About the Program
The Ivy College of Business offers a Master of Science degree in Information Systems (MS-IS) designed to equip students with a strong set of IT skills as well as managerial skills, which will enable students to successfully develop and manage IT projects for business clients. This is a STEM designated degree program, allowing international students the opportunity to extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) work permit for up to 36 months after graduation.
IT is a major driving force behind business growth in the modern economy. To best solve business problems and catch business opportunities through creative IT solutions, employers are in a great demand for trained professionals who are well versed in both cutting-edge technology and business management. Graduates of the MS-IS program are bilingual in IT and business and they are highly sought after by employers.
Latest employment statistics (2016-2017): A 100% employment rate! The median salary is $66,250 and the highest salary is $88,000. Graduates were hired by world-renowned corporations such as Emerson Electric, General Dynamics, JPMorgan Chase, T-Mobile, and Wells Fargo.
The MS-IS program requires a minimum of 30 credits. The program is offered on the Iowa State campus, with convenient online courses offered for scheduling flexibility. Students have up to seven years to complete the degree requirements, and it is possible for working professionals to complete the degree part-time. MS-IS students also benefit from extra opportunities such as the MSIS/MBA double-major and many business-related minors and certificates.
Applicants should have mastered basic computing skills including programming, databases, and computer organization. Work experience applying technology to improve business processes is preferred but not necessary. Applicants who do not have coursework in IT areas should include their plan to address this in the statement of purpose essay.
A GMAT score of 550 or above is preferred (an equivalent GRE score is also acceptable). Applicants with an ISU degree may receive a waiver of the GMAT requirement on a case-by-case basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss individual cases.
Heartland Scholarships Available
The Iowa State University Ivy College of Business is pleased to announce four Heartland Scholarships of $5,000. This amount covers approximately one semester of tuition.
To be considered for the Heartland Scholarship, you must be an Iowa resident, admitted to the MSIS program, and actively pursuing the MSIS degree. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding scholarships for MSIS students.