An information system integrates hardware, software, and people power to collect, filter, process, create, and distribute data. A Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) is a specialized master’s degree designed to impart to students the technical expertise and business savvy necessary to analyze, design, deploy, maintain, and manage information systems in industrial, government, and non-profit settings.
Depending on a student’s individual coursework and concentration, an MSIS can be good preparation for either a technical or management job. Technical positions include Systems Analyst, Information Architect, and Database Administrator, while more management-oriented job titles include Chief Information Officer, Project Manager, and Webmaster. Information Systems took first place on the 2013 Forbes “Best Master’s Degree for Jobs” list.
Our full program listings are below, but you should also check out our select list of 22 top schools offering MS in Information Systems degrees, here.
To ensure a common background in the fundamentals of information systems, MSIS programs usually require students to take a handful of core courses.
Typical core courses include:
- Information Systems Analysis and Design
- Database Management Systems
- Business Telecommunications
- Applied Information Systems Architecture
- Managing Emerging Information Technology
Generally students can then choose electives based on their chosen concentration—Business Intelligence and Analytics, say, or Information Security and Assurance—or anticipated career path.
Many MSIS programs conclude with a capstone project or practicum.
Often administered by a computer science department and viewed at some institutions as a cross between a master’s degree in computer science and an MBA, MSIS programs can have demanding admissions requirements. Many want applicants to have at least two years of work experience; others demand demonstrated leadership ability. Some of the more technical programs require students to have coursework or equivalent knowledge of such topics as object-oriented programming and discrete mathematics.
The Data Science Angle
While concentrations such as Information Systems Security and Project Management may be available to you as an MSIS student, you might, if you have more of a data science bent, want to seek out an MSIS program that offers concentrations in (or otherwise emphasizes) Data Analytics or Business Intelligence.
Such programs will enable you to focus on (1) extracting knowledge from and finding value in the data being collected on an increasingly mind-blowing scale and (2) improving the quality and efficiency of the decision making processes informed by this data.
Courses likely to count toward a Data Analytics or Business Intelligence concentration include:
- Practical Data Science Using Machine Learning
- Data Warehousing
- Applied Data Science
- Decision Support and Analytics
The Internet of Things (IoT) is not new: For decades enthusiasts have been bandying about the idea of connecting everyday objects to the Internet so they can send and receive data. An Internet-connected toaster was unveiled at a conference back in 1989!
Since 2008, however, when the number of individual devices communicating via the Internet surpassed for the first time the number of people on the planet, it has looked more and more like the IoT might actually become a reality.
The Federal Trade Commission quotes expert predictions that there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Researchers at Bell Labs consider the IoT the next technological revolution of our lifetime. One of the current projects at the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT’s Sloan School of Management is exploring how the Internet of Things is affecting business models and the customer experience, and considering the implications of these changes.
With applications to everything from manufacturing and transportation to the food industry and environmental protection, the advent of the IoT will be felt across sectors. As the number of connected devices increases, academics, industry representatives, and consumer advocates are grappling with issues of privacy, security, and control.
We found 62 universities in our directory offering Information Systems programs.
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University of Alabama at Birmingham
Students in the online Master of Science in Management Information Systems program offered through the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Collat School of Business have a choice of three concentrations: Web and Mobile Development, Information Security, or IT Management. Candidates can complete the program entirely online in as few as five semesters. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and three years of work experience in any field. Additionally, applicants must submit GMAT scores, a resume, personal statement, and two references. Applicants without a technical background may be required to take two prerequisite courses that comprise UAB's bridge program for the degree. The curriculum requires 18 credits in core classes and 12 credits in the concentration.
Arizona State University
University of Arizona
Students who earn the Master of Science in Management Information Science through the University of Arizona can also earn certificates in Business Intelligence and Enterprise Security, all in an online environment. The program is designed for information technology professionals who have at least two years of work experience and who aspire to become leaders and decision makers in the field. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0, although students with a lower GPA might be admitted on probation. No specific undergraduate degree is required, but some classes require knowledge of object-oriented programming. Classes are offered in an eight-week format, and students can complete the degree in 10 months. The program has four entry points per year.
