The David Eccles School of Business offers professional career management services and two MSIS senior career counselors to provide students with guidance on all aspects of finding a great career. Students have access to recruiting events, an exclusive jobs database, and one-on-one consultations with their career coach, in addition to a career development course. These resources have yielded powerful results for MSIS graduates; see our most recent placements.
MSIS students complete a capstone project as the culmination of their degree. The capstone project is designed as an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience by completing a complex information-systems project with the guidance of an IS faculty member. Completed over three semesters in the program, the capstone is worth three credit hours. Students can pursue an IT certification, a structured research project, a consulting-based project or an entrepreneurial project. Learn more about the capstone requirement.
We see the value in students gaining work experience while attending graduate school. In order to accommodate working professionals, MSIS courses are offered primarily in the evenings, with most starting at 6 p.m. A limited number of daytime electives are also available, though the required core courses are all offered in the evenings. Once admitted, our advisors can help you determine a program of study to best fit your schedule and needs.
MSIS students can attend the program full-time or part-time. Students attending full-time can complete the program in 3 semesters (12 months), and students attending part-time take 4 to 6 semesters (15-24 months) to complete the program. Full-time and part-time students have the same schedule options, and students are able to adjust their credit-hour enrollment semester-by-semester.
One of the most significant benefits of our MSIS program is the continued evolution of the program curriculum. We keep a careful pulse on the industry, relying on feedback from industry recruiters and our advisory board executives to ensure that classes and topics covered are current and will keep you competitive in the field. Classes cover a broad range of topics including big data, mobile applications, business intelligence, IT security, systems analysis and design, project management, web analytics and database administration. The comprehensive curriculum provides students with marketable and in-demand skills, designed to improve job prospects upon graduation.
For MSIS students, we understand that gaining hands-on experience through courses, projects and extracurricular activities is essential for starting or continuing a career in technology. Each course provides an opportunity for students to gain real-world skills and apply theories learned to real-life business problems. In addition, MSIS students can participate in a variety of extracurricular activities to further hone their technology skills.
With an anticipated 15 percent growth for employment in the IS/IT industry from 2014 to 2024, an MSIS degree in a state with a leading IT market has never been more valuable. Utah is commonly referred to as the Silicon Slopes, and nationally recognized companies are responding to industry growth by creating a strong presence in and around the Wasatch Valley.
Companies such as eBay, Adobe, DOMO, Goldman Sachs, Seagate, Intermountain Healthcare, Instructure and EMC have headquarters only minutes away from the University of Utah, meaning our graduates have more local job opportunities than ever.
We recognize that networking is one of the most powerful tools in finding and securing a great job, which is why it is one of the primary focuses for the MSIS program. One of the greatest networking resources you will find are your fellow students. With the average professional work experience of our students at 4 to 5 years, each of your peers serves to expand your personal network and enrich your classroom experience.