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The School of Computer Science/Information Systems at Northwest offers a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) dedicated to the development of future leaders in the information technology (IT) industry. This is a 33 credit hour (11 classes) program offered over 4 full time semesters at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Cohorts begin in late August (Fall semester start) and early January (Spring semester start) of each academic year. Fall semester cohorts will finish the end of the following fall. Spring semester cohorts will finish the following spring. Each program is the same duration of 16 months. Students will live and study in Maryville and all campus services will be available there.

The M.S. Information Systems program has a STEM CIP code 11.0101 that currently allows an extra 24 months of OPT (Optional Practical Training) extension after completion of 12 month OPT period. Visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for updates. 

Overview of Program, School and University

  • The average class size at Northwest is 20.
  • Student to faculty ratio is 22 to 1.
  • Northwest Missouri State University is home to the Missouri Arboretum, providing a beautiful environment for all members of the university community.
  • Northwest is considered one of the safest campuses in the nation.