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 exists opportunities for ICT professionals, a fundamental shift in required skill sets, comprising both advanced IT skills and soft skills focused on management and user-centred design, has occurred. 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 in Information Systems programme (MSIS) is a collaboration between the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) and the School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE).
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:
The MSIS programme may be taken as 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.
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 & SCSE
Staffs at WKWSCI and SCSE come from diverse backgrounds that complement the varied 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.
SCSE 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.
Enquiries about the Information Systems Programme may be sent to:
Programme Administrator for MSc in Information Systems (MSIS)
Ms Karin Loh
Assistant Director (Academic)
Ms Shireen Lai
Senior Assistant Manager (Academic)