University of Arkansas
Students in the Professional Master of Information Systems program offered by the University of Arkansas take classes online and participate in an on-campus session one Saturday each month while they are in the program. The degree requires 30 credits, and many of the classes feature a team of instructors representing both the faculty of the Sam M. Walton College of Business and industry experts. Candidates can concentrate in Enterprise Systems Management or Enterprise Resource Planning. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a strong GPA and at least two years of full-time work experience. They must submit GRE or GMAT scores, although applicants with at least five years of work experience can seek a GMAT/GRE waiver. Students can complete the program in 21 months.
California State University-Fullerton
The Master of Science in Information Systems and Decision Sciences degree offered at the California State University Fullerton is comprised of 30 credits (10 courses). Students admitted to the program with an undergraduate degree in business administration can typically earn the degree in 18 months, if they are enrolled on a full-time basis. Non-business administration enrollees may be required to pass 12 credits of preparatory courses with a grade of C or higher. Although students are not required to choose a specialty area in order to graduate, there are three concentrations available: generalist, business analytics, and decision sciences. As a designated STEM program, international students receive 17 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) in addition to the original 12 months.
Claremont Graduate University
The Center for Information Systems and Technology at Claremont Graduate University offers a Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology degree that is comprised of 36 graduate units. Students admitted to the program can choose from the following five areas of concentration: cybersecurity and networking, data science and data analytics, geographic information systems, health informatics, and IT strategy and innovation. The program can be pursued on a full-time (18 months) or part-time (24 months) basis. Students who are working in information systems and technology industries at the same time they are enrolled in the program can request to have the practicum requirement waived. This means they can graduate with the degree after completing 32 instead of 36 units.
Santa Clara University
The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University offers a Master of Science in Information Systems degree that is comprised of 51 units and can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants must have a U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and provide documentation of college-level coursework in statistics and at least one programming language. It is preferred that applicants have at least two years of work experience in a related field, but this is not required. At the current time, there are six specialty tracks available: business intelligence/analytics, computer security, enterprise computing, information technology management, mobile programming, and supply chain management. All students must complete a capstone project in order to graduate from the program.
University of California-Berkeley
The Berkeley School of Information offers a full-time, 48-credit Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) degree that can be completed in two years. An interdisciplinary program, MIMS requires students to draw from various fields such as computer science, economics, psychology, business, information studies, and communications. After completing the required courses during the first year, students are free to enroll in electives that support their academic and career goals. Students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities during the summer between the first and second year of the program. A limited number of grants (up to $6,000) are available to qualified students serving in internships with non-profit groups, government agencies, or non-government organizations (NGOs). Students must complete a final project to graduate.
University of Southern California
University of Colorado Denver
Students earning the online Master of Science in Information Systems through the University of Colorado Denver's School of Business can choose a concentration in Business Intelligence that is delivered entirely online. The curriculum requires candidates to complete 30 credits to earn the degree. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but admission is not limited to students with specific majors. Applicants must submit GMAT scores. While work experience is not a requirement, the admissions committee looks favorably upon relevant experience and a record of increasing responsibilities in a job. Students can enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semester. Students in the program may apply for the MS in Information Systems Scholarship.
District Of Columbia
George Washington University
Students can complete the online Master of Science in Information Systems Technology at George Washington University in 18 to 24 months of full-time study or 30 to 48 months of part-time study. The 11-course curriculum includes four electives that allow students to focus on an area of interest, such as managerial aspects of IT or a more technical focus. Admission is competitive, with many applicants having qualifications that far exceed the requirements, including many with advanced degrees. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, show evidence they can excel in a curriculum that requires strong technical, analytical and communication skills, and submit GMAT or GRE scores. Applicants are admitted in the fall and spring semesters, and they may be required to take foundation courses.
Florida State University
Nova Southeastern University
Students in the Master of Science in Management Information Systems program offered online through Nova Southeastern University have a choice of concentration areas: Business Intelligence/Analytics, Enterprise Systems, Information Security Management, Web Management, Human-Computer Interaction, or Learning Technology. The curriculum includes 36 credits spread over 12 courses, including four core courses, three to five concentration courses, and electives. A thesis option is available. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in an area such as information systems, information technology, MIS, business or a related field. Students are expected to have experience in computer applications and must be able to program in a high-level language such as Java. Students who don't meet those requirements must take prerequisite coursework.
University of Florida
Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management (Business Intelligence & Analytics specialization)
The Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida offers a Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management (MSISOM) program with three tracks: information technology, supply chain management, and business intelligence and analytics. Students with a business background are required to complete a minimum of 36 credits, while those with a non-business background have to complete at least 40 credits. All MSISOM students are encouraged to seek out internship opportunities in order to acquire career-related experiences that may not be available in a classroom setting. Internships are evaluated on a pass/fail basis only, except for students with a business background who may register their internship as an elective course for a maximum of two credits.
