School of Computer Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems

Build Your Understanding of Emerging Technologies in IT

Stratford University’s Master of Science in Information Systems will help you become a well-rounded information technology professional by taking you through coursework that reinforces and builds on your current knowledge in information systems management.

If you are currently an IT professional and are called upon to develop, implement, and operate business information systems, Stratford’s Master's in Information Systems will give you the added credentials you need to advance to the next level in your career.

Through this program, you will:

  • Develop a broader technical understanding of current and emerging IT technologies,
  • Build a familiarity with information systems management,
  • Examine information systems engineering concepts.

You will also develop a greater grasp of current and future impact of the convergence of computer and information systems and telecommunication systems technologies.

A Rewarding Career is Waiting For You

Our talented Career Services staff has an excellent track record in helping students overcome barriers to landing their dream job. As a result, between 2011 and 2012, 80% of graduates with a M.S. in Information Systems secured exciting jobs in their field of study or a related field. In fact, many top corporations employ our alumni, including Capitol One, Best Buy, Elephant Auto Insurance, Mondial, and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Here is a sampling of the rewarding career paths waiting for you:

  • Computer Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer and Information Scientists, Research
  • Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Take the next step towards advancing your career in Information Systems. Contact us to learn how to get started.

Program Requirements and Online Options

You can complete your degree in information systems through classroom instruction at one of our Virginia campuses, through online instruction, or a combination of both online and classroom instruction.

Credits Required Number of Classes
Core Component 31.5 7
Electives 22.5 5
Total Required for Graduation 54 12

Best-in-Class Faculty

Stratford’s faculty is comprised of the some of the top leaders in the computer field, both in the private and public sectors. All members of our faculty have earned a Master’s degree or a Ph.D. and have extensive industry experience from a broad range of technical professionals. In addition to leading instruction at Stratford, our faculty is comprised of practitioners in the field of information technology. With their expertise, they are equipped to teach underlying business theories and are in tune with the skill sets and competencies required in the job market.

Our faculty members possess industry experience and research interests in the following areas:

  • Information Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Databases
  • Data Mining
  • Software Development
  • Mobile Development
  • Networking
  • Cybersecurity

Capstone Projects

As a CIS student at Stratford, you will have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned through the completion of a capstone project. Capstone courses allow you the opportunity to pull together and build upon what you have learned in separate fields and then utilize this knowledge in the analysis and resolution of a complex business problem. These projects provide you with real world experience as you will interact with and present your projects to professionals business and academic communities.

The following are Capstone Projects completed by CIS students:

  • Student Registration System
  • Stratford Mobile Application
  • Scheduling Forecasting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Tracking Local Restaurants
  • Facial Recognition
  • Web Sites


You are encouraged to engage in internships during your course of study. Master’s students can participate in Internships in their first quarter of enrolling with Stratford. Students can participate in cooperative education at the beginning of their programs once enrolled in a Master’s program.

State-of the-Art Learning Environments

Stratford offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including computer labs that provide the perfect environment for examining the latest software and computer technologies. Our small class sizes allow you to enjoy low student-to-teacher ratios, which encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing between instructors and students. In addition, all classrooms are equipped with computers and are ideal for hands-on lab activities.

A Master's Program that Fits Your Busy Schedule

Stratford offers the convenience of flexible course schedules as well as full and part-time programs. Residential classes are offered day, evening, and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule. All residential classes are blended with a portion of the course delivered online to reduce the time in the classroom. You can complete a class in five or ten weeks and start your program five times a year (January, March, May, August, and September).

Scheduling flexibility contributes tremendously to student success. Between 2011 and 2012, 100% of full-time and 90% of part-time students who graduated with a M.S. in Information Systems completed the program on time.

Visit Student Disclosures to obtain tuition and fees for this program, graduation and employment rates, and other student consumer information on Stratford’s Master's in Information Systems program.

Code Name Credits
Research Methods
IT Project Management
Enterprise Architecture
Database Systems Technology
Ethics and Professional Issues in IT
Information Systems Security
Information Systems Management Project I

Student must choose five (5) from the following courses.

Code Name Credits
Human Computer Interaction
Decision Systems Technology
Cloud Computing
Technological Innovation
Tools and Technologies I
Tools and Technologies II
Info Systems Management Project II
Current Topics in ISM I
Current Topics in ISM II
Cooperative Education I
Cooperative Education II
Cooperative Education III