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Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Emphasis in Information Systems and Technology

Quick Facts

  1. Program: Flex MBA with option to take IST emphasis
  2. Emphasis Length: 12 Credit Hours (4 courses); within MBA program
  3. Admission Requirements:
    • MBA students must meet, UMSL Graduate School admissions requirements
      plus UMSL Graduate Business Program requirements (see links below)
    • There are No special requirements for adding the IST Emphasis


The Master of Business Administration (Flex MBA) program offered by the College of Business Administration provides students an opportunity to add the Information Systems and Technology emphasis as part of their MBA program requirements.

IST courses are designed to provide the technical and managerial knowledge to work successfully in design, development, and leadership roles related to information technology (IT). Students have opportunities to gain skills in application development, business intelligence, cybersecurity, cloud computing, fintech, and other emerging areas that impact organizational IT strategies.


Flexible Pathways to finish your MBA with an IST Emphasis

Customize your emphasis by choosing courses or complete courses to also get Graduate Certificate in any IST area.

MBA students can work with their academic advisors to choose IST courses that fit their career goals or choose to complete any of the 12 credit-hour Graduate Certificates from the IST Department to also obtain a certificate credential in addition to the MBA.

Flexible class schedules (day and evening, weekends, 8 or 16 week sessions) and course delivery formats (face-to-face, blended, and online) enable students to balance school, work, and life.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general graduate admission requirements of the Graduate School, described in the UMSL catalog as well as the MBA program requirements set forth by the College of Business Administration Graduate Programs Office.

There are no additional requirements from the Information Systems and Technology department.

Emphasis Requirements

The Information Systems and Technology Emphasis in the Flex MBA program requires a total of 12 credit hours. All students will complete 12 credit hours of IST Courses beyond INFSYS 5800 (this course is a required core course in the MBA program).

Course Requirements - Students can complete the 12 credit hour (4 courses) requirement by:

Either completing the requirements for one of the certificates listed below:

Graduate Certificate in Information Systems and Technology

Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence

Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems Development

Graduate Certificate in Information Security Management and Auditing

Or choosing approved IST courses to customize their emphasis (12 hours)

Students must work with their academic advisors to choose approved courses. Certain courses may also be substituted with other courses upon approval from the IST Department Chair.