UMBC's Online Master of Science Degree in Information Systems allows you to continue your education while working full-time or if geography precludes you from on-campus access to an accredited honors university with nationally recognized IT programs. According to a recent issue of Computing Research News, UMBC ranks #2 in IT degrees awarded by major U.S. research universities.
UMBC's completely online Master's in Information Systems is designed for professionals working in the IT field who want to advance their career. The graduate degree program which comprises 34 credit hours of coursework offers you the following:
Flexibility: At this stage in both your personal and professional life convenience is at a premium. This is why we adapted our on-campus graduate program to a completely online format. Busy adults can complete course work in their own timeframe. Professionals who travel can use their downtime in between meetings or in their hotel room to study. With semesters starting in the fall, spring and summer you can complete your degree in as little as two years with 24 hour access to coursework, lecture examples and study materials.
Faculty: There are no "satellite" faculty members educating UMBC's online IS students. Our faculty comprises the same research-focused educators that teach on campus at UMBC in the university's new ITE (Information Technology and Engineering) Building. As a UMBC online graduate student, you will have access to your instructors and your online advisor for one-on-one guidance, feedback and support. This is designed to make your UMBC online experience a satisfying one while you advance your career.
Community: Distance learning does not mean you have to sacrifice being connected to research and industry news or IS Department research and academic events. As an online student you are always in touch with UMBC's Department of Information Systems. As our online community of faculty, students, alumni, and staff grows you can tap into the information associated with these resources at will, during and well beyond your graduate studies.
UMBC is fully accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-662-5606).
Facts & Figures
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Public Higher Education
Trimester schedule (Fall,Spring, Summer)
UMBC's program is delivered entirely online.
Students are expected to have a strong online presence. This includes internet access and some PC-based tools. Windows 2000 or higher required. Students are expected to have access to Microsoft Office 2000 or higher.
UMBC welcomes students from the United States, the Armed Forces, and Canada.
UMBC’s online Master of Science in Information Systems qualifies for all federal financial aid programs.
Prospective students will receive an email confirmation upon submitting a request for more information. You must have a minimum undergrad GPA of 2.75 to inquire.