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.

Program Requirements

  • Students may be required to complete 3-6 credits of foundation courses (see requirements below).
  • Achieve at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of graduation.
  • Complete all degree requirements within five (5) years.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 33 credits of the following coursework to be eligible for graduation.

Foundation Courses | 6 Credits*

or

  • ISTM 6290 | Python & SQL

*Foundation courses may be waived based on previous academic coursework. See your academic advisor for more details.

Core Courses | 21 Credits**

** Core courses may be waived based on previous academic coursework. See the MSIST Core Course Waiver Policy for details.

Electives | 12 Credits

Students may choose a combination of 12 graduate-level credits from ISTM courses. Students may enroll in other graduate courses with the written permission of their academic advisor.

Additional Requirements for Specific Degree Programs

BBA/MSIST 4+1 Program

The 4+1 Program offered by the GW School of Business allows students to complete a Bachelor's degree as well as a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology degree in five years. For students pursuing a BBA and a Master of Information Systems Technology combined degree program, all requirements for both degrees must be fulfilled. Nine credits of graduate coursework may be shared between the BBA and the Master of Information Systems Technology course requirements. Those nine shared credits must be comprised of the following courses:

  • ISTM 6204 Information Technology Project Management
  • ISTM 6201 Information Systems Development and Application
  • ISTM 6202 Relational Databases

Learn More About the 4+1 Program

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