The Intersection of Business, IT Management, and Engineering
In Northeastern’s Master of Science in Information Systems (MS-IS) program, you will embark on an IT leadership pathway as a more evolved, dynamic software engineer. Through an innovative curriculum and a rigorous academic program that is both broad and deep, you’ll become a problem-solver who designs groundbreaking software solutions that fit within the complexities of the business world and solve the humanistic needs of the people who use them.
This flexible degree program puts software at the forefront of the engineering paradigm to address the socio-technical needs of contemporary society. You’ll be prepared to go beyond simple programming to become a leader in information technology, delivering systems that are safe, secure, and help solve the world’s grand challenges.
Your degree will involve a deep level of applied learning with hands-on case studies in every course and at least one required co-op experience in an industry of your choosing. You’ll also have the flexibility to tailor your degree to your professional goals through a number of available tracks, from Web Engineering and Development to Engineering Clinical Information Systems.
Who Is the MS-IS for?
Whether you have recently graduated with your bachelor’s degree and want to move into the forefront of new technologies in the information systems field, or you have been in the industry for years and are ready to transform your career to become an IT leader, the MS-IS is designed for students with all different technical backgrounds. (If you already have strong programming experience, either personally or professionally, and are looking for a more technically advanced degree, then Northeastern’s MS in Computer Systems Engineering could be the right choice for you.)
You’ll create a strong technical foundation through diverse, high-level courses taught by renowned faculty in industry-wide, first-class engineering techniques. Meanwhile, you’ll also build the crucial interpersonal skills you need to succeed in any industry, taking courses on business analysis, project planning, agile development, and quality assurance.
While your range of courses ensures you are well prepared in the fundamental tenets of software engineering and more contemporary innovations, you can also choose to specialize your degree by selecting one of these available tracks:
- Application design and development
- Big-data engineering
- Digital business
- User experience engineering
- Cloud computing
- Virtual reality development
- Business intelligence
- Mobile computing
- Machine learning/data science engineering
- Blockchain/smart contracts
- Cognitive computing
The MS in Information Systems can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate.
Flexibility to Fit Your Goals and Lifestyle
You can pursue your degree on a full- or part-time basis, and courses can be taken either fully on-campus or in a blended format with both online and on-campus courses.
The MS-IS program is multi-hub, bringing together our foremost scholars, researchers, and experts from both coasts digitally and in person. Most MS-IS tracks are available either on Northeastern’s home campus in Boston, MA, or on our graduate campus in Seattle, WA. Two of the MS-IS tracks—the Blockchain Technology specialization and Application Engineering & Development—are offered at Northeastern’s educational hub in Silicon Valley, CA.
Every class in the MS-IS program requires an intensive real-world experience, such as case studies or in-the-field learning. Some recent student projects have included:
- Programming a mobile tablet application called iTransport to facilitate the coordination of care delivery for crucially ill or injured children being rushed to a local hospital’s intensive care unit
- Developing blood supply chain workflow software to enable the movement of blood products from the donor to the lab, distribution centers, and finally to the hospital and the patient
- Creating a smart, integrated energy system that generates electricity more consistently and cost-effectively by harnessing multiple alternate energy sources, such as solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal
Another vital hands-on learning opportunity is Northeastern’s robust graduate co-op program, in which you’ll spend a semester working in a position related to your career interests in industries ranging from healthcare and financial to retail and start-ups. Recent MS-IS co-op partners include Google, Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Tesla, and Apple.
Northeastern’s MS-IS program is dedicated to preparing you with the complex skills you need—programming, design, and architecture alongside strong communication and interpersonal abilities—to succeed in today’s rapidly changing technological and interconnected business world, both today and into the future.
The MS-IS program at Northeastern has had 100% success in job placement: Our graduates are hired by industry leaders such as IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, and more, as well as by companies large and small in industries all over the globe. Recent graduates are working in the following roles:
- Functional engineers and architects
- Project managers
- Business design and process architects
- Data architects
- IT managers
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*, the median annual wage for software developers is around $100,000, with employment projected to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations because of society’s increasing reliance on technology in all fields.
* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Software Developers
The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is
- The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.