Completion of the MS program requires 10 graduate courses (30  credits). To provide a common background in the fundamentals of information systems, four core courses are required of all students. Six elective courses may be within an emphasis area or according to students' professional interests. 

Four core courses (12 credits) are required of all MS in Information Systems graduates:

In addition to the core courses, students may choose an emphasis within the program by taking six courses from one of the  following emphasis areas: database management, data mining, electronic commerce, software engineering, knowledge management, and information security and assurance.  

For additional information on the degree requirements of the MS in Information Systems:

  • The MS in Information Systems section of the Mason Catalog is the official source for the degree requirements of the program.
  • These slides from the orientation for new MS students provide an overview of the program, as well as additional useful information.
  • The web pages for current M.S. in Information Systems students include more detailed information on the coursework and requirements of the program.
  • For information on the admissions requirements for the MS-ISYS program, see this web page.
  • For answers to FAQs, see this web page