A master’s degree in this STEM field prepares you to excel in the growing technology sector as a developer, product manager, web production specialist, or in another integral role. The graduate program nurtures your critical thinking, increases data science literacy and systems analysis, encourages innovation, and opens opportunities in computer science and computer systems technologies from information analysts, programmers, software engineering, cybersecurity specialties, and others.
With your bachelor’s degree you’re already seen as someone quite knowledgeable in the field, and earning your master’s degree will confirm and validate that you are indeed a subject matter expert in information systems technology. This, in turn, can open doors to new, more lucrative, opportunities in your organization and push you closer to achieving your career goals.
As part of the MSIST program, you’ll have the opportunity to sharpen and exhibit your skills in our annual Hack Day team events, where you’ll be challenged to rapidly prototype, implement, and deploy innovative applications and programs. The products that you produce during the course of this hackathon can then be used to build your portfolio and illustrate your ability to work under pressure.
Online or On-Campus Courses
You can earn your MSIST online from a location of your choice. You can also join us on campus to meet and collaborate with student peers. Either way, you’ll earn a flexible and comprehensive education in this leading field.
In this master of information technology and computer information systems program, you’ll participate in an internship and practical training to develop your professional skills. These can be independent professional projects or an internship with in-depth, supervised hands-on experience with working professionals.
The honors program cohort meets once a month for a deep-dive discussion on contemporary trending industry issues, gaps, advances, and opportunities and engages in research projects designed to further the reach of their education.
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Alliant offers certificates you can earn along with the course credits included in your masters program. These certificates appear in our catalog and have been approved by the Department of Education for financial aid. This program includes Alliant certificates for:
Content in several of our academic program courses align with some of the knowledge requirements for the nationally recognized certifications listed below. In addition, you will be provided with some study materials, a timetable, and suggested self-study to help you prepare for the certification tests, and your instructors will encourage you to take the externally administered tests and promote your success on your resume.
|Alliant Certificate||Alliant MSIST Course||Course Contents Aligned With Some Knowledge Requirements of Professional Certifications:|
|Certificate in Cybersecurity||IST65100 Cybersecurity Technology||CompTia Security+|
|IST64990 Information Systems Technology and Infrastructure Mgt||ITIL 4 Foundation by Axelos|
|IST60050 Management of Information Security||Certified Information Security Manager by ISACA|
|Certificate in Technology||IST60100 Technology for Managerial Decision Making||Microsoft Technology Associate|
|IST64990 Information Systems Technology and Infrastructure Management||ITIL 4 Foundation by Axelos|
|IST64880 Data Analytics and Decision Making||Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate|
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Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of job can I expect to get with this graduate degree?
This type of education MSIS program develops your knowledge and abilities as a critical thinker, increases your data science literacy, and enables you to succeed in a variety of fields. The IT department is not the only one to critically employ these tech skills; marketing, finance, human resources, accounting, strategy, business analytics, operations are examples which all need and use the skills you’ll develop in this graduate program. With an MSIS degree, you’ll also be qualified for IT positions such as computer network architect and engineer, system analyst, computer support specialist, computer programmer, software engineer, information security analyst, cyber security specialist, and others.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
When does the program start?
This program is offered as an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.
When does the MSIST degree program start?
The program is offered as an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.
How long does it take to complete the MSIST degree program?
The MS in information system technology program is 33 units and takes a minimum of 18 months to complete.
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