Georgia State University
Students accepted to the Master of Science in Information Systems program offered at De Paul University are required to complete 52 graduate credit hours for the degree. A standard concentration option is available, which provides students with a grasp of general IS skills and competencies. This option also allows students to create an individualized plan of study. There are four other areas of concentration available: business intelligence, business and systems analysis, database administration, and IT enterprise management. Each concentration has specific introductory, foundation, and elective course requirements. Introductory courses may be waived for students with adequate coursework or relevant professional experience. Those who pass a Graduate Assessment Examination in the field covered by the introductory course may also be granted a waiver.
Loyola University Chicago
The Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago offers a Master of Science in Information Systems Management, with classes offered on weekday evenings at the Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree; no particular major is specified, but there is a prerequisite statistics course. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher may be eligible to waive submitting GRE or GMAT scores. All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a professional resume. The curriculum includes 12 courses, with three required courses and the rest chosen from an approved menu of classes. The school operates on the quarter system, and students may start the program in any quarter.
Northwestern University offers an online Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) with a specialization in Analytics and Business Intelligence. To earn the degree, students take three core courses, five courses in the specialization, and two electives. Classes within the specialization include project management, practical data science using machines, big data management and analytics, and statistical analysis. Students must also take a leadership course and complete a capstone project. For the capstone project, students may work independently or join classmates on a team project. The MSIS program has a partnership with IMB that provides students in the program with access to IBM resources including lists of real data sets for projects, the IBM DeveloperWorks IT Professional Community, and IBM job sites for internships and full-time employment. Part-time students can earn the degree in two to three years. The university recommends applicants have three to five years of professional experience before entering the program.
University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois Chicago offers a Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) degree that can be completed in just one year if pursued on a full-time basis. Applicants must meet the business and technical background requirements in order to be considered for admission. Any pre-requisite course (or courses) that an applicant is obliged to take will not be counted towards the 32-credit minimum required for the degree. MIS courses are structured around three areas: data mining (with a focus on the finance and marketing sectors), enterprise information technology and technology project management, and service operations and supply chain management. The capstone experience can either be an independent research project or a design project for an outside company or group.
University of Illinois at Springfield
Students seeking the Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Springfield can complete the degree online. To earn the degree, students must complete 36 credits, including a closure option selected from a thesis, graduate project, or capstone. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and meet prerequisites including two semesters of accounting, one semester of production or operations management, a semester of statistics, and a semester of college algebra. They must be able to program in a high-level language such as Java or C++. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores, although the requirement may be waived for students with an undergraduate GPA higher than 3.0 or with five years professional experience in MIS.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois School of Information Sciences offers a Master of Science in Information Management that students may complete through online coursework. All students must start the program with an on-campus orientation, and online students must attend synchronous sessions and virtual discussions at set times. The 40-credit program offers four specialized career paths: Data Science and Analytics; Information Architecture and Design; Knowledge Management and information Consulting; or Privacy, Trust, Security and Ethics. Admitted students who do not know how to program will be required to take a programming course. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA under 3.0 must submit GRE or GMAT scores. A resume, personal statement, references and essay are required from all applicants.
Indiana University Bloomington
The Master of Science in Business Analytics and Information Systems Management degree available at Aston University is a full-time program that can be completed in just 12 months. Students are required to enroll in a total of seven core modules. They have the option of taking additional modules that support their field of interest. In order to graduate from the program, students must conduct an intensive research project culminating in the writing of a dissertation. The university has a number of scholarship opportunities available to students from the United States, with post-graduate award amounts ranging between 2,500 and 5,000 pounds. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the university's international study exchange program with one of their partner institutions.
Ben-Gurion University of The Negev
M.Sc. in Information Systems Engineering with Specialization in Data Mining and Business Intelligence
The Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering degree offered at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is comprised of 36 credits and has a focus on data mining and business intelligence. There are eight courses (24 credits) that all students are required to take. The remaining 12 credits to complete the degree will come from electives and the final Master thesis. All interested students with a bachelor's degree from an accredited university are considered for admission. However, those without adequate preparation in the field of computer science, industrial engineering, information systems engineering, or software engineering may be required to take supplementary courses. Students have access to the Big Data Lab, which aids in undertaking large-scale tasks such as anomaly detection and high-dimensional clustering.
