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Master of Science in Information
Systems Management (MS-ISM)

In today's world, we depend on the exchange of information and information services — and successful organizations will have strong IT leadership. The MS-ISM program at Seattle Pacific University develops those leaders with the management, technology, and problem-solving skills they need to handle complex, globally integrated systems.

Who Should Pursue This Degree

If you work (or intend to work) in business processes and information integration as a project manager, information manager, or even as a CIO, SPU's MS-ISM program is for you.

We prepare managers who want to know how to apply IT and information systems to solve problems in organizations. We also serve systems analysts or designers who need a broader understanding of how information systems impact and define organizational structures and processes.

Benefits

As a student in the MS-ISM program, you will learn:

  • Provide values-based leadership in the planning, development, and management of information systems.
  • Learn in a cooperative and reciprocal learning environment.
  • Effectively integrate information systems with business strategies, processes, and decision making.
  • Evaluate the effects of information systems on organizations and personnel, and assist in managing the resultant transitions.
  • Communicate effectively, work in teams, manage projects, self-assess personal abilities, appreciate diversity, and demonstrate servant leadership.

“Another Way of Doing Business”

The MS-ISM program at SPU is built on an ethical foundation that offers a first-class business education through the lens of Christian faith and values. Among other things, you will take at least two ethics classes. You will see that your professors integrate ethical issues throughout the curriculum. The School of Business and Economics also operates the Center for Integrity in Business and publishes Ethix journal.

A Flexible Format

The MS-ISM program is responsive to the needs of working professionals, and courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate your work schedule. We're committed to keeping red tape, bureaucracy, and forms to a minimum. Classes are smaller, allowing you to get involved with your professors (no TAs) and fellow students in a cooperative and reciprocal learning environment. You can also personalize your degree through self-designed coursework to incorporate your real-time experience into program electives.

Mentor Program

To enhance your MS-ISM experience, we offer a Mentor Program that gives you access to more than 900 business people and professionals from a variety of companies, industries, roles, and levels of experience.

Mentors are available to meet with you one-on-one, as sources of information about their companies and as network resources for future contacts. You may participate with one mentor for one quarter or multiple mentors over multiple quarters.

Career Services

We offer a robust suite of career and professional development opportunities including career counseling, job-search coaching, résumé development, workshops and seminars, networking events, and montoring through SBE Career Services.

Program Outline

The program outline includes a description of program components and program schedule. The official degree requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted into this program.

Admission

What is required for admission to the MS-ISM program? Find information about admission requirements and procedures. The official admission requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you apply to this program. Additionally, for other questions, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

 

MS-ISM Program Contact

Deb Schleusener

Associate Graduate Director

Email: deb@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2753
Office: McKenna Hall 222

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MS-ISM: As Seen on TV

Take a quick look at SPU’s MS-ISM program, as seen in this 30-second television spot. The ad was filmed on campus during June, and has aired on local cable TV.

Ryan LaBrie

Why I Teach at SPU

Ryan LaBrie, Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems

"I am passionate about the appropriate use of technology and I love educating students about how technology can be used for good in this world. I believe the transfer of knowledge is one of the highest callings and I embrace that wholeheartedly. When I see that proverbial lightbulb go on over a person’s head, then I know I’ve done good work. That is why I teach at Seattle Pacific University."

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