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 number of specializations 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

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 32 semester hours must be earned toward completion of the MSIS degree. A minimum grade-point average of 3.000 is required over all courses applied toward the degree.
Students may not register for more than 9 semester hours in the fall and spring terms and 4 semester hours in each of the three summer terms. Any exception must be approved by the Program Director.
The IS program does not accept any transfer credit. All 32 credits must be completed from the IS and CSYE program course work specified.

Seattle Campus 

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

Graduate Certificate Options

Students enrolled in a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering have the opportunity to pursue an engineering graduate certificate in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. For more information please refer to Graduate Certificate Programs.

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.

General Requirements

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


Complete one of the following options:

General Option

Complete 28 semester hours from the following subject areas:28
INFO, CSYE (except CSYE 6220)

Seattle Campus Option

Students pursuing the Seattle Campus Option may also take INFO and CSYE courses offered online.

Complete 28 semester hours from the following:28
Network Structures and Cloud Computing
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

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required