Master of Science in Information Systems (MS-IS)

Professor and student

In today's world, we depend on the exchange of information and information services — and successful organizations will have strong IT leadership. The MS-IS 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 an IT security professional, data analyst, project manager, information manager, or even as a CIO, SPU's MS-IS 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.


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

  • Provide values-based leadership in the planning, development, and management of information and systems.
  • Benefit from 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-IS 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, Government, and Economics also operates the Center for Integrity in Business and publishes Ethix journal.

A Flexible Format

The MS-IS 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-IS 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 mentoring through SBGE 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.


What is required for admission to the MS-IS 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-IS Program Contact

Jackqueline Miller

Graduate Director
EdD, Seattle University

Phone: 206-281-2753
Office: McKenna Hall 222

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Creating the next-generation CIO.

Dr. Ryan LaBrie, Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems, discusses the balance of technical and managerial skills that are essential to succeeding as a chief information officer.

MS-IS: Our Mission

The MS-IS program enables graduates to provide leadership in managing information systems and technology using analytics and other tools in business, government, and civil society as impact-oriented, responsible professionals informed by a Christian perspective.

Open House

Graduate Programs Open House

Get the facts about our MBA, MS-IS, and MAM degrees at the next Graduate Programs Open House. You will have the chance to speak one-on-one with graduate program representatives, who will answer your questions and get you started in the right direction.

Open House and related events are listed on our Graduate Open House page.

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MS-IS: As Seen on TV

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

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Where do I mail my admission materials?

Send admission materials to:
Graduate Admissions
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West
Suite 115-G
Seattle, WA 98119-1950