Data ScienceTech Institute
National University of Ireland - Galway
The J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at the National University of Ireland Galway offers a Master of Science in Information Systems Management degree that teaches students how to design, develop, and manage information systems within a variety of modern business contexts. Students can pursue a full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) plan of study. Applicants without a business, science, or engineering background may still be considered for admission, as long as they have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students (typically in groups of 3 or 5) have to complete a major project that requires them to work with a local group or organization in designing and implementing an information system solution to a real-world problem.
University of Dundee
The School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee offers a full-time Master of Science in Data Engineering degree that can be completed in just 12 months. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in a related field (such as computer science or mathematics) and are required to attend a technical interview. Applicants must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.). The university is part of the Data Lab, which gives data engineering students access to state-of-the-art facilities, various big data tools, and other resources that help develop the skills needed to analyze, manage, and store data. Qualified UK or EU residents may be eligible for full funding for the program from the Scottish Funding Council.
The full-time Master in Information Systems program offered at the Vienna University of Economics and Business can be completed in four semesters. Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as information systems, computer science, mathematics, or business administration and provide proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS results). After completing a foundational year comprised of required courses, students can focus on two fields of IT specializations, which include: information systems engineering, information systems service management, or information systems processes. Alternately, a student can choose one field of IT specialization and two competence areas: ICT law, information systems management and accountability, spatial business intelligence, or sustainable information systems. A master's thesis is required to graduate.
Iowa State University
University of Maine
The University of Maine offers a Graduate Certificate in Information Systems that students can complete in an entirely online environment. The program requires students to complete five designated courses, which are offered frequently enough that a students can complete the certificate in two years. Students interested in the certificate must formally apply and follow the admissions requirements for the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA and must submit GRE scores. Official transcripts and three letters of recommendation are also required. Students must complete work toward the certificate within six years.
The University of Maine offers an entirely online program leading to a Master of Science in Information Systems. The curriculum requires students to complete 30 credits, with no thesis or capstone. Students must complete five required core courses and select 15 credits in electives with the approval of their adviser. Students may be able to take electives in areas such as business, computer science, computer engineering, and spatial information science and engineering. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0, but the university does not specify a required major. The minimum math requirement is college algebra, and programming courses or experience are recommended but not required. GRE scores must be submitted.
Johns Hopkins University
The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University offers a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree that provides students with the technological skills required to manage complex business information systems in order to increase overall effectiveness. The program can be pursued on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) basis. The MSIS degree is comprised of 36 credits and is designated as a STEM program. Students complete 12 credits in each of the following areas: business foundations (includes classes in operations management and statistical analysis), functional core (such as data analytics and applied IS architecture), and information systems electives (cybersecurity, optimization models, global supply chain management, etc.). Students are required to enroll in courses in a prescribed sequence.
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
The University of Maryland Baltimore County offers an online option for its Master of Science in Information Systems. The only time a student would have to come to campus would be to defend a master's thesis, if the student chose the thesis option for the degree. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Those with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be given conditional admission, based on additional information they submit, such as awards, recommendations, published papers and research work. Students may be required to start the program with a foundational class in information systems. The curriculum requires four core courses and six advanced courses. Students can enter the program in the spring or fall semester.
University of Maryland-College Park
The University of Maryland in College Park offers an online MBA program with a specialization in Information Systems and Business Analytics that focuses on managing and analyzing data and implementing information systems. The program requires two residencies. The opening residency is a three-day, on-campus program where students meet their faculty and classmates and get started in the program. The closing residency focuses on a capstone business experience. Students can complete the program in as little as 18 months while continuing to work. Most classes are presented in an asynchronous format, although some classes may require live online videoconferencing. Classes in the specialization cover topics such as data analytics, managing digital businesses and platforms, and social media and web analytics. Students in the online program have access to a variety of career services including career coaching, access to the Smith School of Business online job database and recruiting system, and interview training.
Students accepted to the Emerging Leaders MBA program at Bentley University can choose from eight areas of concentration, one of which is information systems and technology. This full-time program can be completed in two years and is designed for students with relatively little (three years) or no workplace experience (fresh graduates). The program is comprised of five foundation courses, eight core courses, and five electives from a student's field of specialization. Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited college or university within five years of applying for the program may be exempted from taking the foundation courses. Emerging Leaders MBA students can combine their degree with one of six Master of Science degrees available at the university.
