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Online Master of Science in Information Systems


12 master's courses
11 weeks long
$ 2490
Cost per course
Online program
Earn your degree on your terms.

Why earn a master’s in information systems from Strayer?

The world of technology is constantly changing. An online MS in Information Systems from Strayer can help you build skills and knowledge around the latest innovations so you can help your organization or business stay ahead and be up to date.

Fall classes start October 1

MS in Information Systems program overview

Dig deep into communication technologies, advanced computer architecture and strategic planning for database systems. The program emphasizes the application of technology to organizational requirements while fostering communications skills, information literacy, abstract thinking and critical analysis. 

Is an MS in Information Systems good to have? It depends on what you learn.

  • Discover advanced ways to evaluate and select system development methodologies and design system solutions.
  • Explore the issues, principles, concepts and techniques for managing organizational data resources.
  • Get practical principles and guidelines to develop high-quality, user-friendly interface designs for mobile devices and web and desktop platforms.
  • Learn to manage teams and lead software development projects.
  • Apply project management techniques to create practical solutions for a real-world information systems challenge.
  • Understand the keys to creating and leading secure computing environments as a security manager.
  • Expand your knowledge of networking, distributed applications, network management, security and network operating systems.

Class size varies based on course objectives and the teaching demands of the subject matter.

How long does it take to get a master’s in information systems?

  • There are 12 11-week courses in this program.
  • How many courses you take at a time will determine how long the overall program will be.
  • Strayer University credits are expressed in quarter hours.
  • One quarter hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of 10 contact hours per course.
  • The standard requirement for one course is for students to spend 10 to 14 hours in weekly work, including in- and out-of-classroom work. The Strayer course design uses this requirement to meet applicable regulatory standards.

Accredited online university

Strayer University has distinct accreditations and affiliations that attest to our academic quality. We’re committed to meeting quality standards, so you can earn a diploma you’re proud to display. View the ACBSP student achievement information.

Estimate the cost of your degree

How much does an MS in Information Systems cost?

The cost of an MS in IS depends on a number of factors, including the price per course, the purchase of textbooks, and the scholarships and financial aid available to you. Read on for a breakdown of the costs, as well as money-saving opportunities associated with the program.

Estimate the cost of your degree

How much does an MS in Information Systems cost?

The cost of an MS in IS depends on a number of factors, including the price per course, the purchase of textbooks, and the scholarships and financial aid available to you. Read on for a breakdown of the costs, as well as money-saving opportunities associated with the program.

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Program cost breakdown

The MSISA program consists of 10 courses, with the price of $2,490 per course. There are additional fees for textbooks and supplies, a $65 technology fee each term and a one-time $150 degree conferral fee.

Transfer credits

Courses from another institution may be eligible for transfer credits to Strayer, which can help reduce the number of courses you need to graduate and your overall tuition. You can transfer up to four classes toward your master’s degree. The Strayer transfer credit page has more information as well as a tool to estimate how many transfer credits you may be able to apply to your Strayer degree program.

Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration in North Carolina or Pennsylvania may transfer up to four classes

Scholarships and financial aid

There are a number of financial aid options worth exploring on our financial aid page. To apply for federal aid, prospective students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Stafford loans are available for graduate study. These are direct unsubsidized loans, not based on financial need. Unlike subsidized loans, Stafford loan interest will accrue while in the program. Making interest payments while in school will help reduce the amount of principal that would otherwise build up, reducing your end cost.

There are also scholarships and private loans available for Strayer students.

More than 500 organizations invest in their employees by partnering with Strayer University to offer access to tuition savings and other eductional benefits. If your employer is a corporate partner, you may qualify for programs that can help you discover career pathways in your field.

Private loans

Non-federal loans may pay the difference between the cost of attendance and the total of loans and grants received from other tuition assistance programs. The terms and conditions of federal loans are often more favorable than private loans and should be considered before exploring private loans.

Military tuition assistance

Scholarships are offered to eligible students currently serving in the military, as well as military spouses. Strayer is also approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Learn more about the Strayer University active military assistance program here.

Veteran benefits

In addition to participating fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Strayer is approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Student veterans can receive transfer credit for military training and life experiences.

