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Students with non-STEM, non-technical bachelor’s degrees (such as Finance, English, Political Science, Marketing, Psychology, and more) have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Information Systems (MS in IS) in an accelerated time frame with Northeastern’s Information Systems Bridge Admissions Pathway (IS Bridge). No pre-Calculus or higher level math required. No programming background required.
Information systems professionals are the knowledge link between business users and technologists by understanding the complexities of both. The profession involves much more than technology, and as industries launch into a digitized future, professionals with a clear understanding of how technology can be used to address large societal challenges are in demand. Students’ undergraduate work in the humanities provides them with a unique perspective and approach in developing systems via a socio-technical lens.
After completing just two preparatory courses in the IS Bridge Admissions Pathway, students gain the engineering foundation needed to continue on to the full MS in Information Systems program. GRE scores are waived for students applying with the IS Bridge Admissions Pathway, and after successfully completing the two conditional courses, students are automatically accepted into the MS in IS program. Once in the MS in IS program, students take courses specifically designed to bridge their current professional pursuits with the background and industry knowledge needed to advance in the IT sector.
With the MS in IS program, students embark on an IT leadership pathway as a more evolved, dynamic software engineer. Through an innovative curriculum and an academic program that is both broad and deep, students become problem-solvers who design groundbreaking software solutions that fit within the complexities of the business world and solve the humanistic needs of the people who use them. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Northeastern’s leading cooperative education program, gaining real-world professional experience as part of the academic curriculum.
Courses have been selected specifically for students with non-STEM field backgrounds pursuing an IS degree with the IS Bridge Admissions Pathway. They are designed to bridge the current professional pursuits of students with the foundational background and industry knowledge needed to advance in the IT sector.
Required Conditional Courses
|INFO 5001||Application Modeling and Design||4 SH|
|DAMG 6105||Data Science Engineering with Python||4 SH|
Required Core Courses
|INFO 5100||Application Engineering and Development||4 SH|
Complete 24 semester hours from the following list
|INFO 6150||Web Design and User Experience Engineering||4 SH|
|INFO 6215||Business Analysis and Information Engineering||4 SH|
|INFO 6245||Planning and Managing Information Systems Development||4 SH|
|INFO 6255||Software Quality Control and Management||4 SH|
|INFO 7245||Agile Software Development||4 SH|
|INFO 7285||Organizational Change and IT||4 SH|
|INFO 7385||Managerial Communication for Engineers||4 SH|
|DAMG 7250||Big Data Architecture and Governance||4 SH|
|CSYE 7280||User Experience Design and Testing||4 SH|
Note: Additional INFO, CSYE, and DAMG courses may be taken as electives towards degree requirements per department approval. The elective courses listed above are recommended for students with non-STEM backgrounds.
What kind of backgrounds is the IS Bridge Admissions Pathway for?
The IS Bridge program is predominately geared towards individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree in the humanities or soft sciences. It seeks to prepare professionals, working across a variety of sectors, for the digitization of current roles and responsibilities. Through an MS in Information Systems (MS in IS) degree, they will be able to take a seat at the table, working alongside software engineers and programmers as their industry advances into a new age of digitization.
Do I need to have taken Pre-Calculus and other Calculus and math courses to be successful?
Are there other prerequisite courses that an applicant should have previously taken to be successful in the program?
No. Please refer to the IS Bridge web page and catalog for the complete list of courses needed to successfully completed your degree.
Are GREs required?
What grade is considered “passing” for the two IS Bridge prep courses to move on to the full MS in IS program?
A grade of a B or higher is needed in both INFO 5001- Application Modeling and Design and INFO 6215- Business Analysis and Information Engineering.
How long does it take to complete the two IS Bridge prep courses before starting the full MS in IS program? Can both be taken in one semester?
Both INFO 5001- Application Modeling and Design and INFO 6215- Business Analysis and Information Engineering will be offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. Both courses can be taken at the same time, which allows you to complete these preparatory courses in just one semester. Both INFO 5001 and INFO 6215 can be taken in different semesters, but both courses must be completed before a student can continue their studies in the MS in IS program if they are on the IS Bridge academic path.
How long does it take to complete the full MS in IS program including the IS Bridge Admissions Pathway prep courses?
Earning your MS in IS degree via the IS Bridge Admissions Pathway is flexible and has both full-time and part-time options. A student working full-time towards their degree typically completes their degree in 1.5-2.5 years.
As an IS Bridge student, do I receive a different degree upon graduating than the regular Master of Science in Information Systems degree?
Upon completion of your classes via the IS Bridge program, you will receive a Master of Science in Information Systems.
When are classes offered: nights, days, weekends, part-time, full time, online on-demand or live stream?
All of the above. The MS in IS/IS Bridge programs offer a variety of classes, across a variety of times and formats. Classes are offered nights, days, weekends, part-time, full time, online, and through live instruction based on availability.
Where is the program offered?
Boston, Seattle, and Silicon Valley in combination.
Is co-op offered to IS Bridge students?
Yes, students who enter the MS in IS program via the IS Bridge Pathway are eligible to participate in the co-op program once all eligibility requirements are met.
