MSIST Degree Requirements

MSIST Curriculum

The Master of Science in Information Systems Technology program is 33 credit hours long. Three-credit courses are a full semester long (14 weeks).

Students must successfully complete the following course and program requirements to be eligible for the MS in Information Systems Technology degree.

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.

Additional Requirements for Specific Degree Programs

BBA/MSIST 4+1 Program

The MSIST 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.

MBA/Master of Science in Information Systems Technology

For students pursuing a MBA and a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology dual degree program, all requirements for both degrees must be fulfilled. In the dual MBA/MSIST program, up to 24 credits may be double-counted toward degree requirements for the MBA/MSIST as follows:

  • 12 credits of required ISTM core courses may be counted as electives toward the MBA
  • 12 credits of DNSC, DAT, and/or other ISTM courses completed as electives for the MBA may count toward MSIST electives

Students may pursue a dual degree in any MBA program. Part-time students take courses for both programs simultaneously. Full-time students take courses for the Global MBA in their first year and then complete the remainder of the degree requirements simultaneously. In both cases, the degrees may be conferred sequentially.

Learn More About Joint/Dual Degree MBA Programs