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Master of Science in Information Systems

The first fully online information systems master’s program in Texas, our MS IS degree was also ranked the No. 4 Best Online Master’s in Information Systems Degree Programs by Nationally recognized for value and affordability, we offer a broad, rigorous program that enhances your current skillset to prepare you for a career change or advancement within your existing field. Through online course work, you’ll explore all areas related to management information systems and gain a range of technical knowledge and skills to prepare you for making decisions related to information systems, information technology resources, business operations and personnel.

Designed for working professionals to complete in two years, our MS in information systems is a flexible, 100% online degree program that allows you to access classes remotely while balancing work and life demands.

What is Information Systems?

Information systems include people, information technology and business processes, as well as networks of hardware and software. They organize and analyze data through collection, processing, storing and distribution to support business operations, management and decision-making.

At Tarleton, our online information systems master’s degree program focuses on specific domains within the MIS field such as networking, databases, systems analysis and design, management information systems, business intelligence and project management. The competitive cost of our online program plus the increased income potential equals a high return on your investment in graduate school — and your future.

What Can You Do With Your Master's Degree in Information Systems?

Students are highly sought after for their diverse skillset and experience. With an MIS degree from Tarleton, you’ll be confident in working with information technologies and applying systems development methodologies to design scalable, robust network and database solutions that support the strategic and operational goals of an organization.

Our graduates work in a wide variety of industries such as telecommunications, finance, oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, health care, education, engineering and construction. Their jobs are just as varied:

  • Application Architect
  • Computer Programmer or Website Manager
  • Database Administrator
  • Operational Risk Manager
  • Software or Systems Engineer
  • Director of Technology
  • IT Director
  • Financial Data and Reporting Expert
  • School Registrar
  • Cost Control Analyst

Careers in Information Systems

100% of Tarleton MSIS graduates report being satisfied or very satisfied with their master’s degree.

How Much Do Information Systems Graduates Make?

The average starting salary for Tarleton MS in Information Systems graduates is over $83,000.

Why Study Information Systems?

Expand your analytical, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills with analysis and synthesis of computer information systems and information technology.

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Gain valuable work experience while earning course credit

Internships provide opportunities to learn additional job skills and work on new IT projects beyond your current experience. This is a great way to explore other interests and specialties in information systems. Internships may be paid or unpaid and may lead to career advancement or promotion upon graduation. Course credit may be earned for qualifying internships. Our graduate students have completed internships at TechnipFMC, NASA, Lockheed Martin, AT&T, Ben E. Keith, Texas Health Resources, Baylor Scott & White Health and many more.

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Get involved with graduate research in a variety of ways

Research is an effective way to enhance your learning and prepare for doctoral degree programs. Opportunities to conduct research are built into course work, and you have the option of adding problems classes or a thesis to your MIS degree plan to work closely with faculty on developing a comprehensive research project while learning about literature reviews, methodologies, data collection, data analyses and more.

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Learn from full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty

We regularly present research at professional conferences and publish work in journals. Our research interests include power relations and control in IS implementation projects and programs, the intersection of IS practice and legal practice, the relationship between IS and human flourishing in organizations and computer and network security.

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Receive financial support for graduate school

In the information systems master’s degree program, you have a variety of opportunities to get scholarships for graduate students. Program scholarships for MIS degree graduate students include The Chilton Family Scholarship, the Glenda Anderson Scholarship and the Paul-Pair Scholarship. You may also qualify for graduate student scholarships from the College of Business or the College of Graduate Studies, as well as federal financial aid.


What Classes Will You Take as an Information Systems Graduate Student?

The online degree program curriculum includes opportunities for synchronous and asynchronous presentations, substantive written assignments, case analyses and other methods to develop and challenge your knowledge and skills. Core courses include management information systems, IT project management and research methods in information systems. You can also customize the coursework to fit your technology career needs with electives in decision support systems, web development, e-business, security, Java programming and more.

One of our most popular courses is Telecommunications for Managers, an intense network design course that exposes you to fundamental networking concepts. You’ll develop a comprehensive networking solution that addresses an organization’s logical, physical and wireless needs, while exploring its financial viability, the organization’s security needs and the managerial needs of the network.

Our information systems master’s degree program culminates in a capstone course designed to apply what you’ve learned in developing real-world solutions to issues faced by organizations.

View all required classes for the information systems master’s degree.

For additional information on this program, view the Master of Science in Information Systems Handbook.


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College of Business

Benefit from a graduate program housed in Tarleton’s accredited College of Business. COB offers an entrepreneurial mindset to develop innovative and creative decision makers, meaningful engagement with the business community, global perspective in better understanding the interconnected business environment and educational programming such as job fairs and Executives in Residence.

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Student Activities

Even online, you can join the information systems and business community at Tarleton through student and professional organizations. For example, the Association of Information Technology Professionals offers opportunities to win scholarships, hosts recruitment events for careers in IT, provides networking opportunities and competes in regional and national competitions.

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Free Software

Through Tarleton’s partnership with Microsoft Imagine, you can receive a free license to use Windows 7 and Windows Server, Microsoft Access and Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio Professional, Visual Studio.NET and SharePoint Designer.

What Master's Degrees are Related to Information Systems?

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