An MSIS Bridge student is eligible for co-op when*:
- They have completed 20SH of qualifying coursework
- First Semester: Students must complete INFO 5001 (4SH) and DAMG 6105 (4SH) (or INFO 6215, depending on their entry year) in their first semester, as they are known as the conditional courses for the pathway
- Second Semester: Students must complete INFO 5100 (4SH) and an elective of their choosing (4SH)
- Third Semester: Students must enroll in 1-2 electives of their choosing (4SH-8SH) depending on their Visa requirements is applicable
*The above outlines what a student’s course work may look like when entering via the MSIS Bridge pathway. It is recommended for students to enroll in ENCP 6000, a required course to be permitted to go on co-op, in either their first or second semester.
Students must complete INFO 5100 and 3 electives of their choosing to be eligible for co-op, as INFO 5001 does not count towards eligible credits for co-op. Students who have completed 16SH (i.e., four courses) that include INFO 5001 are not eligible yet for co-op as they only have completed 12 qualified semester hours (SH). If students have any questions, please direct them to MGENCoop@northeastern.edu.
How much money do students make while on co-op?
This depends on a variety of factors including the position, experience level/skills, company, region, etc.
What type of positions would the IS Bridge prepare students for upon completing the MS in IS program?
The IS Bridge program is intended for individuals in finance, marketing, non-profit, economics, public sector, and more. We intend for you to take the things you learn during your academic pursuits and apply them in the sector of which you currently reside; this will launch you into a leadership role, residing at the intersection of industry and technology. With that said, MS in IS graduates also find themselves in positions such as full stack engineers, software developers, user experience developers, and more. Applicants who possess an undergraduate in an engineering discipline, who feel they would benefit from additional background or from an additional foundational course, are also encouraged to consider the IS Bridge program.
What is the median salary range of students graduating with an MS in IS degree?
This depends on a variety of factors including the position, sector, experience level/skills, company, region, etc.
Is the IS Bridge program considered STEM designated?
Yes, MS in IS is STEM designated.
Are there particular majors which make students more competitive for the program?
This IS Bridge program has been developed for students with a variety of backgrounds, more specifically those with limited coding backgrounds and non-engineering bachelor’s degrees. We encourage all applicants to think about how an MS in IS degree can launch their career and their current position into a new age of digitization. Students coming from a variety of professional pursuits will be able to apply their MS in IS degree to their current jobs, but should not limit others from learning, exploring, and applying their knowledge to a variety of sectors.
Where can I find the curriculum for the IS Bridge program?
Please refer to the IS Bridge web page and catalog for the complete list of courses needed to successfully complete your degree and their course descriptions.
Is the IS Bridge program less technical than the IS program?
No. Students will learn and participate in the same curriculum. There are a variety of paths students can take that are determined by the technical level and social drive of the courses they enroll in. The IS Bridge program has selected a specific list of courses that will allow you to explore the topics of information systems as they apply to your interests. Also, INFO 5001 is the only course exclusive for IS Bridge students as it prepares you with the base knowledge needed to advance to the MS in IS degree program.
What am I learning in the first to IS Bridge courses?
INFO 5001 – Application Modeling and Design: This class explores innovative design and programming techniques to build significant business applications with speed and complexity. Students will learn the process of systematically combining UX techniques, business processes, and complex data models to create applications that are user-friendly and meet business needs. Explore the object-oriented paradigm, visual user interface design principles, programming languages, and productivity tools. Practice social-technical software engineering methods and tools to solve real-world problems!
INFO 6215 – Business Analysis and Information Engineering: This class provides an overview of the software life-cycle with special emphasis on client engagement, requirements gathering, use-case development, UML class diagrams, etc. This is an excellent class for students who are new to the software industry and want to take their time in building their programming skills.
If I take the INFO 5001 prep course, do I still need to complete the core course of INFO 5100 and the lab INFO 5101?
Yes, both are required.
What is the total amount of credits needed to complete the IS Bridge program?
32 (plus INFO 5001), please refer to the IS Bridge web page and catalog for the complete list of courses needed to successfully complete your degree.
Do the credits from the 2 prep courses (INFO 5001 and INFO 6215) count towards my MS in IS degree?
INFO 5001 does not count towards your MS in IS degree but is required for admission to the MS in IS program via the IS Bridge path. INFO 6215 will count towards the 32 credits needed to earn an MS in IS degree via the IS Bridge program.
Can I join in the Fall or Spring?
Both. You can apply to join the IS Bridge program in either a Fall or Spring semester.
Do I need to be able to program to succeed in the IS Bridge program?
No programming knowledge or background is needed to be admitted into the IS Bridge program. Through specially selected required courses, students will be able to learn and develop the skill sets that are required to succeed in the program and in their professional pursuits. A key component for the IS Bridge students is that we teach advanced design and modeling techniques that will reduce the need to code. Students will learn that they are still able to build and create good projects without having to be a fast coder, and that your ability to design and implement will advance your academics and professional endeavors.
- Full-time or Part-Time
- Multiple On-Campus Location Options – Boston, MA; Seattle, WA; and Silicon Valley in California
The MS-IS program is a multi-hub, bringing together our foremost scholars, researchers, and experts from both coasts digitally and in person.
Note: All courses are offered in Boston and a subset of program courses are available at the regional campuses.
The MS in IS program at Northeastern has had 100% success in job placement, with graduates working at industry leaders such as Google, Microsoft, and IBM. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for software developers is around $100,000, with employment projected to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2026.
For support with academic questions, contact the student services representative assigned to this program.