Master of Science in Information Systems

Program Format
College Name
Application Deadlines
Fall Semester Entry
International applicants (outside of the U.S.):
- Early Action Deadline: January 15
- Final Deadline: June 1
International applicants (inside the U.S.):
- Early Action Deadline: January 15
- Final Deadline: July 1
Domestic applicants:
- Early Action Deadline: January 15
- Final Deadline: August 1
Remote/Online Applicants:
- Early Action Deadline: N/A
- Final Deadline: August 1

Spring Semester Entry
International applicants (outside of the U.S.): September 15
International applicants (inside the U.S.): November 1
Domestic applicants: December 1
Remote/Online Applicants: December 1
Credits Required for Graduation
32 Semester Hours

Information Systems Overview

In the IS Program, we practice information engineering that responds to the question of how to deliver the appropriate information to the appropriate people, at the right time: up, across, and down the management hierarchy. We follow an engineering mindset, for example, in thinking of software as complex social-technical systems, involving a multitude of interacting components. The IS Program targets the skill sets important for the corporate world where the focus is on an elaborate set of business requirements and information engineering, design, implementation, and ongoing operations of large-scale business applications.

The IS Program empowers students with state-of-the-art methods and tools that make it possible for them to build better software systems that meet business needs, expectations, and desires. Recently, too, the IS Program has concentrated on technology with a social consciousness. Some exciting initiatives we are currently involved in include a multidimensional software program to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical research processes. Students have been designing medical software to empower clinical researchers seeking to monitor and assess cause of diabetes in children—in ways that avoid intrusive testing techniques. Our students study the data of this research through new complex software products. Exciting experiments with microloans are also being done: We are developing internet banking software that provide loans for farms and small businesses to underprivileged people around the globe, putting them touch with lenders who themselves are able to profit from this project. And we are actively engaged in setting up distance learning programs to make our teaching accessible to those with busy schedules as well as students around the world unable to travel to our campus.

The IS Program strives to produce top-quality software engineers who cater to the information engineering and management needs of the corporate world in diverse industrial settings, be it pharmaceutical, financial, information technology, healthcare, or others. The program mixes academic and corporate experience to enable students to develop their professional lives.

Students in the MS in Information Systems program have five concentrations from which to choose:

  • General Information Systems
  • Big Data Systems and Analytics
  • Intelligent Systems
  • User Experience
  • Smart Contracts

Pathway for Non-STEM Majors to Earn an MS in Information Systems

Students with non-STEM bachelor’s degrees have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Information Systems (MS in IS) in an accelerated time frame with Northeastern’s Information Systems Bridge Admissions Pathway (IS Bridge).

Information Systems Blockchain Technology Specialization on the Ground in Silicon Valley

Blockchain technology is an append-only system of record shared across business networks ensuring secure, authenticated, and verifiable transactions. All parties agree to network verified transactions, and business terms are embedded in a transaction database and executed with transactions enabling broader participation, lower cost, and increased efficiency.  Download the brochure here.

Silicon Valley Standard Course Work Option

INFO 5100 Application Engineering and Development 4 SH
INFO 6150 Web Design and User Experience Engineering 4 SH
INFO 6205 Program Structure and Algorithms 4 SH
INFO 6250 Web Methods and Tools 4 SH
INFO 6350 Smartphone-based Web Development 4 SH
INFO 7250 Engineering of Big-Data Systems 4 SH
INFO 7300 Engineering Cybersecure Software Systems 4 SH
INFO 7390 Advances in Data Sciences and Architecture 4 SH

Silicon Valley Blockchain and Smart Contract Specialization Option

INFO 7500 Cryptocurrency and Smart Contracts 4 SH
INFO 7510 Smart Contract Application Engineering and Development 4 SH
INFO 7520 Advanced Topics in Cryptocurrencies 4 SH
INFO 7525 Regulatory Aspects of Smart Contract Automation 2 SH
INFO 7530 Digital Smart Contracts Product Innovations 2 SH

You may also visit the College of Engineering website for more information.

Why Silicon Valley?

Northeastern University-Silicon Valley is the first in a series of educational hubs embedded directly in select Bay Area companies, featuring a unique blend of online, on-ground, and hybrid courses.  The Silicon Valley hub offers students connections to a network of more than 4,200 alumni in the Bay Area and more than 255,000 alumni worldwide.

A Leader in Experiential Learning
Northeastern’s leadership in experiential learning—the integration of classroom study with professional experience—provides a strong foundation for our students in Silicon Valley.

As businesses become ever more tech-based and technology becomes more business-based, the demand for a workforce that understands both sides is increasing exponentially.  Here are a few of the companies where some of our MSIS students are doing their co-ops:

Google, Inc.
Apple Computer, Inc.
Amazon Lab 126
App Orchid
BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Juniper Networks
Nok Nok Labs
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
PayPal, Inc.
Stanford University
Tesla Motors
Varian Medical Systems
VMware, Inc.
Volta Charging
Xactly Corporation

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