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.
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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
Arizona State University's Carey School of Business offers an online Master of Science in Information Management designed for students with at least two years of professional experience. The program uses a lock-step model that requires students to start in January and complete the program in 16 months. Students must attend an on-campus orientation before starting the program, but all coursework is offered online. The curriculum has 10 courses, including an applied project in which teams of classmates gain real-world experience creating a technology plan for an organization. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a related field and must have passed college courses in statistics and a programming language. The application must include GMAT or GRE scores, an essay, official transcripts, and two recommendations.
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.
Students in the Master of Science in Computer Science program at Stanford University can choose a systems specialization that focuses on hard-core programming and the challenges of building and securing future systems. To complete their degree, students must complete 45 credit units, including 27 units in the specialization. Admission to Stanford's computer science program is highly competitive. Applicants to the master's program should have an undergrad GPA of at least 3.5, and they must submit GRE scores. Students without a computer science background may be required to take foundation courses in topics including logic and automata, probability, algorithmic analysis, principles of computer systems, and computer organization and systems. The program has part-time and full-time options.
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
Students in the Master of Science in Systems Architecting and Engineering program at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering can take a technical specialization track in computer and information systems. The program is offered completely online with no requirement to attend any events on campus. The program is designed for students who have at least three years of industrial experience. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or a hard science. Applications must include GRE scores, three recommendations, a statement of purpose, resume, and official transcripts. Students may begin in the spring or fall semester. To earn the degree, students must complete at least 30 credits, including 15 credits in required courses and nine credits in the technical specialization area.
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.
University of Delaware
The Master of Science in Information Systems & Technology Management program at the University of Delaware is for individuals with a business background who want to move into a technology role and for students with a technical background who want to take on an IT management role. The program includes eight core courses and two electives. Students without a business background may have to take foundation courses in financial reporting and operations management. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Test scores are required, and the university prefers GMAT scores over GRE scores. Applicants must also submit a resume, personal statement, and two recommendations. Admission is granted on a rolling basis. Students may attend full time or part time.
Students at the University of Delaware can earn an MBA and a Master of Science in Information Systems & Technology Management in a dual-degree program administered by the Lerner College of Business and Economics and the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems. This is a 60-credit program that requires students to complete 33 credits in MBA courses and 27 credits in information systems and technology management classes. Every credit is in a required course with no electives. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.8 or higher. The college prefers GMAT scores but will accept GRE scores. Work experience is not required but is preferred. Students may enter the MBA program in any semester.
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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
Florida State University has an online program leading to a Master of Science in Management Information Systems that is open to students who have at least two years of professional experience in a job related to IT or MIS. The curriculum requires students to complete 11 three-credit courses, and students can complete degree requirements in two years if they take two courses per semester. Along with work experience, applicants must have a good academic record for their bachelor's degree and submit letters of recommendation. Test scores are required; FSU prefers GMAT scores but will accept GRE scores. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer.
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.
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Georgia Institute of Technology
Students earning an MBA from Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business can choose a track in information technology management. The full-time MBA program requires students to complete 12 courses in core curriculum and 11 courses in electives, including the IT track. Students have the option of pursuing experiential learning. The program accepts applicants with a range of academic backgrounds, and the core courses do not assume any students have taken previous business coursework. The average undergrad GPA of the last entering class was 3.4. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores, a personal essay, and two recommendations. Applicants may be invited to be interviewed, either in person or by phone or Skype. Students start the program in the fall.
Georgia State University
Students in Georgia State University's Master of Science in Information Systems can choose among several concentrations: big data management and analytics, enterprise systems, cybersecurity, information technology, health informatics, or management of information technology. The curriculum covers business skills as well as courses in information and data technology. Students without experience in programming may have to take two foundation classes. The curriculum includes four general core courses, five core courses in the concentration, a capstone field study in the concentration, plus electives. The program is presented in a one-year, cohort format that requires all students to complete an internship. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores, college transcripts, resume, and a virtual interview.
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 Kelley School of Business at Indiana University offers a Master of Science in Information Systems that students can complete in two or three semesters. In addition to courses in IT skills, students can take MBA electives to hone their business skills. The curriculum includes nine core modules and a final team project. Students also select a concentration in enterprise systems, business intelligence and analytics, or enterprise risk management. The program has a variety of experiential components, including the capstone project, case competitions, and a mandatory internship. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, and those whose major was not in a related field may have to take prerequisite classes. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores, recommendations, personal statement, and resume.
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
The Data ScienceTech Institute in France offers an Advanced MSc in Information Systems & Artificial Intelligence for Big Data Engineering that includes three months of classes and a six-month internship. The program is designed for students who earned DSTI's master's in big data, but other students can apply. Students who want classes delivered in English enter the program in October or April. Students must attend full time, with classes lasting about five hours per day. Graduates will be prepared to sit certification exams for Apache Spark Databricks Certified Developer and Google Certified Professional - Data Engineer. Applicants should have a master's degree and at least a year of relevant experience or a bachelor's degree and at least three years work experience.
