Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) is designed to provide students with an advanced and highly sought-after expertise necessary in the field of information systems. The program provides training in advanced technical, managerial, and analytical techniques with a focus on digital transformation, data analytics, and cyber security, which will advance student career prospects and prepare them for lifelong learning in a global economy.
(For information regarding the College of Professional and International Education’s offering of this program, please see the CPaCE website.)
Fast Track Master of Science in Information Systems
The Fast Track Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program is available to promising students seeking a career in Information Systems. CSULB undergraduate information systems students may apply to the Fast Track MSIS program as undergraduates. Students are eligible for the Fast Track MSIS if they maintain a 3.0 Overall and Upper Division Major GPA. Students deemed eligible for the Fast Track MSIS program may waive the GMAT/GRE test and additional application requirement. Please inquire with the Graduate Business Office for more information.
The program’s requirements comprise of a 30-unit, cohort based, lock-step sequence of courses covering three core components: i) developing an advanced understanding of information systems management, IT application development, business intelligence, cyber security and assurance and e-business in the digital economy, ii) acquiring data analytics, business application programming, and systems analysis and design skills to tackle real world business and information challenges, and iii) demonstrating competency through a culminating project in which students interact with local industry leaders to identify improvement opportunities and develop information systems-based solutions. Each cohort will have four electives which will be selected from a list of elective courses.
Admission decisions are based on consideration of the applicant’s previous academic record, statement of purpose, resume, letters of recommendation, and performance on admission and English proficiency exams:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university (e.g. WASC)
- Minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60-semester units attempted and good standing at the last college attended
- A statement of purpose
- A recent resume
- Two letters of recommendation
- Admission and English Proficiency Exams
- International applicants must take TOEFL and score a minimum of (i) 80 on the online version or (ii) 550 on the paper version of this examination. A score of 4.0 or higher on the writing portion of the GMAT or GRE may be used to waive the TOEFL requirement for international applicants.
- A score of 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing portion of GMAT/GRE is required of all applicants.
University Graduation Requirements
- Satisfactory completion of 30 units of approved graduate courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Completion of the IS 699 culminating activity with a grade of “B” or better.
- Compliance with all other university graduation requirements.