Program Description

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) 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.

Our MSIS program and courses are offered both on campus and online to better accommodate busy schedules and to make your studies more accessible, no matter where you may live or work.  

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

A small number of graduate assistantships are available for on-campus students working on their MSIS degree. The department offers full-time or part-time assistantship positions, depending on faculty mentors and department needs, and available funds.

Graduate assistants may teach introductory courses, assist instructors with classroom activities, or assist faculty mentors on important 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; and
     a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7.
    A placement exam is not required (neither a GMAT nor a GRE).

The application process should be completed before you graduate from your bachelor's degree program, or preferably in the fall before the MSIS program would begin here at CMU. 

International students should know that the Visa process may require additional time, so please apply as early as possible.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 graduate credits, pass a comprehensive examination, and satisfy a research requirement through an applied project (Plan B).

Points of Pride

At CMU, you’ll work with software used by companies around the world. You can even complete a concentration in SAP — a set of enterprise software applications used by more than 38,000 organizations in more than 120 countries.

CMU is the North American leader in SAP certification, thanks in part to the university’s two-week SAP Academy that prepares students for the TERP10 SAP exam. In fact, more CMU students achieve certification than from the next three highest-ranked institutions combined.

Online Program Information

The online MSIS is for students who want to master core business and communication skills while honing their ability to analyze, design, develop and maintain information systems. This is a well-defined path to a great career in information systems, one of the fastest growing fields in the nation. Students do not need a technology background to be successful in this program.

If you are interested in our Online MSIS, please click here to visit our Online Program website.


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

Career Outlook

For More Information

Dr. Emil Boasson, Director
MSIS program
(989) 774-3588

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