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
The Master of Science in Information Systems at Iowa State University is a full-time program that has a thesis and non-thesis option. Students must complete 30 credits in the non-thesis option and 33 credits with the thesis. The curriculum includes 18 credits in MIS courses and nine credits in approved electives, plus the creative component. Prerequisites include programming skills and knowledge of databases and computer organization. The admissions committee considers work experience using technology to improve business processes to be advantageous. Applicants are required to submit GMAT scores, GPA, transcripts, statement of purpose, and recommendations. All students in this program are encouraged to complete an internship to gain practical experience.
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
MIT offers a master's program in System Design and Management that is customizable for each candidate. Students work with an adviser to design a personalized program, and students may take classes at other colleges nearby, including Harvard Business School. The curriculum requires 38 units of core coursework, 12 units of management fundamentals, 12 units of engineering fundamentals, 30 units in electives, and a 24-unit thesis. Students can complete the degree in a 12-month full-time program or a 21-month part-time program. Applicants must have a master's in engineering with three years experience in a technical field or a bachelor's in engineering or a hard science with five years experience. Experience in product or system development and leadership experience are preferred. GMAT or GRE scores are required.
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
The MBA program at the University of Minnesota allows students to pursue an information systems specialization. This full-time, two-year program requires 64 credits, including core credits, electives or classes in the specialization, experiential learning credits, and a global enrichment program that can be fulfilled by a short-term or semester-long study abroad program or a domestic course. The information systems specialization requires at least 12 credits in the subject, and the college recommends students also take interdisciplinary courses that pair well with the specialty. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but any major is acceptable. They must submit GRE or GMAT scores, transcripts, three references, a resume, and a personal statement. Students enter the program in the fall.
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University offers a Master of Science in Information Systems that can be completed through online classwork. This is 30-credit program that includes six required courses and four other courses. The capstone course for the degree includes a collaborative project. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. The department strongly prefers GMAT scores but will accept GRE scores. Students who do not meet prerequisites may have to take up to six foundation courses. These includes courses in accounting, statistical analysis for business decisions, economics, management, marketing, and programming. Students can enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri S&T has a Master of Science in Information Science and Technology that has only four required core courses, allowing students to electives in an area of specialty, such as business analytics and data science or business intelligence. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or they must have completed at least 12 graduate credits in information science technology courses. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores, transcripts, three recommendations, and a statement of purpose. Students who first earn a graduate certificate from Missouri S&T in a specialty area can apply to the master's program without submitting test scores. All coursework is delivered online in a livestreaming video, which is also archived for later access.
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.
Minot State University
Students in Minot State University's program leading to a Master of Science in Information Systems can earn their degree in as few as two semesters. The curriculum requires students to complete 10 courses, which are all delivered online. Students complete the program with a professional consulting capstone project. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. The undergraduate degree should be in CIS or MIS, or in business with some MIS coursework. The college will also consider applicants with a different bachelor's degree as long as they have taken undergraduate business and MIS courses or have MIS work experience. Standardized test scores are not required. Students may enter in the spring or fall semester.
University of Cincinnati
The Carl H. Linder College of Business at the University of Cincinnati offers a Ph.D. in Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems that allows students to work on interdisciplinary problems. Students in the program spend up to two years in coursework learning research methods and deep content, create a second-year paper, and take comprehensive exams. They must also produce a dissertation, which typically takes two to three years, resulting in a program that usually takes up to five years of full-time study. The program is not open to part-time students. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field with a B average. Students cab enter the program only in September. Doctoral students are eligible for scholarships and for graduate assistantships in teaching or research.
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University offers a Master of Science in Information Systems that has an option to specialize in data science. The option is designed for IT professionals who want to gain skills in analytics and the technical platforms that are used to support business analytics. All courses are available online. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, but it does not have to be in a business field. Required application materials include GRE or GMAT scores, three recommendations, a resume, a statement of purpose, and official transcripts. Students are only admitted into the program for the fall semester. The curriculum requires 33 credits, including classes in a common core and 12 credits in the specialization option.
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.
The Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma has a program leading to a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialization in Management Information Systems that is designed for students who want an academic career. The curriculum includes 47 credits of required coursework, and students without an MBA may have to take up to 21 core MBA credits. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The university does not specify a major, but accepted students are expected to have background courses in linear algebra, differential calculus, integration techniques, and optimization, as well as MBA core courses in economics, management, and financial accounting. Applicants must also submit GMAT scores, resume, and statement of goals.
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.
Students in Drexel University's Master of Science in Information Systems may be able to arrange a for-credit practicum at their place of work. The master's program is available in an online format and is designed for two kinds of students: those who have a technical background and want to update their skills, and students without a technical background who want to enter the field. The curriculum requires students to complete 45 credits, including 27 credits in required coursework. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, but students with a degree in any field may apply. Applicants must submit official transcripts, GRE scores, at least one recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a resume.
