Information Systems

The MS and Graduate Certificate programs in Information Systems focus on technical, managerial, and policy issues associated with constructing and managing computer-based information systems for modern organizations.

Master of Science in Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) is a 30 credit program that can be completed online or on-campus and is designed to prepare individuals from diverse fields to meet the growing demand for high-level information system skills. The program consists of five three-credit required core courses and a minimum of fifteen additional credits from a list of elective courses approved for the program drawn from a range of disciplines.

Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems is a 15 credit program that can be completed online or on-campus. The certificate utilizes the same required curriculum for the MS and is designed to serve as a pathway for students interested in continuing onto the MS.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a four-year US bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or a four-year international equivalent and should have completed a university course in Algebra
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
  • Previous programming courses or experience are recommended but not required

Careers in Information Systems

At UMaine, our graduate Info System programs produce individuals who can make significant contributions to economic development by ensuring that businesses have the expertise needed to remain competitive. The demand for graduates of graduate-level information systems programs both in-state and nationally is high. Forbes Magazine recently listed Information Systems as one of the best Master’s Degree for jobs. Our graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions such as systems analyst, security analyst, database administrator, and information systems manager. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) asserts that employers prefer to place individuals with their Master’s in Information Systems in supervisory positions and that, “[e]mployment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

NOTE: If you are an international student who is interested in pursuing any of our graduate certificate programs, please contact Katy Blackmer BEFORE applying.

Degrees offered: MS, Graduate Certificate

Program Format: On Campus or Online

Application deadline: Rolling

Test Required: None

Contact: Kate Beard & Silvia Nittel

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Program Website: Information Systems

Accelerated Program Information for UMaine Undergraduates

Major Pathways: Any Undergraduate Degree

Accelerated Program Deadline:

Middle of the first semester of junior year