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Master of Science in Information Systems
The MSIS program at Santa Clara University is designed to equip leaders in information technology management with the tools to harness the power of information. Created by the same outstanding faculty that provides the premier MBA education for Silicon Valley, the MSIS degree focuses on the application of technology for solving real organizational and business problems. Much of the course work is project-based, connecting learning to actual challenges in the field. Students learn how to integrate emerging technologies into organizational practices and to successfully manage complex, technically centered change processes.
Applicants for admission to the MSIS program must have a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its foreign equivalent before registering in the Leavey School of Business. Applicants also must have successfully completed at least one course in each of the following areas prior to enrollment:
SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
Applicants for the MSIS program may apply to begin study in the fall, winter, and spring quarters. MSIS program information and additional details are available from the Graduate Business Admissions Office, or by calling 408-551-7047. Brochure requests and admission correspondence also may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must complete and submit the following items before the Admissions Committee will render an admissions decision:
Online application fees must be paid by credit card or electronic check and submitted electronically. To apply online, visit www.scu.edu/apply/business.
Applicants must have their official GMAT or GRE score reports sent directly to the Graduate Business Admissions Committee. Applicants whose first language is not English must either achieve a minimum score of 95 on the TOEFL (internet-based test), 7 on the IELTS, or 68 on the PTE. This requirement may also be met by scoring at or above the 50th percentile on the verbal portion of the GMAT or GRE.
Foreign-born admitted students requesting student visas must submit a current financial statement (no more than 90 days old) showing adequate funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the first year of study, and they must be enrolled in at least 9 units each quarter. Santa Clara University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.
Applicants are responsible for the appropriate submission of all application materials, including:
The MSIS Admissions Committee will not review applications until all materials have been received.
Applicants may be admitted with one or more contingencies. All contingencies are documented on the student’s Program Plan Card which is provided to the student at the time of admission. All contingencies must be fulfilled by the end of the student’s first term in residence. Students who do not fulfill their contingency requirements by the end of their first term in residence will not be permitted to register for classes until the contingency is fulfilled.
The completed application package should be sent as early as possible. The deadlines are:
Admissions decisions are made throughout the year. Applicants are admitted on the basis of academic ability as indicated by college records and GMAT/GRE scores, demonstrated technical management potential (including work experience and recommendations), and motivation to complete a demanding academic program. Once accepted, a nonrefundable tuition deposit is required prior to registration. The deposit is applied toward the student’s first-term tuition.
4. Integration and Application (9 or 12 units)
MSIS 2641 Information Technology: Ethics and Public Policy (3 units)
The program offers four options to students to achieve this objective:
After completing (minimum) 30 units, (GPA ≥ 3.0), each student is required to begin the capstone option selection process by interviewing with the capstone advisor. The advisor will determine the most appropriate option for each student. The four options are described below.
The Thesis Option (MSIS 2644 – 6 units)
The Industry Project Option (MSIS 2640, 2642, and 2643 – 6 units)
This option consists of three MSIS Capstone courses: MSIS 2640 (1 unit), MSIS 2642 (2 units), and MSIS 2643 (3 units) and is viewed as a single project-oriented course. The objective of this option is to solve a practical problem by applying and integrating the methods and concepts studied in the MSIS program. An industry capstone project must be a real project, with an identified sponsor or client. MSIS students will be interviewed and a team is selected by the Capstone Program Manager to complete each capstone project. Student teams will be limited in size, with typically four or five students in a group. The student team will define the problem, perform a feasibility study, analyze the problem, design a solution, and implement that solution to satisfy the sponsoring client. Participation in this option is competitive and there are only a limited number of such projects per year. The process for this option is as follows:
Upon completion of the Industry Project Option, student participants must submit the MSIS Completion of Capstone Project form with the appropriate faculty signatures (faculty director and advisor) and assigned grade to the Graduate Business Programs Office. The grade will be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for posting for all courses.
The Capstone Design Project Option (MSIS 2645, 2646, and 2647 – 6 units)
This option consists of three MSIS Capstone courses: MSIS 2645 (1 unit) (for project proposal), and MSIS 2646 (2 units) and MSIS 2647 (3 units) (for project execution). It is intended that MSIS 2645 (1 unit) will be completed in 3 months, during which students are expected to write a successful project proposal, identify knowledge and skills needed for project execution, required data and resources necessary for project completion. The MSIS 2646 (2 units) and MSIS 2647 (3 units) are intended to be completed over a sequence of two quarters. Given the length of the design project option, students deciding to pursue this option should contact the MSIS Capstone Project Manager one year before expected graduation date.
The design project option is initiated by students and supervised by a faculty. The objective of the design project is to focus on an area of personal/group interest, possibly a start-up concept, solving a self-initiated problem by applying and integrating the knowledge gained in the MSIS program. Students will developing extra-curricular skills (decision making, negotiation, making contacts, confidence building, and teamwork) and demonstrate skills and competencies to enhance employability and entrepreneurship. MSIS students will be interviewed and a team is selected by the Capstone Project Manager. The team will be limited in size, with typically three or four students in a group. The team will define the problem, perform a feasibility study, analyze the problem, design a solution, and implement the project.
The process for this option is as follows:
Capstone: Additional Course Work (9 units)
MSIS GRADUATION PETITION PROCESS
In order to graduate, all MSIS students must complete and submit an online Petition to Graduate. The information provided in the petition is used to order and mail the diploma and list names in the SCU Commencement Book. If this data changes after the petition has been submitted, students must re-submit an amended petition. Students failing to do so could be omitted from the commencement book and ceremony.
In order to be eligible to graduate, MSIS students must complete:
Deadlines to submit a Petition to Graduate are as follows:
*Students wishing to participate in the June Commencement Ceremony must submit their petitions by March 15
To Petition to Graduate, visit: www.scu.edu/business/graduates/graduation/
TRANSFERRING TO THE MBA PROGRAM
It is possible to transfer from the MSIS program to the evening MBA program. However, Admissions will not review a transfer request until the student has completed one year in the MSIS program. A transfer will be granted only once, is not automatic, and is at the discretion of the Faculty Director and Senior Assistant dean.
For information regarding entrance into the MBA program after completion of the MSIS program, contact the Graduate Business Admissions Office.
Students enrolled in the MSIS program at Santa Clara are required to follow the same policies and procedures as students in the MBA program. Each student is personally responsible for knowing all of the academic regulations of the graduate business school. This includes, but is not limited to; grading, leave of absence, withdrawal, and concurrent enrollment. Please refer to the Academic section for additional information.