Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology

The master of science in information systems and technology (MSIST) degree program is designed for working professionals in information systems technology who are looking to make a career shift. Through dynamic, hands-on laboratory and classroom-based courses, students learn how to integrate information systems technology expertise and management skills to effectively implement business solutions. Students may complete the degree through full-time or part-time study.

There are daytime, evening, and weekend class options offered online and at GW's Foggy Bottom Campus. A hybrid format is available, combining on-campus and online study options. A typical full-time student will complete degree requirements in 18 to 24 months. Part-time students typically complete the program in 24 to 36 months.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

Admission deadlines**: Fall and Summer
Round 1 1/15
Round 2 4/1
Round 3 5/15
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
International applicants should upload only the English-language version of their transcripts.
Statement of purpose: In no more than 500 words, describe how the MSIST program fits into your professional life and your career objectives.
Additional requirements: A current resume is required for all MSIST applicants.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.
PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:
- Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
- Academic PTE: 68
** Prospective candidates for fellowships/assistantships must submit a completed application packet (including test scores) by January 15. Later applications will be considered if funds are still available.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
George Washington University
Graduate Admissions - School of Business
2201 G Street NW - Duques Hall, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202-994-1212
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 21 credits in core courses and 12 credits in elective courses.

In addition, students must complete up to 6 credits in prescribed foundation requirements in the areas of computer programming language and database design and applications. If a foundation courses was not completed with a minimum grade of at an accredited institution within five years of matriculation, it must be completed before beginning the program, or within the first year of study in the program.

Foundation courses
ISTM 3119Introduction to Programming
ISTM 4121Database Principles and Applications
or ISTM 6200 Programming in Python & R
Core courses
ISTM 6201Information Systems Development and Applications
ISTM 6202Relational Databases
ISTM 6204Information Technology Project Management
ISTM 6205Web Application Development
ISTM 6206Information Systems Security
ISTM 6209Web and Social Analytics
ISTM 6210Integrated Information Systems Capstone
6 credits selected from the following:
ISTM 6213Cloud Applications
ISTM 6214Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6218Business Applications of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6222IS/IT Strategy and Implementation
ISTM 6224Management of Technology and Innovation
ISTM 6225Cloud Foundations
6 credits in ISTM courses at the 6000 level or above, excluding ISTM 6200.