Online MS in Information Systems Technology

The Online Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (OMSIST) program teaches technology for today and management skills for tomorrow. Established in 1980, our MSIST program is one of the longest-running programs in Information Systems. Since it was first offered, the program has earned a reputation for producing graduates with a thorough understanding of information systems and the relevant management, communication, and decision-making skills. The Online MSIST degree was introduced in 2013, continuing this tradition of academic excellence and reaching students across the U.S. and around the world.

Through our suite of dynamic, hands-on, laboratory 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 OMSIST graduates in a position to succeed.

Flexibility That Works

Proven Online Program: Students who complete the degree via our distance learning program experience the same quality of material as our on-campus students. In fact, the majority of OMSIST coursework has been offered and available to our students online for over a decade, giving busy professionals the freedom to choose the right mix of on-campus and online coursework for their schedules.

Campus Visits: Students may attend an optional orientation on campus at the beginning of the program. All students are required to attend the capstone residency at the end of the program.

Full-Time and Part-Time Options: Students may complete the degree through full-time or part-time study. Typically, students complete degree requirements in the following time frames:

  • Part-Time: 24-30 months
  • Full-Time: 18-24 months

Our Mission & Learning Goals

The mission of the OMSIST program is to prepare future leaders in the area of information systems and technology management. Graduates of our program will help companies manage their information systems and technology resources efficiently to attain organizational goals and objectives.

Learning Goals

  • Oral & Written Communication
    Communicate clearly and effectively in both writing and oral presentations. This involves clarity of purpose and an understanding of the audience.
  • Ethics & Social Responsibility
    Weigh the ethics and the impact on society as a whole when making a decision.
  • Critical & Analytical Thinking
    Think critically, analyze the facts, and make intelligent choices regarding the efficient use of information technology and decision models.
  • Body of Knowledge
    Use knowledge of information systems to support a successful analysis, design, and implementation project.
  • Team Management & Effectiveness
    Work effectively as a team leader as well as a member, by actively participating in the team, completing assigned tasks on schedule, and working toward a common goal to successfully complete the project.
  • Project Management
    Use knowledge of project management to support a successful analysis, design, and implementation of an IT project.

Academic Program

The Online Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (OMSIST) program curriculum offers an innovative mix of information and technology management courses and specialized electives. Throughout the program, faculty challenge students to think critically, analyze problems and effectively acquire and integrate knowledge, strategies, and key technologies to solve the business problems faced by IT management.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 21 credits in core courses and 12 credits in elective courses.

In addition, students must complete up to 6 credits in prescribed foundation courses in the areas of computer programming language and database design and applications. If a foundation courses was not completed with a minimum grade of at an accredited institution within five years of matriculation, it must be completed before beginning the program, or within the first year of study in the program.*

Foundation courses *
ISTM 3119
ISTM 4121
Introduction to Programming
and Database Principles and Applications
ISTM 6200Programming in Python and R
Program requirements
Core courses
ISTM 6201Information Systems Development and Applications
ISTM 6202Relational Databases
ISTM 6204Information Technology Project Management
ISTM 6205Web Application Development
ISTM 6206Information Systems Security
ISTM 6209Web and Social Analytics
ISTM 6210Integrated Information Systems Capstone
6 credits in courses selected from the following:
ISTM 6213Cloud Applications
ISTM 6214Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6218Business Applications of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6222IS/IT Strategy and Implementation
ISTM 6224Management of Technology and Innovation
ISTM 6225Cloud Foundations
6 credits in ISTM courses at the 6000 level or above, excluding ISTM 6200 and ISTM 6500