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Information Systems Technology

School of Business

Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (M.S.I.S.T.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn, Online Learning

Program Overview

The M.S.I.S.T. is designed for working professionals in information systems technology who are looking to make a career shift. Through dynamic, hands-on laboratory and classroom-based courses, students learn how to integrate information systems technology expertise and management skills to effectively implement business solutions.

Our M.S.I.S.T. program has an executive format option, offered at GW’s Virginia Campus in Ashburn and is designed for rising and senior-level information systems professionals with multiple years of work experience who are looking to enhance their decision-making and corporate leadership skills. The participants in this 15-month, cohort-style program are hand-selected to ensure a diverse and talented mix of individuals from both the public and private sectors.

Students may complete the degree through full-time or part-time study. There are daytime, evening and weekend class options at various venues in the D.C. area, including our Foggy Bottom Campus and our Virginia facility in Ashburn. A typical full-time student will complete the degree requirements in 18 to 24 months. Part-time students typically complete the program in 24 to 36 months.

The M.S.I.S.T. degree meets the CIO Council's core competencies for the GSA CIO University, a collaboration by the federal government and educational institutions to develop executives for top IT jobs in industry and government.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines**:

Main Campus and Virginia Campus Programs
– April 1
Spring – October 1
Summer – March 1
NOTE: The executive format option accepts applicants for Fall only.

Online Program

Fall 2014

Round Completed By Decision By
1 March 17, 2014 April 18, 2014
2 May 5, 2014 May 30, 2014
4 June 30, 2014 July 18, 2014


Spring 2014

Round Completed By Decision By
1 September 9, 2013 October 11, 2013
2 October 28, 2013 November 27, 2013
3 December 2, 2013 December 20, 2013

Summer 2014

Round Completed By Decision By
1 January 6, 2014 February 28, 2014
2 March 17, 2014 April 18, 2014
3 April 14, 2014 May 2, 2014


Recommendations required:

Three (3) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

International applicants should upload only the English-language version of their transcripts.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay limited to 500 words, discuss your long-term and short-term professional objectives and how your past experiences have contributed to and defined these objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue a graduate business degree at this point in time. You may also include your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You may explain any academic inconsistencies as part of your statement or as an addendum.

Additional requirements:

A current resume is required for all MSIST applicants. An interview is required only for the executive format option.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 68

* Not all concentrations are offered at all locations.
** Prospective candidates for fellowships/assistantships must submit a completed application packet (including test scores) by January 15. Later applications will be considered if funds are still available.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Main Campus and Online applicants
MS-IST Admissions - The GW School of Business
2201 G St., NW ~ Funger Hall 515
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions Main Campus program: ~ 202-994-9140
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Contact for questions Online program: ~ 202-994-1212 ~ 202-994-3571 (fax)
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Virginia Campus applicants
MS-IST Admissions - The GW School of Business
44983 Knoll Square ~ Suite 126
Ashburn, VA 20147

Contact for questions: ~ 703-726-8330
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday