Master of Science in Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems

The Robert H. Smith School of Business Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program gives you the cutting-edge data science, communication and analytical skills you will need to manage data and become an effective liaison between data analysts and company leadership. You’ll build upon your current statistical, computer science and mathematical strengths to help companies analyze, organize and manage valuable business information, preserve privacy and lead complex projects.

New for 2023-24: Flexible Start Dates

We are now accepting applicants to start the MSIS program in August or January, making it easier for you to obtain your degree on your schedule. Visit the business master’s admissions page for more details on the additional MSIS application deadlines. Last international application deadline is September 29.

Why Earn an MS in Information Systems at Smith?

Smith’s STEM-designated MSIS program positions you to hone your leadership skills and become an effective liaison between more technical teams and leadership - a valuable skill to possess in today’s business world. By the end of the program, you’ll know how to leverage your data and technology skills to make data-informed decisions.

Develop Business Strategy Skills

Your professors will challenge you to critically think about solutions to the complex business problems employers regularly face in the real world.

Learn the Latest Technology in Information Systems

Manage data using the latest analytics tools and explore the best ways to adapt to our changing technological landscape.

Solve Real Business Challenges

In your industry seminar and capstone courses, you'll get practical experience working with real companies to help them identify and tackle their business challenges. You will share industry trends and guide them toward effective technological solutions.

Upcoming MS in Information Systems Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Explore Our Focus Areas

Interested in landing a more specialized job role within information systems? You can take MSIS courses closely aligning with your specific interests in these four focus areas:

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the tools, methods and algorithms used to create intelligent systems. You’ll also explore the ethical impacts of AI on our society.

Potential Job Titles:
Knowledge Engineer, Knowledge Manager, Machine Learning Engineer

Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing

Design and manage cloud-based platforms and tech infrastructures. You’ll learn the economics of cloud deployments, manage the complexities involved in migration initiatives and get hands-on experience using cloud-based technology stacks.

Potential Job Titles:
Solution Engineer, Cloud Architect, Cloud Engineer

Data Science
Data Science

Aid leadership with solving complex business challenges using data. You’ll gain experience crafting data strategies, building pipelines, visualizing data and using predictive analytics in real-life business situations.

Potential Job Titles:
Data Scientist, Business Intelligence Developer, Data Analyst, Data Engineer

Emerging Technologies
Emerging Technologies

Find out how to understand, evaluate and apply key information systems technologies. You’ll learn the ins and outs of how to apply Web3, Blockchain, IoT and other technologies to your everyday work.

Potential Job Titles:
Solution Architect, Technology Consultant, Solution Engineer

Alumni Profiles

Our MSIS students pursue competitive and exciting opportunities in their fields after graduating. Their experiences at Maryland Smith help them to expand their network, solidify their career goals and prepare them to perform their job responsibilities a step above the rest.

“I leveraged the resources from the Office of Career Services to help refine my resume, prepare for interviews and help with job applications. Connecting with my peers and being aware of the various recruiting events on campus was extremely helpful.”

Ankita Darda
MS Information Systems ’14
Senior Product Manager at Salesforce

“Smith allowed me to have the perfect business school journey with a technical lens added to it. It was a great blend, where I got to dip my toe into complex mathematical/computer engineering-focused tasks while also thinking through strategy and execution.”

Shweta Kamble
MS Information Systems ’15
Lead Data Scientist at Zoom

“I learned how to use cutting-edge tools like Tableau, R, Python, Hadoop and Amazon Web Services. The program helped me work efficiently and understand the importance of learning new technologies in this fast-changing industry.”

Asmita Natekar
MS Information Systems ’19
Data Analyst at Capgemini

“Professor Viswanathan tied in my work experience with how physical and digital markets work in the real world. Now those concepts are deeply rooted in me. His teaching helped me develop a pragmatic view of how I approach this field.”

Manasvi Prasad
MS Information Systems ’20
Data Analyst at Inovalon

“I was able to build a deep connection with some of the faculty who mentored me. These relationships helped me secure funding for startups I co-founded, helped me hire students to assist with research projects and provided recommendations for career opportunities.”

Keyur Shah
MS Information Systems ’15
Principal Product Manager at Opendoor

MS Information Systems at a Glance

2 to 4
Average GPA
Average tuition money saved by pursuing a business master’s degree through the Plus 1 program compared with a traditional graduate program path.

Available as a Plus 1 Program

If you’re a current University of Maryland freshman, sophomore or junior, you can pursue your MSIS degree through the Plus 1 program. You’ll save time and thousands of dollars on graduate tuition though this accelerated business master's program.

Learn More: Plus 1 Program

Apply and Receive Admissions Benefits

Maryland Advantage can make it easier for applicants who have completed their undergraduate and/or graduate degree in the United States to transition into the business master’s program by helping them save money on tuition, skip graduate entrance exams and get personalized career counseling before starting their program.

