Information Systems, MSIS


Kal Bugrara, PhD
Senior Program Director
Dana Hall 5th Floor

We offer cutting-edge expertise in a variety of courses that combine technological advances and business practices. We stress creative and inventive approaches to problem solving, which necessitates empowering students so that they can take charge of their own software projects to become originally productive. Our Information Systems program is as much an art as a science. It bypasses mechanical learning and highlights the value and excitement of engineering thinking that gets things done efficiently as well as imaginatively. We balance theory and practice, on the premise that they are always intertwined and interdependent.

We seek to provide a basic foundation for our students and then seek to push them to new heights to advance their information technology skills in a way that keeps up and, better yet, exceeds the necessarily fast pace of this progressive field. It is not for us just a question of not being left behind; we strive to be at the forefront of software innovation in an effort to transform contemporary society even more radically than technology has already done—to take gigantic strides in business, medicine, education, and security. 

The program offers a wide range of courses that reflect current and future industry trends:

  • Cryptocurrency and Smart Contract Engineering
  • Engineering of Big-Data Systems
  • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
  • Cyber-Security Engineering and Development
  • Digital Business
  • Full-Stack Software Engineering
  • User Experience Design
  • Data Science and Machine Learning Systems Engineering

Program Concentrations

You can complete the MSIS program with one of the following concentrations:

  • General information systems
  • User experience
  • Big data systems and analytics
  • Smart contracts
  • Intelligent systems

Seattle and Silicon Valley Campuses 

Students can complete this degree at our Seattle and Silicon Valley campuses. Students will have the option to choose from a continually expanding list of electives that are offered strategically to meet industry demand in Seattle and Silicon Valley. 

Graduate Certificate Options

Students enrolled in the MSIS program in the College of Engineering have the opportunity to pursue the graduate certificate in Engineering Leadership or the Graduate Certificate in Computer Systems Engineering in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. 

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Information Systems with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a master's degree in Information Systems in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate 
in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16 semester-hour-curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32 semester hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved Information Systems technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated. Students may not register for more than 9 semester hours in the fall, spring, and summer terms. All 32 credits must be completed from the IS and CSYE program course work specified. The MSIS program does not accept any transfer credit.

Core Requirements

INFO 5100
and INFO 5101
Application Engineering and Development
and Lab for INFO 5100


Complete one of the following concentrations:

General Information Systems

Complete 16 semester hours in the following subject area16
(INFO 7290 and INFO 6101 excluded):

User Experience

CSYE 7280User Experience Design and Testing4
INFO 6150Web Design and User Experience Engineering4
INFO 6245Planning and Managing Information Systems Development4
INFO 6350Smartphones-Based Web Development4

Big Data Systems and Analytics

CSYE 6225Network Structures and Cloud Computing4
CSYE 7245Big-Data Systems and Intelligence Analytics4
INFO 7250Engineering of Big-Data Systems4
INFO 7390Advances in Data Sciences and Architecture4

Smart Contracts

Complete four from the following:16
Cryptocurrency and Smart Contract Engineering
Smart Contract Application Engineering and Development
Engineering of Advanced Cryptocurrency Systems
Regulatory Aspects of Smart Contract Automation
Digital Smart Contracts Product Innovations

Intelligent Systems

CSYE 7245Big-Data Systems and Intelligence Analytics4
CSYE 7280User Experience Design and Testing4
INFO 7375
INFO 7610Special Topics in Natural Language Engineering Methods and Tools4


Complete 12 semester hours from the following subject areas12
(CSYE 6220, CSYE 6510, and CSYE 6530 excluded):

Seattle Campus Course List

Network Structures and Cloud Computing
Big-Data Systems and Intelligence Analytics
User Experience Design and Testing
Web Design and User Experience Engineering
Program Structure and Algorithms
Data Management and Database Design
Business Analysis and Information Engineering
Web Development Tools and Methods
Smartphones-Based Web Development
Engineering of Big-Data Systems
Advances in Data Sciences and Architecture

Silicon Valley Campus Course List 

INFO 7500Cryptocurrency and Smart Contract Engineering4
INFO 7510Smart Contract Application Engineering and Development4

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required