Master of Science in Information SystemsProgram Details

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program prepares you to become a successful technology innovator and an effective IS leader in an always-evolving IT market. Housed in a prestigious business school and designed in partnership with top CIOs, and impressive faculty, you will learn the skills necessary to help organizations compete effectively by leveraging data and technology.

Program Highlights

  • Innovative curriculum guided by influential CIOs, CISOs, and top data science and cybersecurity leaders
  • Three track options in Business Analytics, Business Cybersecurity, and Digital Transformation
  • World-renowned faculty incorporate the latest tools and technologies
  • Industry collaboration provide real-world capstone projects and networking
  • Experiential learning with real-world projects through ATOM Think Tank
  • Virtual labs provide access to new and developing IS platforms
  • STEM-designated program qualifies for 24-month OPT extension

How Our Program Works?

  • Accelerated nature of the program, with expected completion time of 12-14 months
  • Program start dates are in the Fall (August) or the Spring (January)
  • Cohort model encourages professional connections and enhanced learning
  • Focused program with two classes taken simultaneously, delivered in 8-week terms
  • Hybrid format with classes delivered online and on Saturdays at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus
  • Choose to specialize in, Business Analytics, Business Cybersecurity or Digital Transformation

Specialization Tracks

The MSIS program provides a strong core foundation that covers general IS concepts and emerging technologies, along with an enhanced specialized curriculum with three focus areas to choose from.

Three Focus Areas

Business analytics is used to bridge the gap between information technology and business by using analytics to facilitate data-driven decision making. The statistical analysis of business data uncovers market and business insights to guide the general strategic direction and profitability of business enterprises. Business analytics professionals are in high demand among multiple business sectors, such as IT/IS, finance, marketing, supply chain, retail, healthcare and government. Our business analytics specialized courses examine concepts such as business statistical analysis, data visualization, data warehousing, business analytics, and more.

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As businesses adopt newer technologies and methods to use and store data, so does the demand for cybersecurity professionals to support business continuity and protection of data assets, revenue, reputation, and customer markets. Cybersecurity leaders find new and creative ways to design and implement integrated security processes and strategies that protect businesses against cyber-threats, attacks, and data breaches. Cybersecurity teams mobilize entire business organizations in their efforts to secure key business data assets, sensitive customer information, business secrets, intellectual property, critical operating systems, and networks. Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand in almost all business sectors where the protection of IT and data assets is required. Our Business Cybersecurity specialized courses cover relevant topics such as information security, cybersecurity regulation and compliance issues, security risk management, ethical hacking, and more.

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Digital disruptions reshape the landscape of business and global economy. In this changing and rapidly evolving environment, businesses must embrace disruptive digital technologies, transform business processes, and operate with agility and innovation. To maintain competitive advantage and navigate the digital frontier, they must constantly create or recreate business processes and develop innovative capabilities that will meet changing trends and evolving demands of markets. Our digital transformation specialized courses cover emerging technologies and trending topics such as cloud computing and virtualization management, blockchain applications, enterprise information systems, and more.

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Potential Career Paths

The need for IS leaders and experts, is relevant across multiple business sectors. Graduates of the MSIS program, are prepared to advance to leadership positions across fields such as IT/IS, finance, marketing, supply chain, retail, healthcare, government, and more. Job positions may include:

  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Computer Systems Manager
  • Privacy Officer
  • Business/Operations Analyst
  • IT Project Manager
  • Cybersecurity Risk Analyst
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Business Operations Officer
  • Business Operations Analyst
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Systems Manager

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