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  • MS in Information Systems


    The accredited Master of Science in Information Systems degree program trains systems specialists with the latest technology and techniques to help IT professionals transform their digital platform. The curriculum teaches the application of new technology to today's most pressing computer and information systems problems. Graduates of the program assume senior roles in areas such as information systems analysis and design, requirements engineering, software programming, interface design, and information resources management.

    Upon Graduation, you will be able to:

    • Utilize a human-centered approach to analyze information needs and design solutions to meet those needs
    • Lead or contribute substantially to a team in developing information technology products and services
    • Evaluate, compare, and select from alternative and emerging information technologies
    • Communicate with technical and non-technical audiences about information technology concepts and stakeholder needs
    • Contribute substantially to an information technology plan for an organization
    • Explain information technology uses, benefits, and ethical and global issues for individuals and organizations

    Professional Knowledge for Real-World Application

    • Principled Approach - Curriculum focuses on analysis, design, implementation, testing, deployment, assessment, and enhancement of large-scale information systems
    • Career-Oriented - Designed for practicing information systems specialists
    • Distinguished Faculty - Taught by the faculty of Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics
    • Highly Interactive - Drexel's online learning method is designed to challenge and engage students, while remaining convenient for the working professional
    • Flexible - Complete the program at a pace that fits your lifestyle, from one course per term up to a full time credit load (9 or more credits per quarter)

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    INFO 532Software Development3.0
    INFO 540Perspectives on Information Systems3.0
    INFO 605Introduction to Database Management3.0
    INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction3.0
    INFO 620Information Systems Analysis and Design3.0
    INFO 627Requirements Engineering and Management3.0
    INFO 638Software Project Management3.0
    INFO 646Information Systems Management3.0
    INFO 671Web Systems & Architecture3.0
    Distribution Requirements12.0
    Select four of the following: 
    CS 520
    Computer Science Foundations 
    CS 571
    Advanced Programming Techniques 
    INFO 517
    Principles of Cybersecurity 
    INFO 604
    Object-Oriented Programming for Information Systems 
    INFO 606
    Advanced Database Management 
    INFO 607
    Applied Database Technologies 
    INFO 610
    Analysis of Interactive Systems 
    INFO 611
    Design of Interactive Systems 
    INFO 612
    Knowledge Base Systems 
    INFO 613
    XML and Databases 
    INFO 616
    Social and Collaborative Computing 
    INFO 622
    Content Representation 
    INFO 624
    Information Retrieval Systems 
    INFO 625
    Cognition and Information Retrieval 
    INFO 626
    Language Processing 
    INFO 629
    Concepts in Artificial Intelligence 
    INFO 630
    Evaluation of Information Systems 
    INFO 631
    Information Technology Integration 
    INFO 633
    Information Visualization 
    INFO 634
    Data Mining 
    INFO 636
    Software Engineering Process I 
    INFO 637
    Software Engineering Process II 
    INFO 648
    Healthcare Informatics 
    INFO 653
    Digital Libraries 
    INFO 655
    Intro to Web Programming 
    INFO 657
    Digital Library Technologies 
    INFO 658
    Information Architecture 
    INFO 678
    Competitive Intelligence 
    INFO 679
    Information Ethics 
    INFO 710
    Information Forensics 
    INFO 712
    Information Assurance 
    INFO 714
    Information Systems Auditing 
    INFO 731
    Managing Health Informatics Projects 
    INFO 755
    Electronic Records Management 
    INFO 782
    Issues in Informatics 
    Free Electives*6.0
    Total Credits45.0



    Courses in the distribution course set not taken to meet distribution requirements may be taken as free electives. All other masters-level INFO courses may be taken as free electives. MSIS students may not take courses designated as doctoral-level courses.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelors or above

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Scores from the General Aptitude Test of the GRE
      • Scores in the 50th percentile or above in all three sections are sought
      • Scores must be less than 5 years old
      • Not required if your cumulative GPA is a 3.0 or above
    • One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)
    • Essay/Statement of Purpose
      • In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1192 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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