MS in Information Systems

If you envision yourself as a key player in designing and developing software applications, a master’s in information systems is right for you.

NJIT's M.S. Information Systems program is finely balanced, focusing on both the technological and human-behavior elements of the computing environment. No aspect of the field goes unstudied: You'll explore the planning, investigation, design, development, application, management, and evaluation of information systems.

You'll be perpetually exposed to emerging concepts and technologies through NJIT's pioneering information systems research, and you'll find numerous opportunities to participate in ongoing projects in every area of the field.

Who is this program recommended for?

The M.S. Information Systems program offers advanced preparation for anyone interested in systems analysis, software engineering, information and communication technologies, or management of information systems, in any number of industries. 

Because information systems is broadly interdisciplinary, this program is suitable for students from any undergraduate background.

What will I gain?

In addition to an advanced degree from a nationally respected university, the M.S. Information Systems program will give you:

  • Experience in team research and in the industry
  • Interaction with information systems experts, including NJIT professors
  • On-the-job experience through co-ops arranged by NJIT (optional)
  • Access to facilities including research laboratories and state-of-the-art software and hardware
  • The ability to customize your program with one of many specializations
  • The chance to focus on the topics you’re most interested in by choosing electives from NJIT’s extensive range of graduate courses
  • The choice to cap off your program with a thesis or project, or to take the “course only” option

To learn more about the possibilities, take a look at the graduate catalog or Contact Us.

Why study information systems through CPE?

CPE gives you options. In addition to taking courses at NJIT’s Newark campus, you can enroll in online courses and attend classes at one of our extension sites located throughout New Jersey. You’ll have access to the same outstanding facilities and professors as full-time NJIT students, plus the flexibility you need to juggle all the aspects of your life.

Admission Requirements

In addition to NJIT's general graduate admission guidelines, the M.S. Information Systems program requires the following:

Students must have a 2.8 or higher GPA in all prior academic work. If you don't meet this requirement but have significant work experience since obtaining your last degree, your application may be considered on an individual basis.

Students with degrees from outside the United States must submit GRE, GMAT, or MCAT scores.

Students must have a working knowledge of an object-oriented programming language, at least one year of calculus, one course in calculus-based probability and statistics, and one advanced mathematics courses (such as discrete analysis). If you don't have one or more of these requirements, you will be required to take bridge courses in programming, information systems technology, mathematics, and/or accounting, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. See the graduate catalog for full details.

International students with TOEFL scores lower than 213 may be required to take specific courses in spoken and written English.

If you do not have the full background required for the masters degree, you may be assigned some preparatory bridge courses at the time we accept your application.  The bridge courses are not available online.  You can take these at NJIT’s campus.  You may also take the equivalent courses at any community or 4-year college.  Please confirm course equivalency in advance by checking with the MS Advisor or at

What classes can I take online to complete the MS-IS?

Module I: Core courses
18 credits as follows:

IS 661 - User Experience Design (3 credits)
IS 663 - System Analysis and Design (3 credits)
IS 631 - Enterprise Database Management (3 credits)
IS 665 - Data Analytics for Information Systems (3 credits)
IS 684 - Business Process Innovation (3 credits)
IS 688 - Web Mining (3 credits)

Module II: Specialization Courses
12 credits as follows (choose 4 courses in any one specialization):

Specialization: Business Decision Making

IS 684 - Business Process Innovation (3 credits)
IS 677/MIS 645 - Information System Principles (3 credits)
IS 678 - IT Service Management (3 credits)
IS 679 - Information Systems Strategy (3 credits)
Acct 615 - Management Accounting (3 credits)
Fin 600 - Corporate Finance I (3 credits)
HRM 601 - Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
MIS 648 - Decision Support Systems for Managers (3 credits)
Mrkt 620 - Competing in Global Markets (3 credits)

Specialization: Security and Network Management

IS 680 - Information Systems Auditing (3 credits)
IS 681 - Computer Security Auditing (3 credits)
IS 682 - Forensic Auditing for Computing Security (3 credits)
CS 652 - Computer Networks-Architectures, Protocols and Standards (3 Credits)
CS 656 - Internet and Higher-Layer Protocols (3 credits)
CS 696 - Network Management and Security (3 credits) (requires CS 652 or 656)

Specialization: User Experience Design

PTC 605 - Elements of Visual Design (3 credits)
PTC 606 - Advanced Information Design (3 credits)
PTC 629 - Theory and Practice of Social Media (3 credits)
PTC 650 - ELearning Design for Mobile (3 credits)

Specialization: Systems Analysis and Design

IS 676 - Requirements Engineering (3 credits)
IS 683 - Web Systems Web Development (3 credits)
IS 684 - Business Process Innovation (3 credits)
CS 673 - Software Design and Production Methodology (3 credits)
EM 636 - Project Management (3 credits)
EM 637 - Project Control (3 credits)

Related Certificates

If you already hold one of the following NJIT graduate certificates, you're 12 credits closer to earning your M.S. in Information Systems:

Take Note

Courses in this discipline are kept relevant through frequent reassessment and modification. And because the field is always advancing, NJIT keeps pace by adding new courses regularly.

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