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Master of Information Systems

Develop the skills required to advance your career as an information professional.

Why choose Cleveland State for your Master’s in Information Systems?

In a time where information is paramount, the MIS degree at Cleveland State University stands out as a prime choice for those looking to make a significant impact in the world of information systems. Here's why students choose our program:

  • Focused on innovation: Housed within the Monte Ahuja College of Business, the coursework combines a blend of technology and management-oriented classes designed to prepare the next generation of technology managers to lead enterprises in innovative ways.
  • Rolling admissions: We accept applications throughout the year. Eligibility for the semester in which a domestic applicant intends to enroll requires that they submit a complete application with all materials at least six weeks before the start of that semester.
  • Renowned faculty: Bringing an expansive range of interests and expertise, our faculty work closely with students on various research projects. The faculty are active in professional organizations and publishing, and they research multimedia computing, database analysis and design, numerical analysis, operating system design, artificial intelligence, new computing paradigms, simulation and more.
  • Concentrations: Specializations within the program allow students to build specific skill sets in areas such as information security, information technology management, and business analytics.
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11 courses totaling 33 credits

Develop Expertise and Excellence in Information Systems

Embark on a transformative journey with Cleveland State University's Online Master's Degree in Information Systems. Gain the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the dynamic field of information technology. Our program is designed to empower you to lead with confidence and make a significant impact in the ever-evolving world of information systems. Our program offers several benefits, including:

  • Nationally recognized accreditation ensuring the highest quality education.
  • Flexible Online Learning: Experience a 100% online format.
  • Proven Career Outcomes: Join a program with a track record of success, where graduates secure new roles in administrative and leadership positions within the information systems domain
  • Expert Faculty: Learn from scholar-practitioners who are experts in their fields, ensuring that you receive up-to-date and practical insights that are directly applicable to the challenges and opportunities in information systems.

Take the next step to elevate your career with Cleveland State University's Online Master's in Information Systems program and emerge as a confident and capable leader in the evolving world of information technology.

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Learning Methodology


Admissions Requirements

Requirements for admission include:

  1. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or better
  2. Test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are required if at least one of the following conditions is true: (a) the applicant’s undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States; (b) the applicant’s undergraduate degree is from a college or university without at least a regional level accreditation; (c) the applicant’s undergraduate cumulative grade point average is below 3.0
  3. For those applicants who need GRE or GMAT, the following minimums are required: (a) a minimum total score of the 40th percentile or above if GMAT is taken; or (b) a minimum score of the 50th percentile in the Quantitative Reasoning portion of the GRE; and (c) a minimum score of the 5th percentile in the verbal portion of the GRE or GMAT.
  4. For applicants whose native language is not English:
    1. A score on the TOEFL of at least 550 for the Paper Based Test (PBT) or 213 for the Computer Based Test (CBT) or 78 overall for the Internet Based Test (IBT).  For the IBT, a distribution of 20 in Reading, 21 in Listening, 17 in Writing and 20 in Speaking are required.
  5. An official transcript from each college and university previously attended.


Master’s Degree Core Courses (18 credits)

The MIS program consists of a total of 33 credits, 18 credits hours of core courses, and 15 credit hours of electives that allow you to customize your studies.

IST 614Project Management and Scheduling3 Credits
IST 616Emerging Technologies in Information Systems3 Credits
IST 618Systems Thinking and Modeling for Dynamic Information Systems3 Credits
IST 621Advanced Systems Analysis and Design3 Credits
IST 634Enterprise Databases3 Credits
IST 636Managing Networks and Security Risks3 Credits

Electives (15 Credits)

IST 610Object-Oriented Programming for Information Systems3 Credits
IST 612Business Analysis3 Credits
IST 615Business Intelligence System3 Credits
IST 635Business Value of Information Technology3 Credits
IST 638Cloud Comp in the Enterprise3 Credits
IST 641Electronic Commerce3 Credits
IST 656Advanced Information Security3 Credits
IST 660Data Mining & Business Intelligence3 Credits
IST 664Space-time Data Science & Analytics3 Credits
IST 665Enterprise Resource Planning3 Credits
IST 675IT Governance3 Credits
IST 680Social and Information Network Analysis3 Credits

Approved Electives From Other Departments

ACT 553Information Systems Auditing3 Credits
CIS 630Enterprise Application Development3 Credits
CIS 631Distributed Object Systems3 Credits
CIS 632Mobile Computing3 Credits
CIS 634Object-Oriented Software Engineering3 Credits
CIS 635Software Engineering Metrics, Economics, & Management3 Credits
CIS 636Software Quality Assurance3 Credits
CIS 660Data Mining3 Credits
CIS 675Information Security3 Credits
MBA 603Management of Innovation and Technology3 Credits
MKT 556Customer Relationship Management3 Credits
OSM 601Supply Chain Analytics3 Credits
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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and financial aid for CSU programs are kept competitive so you can receive the education you deserve. Tuition for online programs and courses follows the same fee structure as traditional, on-campus programs and courses. Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar’s website.

Approximately 70% of CSU’s students receive some form of financial assistance. The University participates in or administers all the major federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, CSU provides University grants and scholarships.

To begin the financial aid process, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file a FAFSA every year after January 1st to receive your financial aid. Cleveland State University’s financial aid school code is 003032.

If you have any questions, visit the Financial Aid section of CSU’s website, or contact the Financial Aid office.



Our dedicated team of faculty and business advisors provide opportunities to meet virtually and in-person. The faculty who teach in the program have a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds specific to the health care industry including expertise in:

  • Health Care Informatics
  • Data Analysis/Health Care Analytics
  • Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Biotech and pharmaceutical companies
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Student Success Coaching

At CSU, you will be paired with a Student Success Coach to support you on your journey from acceptance into a program to graduation. Coaches help with:

  • Time management
  • Study strategies
  • Focus techniques
  • Work-life balance
  • Academic support resources
  • Navigating University policies and procedures
  • Resolving issues and locating the right resources

Student Success Coaches will reach out to you for a welcome call early in your program. Coaches can help you create an academic success plan with strategies and goals that will help you be successful. Student Success Coaches are available to you throughout your program. Student Success Coaches do not replace academic advisors or other counselors, but rather work as a team with them to provide you with all the right resources. 

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Career Outcomes

Cleveland State University's Master of Information Systems program prepares students for rewarding careers in information systems and technology management. With a structured, hands-on education, our students graduate well-equipped to grapple with the complexities of the business world and transform the industry.

Graduates from our MIS program often attain roles within:

  • Information technology consulting firms
  • Cybersecurity organizations
  • Data analytics companies
  • Healthcare information systems management
  • Business intelligence and data management
  • IT strategy and management
  • Public and private sector organizations

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