Courses to expand your tech potential

Our curriculum covers a wide range of subjects related to tech applications within organizations. You’ll be able to build your leadership skills as you learn the principles of communication, information literacy, abstract thinking and critical analysis. View all courses.

Sample courses

BUS 517 - Project Management

Examines project management principles used to effectively plan, direct, and control project activities to achieve schedule, budget and performance objectives. Reviews the project life-cycle, organization and charters, work breakdown structures, responsibility matrixes, cost budgeting, scheduling, and resource allocation. Presents planning and control methods such as PERT and Gantt charts, earned value management, and an overview of project management software applications.

CIS 502 - Theories of Security Management

This course presents current and emerging theories in security management. Topics include the policies, guidance, technologies and organizational concerns that security managers must address in leading and providing secure computing environments. Students will explore topics such as access control, risk identification and cryptography.

CIS 510 - Advanced Systems Analysis and Design

This course provides an integrated approach to system analysis and design processes. Students will explore advanced topics to evaluate and select system development methodologies and design system solutions. The role of effective interpersonal communication techniques and integration practices with users and user systems is emphasized.

CIS 512 - Advanced Computer Architecture

This course examines the structure and operation of digital computers in the context of providing data and infrastructure security. Emphasis will be placed on strategies to select, deploy, integrate and administer modern computing environments to support the organization's overall security posture. Topics include hardware components of modern computing environments and their deployment in compliance with applicable cybersecurity laws and policies.

CIS 515 - Strategic Planning for Database Systems

This course covers the concepts, issues, principles and techniques for managing organizational data resources. Topics include the strategic information requirements of organizations, modeling those requirements using conceptual data modeling techniques, verifying the structural characteristics with normalization and converting the conceptual data models into physical databases. Emphasis will be placed on the application and strategic use of database systems.

CIS 599 - Graduate Information Systems Capstone

This course is an integrative capstone course for the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Students will examine and address real-world projects and problems and apply project management techniques to create practical solutions. The course takes an integrative and senior management approach to address the integration of a broad range of technologies inclusive of databases, security, networking, computer infrastructure and human computer interaction.

CIS-509 - Fundamentals of AI Systems Management

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of AI systems management. It covers various AI strategies and their impact on business performance and capabilities. Students will gain an understanding of how AI can be leveraged to optimize business processes, improve decision-making and drive innovation. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the managerial aspects of AI, such as aligning AI strategies with business goals, assessing ethical considerations and managing risks associated with AI systems.  

CIS 543 - AI Strategy for Performance Optimization

This course focuses on the strategic planning and implementation of AI initiatives within an organization. Students will learn how to develop AI strategies aligned with business goals, create implementation roadmaps and overcome common challenges associated with AI adoption. They will explore topics such as data governance, privacy and security in the context of AI implementation while gaining hands-on experience through practical exercises and case studies. Prerequisite: CIS509

CIS-548 - AI for Innovation and Strategic Decision-Making

This course explores how AI can drive innovation and support strategic decision-making within organizations. Students will learn about AI-enabled innovation processes, such as generative design, deep learning, reinforcement learning and advanced analytics. Students will explore ethical considerations, bias mitigation and the responsible use of AI systems while working on real-world projects to apply AI techniques to strategic business challenges. Prerequisite: CIS509

MSIS admission requirements

Before you can pursue your master’s degree, you’ll need to enroll at Strayer. Here’s what you’ll need to get started for admission to the university. 


A completed application and enrollment agreement, as applicable


Proof of a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 out of 4.0


Official copies of transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended


A valid, current and legible government-issued photo identification

Learn more about the admission process at Strayer.

Students applying to Washington, D.C., or New Jersey campuses must provide proof of proper immunization.

Transferring to Strayer from another university?

Some or all of the credits you’ve earned may be transferable.

International MSIS students

We welcome international students.

Campus locations

Come to a campus near you for guidance and support. You’ll have access to helpful resources, a supportive community and plenty of spaces to learn and grow.

Ready to take the next step?

Your admissions officer is here to guide you through every step of the process, from completing your application to choosing your concentration.