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Master of Science in Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems 2018-09-14T15:47:33+00:00

About the Program

The Ivy College of Business offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Science degree in Information Systems (MS-IS). This degree is designed to provide students with a strong set of technical skills in addition to a broad background in business to enable them to develop and manage a full spectrum of IT projects.  The MS-IS is designed as a full-time, residential program offered on the Iowa State campus. The program offers many online courses to help students who need remote access to classes.

Students in the MS-IS program apply IS theory and concepts to modern IS development through classes that enable students to learn and use the latest software in application projects.  The practical training in an internship setting will provide students with exposure to real-world projects.  Students graduating from the program will have the advanced technical and managerial skills necessary to obtain employment as a mid-level manager in any one of several organizations.

Latest employment statistics (2016-2017): A 100% employment rate! The median salary is $66,250 and the highest salary is $88,000. Graduates were well-sought after by world-renowned corporations such as Emerson Electric, General Dynamics, JPMorgan Chase, T-Mobile, and Wells Fargo.

Applicants should have mastered basic computing skills including programming, databases, and computer organization.  Work experience applying technology to improve business processes is 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 GMAT requirement on a case by case condition. Please directly contact ( to discuss individual cases.

The program requires a minimum of 30 credits and completing a significant project demonstrating mastery of  Information Systems skills and  knowledge (creative component).  Students desiring a more in-depth research experience may indicate their preference for the thesis degree option (a minimum of 33 credits required).  Additionally,  students are encouraged to complete an internship to acquire practical work experience.

Heartland Scholarships Available

The Iowa State University Ivy College of Business is pleased to announce four Heartland Scholarships of $5,000 each for Iowa residents who enroll in ISU’s full-time Master of Finance graduate degree program.

This amount approximately covers one semester of tuition. The purpose of the scholarships is to promote the value of a graduate business degree among Iowa residents while launching this new program.

To be considered for a scholarship, you must be an Iowa resident, admitted to the MSIS program, and actively pursuing the MSIS degree. You can Request Information if you have questions.