Master of Science Information Systems

earn this degree onlineThe MS in Information Systems fits the career path of students interested in running an IT organization or managing information effectively through information systems. In today's environment, information systems (IS) are planned, operated, and maintained not only by IS departments but also by IS-user organizational units. Because of this reality, career opportunities for IS graduates are found in both traditional IS departments and IS-user business units. Moreover, a variety of equipment from aircraft to household electronics frequently use embedded systems. Graduates of IS majors find opportunities in organizations that plan, design and market the functionality of these systems. Thus, our MS-IS emphasizes the balance between technical skills, modeling proficiency, and strategic and organizational knowledge for a wide range of IS usage contexts.

 

Computer and IT Occupations

Computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow 13% from 2016 to by 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides job summaries, pay, and other information on these in-demand careers.

Occupational Outlook HandbookComputer and IS Managers

96%of reporting 2016 School of Computing master’s graduates were employed, continuing education, or not seeking employment within six months of graduation

$80,000average reported salary across 2016 School of Computing master’s graduates

Research Colloquium

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The School of Computing hosts weekly talks on creative and breakthrough research by faculty, students, and industry professionals. The Colloquium exposes students to creative and scholarly research at DePaul and elsewhere, and engages them in the thought process of identifying and solving challenging research problems.

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Online Learning

This degree can be completed entirely online. One hundred percent of the program’s lectures—from audio and video to whiteboard writing and supplemental materials—are captured and available online.

 

iD Lab

CDM’s Innovation Development Lab (iD-Lab) serves as a model for university and corporate partnerships in the area of technology innovation. Current work in the lab focuses on three primary areas: development of technology innovation projects with member companies; education through training, workshops, and practical experiences; and research on technology innovation. Current partners include companies such as Abbott, Allstate, Bosch, CareerBuilder, CDW, and Digital Mint.

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Alumni Sharing Knowledge

The Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network connects DePaul students and graduates with alumni to explore college and professional transitions, life challenges, and university or career questions.

5 Concentrations

Business Analysis/System Analysis

This concentration focuses on designing systems by understanding user/organizational needs and modeling appropriate systems functions for these needs. Graduates of this concentration typically pursue the career of business analyst or system analyst. The responsibilities of these analysts include thorough understanding of end-user/organizational requirements and designing the right functions of IS to maximize operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Business Intelligence

This concentration emphasizes designing the process of generating valuable business information thorough systems integration, application software management, and information modeling. The recent popularity of big data, predictive analytics and the IoT (Internet of Things) has increased the job market demand for MS-IS graduates with this concentration.

Database Administration

The management of databases is ever more critical for business success. This concentration gives students the knowledge and skills for designing databases and then for extracting needed business data from these databases. Students also learn the process of designing and managing database systems with cutting-edge technologies. The job market demand for database administrators remains quite favorable.

IT Project Management

Large-scale organizations typically depend on a wide range of different information systems. These organizations cannot do without the continuous life cycle of developing, maintaining and replacing a variety of IS. Key interests of this concentration include running IT operations, leading new system developments through projects and programs, managing organizational change through IT innovations, and integrating systems across organizational units. The job market for these graduate remains strong.

Standard

If your career interest is information systems in general, the standard concentration is recommended so that you can customize your MS-IS based on your academic background and work experience. To pursue the standard concentration, we suggest that you work with your faculty advisor to manage your academic plan of study.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment QuarterDomestic Student DeadlineInternational Student Deadline
FallAugust 1June 15
WinterDecember 1October 15
SpringMarch 1January 15
SummerMay 1April 15

Admission Process

The graduate application process involves completing an online application, sending in your transcripts and submitting any supplemental material (e.g., letters of recommendation, certifications, etc.). To learn more about your program specific requirements, visit our Graduate Admission page.

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