Credit hours: 30+ (possible prerequisites)
Full-time, part-time, online class options
Online and evening class options
Fully online option
Start terms: fall, spring, summer
A degree that blends technology and strategy
Our program layers managerial training with technical concepts to help you become a leader in your chosen career path in information technology. Eight specializations allow you to focus your degree on topics most relevant to your interests. With hands-on software projects, each class will take you one step closer to understanding how to harness the power of technology for business.
Our Center hosts a number of consortiums and connects business leaders in technology here in Denver to our program. We are a hub of technology here in Denver and collaborate with partners through a number of the Center’s programs. Activities include:
Our MS Information Systems students come to us from a variety of backgrounds, mostly IT-related, and bring their expertise and work experience into classroom discussions. An evening or online program, we give you the flexibility to fit this degree into your life. With a mix of applied technical classes and practical managerial and project management coursework, you’ll graduate ready to lead technology strategy in any organization.
You’ll graduate with a strong grasp of technical concepts and how to effect change through technologies. Explore the following topics throughout the program:
You'll have full access to our Business Career Connections team for life. With over 10 years of recruiting and advising experience, they'll help you navigate your way through the corporate recruiting process. Our connections to over 300 business partners provide exclusive opportunities to network with industry leaders. Their services include:
The MS Information Systems curriculum consists of 30 hours devised entirely of your specialization area.
Much of your coursework will be hands-on software projects that’ll give you applied experience. Your eight specialization options span across trends in the information systems and technology field. The business intelligence, enterprise technology management, and web and mobile computing specializations have the option to add a GIS concentration. The GIS concentration was developed in partnership with the College of Engineering and Applied Science and addresses how map representations can be abstracted in geo-databases to develop intelligent GIS systems.
Please note that not all specializations can be completed entirely online. The Accounting Information Systems Audit Control and Enterprise Risk Management specializations may have additional prerequisite coursework required. This prerequisite coursework does not need to be completed at the time of admission and can be waived based on previous academic coursework.
You’ll gain a basic understanding of accounting fundamentals related to database management, analysis, modeling, and business intelligence. Your classes will cover topics including:
Business intelligence systems combine data with analytical tools to present complex information in a usable format. Data is then used to make decisions and understand the capabilities of a firm, future market directions, regulatory environment, and actions of competitors. You can also add a GIS option to this specialization (see the GIS option at the end of this list). For this specialization, course topics include:
A field actively looking for talent, cyber security is of growing relevance. Companies depend on digital solutions and the consequence of security breaches are all too real. This specialization hones your skills through course topics including:
Healthcare is undergoing digital transformations where both providers and consumers have access to information. This specialization is designed for those interested in getting drugs, devices, and service platforms to market or those interested in developing skills in bio-entrepreneurship. Course topics include:
You’ll learn how to evaluate methods and tools for identifying and managing opportunities and risks. You’ll also assess technologies and regulatory environments in which a firm competes from a risk management perspective. Course topics include:
This specialization focuses on information technology as the driver of business strategy. Your courses focus on technical, financial, and organizational issues surrounding effective management of a corporation. You can also add a GIS option to this specialization (see the GIS option at the end of this list). Course topics include:
With this specialization, you’ll be prepared to evaluate opportunities and manage the process of innovation by building the skills that enable leaders to seize market opportunities and drive strategic management and intelligent decision making. Course options are a mix of information systems and entrepreneurship and include:
Learn to build and manage large systems using platforms for website development, mobile and wireless applications, and web services. Courses provide expertise in .Net programming, business process management, and internet and mobile technologies. The specialization also emphasizes project management skills. You can also add a GIS option to this specialization(see the GIS option at the end of this list). Course topics include:
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) option is available with specializations in Business Intelligence, Enterprise Technology Management, or Web and Mobile Computing. You'll learn to utilize GIS to improve efficiency, decision making, planning and geographic accountability. Course topics include:
The GIS option is offered in conjunction with the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
We offer this degree entirely online. The online program has the same requirements as the on-campus program and is taught by the same professors. You can blend campus courses, hybrid courses, and fully online courses to fit your schedule.
For the MS Information Systems degree, not all specializations can be completed entirely online. The following specializations are offered entirely online, while all other specializations require some on-campus learning.
The cost of tuition for the MS Information Systems degree is different for in-state and out-of-state students.
Residents of western states may qualify for in-state tuition. The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) requires that students maintain current residency of WRGP state until degree completion.
Scholarships are available for students. As a current student, you can apply for scholarships every semester. Some awards are based on program and course enrollment.
Many students pursue the dual degree option of pairing an MS in Business Analytics with an MS in Information Systems (Business Intelligence Specialization). These two degree options offer complementary courses and can be completed together efficiently. Speak with a graduate advisor for more details.
Dual degree options for Master of Science programs include all of our MBA programs and all Business School Master of Science programs. We design a specific degree plan so you get through both programs as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The amount of credits in each dual degree depends on the amount of overlap between degree programs. Eligible Master of Science programs include:
If you are applying for both degrees, you will only need to submit one online application and pay one application fee. Be aware that you must meet specific admission standards for each degree. For more information about dual degree options and the application process, please contact BSchool.Admissions@ucdenver.edu.
Applicants are required to submit all application materials. Interviews are not a part of the admission process. To receive priority admission, we must have received your online application and all other required materials including transcripts and GMAT/GRE scores by the deadline.
You can check your admission status online through the account you created for the online application. You will receive a final decision by email within two to three weeks from submission of all materials.
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
No work experience or formal business education is required for admission. However, professional experience strengthens your application. Candidates with less work experience can show potential through academic and experiential success.
For any questions, please contact our admissions team at email@example.com or call 303-315-8200.
To meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) criteria, you must either showcase your proficiency through past education in English instruction or an English Language Proficiency test. If you are a citizen of a country whose official language is English, you do not have to prove proficiency. See below for a listing of accepted countries.
To claim proficiency, you must complete one of the following criteria. Please note that test scores are valid for two years.
To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full.
Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full. Course offerings are limited for summer.
Many students take advantage of internships for credit while going to school full-time. These internships oftentimes result in full-time job offers upon completion. Past companies our students have interned for include:
Our Information Systems Association (ISA) student chapter provides huge value for our MS Information Systems students. It has been instrumental in helping our students attain their career goals through high-profile events and speakers.
Through our Center for Information Technology Innovation, we celebrate the collaboration between academia and industry. Our corporate members come from leading tech companies across industries globally. As a student, you’ll benefit from the connections we’ve built with these leading companies.
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