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
The Master of Science in Information Science program at Penn State Harrisburg combines technical coursework in information science with managerial courses. Students may choose a data analytics track that requires nine credits in data analytics coursework. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a related field and must submit GMAT or GRE scores. Applications are judged on evidence of analytic skills, computer skills, and communication skills. Students may be required to take foundation courses in data analysis, financial statements, organizational behavior, and competitive strategy. All students in this 30-credit program must complete a master's project. The program is open to full-time and part-time students, and most courses are offered in the evening. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer.
University of Pennsylvania
Master of Business Administration - Operations, Information and Decisions Specialty, Information Systems Track
Students earning an MBA from The Wharton School clan major in operations, information, and decisions (OID). Within the OID major, they can choose from three tracks: operations management, information systems, or decision processes. This is a 20-month, two-academic-year program with summer off, but students are strongly encouraged to work an internship during the summer. Students begin the program in August, and classes are generally scheduled Monday through Thursday. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores, official transcripts, an essay, two recommendations, and a resume. The Wharton School prefers applicants with work experience, and the average length of professional experience for the last entering class was five years. Accepted students have a wide range of undergraduate degrees.
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Students in the MBA program at the University of Pittsburgh can follow an Information Systems track, which they can customize further by taking elective courses in functional areas such as business analysis, data analysis, or project management. Pitt has a one-year MBA program that requires 51 credits, a two-year MBA program that requires 57 credits, and a Professional MBA that requires 51 credits. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must submit GMAT or GRE scores. The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business prefers candidates with work experience for all its MBA programs. The one-year MBA program starts in May, the two-year program starts in August, and students can enter the professional MBA program in August, January, or May.
Dakota State University
Students earning a Doctor of Science in Information Systems at Dakota State University choose from three research specializations: analytics and decision support, health care information systems, or information assurance and computer security. Students in the online degree program must complete 27 credits in master's level IS courses, 27 credits in the area of specialization, nine credits in research methods, and 25 credits in the dissertation. Candidates also must present a portfolio and pass an exam. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a master's in information systems can waive the master's level classes. All applicants must submit GRE scores and must know the fundamentals of business and information systems. Program entry is offered in the fall.
Students in the online Master of Science in Information Systems program offered at Dakota State University have a choice of specializations: data management, health care information systems, network administration and security, or application development. Alternately, students can pursue a general program that requires them to take one course from each area of specialization. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a 2.7 or higher GPA. Entering students are expected to understand both information systems and business fundamentals. Students can meet this requirement with an undergraduate degree in MIS, verifiable work experience in a relevant field, or by taking specific classes to meet the prerequisites. Students can enter the 30-credit program in the spring or fall semester.
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.
The University of Texas at Austin
Brigham Young University-Provo
Students earning a Master of Information Systems Management through Brigham Young University can take an optional track in business analytics and intelligence. The track requires students to complete three required courses and three electives in business analytics and intelligence, including a capstone, and to meet all the requirements of the MISM program. Overall, the program calls for 33.5 credits, and students can finish the requirements in two or three semesters. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in information systems, business, or a related field. The program has seven prerequisite courses, including financial accounting, economics, marketing management, calculus, statistics, and management information systems. GMAT scores are required. Students may begin only in the fall semester.
University of Utah
The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah has a Graduate Certificate in Information Systems that is designed to provide students with maximum flexibility in selecting courses. The certificate requires 18 credit hours but there are no core classes so students can select courses from the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Students have up to three years to complete the requirements, and full-time students can finish in two semesters. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a GPA of at least 3.0. There is no need to submit GRE or GMAT scores, and the program has no prerequisites. However, some courses may have prerequisites. Students may start in the spring or fall semester.
The Master of Science in Information Systems at the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business has a practical, hands-on focus. Students can specialize in business intelligence and analytics and select all their electives in that area. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but it does not have to be in a business discipline. Applicants should have an undergrad GPA of 3.0 or higher and must submit GRE or GMAT scores. The application also requires a personal essay, professional resume, and transcripts. Some GRE waivers are offered. The program is open to full-time and part-time students, and online courses are offered in a flexible format that may include webinars. Capstone options include a consulting project, individual professional certification, entrepreneurial projects, and structured research projects.
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.
Students in the online Master of Information Technology program at Virginia Tech take four to six foundation courses and then take classes from specialized modules to customize their learning. Available modules include business information systems, big data, and analytics and business intelligence. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a lower GPA may receive provisional admission. VT does not require GMAT or GRE scores. The program requires students to be proficient in Java or another programming language, such as C++. Some courses also require a background in calculus. Students may attend on a part-time or full-time basis, and students must complete the degree requirements in five years.
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
The Master of Science in Information Systems program at the University of Washington is an accelerated program designed for working professionals. Classes are scheduled on weekday evenings and some Saturdays. The four-quarter program uses a cohort model with a lock-step sequence of coursework. Students start the program in June and complete 44 credits in one year. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a major or concentration in information systems or a related field. Students with extensive work experience in information systems may be admitted with a different degree. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores. Some professional work experience is recommended but not required. Entering students are expected to know basic IT infrastructure such as databases, data networking, and object-oriented development.