College of Engineering
Master of Science in Information Systems
Build on your STEM background in a major global tech hub. Learn from Seattle local industry experts and pursue co-ops at innovative companies. Become an IT leader with an MS in Information Systems, which combines practical experience-powered learning with diverse foundational knowledge.
Intersection of Business, IT Management, and Engineering
Northeastern’s Master of Science in Information Systems (MS-IS) program trains evolved, dynamic software engineers by creating strong technical foundation through diverse, high-level courses taught by renowned faculty in industry-wide, first-class engineering techniques. In addition to full-time faculty, the Northeastern campus in Seattle utilizes leaders in the local pacific northwest tech industry as part-time lecturers. These lecturers bring current approaches and techniques to the classroom, preparing students with competitive industry talent to enter the workforce.
In addition to an innovative curriculum, Northeastern students develops skills as problem-solvers through optional co–op (co–operative) experiences. Guided by the Seattle campus Cooperative Education Faculty, students have the opportunity to complete a 4, 6, or 8 month co–op during their program. According to Wallet Hub, Seattle is ranked as the best city in the nation for STEM professionals, providing endless opportunities for co–op and career. Situated in the South Lake Union district of Seattle, the Northeastern Campus in Seattle boasts industry-leading neighbors: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and more.
The MS in Information Systems program meets F-1 international student status requirements. The program provides skills in programming, design, and architecture alongside training in strong communication and interpersonal abilities so that graduates are singularly prepared to join the competitive Seattle job market and beyond.
Program Overview Video
Learn what students are saying about the MSIS program.
Learn from Industry Experts
The many Northeastern professors and lecturers who teach in the Information Systems program represent some of the top experts in their field. Plus, a lot of our faculty hold influential positions and working relationships in some of the leading tech companies in and around the Northeastern campus regions and throughout the world.
Featured Faculty: Seattle Campus
Dr. Kal Bugrara
Program Director- Information Systems
Dr. Kal Bugrara holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While at the University, he focused on algorithm design and backtrack search. Dr. Bugrara is the second generation of Donald Knuth, the father of computer science, and was an advisee of Dr. Paul Purdom. Dr. Bugrara invented the COiN technique for extracting contract intelligence and new engineering techniques used for building eco-system scale applications. Additionally, he has created an advanced software engineering methodology with support java-based execution platforms for cross enterprise systems; these platforms include 1600 java classes and components.
Dr. Bugrara has over 25 years of experience in management and technology consulting for Fortune 500 companies. He provides his clients with strategies, guidelines, analysis, and methods and tools for dealing with their business challenges.
Dr. Kal Bugrara is an accomplished senior executive, agent of change, and entrepreneur. He has been acknowledged for his ground-breaking software engineering techniques in driving large-scale IT projects that build organizational effectiveness and propel revenue growth. Dr. Bugrara’s professional work has provided a remarkable learning experience for his graduate students, whose studies are found uniquely at the intersection of technology and business in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University.
Ramkumar Hariharan, PhD
Associate Program Director in Seattle and Full-Time Faculty
Role at Northeastern: Ramkumar Hariharan, Ph.D., is Data Science Engineering Faculty and the Inaugural Director of College of Engineering Programs in the Seattle Campus. Ram’s research is at the nexus of Artificial Intelligence and Geroscience.
Professional Background: Previously, he was the Head of Applied Artificial Intelligence at Macro-Eyes, Inc, and led a globally diverse team of data scientists. Prior to that, Ram was a Senior Data Scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, building novel AI applications to drive biomedical discoveries using large image and genomic datasets. Ram has also worked with biomedical big data at both the Hood-Price Laboratory at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle and at the Promislow Lab at the University of Washington.
Andrei Guschin joined Northeastern University–Seattle in 2015. He is teaching at the MSIS program, specializing in digital product management and other managerial courses for engineers. Prior to this role, he taught graduate students at the Foster School of Management, University of Washington, where he specialized in technology entrepreneurship, product management, and sustainable product design and development. Gus chin previously taught at the College of Business and College of Engineering at the American University of Armenia, the first and only U.S.-accredited institution in the former Soviet Union. Courses included Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, Managing Information Systems, Production and Operation Management, and Supply Chain Management. He also taught corporate innovation to MBA students at the Sauder School of Management at the University of British Columbia.