Learn More: Admissions

Acquire Valuable Skills with STEM Designation

When you decide to pursue a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree at UMD Smith, you’ll advance your skills by participating in exciting, interactive learning experiences that mirror the types of challenges you’ll face working for a real business.

Key Topics Explored:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Data warehousing
  • Database management
  • Digital business markets
  • Healthcare information systems
  • Project management
  • Optimization modeling
  • Simulation modeling

Analytics Tools You’ll Use:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Google Colab
  • Python
  • R
  • SQL
  • Lucidchart
  • Jira
  • Confluence
  • Precision Tree, @RISK, ARENA
  • Hadoop, Pig, Hive, Spark
  • Tableau
  • Google Analytics

Gain Practical Experience for the Real World

Your MSIS courses provide you with the opportunity to partner with top companies on interactive projects. Through the industry seminar series, business process analysis course and your practicum, you’ll complete the program with a strong set of skills that allow you to solve business-technology challenges and excel in your future career.

Our experiential learning projects:

  • Enhance your critical-thinking skills
  • Build your teamwork and communication skills
  • Become a flexible and adaptive thinker
  • Boost confidence in your abilities

Explore our Experiential Learning Courses

Learn from Expert Faculty

Your professors are savvy, well-connected leaders whose research has changed the world of information systems. They will push you to take your skills to the next level and offer valuable guidance as you navigate your coursework and career.

Distinguished Teaching Award and Graduate Faculty Mentor Award recipient.

Expert in platform design, social media and network analytics, information economics and the sharing economy.

Siva Viswanathan

More than a decade of experience researching and teaching on industrial and technological information systems at major universities.

Expert in simulation methodology and stochastic simulation-based optimization used in electric power and health service systems.

Sujin Kim

Conducts compelling research on investigating the implications of technology platforms in minority communities.

Expert in the economic and social implications of technology.

Lauren Rhue

Academic Director

Tejwansh (Tej) Singh Anand
Academic Director, MS in Information Systems Program


John Bono

Associate Clinical Professor of Information Systems

Sujin Kim

Associate Clinical Professor

Woei-jyh (Adam) Lee

Associate Clinical Professor

Kislaya Prasad

Research Professor

Ilya Ryzhov

Area Chair, Decision, Operations and Information Technologies

Paul Shapiro

Associate Clinical Professor

Siva Viswanathan

Dean's Professor of Information Systems

Kunpeng Zhang

Associate Professor

Where Your Degree Can Take You

UMD Smith’s MSIS program allows students with any academic background to translate their technology and data skills into an exciting career in business-technology leadership. On average, many MSIS graduates throughout the U.S. enjoy high salaries in their careers. Smith MSIS grads also tend to have consistently high rates of post-grad job placement.

On average, many MSIS graduates throughout the U.S. enjoy high salaries in their careers. Smith MSIS grads also tend to have consistently high rates of post-grad job placement.

Top Industry Salaries for MSIS Graduates in the U.S.

Information Technology
Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and Medical Services
Financial Services, Banking and Accounting

Picture Yourself in These Job Roles

Analytics Data Scientist Consultant

Big Data Developer

Business Intelligence Analyst

Data Scientist

Risk Systems Developer

Systems Analyst

Information Systems Students After Graduation

Average starting salary of our MSIS graduates*
of MSIS students secure employment within six months of graduating*
Much faster than average job growth for information systems managers

Sources: UMD Smith’s Office of Career Services, 2022; Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021-2031
*Data for 2022 graduates who reported their salaries to UMD Smith's Office of Career Services. Please note these figures do not reach the 75 percent MBACSEA reporting threshold.

“I had professors and experts in almost every aspect of the business world. They don’t just understand technical skills - they are also very good on the business side. This program gives us the chance to be the bridge between the business side and technical side.”

Zhexi “Jesse” Liao
MS Information Systems ’15
Business Analyst at Google

Businesses who have hired our MS Information Systems Graduates

  • Amazon
  • CapitalOne
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Google
  • KPMG
  • Marriott
  • Paypal
  • PwC
  • Walmart

Boost Your Professional Skills 

Maryland Smith’s Office of Career Services (OCS) can help you bridge the gap between being a student and an employed professional. You’ll have one-on-one access to a career coach who will provide you with personalized tips on how to articulate your strengths when interacting with your future employer.

Learn More: Office of Career Services

Connect With Your Classmates

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to make connections at Smith and engage in exciting social activities through the Smith Masters Student Association. You can join an information systems-related club or others that provide you with general connections and skills.

Learn More: Smith Masters Student Association

MSIS Advisory Council

Advisory Councils keep us actively engaged with industry leaders and experts, who bring their real-world experience to help shape what students learn, match classroom lessons to real-world needs, and widen the pipeline for internship and job opportunities.


Contact Us

Business Master's Office
2303 Van Munching Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742-1815
Phone: 301-405-2559
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

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