Online Master of Science in Information Systems


Your gateway to becoming a leader in tech — even without tech experience.








$3,000 per course

About the program

With the Online Master’s of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) from the College of Engineering at Northeastern University, you’ll learn how to use technology to address the challenges facing people in businesses, organizations and communities across the world.

Designed for graduates and working professionals from any background, the MSIS equips you with the technical skills and business management expertise to drive digital transformation in any organization. You’ll gain deep applied knowledge across a range of technological fields, including UX design, software development, data analytics and digital business processes.

Along the way, you’ll absorb and become proficient in business leadership best practices. With a strong working knowledge of quality assurance, data management, agile methodologies and marketing assessment, you’ll be ready for leadership in almost any organization or industry.

With this unique and flexible set of must-have skills, you’ll be ideally positioned to step into a diverse range of tech leadership roles, including IT project manager, systems administrator, software developer, information security analyst and more.

This prestigious and meticulously designed master’s allows capable graduates from all academic and professional backgrounds to reposition themselves across a range of rapidly growing IT industries, ready to help define and lead the systemic changes that are reshaping our societies.

Learn more about the Online MSIS program on Coursera.


  • Mobile app software engineering 70% 70%
  • User experience (UX) design 60% 60%
  • Python application engineering 80% 80%
  • Information systems development 50% 50%
  • Agile software development 70% 70%
  • Business management 90% 90%

No tech experience?

If you don’t have any technical experience you’ll join the MSIS Bridge pathway (formerly called MSIS RISE). In the MSIS Bridge pathway, you’ll take two preporatory courses, designed specifically to provide you with the skills and knowledge to succed in the MSIS program, get a B or better in these courses,  send us your official transcript before completing the two courses, and you’ll continue into the full MSIS degree program the next term.

Note: MSIS Bridge courses are supplemental to the MSIS program and the credits earned in the Bridge courses do not apply to the MSIS degree program.

Skip the application—let your performance pave your way

With the MSIS program’s fast app pathways, you can skip the application process, and use your performance on two initial courses to secure your place in the MSIS.

Complete two courses, get a ‘B’ or better, show proof of your bachelor’s degree by the time you complete the two courses, and you’ll join the next cohort on the master’s degree.

View the pathway courses for the upcoming term.

You can also apply to the program using the standard graduate application for direct admission consideration. Learn more about the standard application requirements at the College of Engineering graduate admissions.

Upcoming deadlines

Submit your fast app by Start date
April 15, 2024 May 5, 2024
Submit your fast app by Start date
August 15, 2024 September, 2024
Submit your fast app by Start date
December 15, 2024 January 2025

Fill out the fast app to get started on your MS in Information Systems degree today.

Summer 2024 pathway courses

Take a look at the fast app performance-based pathway courses starting May 2024. Use the course outlines to start preparing in advance of the courses starting.

For your performance-based pathway, you’ll enroll in INFO 5100 and your choice of available elective shown below for a total of two courses.

INFO 5100: Application Engineering & Development

Note: INFO 5100 must be taken first or in combination with other available course.

Takes students in a step-by-step manner through the process of systematically combining UX techniques, business processes, and complex data models to assemble applications that are user-friendly and meet business requirements. Employs the object-oriented paradigm, visual user experience, and system design principles to put together complicated, powerful, real-world applications. The primary objective of this course is to practice social-technical software engineering methods and tools to solve real-world problems. Offers students an opportunity to learn innovative design and programming techniques to build significant business applications quickly; to practice simple and smart ways of making software construction enjoyable; and to master the art of how to systematically write software programs to solve any business problem.

View the INFO 5100 course outline.

INFO 7260: Business Process Engineering

In this course, you’ll address the question of how to understand and specify the flow of work responsibility and movement of information throughout the enterprise. For businesses to maximize the benefits of technology, they must transform their ad-hoc and often poorly defined ways of doing things to formal business processes. Analyzes the specification and implementation of complex information systems that integrate well into core business operations. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to use agile process specification techniques, dynamic process execution, and real-time measurement and reporting to support continuous business improvement and change.

View the INFO 7260 course outline.

CSYE 7280: User Experience Design & Testing

You’ll learn how to integrate user experience concepts and methodologies into your web design projects. You’ll analyze case studies, and develop interview techniques to help uncover and prioritize user requirements and perspectives. By using quality assurance and usability testing, you’ll learn to implement validation and user-acceptance testing and approvals, and use wireframes and user scenarios to drive the creative design process. Through these processes, you’ll build the UX skill sets to make better decisions when designing contemporary websites to meet user needs.

View the CSYE 7280 course outline.

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