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Teaching technology for today and management skills for tomorrow. The Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) degree is one of the longest running programs in Information Systems and one of a select few which is approved to award the CIO University Certificate to our graduates.
Since the program was first offered in 1980, it has earned the reputation of producing graduates who have a thorough understanding of information systems and technologies along with relevant management, communication, and decision-making skills. Through dynamic, hands-on, laboratory and classroom-based courses and online classes, students learn how to integrate information systems technology expertise and management skills to effectively implement business solutions. This combination of advanced technical knowledge and management skills with proven business strategy put the MSIST graduates in a position to succeed.
Students may complete the degree through full-time or part-time study. Classes are offered in the late afternoon and early evening at the Main Campus and also online with the GWSB Digital Community. A typical, part-time student will complete the degree requirements in 24-30 months with full time students completing the degree in 18-24 months.
Establishing the right mix of business, technology and experience. The Executive MSIST program hand selects talented IT leaders and technical experts from both public and private organizations to establish a cohort of peers who complete the program in 15-months without career interruption. Since the cohort format was first offered in 1990, it has earned the reputation of producing graduates with a keen understanding of the strategic use of IT in business and the management issues surrounding the implementation of technology.
The carefully accelerated and structured curriculum builds upon itself to allow students to undertake the equivalent of a full-time academic load while maintaining full-time careers. Classroom discussions draw upon wide range of real world experience of the faculty and student body. Each student has the opportunity to capitalize from this interactive experience and challenge their analytical perspective of real IT challenges.
Students meet one full day per week on an alternating Friday or Saturday schedule. Classes meet from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM with classes typically in two four-hour blocks. Classes are exclusively offered at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, VA.
Both the MSIST and Executive MSIST curriculum are approved as meeting the CIO (Chief Information Officer) Council’s Core Competencies for the GSA CIO University — a collaborative effort between the Federal government and educational institutions to develop executives for the top IT jobs in industry and government.
The General Services Administration (GSA) conducted a series of focus groups for each of the major competency areas identified by the federal CIO Council. These “core competencies” were originally developed and adopted by the Federal Chief Information Officers Council in 1997 based upon the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. Over 100 subject area experts from academia, industry and government participated in the professionally facilitated sessions. The product was a set of some 600 learning objectives among the competency areas.