Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Master of Science in Information Systems and Analytics (MSISA)

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MSISA courses are offered in online, hybrid, and in-class formats. You can complete your coursework with a mixture of class formats that works for you.

Overview

The Master of Science in Information Systems and Analytics (MSISA) offers a unique blend of courses with a strong focus on data analytics – and it can be completed in one year.

In this program, you will gain theoretical and practical knowledge — as well as hands-on experience — in database modeling and management, data preparation, data analysis and mining, data warehousing, visualization, and applications of analytics, all while gaining experience with cutting-edge methodologies, tools, and technologies.

Whether you are a career changer or an information systems veteran, a master's degree in information systems and analytics from Loyola University Chicago will help you become a leader in this dynamic, growing industry.

STEM Designation

With a national shortage of professionals trained in STEM related fields, employers are actively pursuing STEM degree holders. Distinguish yourself in business with a STEM-designated degree.

The MS in Information Systems and Analytics has been granted a STEM designation because the curriculum allows courses in econometrics, programming, data visualization, forecasting, and supply chain analytics.

Also, under this STEM classification international students can extend their training in the U.S. by working in their field of study. Students can qualify for a 24-month OPT (Optional Practical Training) Extension, bringing the total OPT time granted to 36 months.

Career outcomes

Information systems graduates are in high demand. Our information systems students and alumni work at companies including Accenture, Aon, Aptitive, Boeing, Bosch, CME, Discover Card, Deloitte, Dyson, Epic Systems, GE, Morningstar, PWC, West Monroe Partners, Wells Fargo, and many others.

Typical positions include data and technology consultant, business analyst, data analyst, information systems developer, and information systems project manager. The degree also prepares you to lead information systems teams in corporations and manage business analytics, database management, data warehousing, and data mining initiatives.

MSISA program structure

You can complete the 12-course program in one to two years, depending on the number of courses taken each quarter. Courses are offered in online, hybrid, and in-class formats. You can complete your coursework with a mixture of class formats that works for you.

Online courses are asynchronous, which means the weekly coursework can be completed on your schedule. Students can complete all 12 courses in one year and completely online. On-campus courses take place at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, just steps away from Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

The program is on a 10-week quarter system. Most full-time students begin classes in the fall quarter. Part-time students may be able to begin in any quarter, depending on their background. Contact Nenad Jukić, the program director, for more information.

Benefits of our MSISA program

  • Strong positioning to embark on a career in this high-growth industry.
  • Focus on real-world information systems and data analytics issues.
  • Hands-on learning with with SQL, R, Python, Data Visualization tools, and more.
  • Work with nationally recognized faculty who are dedicated to teaching. The dynamic faculty involved in applied research and consulting ensures that our curriculum — and your degree — remains relevant and cutting edge.
  • Faculty have strong corporate connections to the information systems community in Chicago and around the U.S.

Explore the MSISA program

You may also want to consider our MS in Business Data Analytics program. Not sure whether to select the MSBDA or MSISA? See our guide or email us to learn more.

Not ready to commit to a degree program? Consider our Business Data Analytics Certificate, which can be completed in five courses. Learn more →

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