The Graduate Business School at Bentley University offers a Master of Information Technology (MIT) degree that combines a thorough understanding of the current global business environment with a broad-based information systems knowledge. A STEM-designated program, the MIT degree requires the completion of 30 credits (10 courses) of graduate-level coursework. Students are required to complete six core courses (18 credits) and one three-credit elective course each from computer science and information systems and technology, for a total of six additional credits. The remaining six credits can be taken from an area of study that reflects a student's interests and professional goals. Applicants with five or more years of related professional experience can request to have the GMAT/GRE requirement waived.
The Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) program available at Bentley University offers a concentration in information systems and technology. Students who take advantage of this option enroll in four graduate courses offered by the following departments: Computer Information Systems, Information Design and Corporate Communication, and Information and Process Management. They can take all four courses from one department to gain a deep understanding of a particular field, or enroll in courses from all three departments to gain a broad perspective on the information systems and technology space. This part-time MBA program is designed for mid-level professionals. Although the GMAT is required for admission, applicants with eight or more years of relevant work experience can request to have this admission requirement waived.
Boston University offers an online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Data Analytics. The program includes five courses in computer information systems and five courses in data analytics, which together provide students with skills in applied probability and statics as well as the ability to apply data visualization techniques to real-world data. Courses required for the concentration cover topics such as quantitative methods for information systems, web analytics, and data mining. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college and must be able to demonstrate proficiency in business systems, the basic math needed for information technology, and the basics of developing computer software. Students may be required to take prerequisite classes if their transcripts do not show college credit for courses covering that material. Boston University ranked No. 3 on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Online Computer Information Technology Programs.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Massachusetts-Boston
The College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree with an information systems for data science track. While it is possible for students to request some required courses to be waived based on prior studies, all students must complete at least 14 courses to be eligible for graduation. The first two years of the program consists of coursework; the remaining time of enrollment is spent on research related to a student's dissertation topic. PhD assistantships are available for qualified doctoral candidates. Assistantships include full tuition and fee waivers in addition to a yearly stipend of $25,000 for three years. Most courses meet once a week during late afternoon and evening hours.
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Missouri University of Science and Technology
University of Nevada-Reno
Students accepted to the Master of Science in Information Systems program at the University of Nevada Reno can pursue a specialty track in data analytics. In addition to having a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, applicants must show an adequate understanding of technology-based information systems and possess basic computer programming skills. Students who wish to apply for a waiver of specific pre-requisite courses must pass the proficiency examinations for these courses. Alternately, students who wish to be granted credit for certain coursework must provide proof of having completed a similar course (with a grade of B or higher) within five years of applying for the program. The institution where the student was enrolled for the course must be AACSB-accredited.
The University of Nevada Reno offers a Master of Science in Information Systems degree with a specialty track in IS management. Students who choose this track learn to manage technology-based information systems as a key resource in a variety of business environments. The program offers a thesis (30 credits) and a non-thesis (32 credits) option. Regardless of the option they choose, students must complete an information systems core (5 courses), a business core (2 courses), and a course on policy and strategy. Although applications are handled on a rolling basis, students are advised to submit their applications at least two months before the semester they plan to enroll in the program. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for qualified applicants.
Southern New Hampshire University
Students in the Master of Science in Information Technology program at Southern New Hampshire University can choose a concentration in data analytics. The degree is offered completely online with no campus visits required. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. SNHU does not require applicants for this program to have a STEM degree, but some students may be required to take a prerequisite foundation course in core technologies before starting the program. GRE or GMAT scores are not required. The curriculum includes 12 courses and ends with a capstone IT project. Courses are offered in 10-week sessions, and students who take two courses per term can complete the degree in 15 months. SNHU has five entry points each year.
Stevens Institute of Technology
The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree offered by the Stevens Institute of Technology is a 36-credit program that follows a cross-disciplinary curriculum. This approach gives students an in-depth understanding of technology as well as a thorough grasp of the modern business environment. After completing the required core courses, students choose an area of concentration that best supports their professional goals and personal interests. At the current time, there are three concentration areas available: business intelligence and analytics, business process management and service innovation, and project management. The MSIS degree is a designated STEM program. Although professional experience is not a requirement for admission, applicants with at least one year of work experience in a relevant field are given preference.
