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Master's degree

Master of Information Systems (Competency Based-CB)

12 months

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Register by: Jan 12, 2022

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?

  • Communication

  • Information Technology

  • Management

  • Operations

  • Strategic Planning

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A degree built around the skills employers want

We know what skills employers want because we did our homework.

We worked with labor market researchers to align in-demand skills with our program to ensure you have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate them in your coursework.

Look for the skills icon to see exactly which in-demand skills you’re learning in the courses you take.

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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


Attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night because our online classroom is available 24/7/365. 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. 

You'll learn how to:

  • Develop an information system plan that addresses the needs of an organization and considers emerging technologies.
  • Explain best practices for an IT project plan required for key roles, resources, operational metrics, and risk responses needed to implement and maintain information systems within an organization. 
  • Develop methods and tools for communication to drive innovation and change management to support growth within an organization. 
  • Create the vision, direction and strategic purpose of an information systems project that supports the needs of an organization.


Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a master’s degree in information systems?

A MIS can help prepare you to be a:

  • IT manager
  • Information systems director
  • Computing services director
  • Data processing manager
  • IT director
  • Information systems manager
  • Application development director
  • Technical services manager
11 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for  IT managers is projected to be faster than average between 2020 and 2030.


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.


Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

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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Chief Technology Officers

85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Faculty Spotlight

We don’t know what the field is going to look like three years from now. We just know the threats are growing exponentially. We have to prepare the workforce to be prepared to take on those threats.”

Stephanie Benoit-Kurtz

Faculty, College of Business & IT

While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.