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Master's degree

Master of Information Systems (Competency-Based)

12 months

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Register by: May 19, 2021

Solving complex IT problems is your passion. So why stop there? From systems analysis and development to IT security and ethics, our Master of Information Systems (Competency-Based) is designed to equip you with 36 key skills needed to solve even bigger problems — and influence the way businesses use IT.

What is competency-based education?

CBE degree programs emphasize the mastery of skills and proficiency requirements for specific fields, industries and jobs. The application of that theory through projects and assignments allows students to demonstrate their understanding of the curricular components in an outcome that can yield a tangible result. You’ll take approximately four courses every 16 weeks, moving through the content through the completion of authentic assessments evaluated by your instructor.

This program gives you even more flexibility to balance school around your life. More importantly, it means every competency you master doesn’t just bring you closer to graduation — it’s another skill you can use in the workplace.



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Note: This program includes additional admissions requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree or higher in business or IT
  • Three years of relevant IT experience within the past 10 years


Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Master of Information Systems (Competency-Based).

What you'll learn

When you earn your Master of Information Systems (Competency-Based), you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Strategic development
  • Planning for your organization’s future
  • Building relationships with stakeholders
  • Leading with authenticity
  • Sustainability

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a degree?

An MIS can help prepare you to be:

  • IT manager
  • IT director
  • Information systems manager
  • Information systems director
  • Data processing manager
  • Technical services manager
  • Application development director
  • Computing services director
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for IT managers is projected to be faster than average between 2018 and 2028. 


Paying for school

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Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

Enrollment representative


Our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at (844) 937-8679 or chat with us 5 days a week.


Our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 5 days a week.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

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Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader."

Doris Savron

Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.