University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix offers an online Master of Information Systems with Graduate Business Analytics Certificate (MIS/BA). The certificate option allows students to take career-focused courses earlier in the program, enabling them to earn an industry certification recognized by employers. Coursework aligns with both the Siebel CRM 8 Business Analyst Expert certification exam and the SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst certification exam. The University of Phoenix's College of Information Systems and Technology uses simulations and hands-on lab activities as part of its classwork. To earn the MIS/BA, students must complete at least 42 credits. Required coursework includes classes in IT infrastructure, enterprise models, systems analysis, data relationship management, analytic programming, and statistical business analytics. The University of Phoenix requires applicants to the master's program to have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university while maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5.
Syracuse University's School of Information Studies offers a Master of Science in Information Management, delivered online, for aspiring and current information professionals. The 42-credit program can be completed in as little as 21 months. There is also a 30-credit executive track for full-time professionals with six or more years of experience that can be completed in 15 months. Students may use their electives to earn a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Data Science or Information Security Management. Online courses include weekly live class sessions and interactive coursework. GRE waivers are available. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and a competitive GPA.
New York University
Students admitted to the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program at New York University enroll in courses offered by two NYU schools: the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Stern School of Business. The MSIS program is made up of 13 courses (39 credits) and prepares students for management positions that also require the possession of deep technical skills. Students take five courses from each school, two free electives that can be taken at either school, and complete an IT project in order to graduate from the program. The IT project provides students with real-world experience by giving them opportunities to design and implement IT solutions for actual business problems encountered by participating local companies and organizations.
Pace University-New York
Pace University offers a Master of Science in Information Systems degree through the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. The program is comprised of 30 credits and can be completed in one to two years. Students learn how to analyze large and complex systems, design applications that are tailor-made for an organization's specific needs, and use data to influence and direct key business decisions. After completing 15 credits of foundation and core coursework, students select an area of concentration and take an additional 9 credits within their chosen field. The areas of specialization are the following: database management and technologies, security and information assurance, and telecommunications management and technologies. Students graduate from the program after completing a six-credit capstone project.
University of Cincinnati
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
The Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma offers a Master of Science in Management Information Technology (MS-MIT) degree with an emphasis on big data and analytics. The program is comprised of 32 credit hours. Students enrolled on a full-time basis typically graduate in three semesters. The program can also be completed following a part-time plan of study. The program includes workshops for students who are interested in various industry certifications such as SAS or SAP. The MIS division maintains an active partnership with both local and national businesses and organizations through the Center for Management Information Systems Studies. This partnership allows the division to offer internship options, job placement opportunities, and scholarships to qualified students.
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University offers the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) track of its Master of Science in Information Technology program in a part-time, online format. Students can complete the degree completely online, viewing campus lectures with on-demand streaming at a time of their choice. The program may include some live components, such as a web conference with a guest speaker. To earn the degree, students must complete 144 units of coursework, which is equivalent to 12 semester-long classes. Requirements include 60 units of core classes and 84 units in electives. Students may do independent study for up to 12 units of electives, and they may transfer credits worth 24 units from other graduate programs. Applicants to the BIDA program must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in a related field, an undergraduate-level object-oriented programming class, and the ability to synthesize complex concepts.
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
University of Pennsylvania
Master of Business Administration - Operations, Information and Decisions Specialty, Information Systems Track
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Middle Tennessee State University
Middle Tennessee State University offers a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree with four concentration areas: business intelligence and analytics, information security and assurance, IS general, and IT project management. Applicants with relevant academic and/or professional history can enroll in just 10 courses to complete the program. Applicants without this background may be required to take additional courses. Most courses follow a hybrid delivery system that is comprised equally of classroom instruction and online study. The submission of GRE or GMAT (preferred) scores is a requirement for admission. However, applicants with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an AACSB-accredited school of business are exempt from this requirement. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to qualified MSIS students.
Brigham Young University-Provo
University of Utah
George Mason University
Students admitted to the Master of Science in Information Systems program at George Mason University have to complete a minimum of 10 graduate courses (30 credits) to earn the degree. After taking the four core courses that comprise the technical body of knowledge for the program, students can choose an area of emphasis. At the current time, the choices are: database management, data mining, electronic commerce, information security and assurance, knowledge management, and software engineering. With the approval of their faculty advisor, students can enroll in courses from different emphasis areas, or use their electives to earn graduate certificates available from the department. To accommodate the schedules of working students, all classes are scheduled during late afternoon or early evening hours.