There is no doubt that the world is in the midst of a digital revolution spurred by the explosive growth of the internet and technological innovations previously unimagined. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow 15 percent from 2021 to 2031, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
To address the rising need to digitize operations, Northeastern University’s College of Engineering offers an MS in Information Systems—Bridge program that gives students with non-technical backgrounds—or those who want to strengthen their technical background—the necessary knowledge and skills to advance and succeed in the field.
Information system professional are problem-solvers who design innovative software solutions to fit the complexities of the business world while solving for the humanistic needs of the people who use them. They close the gap between business users and technologists. To prepare students for this interdisciplinary work, the MSIS—Bridge program integrates business management, software engineering, and information technology throughout the curriculum.
A Flexible and Supportive Program
Our comprehensive curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning and provides a personalized learning experience tailored to students’ individual needs and goals. Focused tracks allow students to map their studies to their career interests in areas such as user experience design, full-stack software engineering, business intelligence and data analytics, machine learning and data science engineering, and project or product management.
Classes are complemented by an ecosystem of support, including the MSIS—Bridge Buddy Program, workshops, code labs, and a community of inclusive and diverse peers. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Northeastern’s co-op program, gaining up to eight months of professional experience before graduation to help set them apart in the job market. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Master of Science in Information Systems.
Take the Next Step in Your Information Systems Career
Today, 300 students (70% women) are currently enrolled in the MSIS-Bridge program full-time and part-time on three Northeastern University campuses: Boston, Seattle, and San Jose (Silicon Valley). Northeastern’s Oakland, California, campus will have its first cohort of MSIS—Bridge students in the fall of 2023, with additional campus offerings to come.
Students in the program hail from a wide variety of backgrounds—from nursing and law to management, finance, social sciences, and the arts. No pre-calculus, higher-level math, or coding experience is needed to be considered for admission.
Explore just a few highlights from MSIS—Bridge students, and consider whether the program may be right for you!
Student: Qian Li, MS’23
“Northeastern University provided me with valuable resources, including resume and interview preparation, which enhanced my candidacy [for co-op].”
Student: Yang Jiang, MS’24
“I didn’t have any experience with programming before…but now I know basic code and applications in two languages.”
Student: Bhavin Bhatia, MS’23
“I landed a job at Siemens in software testing. It’s my first 8-month co-op, started in January 2023.”
Student: Kaleigh Sieczkowski, MS’24
“The MSIS-Bridge program can help you reach your goals and remind you that it is never too late to pursue your passions.”