Information Systems and Technology MS

 Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general graduate admission requirements of the Graduate School, described in the UMSL catalog.  Students are considered for admission to the graduate program in Information Systems and Technology only after they have formally applied for admission through the Graduate School.  Applications may be completed on-line.

In addition to Graduate School admission requirements, the following requirements apply for the MSIST program.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students whose GPAs are between 2.75 and 2.9 may be admitted under a restricted status within the terms specified by the Graduate School.

Applicants must have foundational knowledge of data analysis and computer programming. This requirement can be fulfilled by providing evidence of prior coursework, training, or professional experience.

Applicants may also join the program without this background and complete the following coursework.

  • Students without a background in data analysis could take SCMA 5300 as a graduate student to fulfill this requirement.
  • Students without a background in computer programming can take  INFSYS 6805 as a graduate student to fulfill this requirement.

Entrance Examinations

  • This program generally requires the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. A waiver of this requirement may be requested if applicants meet certain criteria. Please see the petition to waive the GMAT:

  • Non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language competency by submitting an official TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL score for graduate admission is 79 iBT. The minimum IELTS score is 6.0.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology must meet all Graduate School requirements including, but not limited to, requirements on admissions, enrollment, course policies, and academic standing as listed in the University Bulletin.

The program requires a total of 30 hours for students with either business or non-business undergraduate degrees.

Program Requirements

All students will complete:

Cybersecurity Courses
INFSYS 6836Management of Data Networks and Security3
INFSYS 6858Advanced Cybersecurity Concepts3
INFSYS 6864Applied Cryptography for Business Applications3
INFSYS 6888Capstone in Information Security3
Information Systems and Technology Management
INFSYS 6832Information Systems Strategy3
INFSYS 6838Business Processes: Design, Management and Integration3
INFSYS 6847Project Management3
Experiential Learning, Research, and Emerging Topics
INFSYS 5890Graduate Internship in Information Systems1-6
INFSYS 5899Individual Research in Information Systems1-3
INFSYS 6891Seminar in Information Systems3

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates should 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.