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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 cohort-style program are selected to ensure a diverse and talented mix of individuals from both the public and private sectors. Applications will be accepted for the 2015-16 academic year.

Students may complete the degree through full-time or part-time study. There are daytime, evening, and weekend class options offered at our Foggy Bottom Campus and online with the GW School of Business Digital Community. Students may also select,the hybrid format, combining on-campus and online study options. 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.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines**:

Fall – June 1
Spring – October 1
Summer – March 1
NOTE: The executive format option accepts applicants for Fall only.

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

** 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:

Contact for questions Main Campus program: ~ 202-994-5544
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