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Information Systems Degree (MS)

Move to the forefront of one of the fastest-growing job markets around the world. Created more than 20 years ago, Seidenberg's MS in Information Systems program was the first of its kind, and its excellence continues today. You'll gain advanced knowledge in systems design and development, organizational structure, project management and more.

What Will I Study?

Program Length: 1 – 2 years

30 Credits (Effective Fall 2013)

Global companies gain a competitive advantage through the methods they use to collect, process, transmit, and disseminate data and information. To meet these needs, the Information Systems MS program begins with core coursework within systems design and development, project management, organizational structure and more. Students may then choose a specialized course track in one of the following concentrations:

  • Security and Information Assurance
  • Telecommunications Management and Technologies
  • Database Management and Technologies
Interesting Classes I Might Take
  • IS Design and Development
  • Web and Internet Security
  • Computer and Internet Forensics
  • Distributed Information Systems
  • Data Mining, Warehousing and Visualization
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Project Management

MS/ Information Systems Worksheet

Career Areas & Opportunities

85% of Seidenberg's Graduate Class of 2011 reported full-time employment in their industry within one year of graduation.

With an MS in Information Systems, you'll have the ability to pursue a wide variety of career areas in a number of highly sought-after fields. Here's a look at the growing industries, distinguished companies, and promising careers in which our recent Master's-level graduates are thriving.

Current top industries in which Seidenberg Master's-level graduates are employed:

  • Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Consulting
  • Media/Entertainment

Current top employers of Seidenberg Master's-level graduates:

  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • Pace University
  • Verizon Communications
  • IBM
  • TimeLink
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Entrepreneurial/Self-employed

A sampling of job titles from the Graduate Class of 2011:

  • Sr. Manager, Industry Solutions Group – Technology Industry
  • Product Advisor – Technology Industry
  • Software Developer – Financial Services Industry
  • Network Engineer – Financial Services Industry
  • Web Developer – Entertainment Industry
  • Software QA/Test Engineer – Healthcare Industry
  • IT Consultant – Self-Employed
  • Technology Studies Instructor – Education Industry
Admission Requirements

Students with a BS in Information Systems, Information Technology, or a similar background may replace one or more of the Foundation Courses with electives.
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International students can visit the Bridge Program for International Students to read more detailed information about your admission requirements.

Why Pace?

The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University offers students a wealth of benefits for both their educations and their careers. We provide a student-oriented environment, small classes, committed teaching, research opportunities with personal faculty guidance, and partnerships with several industry leading organizations. This includes an ongoing partnership with IBM to more closely align our programs with the needs of business and industry.

Interesting Fact:

Named 2012 Laureate by the Computerworld Honors Program for visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social economic, and educational change.

Student Stories

Student Quote:

“My work at Pace directly helps me in my job. I’ve used what I’ve leaned to track down criminals who commit computer-based crimes, like Craigslist scams, identity theft, cyber bullying and more.”

Dennis Dragos MS/IS '11
Detective, NYPD
Computer Crimes Squad

Faculty Profiles

At the Seidenberg School, our faculty includes some of the country's best researchers, scholars and scientists in their respective fields. In fact, 95% of our full-time faculty hold a doctoral degree. We also have a strong set of skillful individuals who serve as adjunct faculty members and teach elective courses for our graduate programs. These are some of the individuals who play an active role in upholding excellence within the MS in Information Systems program:

Daniel Farkas, PhD. Chair, Information Technology Dept., Westchester

Background: Professor Farkas has been active in the Information Systems field for more than 30 years. With research interests in information technology, networking and geographic information systems, he also brings real world experience to the classroom as a consultant to major global corporations.

Courses: Graduate and undergraduate Telecommunications and Networking, Geographic Information Systems.

Why I teach at Pace: Pace is a unique institution providing the opportunity to combine traditional information systems with interdisciplinary research. Students are engaged and with a collaborative faculty, the potential for new ideas to be explored is limitless.”

Dr. Ronald I. Frank

Background: Dr. Frank worked his way through college at the Service Bureau Corp (of IBM) in app development, and started at IBM by teaching IBMers & customers what computers were and how to use them. He became the IBM Mainframe Scientific & Engineering app consultant to 10% of US R&D and later spent many years developing scientific apps and pioneering small scientific computer architecture. As the US IBM spokesperson for the Scientific PC, he consulted with many large corporations and government agencies on the scientific/engineering nature of the PC (teaching many seminars along the way). He then moved to the IBM Research Division as a staff member and manager, where he worked in app language development for workstations and Virtual Reality. Upon retiring, Dr. Frank started a VR research company focused on innovating VR apps, and managed it for 5 years as CEO. He came to Pace to give back.

Personal Research: The Algebra of Array Structures and its applications.

Courses: Graduate and undergraduate Mobile App Development, Programming, Systems Analysis & Design, Project Management, Telecommunications and Networking, Doctoral research advising.

Why I teach at Pace: “Pace is real world oriented, while providing an opportunity for students to find a direction. Pace is open to new directions and enables a friendly environment for learning and research. It is small enough to be neighborly while being large enough to encompass the world of scholarship.”