Our 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 Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) 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.
MSIST is a STEM designated degree program. International graduates are eligible to participate in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) initial 12-month and 24-month extension programs offered by the Department of Homeland Security.
MSIST students take a total of 11 3-credit courses comprising seven core courses and four electives. An additional 3-6 credits of foundation courses may be required; an advisor determines waiver eligibility. Students may customize their four elective courses by selecting a focus ranging from the managerial aspects of IT to the highly technical and complex components of IT projects and systems. They may study part-time or full-time, on-campus or online. Advisors consult with students to create a program completion plan that best suits their needs.
All core and elective courses are taught on-campus in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Select core and elective courses are taught online in those same semesters. Students must complete all core courses to be eligible for the Integrated Information Systems Capstone course.
Students typically complete degree requirements in the following time frames:
- Part-Time: 30-48 months
- Full-Time: 18-24 months
View course descriptions in the GW Bulletin.
- All 7 Core Courses (6 plus the capstone course) = 21 credits
- 4 Electives (either 4 technical or 4 managerial, or a combination of the two, for a total of 4 electives) = 12 credits
Prerequisite courses in parenthesis.
|Foundation Courses*||Must be completed, if required the first year of the program|
|ISTM 3119||Introduction to Structured Programming|
|ISTM 4121||Principles of Database Design/Expert Database Systems|
Python & SQL
Please note: Students needing content from both core courses may either take both courses or 6200. If only one content area is needed, students may take either the one needed or 6200.
|Required – 7 Core Courses|
|Core Courses||Must be finished before enrolling in Capstone 6210|
|ISTM 6201||Information Systems Development|
|ISTM 6202||Relational Databases (4121 or 6200**)|
|ISTM 6204||Information Technology Project Management|
|ISTM 6205||Internet Computing (3119 or 6200**)|
|ISTM 6206||Information Systems Security|
|ISTM 6209||Web and Social Analytics|
|ISTM 6210||Integrated Information Systems Capstone (all core)|
|Electives – choose any 4|
|ISTM 6203||Telecommunication and Enterprise Networks|
|ISTM 6211||Data Warehousing/OLAP (6202)|
|ISTM 6213||Enterprise Web and Database Applications (6205 and 6202)|
|ISTM 6214||Advanced Programming and Business Applications|
|ISTM 6215||Human Computer Interaction|
|ISTM 6207||Information Resource Management|
|ISTM 6222||IS/IT Strategy|
|ISTM 6223||Technology Entrepreneurship|
|ISTM 6224||Management of Technology and Innovation|
|ISTM 6225||Enterprise Architecture|
|ISTM 6233||Emerging Technologies|
|ISTM 6234||New Venture Financing|
|ISTM 6239||Seminar on Technology Commercialization (6223 or 6224)|
*One or more of the foundation courses may be waived depending upon previous coursework
**Students needing content from both core courses may either take both courses or 6200. If only one content area is needed, students may take either the one needed or 6200.
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