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Executive MS in Information Systems

The Executive MS in IS with a concentration in Data Analytics is custom-designed for managers seeking the expertise to manage technology effectively and implement sound information systems strategies.

Skillful management of technology is critical to fostering innovation and providing a strategic edge for your organization. This technological imperative, combined with the exponential growth of data and sophisticated quantitative tools, means that executives across the business landscape need technical and analytical skills to succeed.

This program provides comprehensive coverage of both the technical knowledge and strategic skills most needed by today’s executives. At the same time, it offers a deep focus on the tools and methods of data analytics that will give you the managerial skills necessary to successfully initiate, run, and evaluate full-scale data analytics projects.

The program covers a wide range of topics such as data warehousing, Python programming for data analytics, data mining, and data visualization. It will also provide you with hands-on experience using the latest software tools and methods of statistical analysis.

Regardless of your background or prior technical expertise, you will gain strategic skills critical to managing technological change now and in the future.

The Executive MS in Information Systems program leads to a Master of Science degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Five or more years of professional/managerial experience. Generally, this experience should be post-undergraduate.

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university or foreign equivalent.

  • Appropriate quantitative skills acquired via academic training or professional experience. These skills may also be demonstrated through a satisfactory score on the Executive Assessment (EA), GMAT, or the GRE.

EMS IS Curriculum

The program has a total of 31.5 credits.




Required Core Courses (13.5 Credits)

BUS 9551

Business Communication I


CIS 9000

Information Technology Strategy


CIS 9340

Principles of Database Management Systems


CIS 9490

Systems Analysis and Design


CIS 9797

Special Topics in Information Systems Strategy:  International Study Tour





Courses for the Data Analytics Concentration (15 credits)

The required courses for the Data Analytics Concentration may be modified by the Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics upon the recommendation of the program Academic Director and Curriculum Committee.

STA 9708

Managerial Statistics


CIS 9650

Programming for Analytics


CIS 9440

Data Warehousing and Analytics


CIS 9655

Data Visualization


CIS 9660

Data Mining for Business Analytics





Culminating Experience (3 credits)

CIS 9590

Information Systems Development Project





Total for the Program


The program reserves the right to amend, modify, and change the courses offered and/or the sequence of courses.

Degree Requirements

Students must earn 31.5 credits for the MS in IS degree, maintain a cumulative 3.00 grade point average (GPA), and satisfy all Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business and Executive Programs policies, rules, and regulations.

A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 after taking 9 or more credits in the program will be on academic grade probation.  He or she must comply with all Baruch College requirements of grade probation status to continue in the program. 

Because this is a cohort program, all students take the same courses together and in the same order. Many of the later courses in the program have one of the core courses as prerequisites. Any student who enters grade probation status may thus not be able to complete the program within the period of about ten months.

Students in this cohort program will be registered for 9 or more credits each semester.

MS in Information Systems Program Learning Goals

Executive Leadership

Executive students will be able to analyze and develop an organization’s information systems strategy and align it with the organization’s overall business strategy. They will also develop an analytical and growth mindset that prepares them to guide their organizations in the face of innovation and disruptive changes in the business and social environments.

Information Systems Knowledge

Executive students will be informed about the major components of current organizational information technology infrastructure and will understand and apply general Information Systems development and data analysis principles.

Executive Communication

Executive students will be effective communicators in both (1) oral and (2) written forms, as functioning as an information systems leader is dependent on developing shared meaning and commitment to action fostered through communication. 

Global Awareness

Executive students will be aware of cross-border aspects of information technology, with an understanding of both positive aspects of the technology and potential negative aspects and risks posed by data analytics and its cultural impacts from abroad. 

Ethical and Social Awareness

Executive students will be aware of ethical issues in the application and practice of information technology and demonstrate their ability to identify ethical conflicts and either resolve or avoid them. They will be able to do so in ways that reflect technical as well as non-technical goals, such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and diversity.

Contact Information
Office of Executive Programs
Zicklin School of Business
Baruch College/CUNY
One Bernard Baruch Way, Box B13-282
New York, NY 10010-5585 

Phone: (646) 312-3100
Fax: (646) 312-3101