Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Information Systems Management
Why earn a master’s degree from Strayer?
Advance as a technology professional and help your company keep up with ever-changing technology. Earning an online MS in Information Systems from Strayer can equip you with the latest technical knowledge and insight to help you keep your organization efficient and up to date.
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Strayer’s MS in Information Systems program overview
Dig deep into communication technologies, advanced computer architecture and strategic planning for database systems. The Master of Science in Information Systems program presents students with a broad range of topics across the technology spectrum coupled with skills that promote technology leadership and technology-inspired organizational change management. The program emphasizes the application of technology to organizational requirements while fostering communications skills, information literacy, abstract thinking and critical analysis.
What do you do with an MS in Information Systems?
- Examine project management principles used to effectively plan, direct and control project activities.
- Explore topics such as access control, security architecture, cryptography and the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge.
- Evaluate and select system development methodologies and design system solutions.
- Study the structure and operation of digital computers in the context of providing data and infrastructure security.
- Learn concepts, issues, principles and techniques for managing organizational data resources.
- Apply project management techniques to create practical solutions.
Class size varies based on course objectives and the teaching demands of the subject matter. In general, Strayer University aims to keep the student-to-instructor ratio low.
How long does a Master of Science take?
- There are 12 11-week courses in this program.
- How many courses you take at a time will determine how long the overall program will be.
- Strayer University credits are expressed in quarter hours.
- One quarter hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of 10 contact hours per course.
- The standard requirement for one course is for students to spend 10 to 14 hours in weekly work, including in- and out-of-classroom work, for a total of 54 hours by the end of the course. Strayer’s course design uses this requirement to meet applicable regulatory standards.
What can you learn?
Our MS in Information Systems program offers a broad set of management tools to prepare working professionals to pursue their career goals. You will learn how to become an effective decision maker in a world that is continuously affected by globalization, technology and ethical challenges. View all courses.
How will you learn it?
All courses are taught by Strayer faculty. Faculty will assess your learning progress through a range of methods, including discussions, videos, written exams, quizzes, projects, presentations, research papers and case studies. You will have access to your instructors outside of scheduled online class sessions as needed, and you also will receive regular feedback from your instructors.
3 out of 4 Strayer Master of Science in Information Systems alumni agree that their degree was a worthwhile investment.
Strayer Alumni Survey, 2021
MS in Information Systems concentrations at Strayer
The Strayer MS in Information Systems offers several concentrations, so you have the option to specialize in the skills and knowledge that interest you most. Choose from these flexible options:
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*Student is required to take two courses per quarter during disbursement period
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Program cost breakdown
Strayer’s MSIS program consists of 12 courses, with the price of $2,490 per course. There are additional fees for textbooks and supplies, a $65 technology fee each term and a one-time $150 degree conferral fee.
Courses from another institution may be eligible for transfer credits to Strayer, which can reduce the number of courses you need to graduate and your overall tuition. You can transfer up to four classes toward your master’s degree. Strayer’s transfer credit page has more information as well as a tool to estimate how many transfer credits you may be able to apply to your Strayer degree program.
Scholarships and financial aid
There are a number of financial aid options worth exploring on our financial aid page. To apply for federal aid, prospective students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Stafford loans are available for graduate study. These are direct unsubsidized loans, not based on financial need. Unlike subsidized loans, Stafford loan interest will accrue while in the program. Making interest payments while in school will help reduce the amount of principal that would otherwise build up.
There are also scholarships and private loans available for Strayer students.
More than 500 organizations – including corporations and community colleges – invest in their employees by partnering with Strayer University to offer access to discounted education programs. If your employer is a Corporate Alliance Partner, you may qualify for programs that can help you advance in your company and your career.
Non-federal loans may pay the difference between the cost of attendance and the total of loans and grants received from other tuition assistance programs. The terms and conditions of federal loans are often more favorable than private loans and should be considered before exploring private loans.
Military tuition assistance
Scholarships are offered to eligible students currently serving in the military as well as military spouses. Strayer is also approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Learn more about Strayer’s active military assistance program here.
In addition to participating fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Strayer is approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Student veterans can receive transfer credit for military training and life experiences.
What coursework do you need?
Our curriculum covers a wide range of subjects related to tech applications within organizations. You’ll be able to build your leadership skills as you learn the principles of communication, information literacy, abstract thinking and critical analysis.
All MSIS students take a set list of required courses. The remaining credits come from their choice of concentration.
This course provides advanced topics in implementing Agile project management and coaching techniques into an overall business strategy. The course will focus on leadership and coaching strategies in an Agile practice with topics including delivery frameworks, values, principle and practice.
This course addresses the topic of risk management and how risk, threats and vulnerabilities impact information systems. Topics include how to assess and manage risk based on defining an acceptable level of risk for information systems, elements of a business impact analysis, business continuity plan and disaster recovery planning.
This course focuses on establishing the framework to audit, secure and ensure internal controls in an information technology environment. Topics include the technical and professional issues in the context of technology-driven audits, security, privacy, business continuity, legislative and governance changes.
This course provides an integrated approach to system analysis and design processes. Students will explore advanced topics to evaluate and select system development methodologies and design system solutions. The role of effective interpersonal communication techniques and integration practices with users and user systems is emphasized.
This course covers the concepts, issues, principles and techniques for managing organizational data resources. Topics include the strategic information requirements of organizations, modeling those requirements using conceptual data modeling techniques, verifying the structural characteristics with normalization and converting the conceptual data models into physical databases. Emphasis will be placed on the application and strategic use of database systems.
This course is an integrative capstone course for the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Students will examine and address real-world projects and problems and apply project management techniques to create practical solutions. The course takes an integrative and senior management approach to address the integration of a broad range of technologies inclusive of databases, security, networking, computer infrastructure and human computer interaction.
MSIS admission requirements
Before you can pursue your master’s degree, you’ll need to enroll at Strayer. Here’s what you’ll need to get started for admission to the university.
Learn more about the admission process at Strayer.
Students applying to Washington, D.C., or New Jersey campuses must provide proof of proper immunization.
Transferring to Strayer from another university?
Some or all of the credits you’ve earned may be transferable.
International MSIS students
We welcome international students from around the globe.