Before getting into teaching, Dr. Guschin was a research scientist at MIT, Ford and Russian Academy of Sciences. He also cofounded a clean tech company, Bionavitas, where he led research and development of the LIT™ photobioreactor technology. Guschin was also a consultant to technology startups and large companies, specializing in product, partner, and business development.
Dr. Guschin has been serving on Advisory Council, Business Leaders for Climate Solutions, since 2010. He also was chairing several committees at MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest, where he helped technology entrepreneurs to make fewer mistakes.
Guschin has a PhD in mathematics and physics from the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as an MS in applied mathematics and physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He also studied at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
April joined Northeastern University in Seattle in September 2018 as a part-time lecturer. She has 15+ years of web development and design experience for commercial clients, with proven experience in all phases of site development: client contact, information architecture, UI design, graphics production, testing cycle, deployment, continuing site maintenance.
April received her BS in Scientific and Technical Communications from Michigan Technological University in 1998. Throughout her extensive career, she has worked as a web designer, frontend developer, and user experience developer for companies like Zillow, Pulse Communications, and Wetpaint. She has been working as a Frontend Developer at Uplevel since 2019.
Yahav Biran, PhD
Dr. Biran is a software/integration engineer, professional service manager and product manager with over 11 years of innovation in diverse environments including military, private and public, startup and large companies with a track record of designing, architecting, building and managing teams that created award-winning products. Dr. Biran joined Northeastern University as a part-time lecturer in February 2018.
Dr. Biran earned his PhD in Systems Engineering from Colorado State University in 2017.
His research areas include large-scale (HPC) and multi-core scientific computing, computational optimization, web-based decision support systems, integrated design systems, distributed networks, and multi-agent systems.
Siva studied at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University and now has 20+ years of experience in software development/design and leadership in automotive digital marketing, product life cycle management, banking, human resources, and payroll applications. Siva has been lecturing with Northeastern in Seattle since 2015, on the topics of application engineering and object-oriented programming. Siva is currently the Director of Engineering at Indeed.com, where he drives transformational changes in software quality and operational engineering effectiveness.
Avinav’s experience in Software Engineering at Amazon Web Services lays the foundation for his classes in Cloud Computing at Northeastern in Seattle. Since joining Northeastern in 2018 as a part-time lecturer, his students have had access to cutting-edge industry knowledge. Avinav attended the Don Bosco Engineering of Technology before completing a master’s in computer engineering at the University of Florida. In his tame working with Amazon and AWS, he has participated in projects related to the Early Reviewers Program, Chat Application, and CloudWatch.
Since joining Northeastern University in Seattle in 2017, Dr. Nasrabadi has entered the Expedia Group as a principal applied researcher, where he develops optimization and prediction models to power various aspects of highly complex marketing campaigns in travel metasearch sites. In addition to his time at Expedia, Dr. Nasrabadi also spent 4 years as a research scientist with Amazon. After attaining a PhD in Computer Science at Amirkabir University of Technology, he pursued a second PhD in Mathematics at the Technical University in Berlin, which he completed in 2009.
Shivani Kailesh Patel
Shivani joined the Northeastern University team in Seattle in 2019, capitalizing on prior teaching experience at Oregon State University. After working as a data scientist at SAP Concur for over three years, she now works as a data scientist for Amazon Robotics. Shivani serves on the Renton Schools Foundation Board where her interest is in STEM education. She also volunteers with the Techbridge Girls program and is a Regional Ambassador for the Women in Data Science Puget Sound Conference. Shivani pursued graduate work in Statistics at Oregon State University, building on a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington.
What our Students Say
I chose Information Systems because of the wide range of opportunities for MIS graduates. The broad portfolio of courses available in Information Systems gives you the flexibility to choose courses you desire based upon curriculum, professors, and schedule. Information Systems courses involve practical learning, through lab sessions, assignments, and code reviews. The faculty comprising of mostly industrial professors is an add-on as they help in fine tuning the lectures in a way that’s beneficial and applicable for a job in the corporate world.
–Aleesha Reez, Information Systems
Northeastern-Seattle was a conscious choice for 2 reasons – first, the small student-faculty ratio which meant that I wouldn’t be lost in a sea of students and would be able to connect with the faculty better, and second, faculty with industry-experience which would help in gaining better perspective. The best part about studying at NU-Seattle is inclusivity – there has been no single instance where being an international student has made me feel like an outsider or hampered the access of opportunities. The staff and faculty are always ready to help with our concerns and are welcoming.
–Ramya Hebbar, Information Systems
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