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Leavey School of Business – Santa Clara University - Masters of Science in Information Systems

Santa Clara University Masters of Science in Information Systems Program Structure

Our MSIS is born of and lives in Silicon Valley. Led by faculty recruited from top companies, our project-based curriculum draws from real-world challenges that you can put to use immediately.Santa Clara University Online MBA

• Program duration: Flexible program length from 16 to 24 months.
• Time/schedule: Evening/Saturday classes to balance work, life, and study.
• Course delivery: Tailored class schedule to build foundations and to meet your interests and needs.
• STEM-approved

Integrated courses cover the business fundamentals in a cohort format.  There are two intakes per year, with classes beginning in the fall and winter.


The Santa Clara University Masters of Science in Information Systems program requires the completion of 48 credit units of coursework. Courses in the core Information Systems are comprised of 16 units, the Business Core is six units, and Electives consist of 16 units. The final 10 units are for Integration. The total unit count for an MSIS degree is 48 units. In addition, the school offers an array of elective options.

Core Information Systems Knowledge courses give students knowledge about the technical aspects of information system design and strategic issues around their use.

• Object-Oriented Software Design
• Information Systems Analysis and Design – Systems Modeling
• Information Systems Analysis and Design – Software Dev. Life Cycles
• Database Management – Fundamentals of SQL
• Database Management – Design, Development & Administration
• Data Analytics

Core Business Knowledge

Provides students with an understanding of the “context” in which information systems operate. Students acquire a basic knowledge of strategic and financial aspects of design and operational IS.

• Financial and Managerial Accounting
• Information Systems Strategy and Management


Electives offer you a variety of courses to develop capabilities in a specific area, and several topical tracks are suggested for your specialization within the MSIS degree. You must choose up to sixteen (16) units electives.


To complete your MSIS degree, you will apply your knowledge and skills to a real-world project. Ten (10) units are required.

• Software Project Management
• Capstone Project

Class Profile

The most recent class of Santa Clara University’s Information Systems students entered the program with around 2.5 years of professional work experience, GMAT average of 648, GRE average of 315, a 3.3 GPA, and was around 26-years old.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition for the Santa Clara University Information Systems costs $1,198 per unit, with students completing a minimum of 48 units for the program. Most student loans are based on either financial need or creditworthiness and are available only to US citizens and permanent residents. Applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships during the admissions process. Scholarship recipients are awarded at the time of admission. Scholarships awarded are conditioned upon a cumulative 3.3 GPA throughout the first academic year of enrollment.


Applicants to the Information Systems program must have completed a Baccalaureate degree or recognized qualifications equivalent to a degree.

To apply to the Information Systems program, applicants must submit a completed application form, official transcripts from each institution attended (domestic degrees) or WES course-by-course (international degrees), personal statement, current résumé, and two letters of recommendation. Official GMAT score or GRE scores must also be sent in by applicants, along with a $148 application fee. International students from non-native English-speaking countries must provide a recent TOEFL score in order to prove English fluency.

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