The information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector continues to be a significant engine of growth and a key enabler to other sectors of the economy. However, recent trends indicate that simply being skilled in software development is no longer sufficient to thrive in this fast-paced industry. Consequently, while there exist opportunities for ICT professionals, a fundamental shift in required skill sets comprising both advanced IT skills and soft skills that are focused on management and user-centred design has occurred. Thus, programming skills alone are no longer sufficient. Instead, an ICT professional requires a mix of technical know-how and skills such as project management, information architecture, and human computer interaction. The MSc (Information Systems) programme at NTU is designed to address this training gap and educate ICT professionals to play a significant role in the new ICT environment in Singapore and abroad.

The Master of Science (Information Systems) Programme

The MSc (Information Systems) programme (MSIS) is a collaboration between the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) and the School of Computer Engineering (SCE).

The programme blends theory and practice and aims to equip students with advanced knowledge necessary for the design, development, maintenance, and management of information systems. Such training includes exposure to the latest technologies used in the development of information systems, as well as core skills required to cope with the rapidly changing nature of the field.

To this end, the MSIS programme is broad-based and covers a range of technical and soft skills that an Information Systems professional is expected to possess. Broadly, these are categorised as:

Software Development and Infrastructure Provides students with a core of knowledge required for the design, development, and maintenance of information systems.
Human Computer Interaction Provides students with the knowledge for designing information systems that are both useful and usable from an end-user perspective.
Information Management Provides students with skills needed to store, organise, preserve, and manage information in a way that allows for its reliable, timely and accurate retrieval and use.
Information Systems Security Provides students with an understanding of the threats posed to networked information systems and the knowledge required to secure them.
Management of Systems and Services Provides students with the soft skills required for managing information systems projects, information systems personnel, and resources.

The MSIS programme may be taken by full-time or part-time study. The full-time programme can be completed within one year while the part-time programme can be completed within two years. Courses are conducted through lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions during a two-semester year, from August to November and January to April.

Note that the final exams for all courses are held during the day in November and April. Part-time students may need to make arrangements to come to campus at scheduled times in the mornings or afternoons for the final exams.

Key Features of the Programme

A broad-based curriculum covering critical aspects of information systems development.
Emphasis on both technical and soft skills for information systems professionals.
Professional seminars that give students the opportunity to learn from and interact with industry professionals.
Multi-disciplinary and experienced staff from two schools with established graduate-level programmes.

Graduate Programmes at WKWSCI & SCE

Staff at WKWSCI and SCE come from diverse backgrounds that complement areas of education of an ICT professional. With strengths in information systems, information management, software engineering, knowledge management, and other computer-science related areas, students of the MSIS programme will be equipped with both technical and soft skills, meeting the ICT industry's need for a new breed of ICT professionals.

In addition, both schools are well-established in offering graduate-level education. WKWSCI has over 10 years of experience educating graduate students. In addition to the MSIS programme, it currently offers three other Master's programmes by coursework - MSc (Information Studies), MSc (Knowledge Management), and Master of Mass Communication. Together, these programmes attract over 700 applicants each year. SCE has been offering postgraduate research programmes in the discipline of Computer Engineering that lead to MEng and PhD degrees. It currently also offers three Master's programmes in Bioinformatics, Embedded Systems, and Digital Media Technology. 

Recognition of the CITPM and COMIT Certifications

In collaboration with the Singapore Computer Society, students in the Master of Science (Information Systems) programme with either the Certified IT Project Management (CITPM) or Certification in Outsourcing Management for IT (COMIT) and who have obtained satisfactory results for all competency units may be considered for a waiver of one course, namely, CI6204 Software Project Management. Students who have been successfully granted a course waiver will only need to take three Foundation courses - requiring one less course to fulfill the requirements of the Master of Science (Information Systems) programme.