About

The Information Systems programme at Marist College offers an advanced information system and technology education for IT and business professionals looking to advance their knowledge in the technology sector. The MSIS program provides expertise and experience in information technology and systems, information resources management and strategy and a broad variety of cutting-edge technical courses. 

The Master of Science in Information Systems graduate degree is especially appropriate for technical and business professionals who wish to become agents of organizational change, innovators and technical thought leaders of the future.

Marist's Master of Science in Information Systems benefits several potential student groups: business professionals seeking to master the language of technology, technologists looking to deepen and round out their skills, and professionals from other disciplines seeking to make themselves more marketable to increasingly technology-dependent organizations.

The MSIS graduate degree program places strong emphasis on both the technological and business aspects of systems management and design. Information Systems students are frequently expected to participate in team situations to enhance both their systems thinking and their interpersonal skills. Multiple MSIS graduate degree courses are real-client based in order to enhance students' consultative skills and experience.

One Degree, Three Concentrations

The Master of Science in Information Systems at Marist offers three concentrations to choose from while earning your MSIS degree. Students interested in the program are encouraged to explore the concentration that best suits their interests, background, and/or career goals.

Information Systems Management (ISM) Concentration

  • Business application focus
  • Practical applications of information systems in the workplace
  • Specific career paths for the graduating ISM professional include systems analyst and/or designer, business analyst, project manager, IS auditor, and information systems manager.
  • The foundation for professionals who aspire to become a Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Business Analytics (BA) Concentration:

  • Helps professionals gain expertise in accessing and manipulating data, as well as applying analytical techniques to extract information from data and using it to predict future trends and behavior patterns
  • Students acquire hands-on experience with cutting-edge analytical methods and software tools, leveraging the use of information technology to help improve decision making
  • Provides exposure to practical applications using real-world data
  • Specific career paths for the graduating BA professional include data analyst/architect, database administrator, business analyst, data science specialist, and business analytics manager
  • The foundation for professionals who aspire to become a Chief Data Officer (CDO)

Computer Networks and Security (CNS) Concentration:

  • Provides students with the competencies to investigate, design, implement, and troubleshoot emerging network and security technology
  • Gives students expertise in assessing an enterprise infrastructure for secure emerging solutions
  • Provides students exposure to a practical state-of-the-art networking lab
  • Specific career paths for the graduating CNS professional include security administrator, technical manager, systems administrator, network specialist, network operations manager, IT administrator, internet engineer, LAN/WAN engineer, or network administrator
  • The foundation for professionals who aspire to become a Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Systems & Information Concepts in Organizations 
  • Data Management 
  • Data Communications 
  • Information Analysis & Systems Design 
  • Accounting 
  • Capstone Project 
  • Information Systems Policy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    International - Applications received after the preferred deadline are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

  • Unofficial transcripts from each college/university attended must be uploaded to the application for admission decision. Official bachelor’s degree noted transcripts will be required upon acceptance in order to matriculate.
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement Personal statement outlining career objective(s), the reason(s) for selecting Marist’s MSIS program, desired specialization, and your personal and professional expectations from the program
  • Prerequisite course(s) - an introduction to statistics course is required. Applicants interested in the computer networks and security concentration must have completed a course in inter-networking
  • Nonrefundable $50 application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    850 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    850 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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Living costs for Poughkeepsie

  • 1138 - 2480 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

We know that graduate education is a significant investment for many students, and we want to be sure you receive the best value for your investment. Many students discover that with the proper options, the cost of Marist College Graduate School is within reach.

The Marist College Office of Student Financial Services is committed to providing affordability options and managing the equitable distribution of student aid funds. The office coordinates student employment both on and off campus and is responsible for student billing. We are dedicated to promoting accessibility through personalized service and integrity.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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