Program Description

The Master of Science in Information Systems program prepares students to contribute to the analysis, design, development and maintenance of information systems and become effective information professionals. The curriculum is designed for students who do not have previous information systems or computing-related degrees. CMU's information systems degree program is ranked as one of the top SAP graduate programs in the nation. 

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

A small number of graduate assistantships are available for students working on their MSIS degree. The department offers full- or part-time positions depending on department needs and funds available. Graduate assistants may teach introductory courses, assist instructors with classroom activities or assist in research projects. Graduate assistants are paid a stipend and are given a tuition waiver for a specified number of credit hours during their assistantships.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSIS program requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited four-year university;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7; and
  • completion of a placement exam that will test fundamental knowledge in computer literacy and business process. The results will be used to help design an initial course of study.

The application process should be completed as early as possible. International students should keep in mind that the Visa process may require additional time.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 33 graduate credits, pass a comprehensive examination and satisfy a research requirement through an applied project (Plan B).

*NOTE: Effective Fall 2017-2018 academic year, students will be required to complete a minimum of 36 credits.


The MSIS program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

For More Information

Dr. Emil Boasson
Director, MSIS program