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Online information systems master's degree

Master of Information Systems (Competency Based)

Complete in less than 12 months and for under $11,000

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 compentency-based learning (CB)?

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You’re scheduled in 4 courses concurrently over a span of 16 weeks. CB programs encourage individual learning and provide an opportunity to engage with fellow students. You’ll also receive support and guidance from faculty in your courses and a dedicated faculty mentor in your program.

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  1. Start your group of courses with the support of a faculty mentor.
  2. Take 3 to 4 courses at your own pace every 16-week period. Spend less time on material you know and more time on new subject matter.
  3. Once ready, faculty can unlock competency assessments so you can demonstrate what you know and how to apply it.

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Is CB a good fit for you?

TRADITIONAL COMPETENCY-BASED
16 months (MBA)
17 months (MHA/MIS)
16 months (MBA)
17 months (MHA/MIS)
16 months (MBA)
17 months (MHA/MIS)
Less than a year
6-week course at a time
6-week course at a time
6-week course at a time
More intensive timeline to complete 4 courses, which can be taken one at a time
Traditional classroom led by instructors
Traditional classroom led by instructors
Traditional classroom led by instructors
Self-paced, flexible learnings with limited faculty guidance
Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 GPA
Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 GPA
Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 GPA
Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 GPA and relevant work experience
$698 per credit
$698 per credit
$698 per credit
$300 per credit (no additional fees)
COMPETENCY-BASED TRADITIONAL
Less than a year
Less than a year
Less than a year
16 months (MBA)
17 months (MHA/MIS)
More intensive timeline to complete 4 courses, which can be taken one at a time
More intensive timeline to complete 4 courses, which can be taken one at a time
More intensive timeline to complete 4 courses, which can be taken one at a time
6-week course at a time
Self-paced, flexible learnings with limited faculty guidance
Self-paced, flexible learnings with limited faculty guidance
Self-paced, flexible learnings with limited faculty guidance
Traditional classroom led by instructors
Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 GPA and relevant work experience
Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 GPA and relevant work experience
Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 GPA and relevant work experience
Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 GPA
$300 per credit (no additional fees)
$300 per credit (no additional fees)
$300 per credit (no additional fees)
$698 per credit

Ignite Your Passion

Start when you're ready

Courses

Browse courses for your online MIS degree

Education should hold practical value. That’s why our courses meet rigorous academic standards and provide you with skills and knowledge immediately applicable to your career.

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Requirements: 36 credits

In a competency-based program, you earn credit by demonstrating your knowledge of a core skill, or competency. Since there are 36 credits in this program, one competency equals one credit.

This program has additional requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree, or higher, in business, computer science, information technology, or a related field (cybersecurity, engineering, etc.).
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Three years of experience within the past 10 years in an IT/business environment

12 Core Courses

Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in this field.
 

12 Core Courses

4 courses at a time

16 weeks per course

12 courses per year

Schedule

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).

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Earn career-relevant skills in weeks – not years.

Learning shouldn’t take years to put into practice. That’s why we’re empowering you to build career-relevant skills with every course.

We’ve worked with the labor market researcher Lightcast to identify in-demand skills for occupations and mapped those to our related associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Skills-aligned program icon

Earn career-relevant skills in weeks – not years.

Learning shouldn’t take years to put into practice. That’s why we’re empowering you to build career-relevant skills with every course.

We’ve worked with the labor market researcher Lightcast to identify in-demand skills for occupations and mapped those to our related associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Tuition

Affordable, fixed tuition

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. That's your Tuition Guarantee.

Tuition Guarantee

Lock-in Tuition

$300

Cost per credit

$300

Financial aid

You may have options when it comes to paying for college tuition and expenses, such as federal grants and loans. Our finance advisors can answer your questions about financial aid and can help guide you through the process.

Federal Student Loan Basics

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with an online information systems degree?

Discover where your degree might take you and make informed choices about your future.

An MIS can prepare you to be a:

  • Information systems director
  • Information systems manager

Top skills learned in this program:

  • Communication

  • Information Technology

  • Management

  • Operations

  • Strategic Planning

Ready to get started?

Start your application for free or request additional information.

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.
  • Construct a plan to meet the regulatory, compliance and security issues within an organization

16% Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for computer and information systems managers is projected to be much faster than average between 2021 and 2031.

The BLS Projected Growth for 2021-2031 is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Admissions

Apply for free – no application fee, no obligation.

Starting your degree is a big decision — and we want you to feel great about it. That’s why we remove obstacles from your application.

  • No cost to request prior transcripts
  • No GMAT
  • No essay required

Receive 1-on-1 support

You have a support team of real people you can lean on. 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.[1] Start a conversation with an enrollment representative today.

[1] Transactional Survey, August 2021-22 (18,645 respondents)

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Receive 1-on-1 support

You have a support team of real people you can lean on. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 85% of our surveyed students.[1]

[1] Transactional Survey, September 2022-August 2023 (23,739 respondents)

Start a conversation with an enrollment representative today.

Call us 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 14 hours a day, 5 days a week. 

Computer requirements for courses

Many course assignments will require you to use a computer to complete and submit your assignment. 

Phoenix provides support and resources for busy students

Faculty Spotlight

Professionals dedicated to you

Your success is a top priority for our deans and faculty members. They bring an average of 26 years of experience and hands-on perspective to the classroom, and help bridge the gap between academics and industry knowledge.

Stephanie Benoit-Kurtz

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

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.

Accreditation

Count on the quality of your education

University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org, since 1978.

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