MSIST Academic Program

The Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) academic program offers an innovative mix of information and technology management courses and specialized electives. Throughout the program, 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.

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.

Degree Requirements

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 requirements 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 3119Introduction to Programming
ISTM 4121Database Principles and Applications
or ISTM 6200 Programming in Python & R
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 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.


The MS in Information Systems Technology degree can also be combined with a bachelor's degree through GWSB's new 4+1 Program, which enables students to complete both a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years.

Elliott School Bachelor of Science in International Affairs students may apply to the 4+1 Program for the MS in Information Systems Technology degree.