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Information Systems

Program(s) Available: M.S.

The Wall Street Journal released a list of 'The Most Promising Careers in the Next Decade' in 2019. It ranked computer and systems managers sixth out of 800. That goes without saying the master's program in Information Systems is an excellent return on investment. Students develop skills in IT and business management. 

*Enrollment Open to Students on F-1 Visas

Why Study Information Systems at Northwest

Northwest’s Master of Science in Information Systems is a 16-month program that focuses on information systems analysis and design, cybersecurity, database design and development, human-computer interaction, financial decision-making for information systems, business intelligence and management of IT projects. Additional coursework provides students with hands-on experience in today’s major platforms, including Java, modern database engines and current project management tools.

A capstone Information Systems Development project is designed to expose the students to real-world IT practices, enhancing their communication skills and preparing them to enter the job market.

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Career opportunities

  • System Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Junior Data Scientist
  • Network Engineer
  • ETL Developer
  • Project Manager

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Admissions requirements

Candidates for the M.S. in Information Systems should meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with:
    • 2.75 Overall undergraduate GPA
    • Undergraduate degree should include a major or minor in information systems, computer science, business, or engineering discipline with coursework in information systems, statistics, or other STEM fields.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted by considering the full academic profile and/or professional experience. The GRE is optional but could be used to improve standing for admission to the program. A Master’s degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA could also be used to meet entrance requirements. The Computer Science and Information Systems area reserves the right of final decision in accepting students to graduate degree candidacy in the department. Criteria for admittance to the program and acceptance to degree candidacy may include academic qualifications and performance, number of applicants, and available resources.

Some three-year undergraduate degrees are accepted as well. In countries that utilize the backlog system in higher education, students with excessive backlogs may be considered with a GRE score to improve standing for admission. Current information on backlog limits can be found on the department web page.

Application Deadlines

Applications and all transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the following dates. International students should allow approximately two months from the time all application documents are received for notification of acceptance.

  • Fall semester: July 1
  • Spring semester: Nov. 1
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