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Is MISM Right For Me?

The Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) is the elite program for students who will become the next generation of technology leaders. Information systems management is one of the fastest growing job markets and one of the most crucial needs for today's organizations.

MISM students most commonly come from educational and professional backgrounds in STEM fields. While business and liberal arts backgrounds are not common, students with these degrees who have successfully taken college-level programming and quantitative courses may find that they are well prepared.

The MISM program is an ideal fit for students who not only wish to design and implement technology, but wish to be leaders in this space with the ability to drive business decisions, communicate value, manage projects, and inspire others. The world's top firms across technology, finance, retail, and consulting seek our MISM graduates, often offering six-figure salaries right out of school.

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Curriculum & Courses

Core curriculum differs by pathway, as listed below.

For detailed curriculum information, please visit the MISM Student Handbook.


Below is one possible schedule for the MISM: 16-Month pathway. Actual schedules will vary depending on pathway, concentrations, and electives.

View sample schedules for MISM: 12-Month, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA), and BIDA: 12-Month pathways.

Class titles in bold are core courses. Heinz College offers a mix of full-semester (14 weeks) and half-semester courses (7 weeks) for core and elective courses.

  • Linux & Open Source*
  • Object-Oriented Programming in Java
  • Database Management
  • Organizational Design and Implementation*
  • Statistics for IT Managers*
  • Economic Analysis*
  • Writing for Information Systems Management*

  • Intro to Artificial Intelligence
  • Consulting Lab*
  • Managing Analytic Projects*
  • Distributed Systems for Information Systems Management
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty*
  • Accounting and Finance Analytics*
  • Professional Speaking*


  • Information Systems Capstone Project
  • IT Business Leadership*
  • A/B Testing, Design, & Analysis
  • Advanced AI & Business Strategy*
  • Design Thinking*
  • Digital Transformation*
  • Managing Disruptive Technologies*

*Half-semester courses


The average MISM class is diverse, both in terms of demographics and experience/education. Data shown reflects the last three years.

See the Admissions page for detailed admissions requirements for MISM.

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