MS in Information Systems and Technology

oline masters degrees ranking badgeThe Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology (MSIST) program is designed to provide the technical and managerial knowledge to work successfully in careers associated with the design, development and management of information systems. The MSIST is a 30-credit hour STEM designated degree where students gain advanced knowledge and skills in application development, business intelligence, cybersecurity, cloud computing and other emerging areas that impact organizational information systems strategies.

This program was designed with the busy working adult in mind, it can be completed in 12 to 18 months. Flexible class schedules (day and evening, weekends, 8- or 16-week sessions and course delivery formats (in-person, blended and online) enable students to balance school, work and life. 

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Degree Overview

MS in Information Systems and Technology

The program is designed for students and professionals with diverse undergraduate backgrounds. MSIST students interact extensively with their peers as well as with industry executives in a carefully curated academic environment to gain a well-rounded perspective on the strategic role of IT in contemporary organizations. Students are able to customize their degree by choosing two four-course sequences that permit them to specialize in areas of interest. These specializations include Information Systems and Technology, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Systems Development, Information Security Management and Auditing and Cybersecurity.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate and implement effective IS leadership principles and strategy.
  • Prioritize and propose managerial practices to develop and deploy technological innovations that produce business advantage.
  • Explain best practices in systems analysis and design.
  • Support and improve current best practices in application development, business intelligence, cybersecurity and legacy systems.
  • Exhibit specialized leadership and technical expertise.

Employment of Computer and Information Systems Managers is projected to grow up to 15% to 2032, with a median annual salary of $164,070 , according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Employment growth by 2032

Career Opportunities

  • Information Systems Manager
  • Application Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Cloud Computing Architect
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Data Scientist
  • IT Consultant

Graduate Business Programs takes a holistic approach when evaluating student applications. Grade point average (GPA), letters of recommendation and professional experience are all considered when making an admissions decision. The GMAT is not required for admission to this program.

Applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) qualify for regular admission. Students may be admitted on a restricted status if their GPA is slightly below 3.0.

For more information on applying to a Graduate Business program, please review the College's Admissions Standards page.

Application Deadlines
Domestic Applicants: Fall - August 2; Spring - December 1; Summer - May 1
International Applicants: Fall - May 1; Spring - October 1

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the UMSL state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

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Career Services – Students have access to professional career counselors who can assist in everything from resume development and interview preparation to lining up an internship or connecting you with your next fulltime career. UMSL alumni also enjoy high quality, lifelong career management programming, services, events and resources to assist in all phases of career development.

Networking – with the largest alumni network in the region, UMSL graduate students have access to leading professionals engaged in business, research, entrepreneurship, non-profit, government, community organizations. Our academic units engage this network in curriculum development to ensure our graduate students gain the skills needed to advance along their choose career path.

Research – There are many opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research including our annual Graduate Research Fair, which is open to students from all graduate programs. Doctoral and thesis master’s students can also compete in the Three Minute Thesis challenge to be evaluated by a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes.