Overview - Information Systems Engineering, MS

Most of the infrastructure for today’s enterprise information systems is already in place. Unfortunately, incompatible software and protocols often separate applications on networked systems. What’s missing are information systems engineers who can pull the components together for the seamless delivery of holistic systems.

The School of Engineering's MS in Information Systems Engineering (ISE) program aims to fill that gap. Established in 1987 as a joint program between the Department of Computer and Information Science and New York State’s Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT), the program has a long history of success. Intended for professionals with 2 or more years of working experience in the computing or telecommunications industries, it produces leaders who can design, develop, and run information systems that draw on the latest software, middleware, and technologies.

That education isn’t as effective without complementary training in management, though. Information systems engineers must also know how to guide the efforts of the teams that design new or improve existing systems. With this in mind, we’ve included courses on decision-making, leadership, and other management topics.

The rigorous program consists of 10 courses including an optional independent project. The program is given in 2 formats with all-day Saturday courses typically meeting at the School of Engineering's Westchester Graduate Center in Hawthorne, New York:

  • Two classes meet on alternate Saturdays for the whole day and a third class is taken during the week; or
  • Classes meet every other weekend for a full Saturday and one class on the other Saturday

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires a baccalaureate degree with a superior undergraduate academic record. You must also show a demonstrated familiarity with and exposure to the issues associated with the development of complex information systems. Finally, you need to have 2 years of relevant work experience in computing or telecommunications.

We accept applications throughout the year, but admission is for the fall semester only. Admission is contingent on an interview with the director or designee. Because enrollment is limited, we strongly recommend early application.