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Masters of Science in Information Systems

Welcome to the MSIS Program

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree prepares you for a leadership career in Information Systems. The job of the information-systems professional is to understand and improve the ways organizations derive value from information. Information-systems professionals have a variety of roles and responsibilities. Business leaders (including Chief Information Officers, or CIOs) focus on ways to leverage information assets to gain competitive advantage in their industries. Technical practitioners focus on the specification, development, and deployment of new information-related capabilities.

The MSIS is an internationally recognized credential and is the only graduate STEM degree in the Fowler College of Business. The SDSU degree program is modeled after a curriculum jointly published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Association for Information Systems (AIS).

Career Possibilities

The MSIS degree can ready you for a career path that suits your passions. If you are interested in technical practice, you can focus on areas such as software, networking, security, and databases. If you are interested in information strategy, you can learn how to enhance competitiveness through smarter and faster decision making, improved productivity, and process integration with business partners. You also have career options in the middle: systems analysts work with users to define their requirements, and work with technical people to design and implement systems that will meet those needs. Because information is the fuel that runs the modern enterprise, well-trained information-systems professionals are always in high demand.

Technical careers in Information Systems often lead to job titles such as System Architect, Web Developer, Data Security Specialist, Digital Forensic Analyst, Network Administrator, or Chief Staff Scientist. Strategic careers in information systems may lead to titles such as Systems Analyst, Chief Information Officer, Supply Chain Manager, Chief Security Officer, or Chief Technology Officer.

Our graduates have success across a range of industries and a variety of employers.  See the Employment Profile of MSIS Graduates from 2012-2016.


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