of information systems of: their work experience reflected in a resume and two letters of recommendation from persons who have supervised the applicant's work that documents a minimum of two years' full-time professional level work experience in a business information system setting for the Professional Option, or three years' full-time professional level work experience in a management, professional, and/or operations setting for the Executive Option; and a minimum GMAT score of 500.

Professional Option

The MSIS, Professional Option (PMSIS) is designed for managers and professionals working in the business information systems field. The option offers professionals the background knowledge needed to move into today’s challenging senior planning, consulting, and project management positions.

Executive Option

The MSIS Executive Option is designed for working executives, managers, and professionals who are interested in a career redirection, or change into the business information systems/technology field. It is designed to provide persons currently employed in business and other types of organizations in management and operations positions, the education needed to obtain the professional and managerial knowledge and skill needed for senior level positions. These positions may be found in information systems/information technology (IS/IT) user and support organizations, such as: consulting, user management, development planning and management, and data center operations.

Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, at least three years’ professional level experience, and an interest in a career in IS/IT. A basic knowledge of business operations is a prerequisite for admission to graduate courses.

The MSIS Curriculum

A total of 45-48 units of 500 level courses and a master comprehensive examination are required. Most students complete the program in two years.

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Last updated November 23, 2018
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