Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)
The Masters of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) is an advanced degree that combines the technical foundations of computer science with key business concepts and applications. MSIS coursework focuses on the integration of information technology with business problems and opportunities, enabling information systems professionals to understand technological issues as well as business concepts and fundamentals.
Differences between MSIS, MBA and Masters in Computer Science
The MSIS, while still offering a business application orientation, is substantially more technical than an MBA with an information systems concentration. MBA programs are designed to expose students to a common body of knowledge in basic business disciplines and functions. Adding a concentration in information systems allows students to select a limited number of information systems courses (usually only 3 to 5), not enough to be an expert in information systems.
Computer science programs are not business-oriented and generally do not consider the application of computer-based information systems in organizations. A Masters of Science in Computer Science focuses on the science and technology of computing, emphasizing details of computer hardware, architecture, data structures, and operating systems.