Graduate Program

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Obtain the required skills and credentials for the fast-growing tech industry!

The Information Systems graduate program at San Francisco State University is designed to train business professionals and those recently graduated from college with the required skills and knowledge pursuing an IT-business profession. Our featured program and specialized certificates use the state-of-the-art technology and expertise to prepare you for a successful career in the fast-growing tech industry. Please click here to learn about career prospects with a degree or certificate in Information Systems.

Distinguishing Features of our Program

  • Access to Businesses: Our classes are held in the heart of Downtown San Francisco, which gives you a great access to all successful businesses and provides tremendous internship and job opportunities for our students. Our graduates are being hired by top technology companies including: SAP, Apple, Facebook, Sephora, Google, Genesys, etc.
  • Sponsorship and Partnership: Our program is in partnership with and Sponsored by top IT firms in the Bay area, including SAP, PG&E, Capgemini, etc.
  • Flexible and Diverse Program: Our program offers flexible and diverse courses and curriculum fits to different people backgrounds and desire.
  • World Class Experiential Learning: Our program is featured with the state-of-the-art learning methods and pedagogical technologies tuned with the requirements of the job market and industry.

Courses

  • ISYS 812: Programming and Applications for Data Analytics
  • ISYS 814: Information Systems for Strategic Advantage
  • ISYS 850: Seminar in Business Intelligence*
  • ISYS 856: Enterprise Mobile Applications*
  • ISYS 864: Data Management for Analytics
  • ISYS 869: Business Process Management*
  • ISYS 871: E-commerce Systems

* Students who successfully complete all three of these courses receive an SAP Recognition Award certificate in addition to their degree or certificate. Visit http://erp.sfsu.edu for complete information on the SAP certificate.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Information Systems

The graduate certificate in “Enterprise Information Systems” is designed to familiarize individuals from other backgrounds than IT with the application of business IT solutions and the skills to begin or enhance a career in IT. The students can pursue a wide range of positions and career opportunities after completion, including:

  • Systems Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Technical Analyst
  • Database Architect
  • IT Manager
  • Quality Assurance Analyst

Admissions Requirements

This certificate is available to individuals who have a 4-year bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA and a basic knowledge of Information Systems provided by San Francisco State’s ISYS 363 or BUS 782 course (or equivalent). Interested persons need to complete and submit an online application.

To be admitted to the certificate, students must have completed a baccalaureate degree and be admitted as a graduate student at the university. All coursework required for the certificate must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and only courses completed with grades of C or better may be included to meet the certificate requirements.

The certificate is also available to the current MBA/MSBA/MSA students who has completed the required courses. To receive the certificate may apply online and pay the certificate approved program fee (this may be done online) and submit the completed certificate application form to Christopher Kingston by email at cak@sfsu.edu.

Applicants interested in applying to the Certificate program should contact the Graduate Business Programs Office, mba@sfsu.edu or call 415-817-4300. Non-matriculated students will be taking the courses through the College of Extended Learning.

Required Courses *

  • ISYS 814 Information Systems for Strategic Advantage (3 units)
  • ISYS 856 Enterprise Mobile Applications (3 units)
  • ISYS 869 Seminar in Business Process Management (3 units)

* Students must demonstrate writing competency at the graduate level. This requirement will be achieved through individual and group writing projects in the courses. Individual writing assignments will be based on business case analyses from established publishers such as Harvard Business Press and Ivey Business Press. Group writing projects will require collaboration among team members.

Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Cybersecurity (Under Development)

The purpose of this certificate is to train cybersecurity managers and business professionals with the business application and skills required in the cybersecurity domain. Both current SFSU MBA students and working professionals of for-profit and non-profit businesses who wish to expand their knowledge or begin a career in the Cybersecurity can take enroll in this 9-unit certificate program.

Mentoring and advising about career prospects and skills are integrated into the program. As a part of the program, students will have access to the Career Services & Professional Development Center, which will help students find the most appropriate position for their interests and skillset. The students can pursue a wide range of positions and career opportunities after completion, including:

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Forensic Computer Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Architect
  • IT Security Engineer
  • Security Systems Administrator
  • IT Security Consultant

Admissions Requirements

This certificate is available to individuals who have a 4-year bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA and a basic knowledge of Information Systems provided by San Francisco State’s ISYS 363 or BUS 782 course (or equivalent). Interested persons need to complete and submit an online application.

To be admitted to the certificate, students must have completed a baccalaureate degree and be admitted as a graduate student at the university. All coursework required for the certificate must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and only courses completed with grades of C or better may be included to meet the certificate requirements.

The certificate is also available to the current MBA/MSBA/MSA students who has completed the required courses. To receive the certificate may apply online and pay the certificate approved program fee (this may be done online) and submit the completed certificate application form to Christopher Kingston by email at cak@sfsu.edu.

Applicants interested in applying to the Certificate program should contact the Graduate Business Programs Office, mba@sfsu.edu or call 415-817-4300. Non-matriculated students will be taking the courses through the College of Extended Learning.

Required Courses *

  • ISYS 814 Information Systems for Strategic Advantage (3 units)
  • ISYS 865 Seminar in Managing Enterprise Networks (3 units)
  • ISYS 875 Seminar in IT Security Management (3 units)

* Students must demonstrate writing competency at the graduate level. This requirement will be achieved through individual and group writing projects in the courses. Individual writing assignments will be based on business case analyses from established publishers such as Harvard Business Press and Ivey Business Press. Group writing projects will require collaboration among team members.

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