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Estimated Completion

36 credit hours (18+ months)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies 


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M.S. in Information Systems


This program aims to further develop students’ existing knowledge in all areas related to management, while enhancing their range of technical knowledge and expanding their analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. The Master of Science in Information Systems degree prepares graduates for career success by molding them into professionals who have management capabilities, including decision making skills related to:

  • Information systems
  • Information technology resources
  • Business operations
  • Personnel

Our MS-IS program is designated as a STEM program as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This designation has a direct impact on international students interested in these programs as it allows those with F-1 visas to remain in the United States after graduation for an additional 24 months under the optional practical training STEM extension. This extension makes it possible for students to undertake practical training for a total of 36 months. If this is of interest to you, reach out to the International Programs office for more detail and enroll today!

Designed With You in Mind

This program is designed to meet the needs of three distinct groups:

  • Students with a baccalaureate degree in Information Systems
  • Students with a baccalaureate degree in another area, who have information systems skills and desire to develop a new career in Information Systems
  • Students with a baccalaureate degree in another area, who lack information systems skills and desire to develop new career skills in Information Systems


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Job Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our program have a wide variety of career positions to choose from, such as:

  • Database Administrator - CorpHealth, Inc.
  • Business Analyst/Application Architect - Dell Computers Austin
  • Cost Control Analyst - Taylor and Hill
  • NOC Engineer - The Planet Internet Service, Inc.
  • Computer Analyst - City of Waco
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Program Advising

Ms. Jodie Dearing, M.S., is here to help you will all your advising needs. From helping you to determine the best sequence of courses to take to registering for classes and transferring credit, Ms. Dearing can take care of you. Reach out to her or stop by her office, located in COBA, Room 103.

Sangeeta Jina, former student

Student Spotlight

Meet Ms. Sangeeta Jina, M.S., one of our former international undergraduate and graduate students. Ms. Jina has been able to apply her skills and education in order to get a job after graduation. But, don't take our word for it. Listen to what she has to say about her experiences here at Tarleton State University, our program, our faculty, and advice on being successful in your studies as one of our students.

Professional Development Opportunities

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Resume clinic
  • Mock interviews
  • Hire A Texan - Online Job Board
  • Career counseling and My Plan

And many more!

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Program Objectives

Students in our program will:

  • Design scalable, robust, network solutions based on business/organizational needs.
  • Identify appropriate information technologies to support the strategic and operational goals of an organization.
  • Apply systems development methodologies that allow them to analyze and develop appropriate solutions to businesses/organizations.
  • Interpret and apply discipline related academic/practitioner literature.
  • Identify, develop, and execute business related research and address problems in business.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
BCIS 5304 Telecommunications for Managers
BCIS 5307 Systems Analysis for Managers
BCIS 5311 Managing Information Systems
BCIS 5316 Applied Database Management
BUSI 5398 Research Methods

Comprehensive Exam

All students must successfully complete the comprehensive exam in order to earn their Master of Science in Information Systems degree. Students should contact their program advisor prior to completion to discuss exam requirements and policies.

Facilities and Features

Software for Students

Software for Students

Tarleton State University has partnered with the Oracle Academic Initiative and Microsoft Academic Alliance in order to allow students to use the following software free of charge:

  • Oracle Database and SQL Developer
  • Windows 7 and Windows Server
  • Visual Studio.NET
  • SharePoint Designer
  • Microsoft Access and Microsoft Project
  • Visio Professional

And many more!

Association of Information Technology Professionals


The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) prepares students for a career in the Information Technology field, as well as provides the opportunity to meet professionals and network within the industry. AITP also provides professional development through:

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Resume workshops
  • Fundraising opportunities
  • Job site visits
  • Regional and national competitions

And much more! 

Contact Dr. Del Nagy or Mr. Art Dearing for more information about our AITP chapter.

Female non-traditional student

A Student Focused Program

The College of Business Administration at Tarleton stands out among others because:

  • We are learner focused to support and challenge the personal and professional development of each individual.
  • We foster meaningful engagement with dynamic business communities.
  • We have an entrepreneurial mindset to develop innovative and creative decision makers.
  • We promote a global perspective developed to better understand the interconnected nature of the global business environment.
  • We believe ethical and socially responsible behavior are essential for success in personal, professional, and community relationships.