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MS in Information Systems

Today’s competitive business environment requires technologies that provide companies a strategic edge and enable businesses to run at maximum efficiency. The information systems majors provide students with the managerial and technological skills that support these goals.

The MS program provides a concentration in Information Systems focusing on concepts, strategies, and techniques necessary for this dynamic field. The program focuses on business areas driven by information technologies, including database management systems, e-business development, and analysis and design. The MS also provides study in other areas of interest, such as information technology in the financial markets and IT project management. The MS provides more in-depth treatment of information systems, compared to the MBA.

Department of Homeland Security OPT Extension for STEM Programs

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a program in which international students who graduate from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) degree programs can get an additional 24-month extension on their optional practical training (OPT); please see DHS list of STEM degree programs.

The MS in Information Systems at Baruch conforms to the the DHS-approved program list (11.0103–Information Technology).

English Proficiency Requirements

Students who completed their undergraduate education in a non-English speaking country will be required to take non-credit bearing modules in Grammar Troubleshooting and American English Pronunciation offered by the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies.  These modules may be waived based on a waiver exam.  The modules are not required for students who completed a four-year degree in an English speaking country.


Courses in Specialization (31.5 credits)

Required Courses (13.5 credits)
Course Description Credits
BUS 9551 Business Communication I 1.5
CIS 9000 Information Technology Strategy 3
CIS 9340 Principles of Database Management Systems 3
CIS 9490 Systems Analysis and Design 3
CIS 9590 Information Systems Development Project 3

Elective Courses (18 credits)

Choose 12 – 18 credits from the list below:

Course Description Credits
BUS 9801, 9802, 9803 Graduate Internship I, II, III (in IS) 3
CIS 9230 Globalization and Technology 3
CIS 9240 Sustainability and IT 3
CIS 9310 Object-Oriented Programming I 3
CIS 9350 Networks and Telecommunications 3
CIS 9355 Cybersecurity 3
CIS 9375 Social Technology and Business 3
CIS 9410 Object-Oriented Programming II 3
CIS 9440 Database Warehousing and Analytics 3
CIS 9444 E-Business Principles and Technologies 3
CIS 9445 Digital Media Management 3
CIS 9467 Business Modeling with Spreadsheets 3
CIS 9480 Information Technology Project Management 3
CIS 9550 Emerging Trends in Information Technologies 3
CIS 9555 Information Technology in Financial Markets 3
CIS 9556 Risk Management Systems 3
CIS 9557 Business Analytics 3
CIS 9650 Programming for Analytics 3
CIS 9655 Data Visualization 3
CIS (STA) 9660 Data Mining for Business Analytics 3
CIS 9700 Integrating Information Technology and Business Processes 3
CIS 9791 Special Topics in Information Technologies 1.5
CIS 9793

(formerly CIS 9771)

Special Topics in Information Technologies 3
CIS 9795 Special Topics in Information Systems Strategy 1.5
CIS 9797

(formerly CIS 9775)

Special Topics in Information Systems Strategy 3
Business Electives: Choose 0-6 credits from the list below:
ACC 9110 Financial Accounting 3
ACC 9810 Current Topics in Financial Accounting 3
ACC 9993 Special Topics in Accountancy 3
FIN 9770 Financial Decision Making 3
MGT 9700 Introduction to Operations Management 3
OPR 9721 Introduction to Quantitative Modeling 3
STA 9708 Managerial Statistics 3


New Concentration in Data Analytics

Students will take all required courses (13.5 credits), and will select 9 – 12 credits from the following list of electives.  To complete the remaining 6 – 9 elective credits, students will select from the information systems and business electives listed above.
CIS 9310 Object-Oriented Programming I 3
CIS 9650 Programming for Analytics 3
CIS 9440 Data Warehousing and Analytics 3
CIS 9655 Data Visualization 3
CIS/STA 9660 Data Mining for Business Analytics 3


Note: Students who enrolled prior to Spring 2017 need to follow the old MS in IS program structure.

For further information, contact:

Prof. Michael Palley
Faculty Advisor in IS
Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics
(646) 312-3362

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