Master of Science in Information Systems Degree 100% Online


Master of Science in Information Systems - 100% Online

Master of Science in Information Systems Online Degree Program Overview

At ECPI University, we’ve designed an Online Master of Science in Information Systems degree program that you can pursue completely online which means you can continue to grow in your profession while you prepare to advance into management. Through this program, you can develop a broad perspective of the business and management environments in which information system technologies play a strategic role, and enhance the practical and applied skills that can support organizational performance.

Here’s another thing you’ll like about ECPI University: our online classes meet year-round, allowing you to earn your master’s degree much faster. How much faster? Stick with your online program and you could earn your Master of Science in Information Systems in as little as 15 months.

Graduates of a graduate-level CIS degree program have many career options. They often have career paths that eventually lead them into IT management positions. They may manage complex IT projects, design computer systems using the most current information technologies, and develop innovative hardware and software system architectures. They may develop test plans and ensure their correct implementation. Graduates also may work as network architects or administrators who design computer networks, including wireless networks. Graduates of the M.S. in Information Systems degree program will be able to work in a wide variety of positions in business, industry, and government venues.

Possible job titles for an M.S. CIS graduate include:
  • Desktop, Web, or Mobile Application Developer
  • vArchitect
  • Cloud Administrator
  • Security Administrator
  • Information Security Engineer

Some positions may require background checks, drug screenings, and/or security clearances, depending on the position and industry. Graduates will be expected to have good problem-solving and decision-making skills. Technical competency in Software Development, Database Design, Information Assurance, Cloud Computation, and Storage, Virtualization Technologies, and Mobile App Platforms is desirable.

The curriculum builds on a foundation of communication and problem solving, theoretical and applied understanding of basic technical concepts, protocols, and software/hardware components of information systems technologies. Students enhance their understanding and practical knowledge of desktop, mobile, and web technologies; software and mobile app development; database management; information assurance and information system security management; cloud computing and virtualization, and systems analysis. A capstone project is required.

Upon successful completion of this online degree program, the graduate is expected to be able to:
  • Understand how basic software development and networking concepts apply to cloud computing and virtualization.
  • Design, implement, and manage a complex relational database.
  • Be able to manage an information system project from conception through closure.
  • Be aware of information assurance issues and the essential skills required to implement and maintain security in information systems.
  • Evaluate the impact of information systems on business operations and prescribe remedies.
  • Design and implement an information system using the appropriate programming paradigm and programming language.
  • Design and implement desktop, mobile, and web applications.

Master of Science in Information Systems Online Degree

Program Requirements

MSIS Externship Requirements

  • To be successful in the IT field today, the industry requires that graduates have a degree, certifications, and work experience. The externship requirements for MSIS are intended for students with limited or no in-field work experience. The Program Director determines whether a student's education is best served through the externship requirements. If that is determined to be the case, then the externships are considered required for graduation from the MSIS program.
  • No additional credit is earned. Each externship must be approved by the faculty course manager in advance of participation. Students must maintain full-time graduate study and complete a minimum of 900 externship hours. Externships are pass/fail.
  • Externships at the graduate level are work experiences (both paid/unpaid) that may include consultancy-type projects and/or applied research that solves problems. The externship courses prepare students with job application skills (COR 090 Career Orientation Seminar), provide practice in a virtual environment (EXT 550 Externship I), and enable students to perform in-field in a real job environment (EXT 600 Externship II and EXT 650 Externship III). Students apply what they have learned in class to the job (EXT 600 and EXT 650).
  • Externships are work experiences designed to apply the material learned in class. The externships are open to international and domestic students. Students will be assigned a mentor throughout the externship. The program consists of up to three semesters of externship.
  • Students must consult with their PDSO or DSO for clarification on the process and the requirements of USCIS and SEVP relative to the externship.
For International students, the externships are Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Regulations for CPT are as follows:
  • CPT is integral to your major and the experience must be part of your program of study.
  • When you enroll at the graduate level, your designated school official (DSO) may authorize CPT during your first semester if your program requires this type of experience. As your DSO for details.
  • Your DSO will provide you a new Form I-20, "Certificate of Eligibility of Non-immigrant Student Status," that shows that the DSO has approved you for this employment.
  • You can work on CPT either full-time or part-time.
  • CPT requires a signed cooperative agreement or a letter from your employer.
  • If you have 12 months or more of full-time CPT, you are ineligible for OPT, but part-time CPT is fine and will not stop you from doing OPT.

Additional Requirements



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