MSIS 2019 - 2020 . EDITION 1
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS The Master of Science in Information Systems program at the UW Foster School of Business is designed to train current and future business leaders in information systems management. Featuring courses in data mining and analytics, cloud computing, and information security, MSIS students are equipped with broad technical skills to be at the forefront of technological innovation. Our students approach technology as a disruptive force to manage the complexities of digital transformation. Leveraging Foster’s deep relationship with Seattle’s unique, dynamic, and innovative business community, MSIS students will gain hands on experience solving complex, unstructured business problems while learning executive management principles in strategy, operations, and project management.
WORK-COMPATIBLE You can earn while you learn. Whether you love your job or are looking for the next step in your career, the MSIS program is designed to fit into your life. Evening and weekend classes help you balance your work and personal commitments.
1-YEAR ACCELERATED Fast track your career in just 12 months with access to senior executives from some of Seattle’s biggest companies.
STEM PROGRAM MSIS is a STEM-designated program (science, technology, engineering, and math). Eligible international students may apply to work in the United States for additional time via the Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) benefit, or OPT STEM extension.
INNOVATION AT FOSTER
The Foster School of Business is nationally ranked and globally recognized for our faculty, innovative programs, and relationships with business that inform our curriculum. Foster supports the thriving technology and start-up ecosystem in Seattle - one of the most technically charged workforces in the nation.
DATA MINING & ANALYTICS
Learn to work with unstructured data sets, practice statistical and artificial intelligence techniques, and explore predictive forecasts for managerial decision making.
Learn cloud architecture and deployment using AWS. Study the risks, benefits, service models, virtualization, and organizational impact of cloud computing.
Learn leadership principles and strategies to lead digital transformation of organizations, manage information technology projects, implement process improvements, and execute enterprise systems and integration.
Learn to inspect and protect information assets, detect internal and external threats, and design an information security architecture.
TECHNICAL TRAINING Learn the latest technologies and receive in-depth training in Python, SQL, and R.
CLASS OF 2019 ALUMNI: JAMES LEWIS SCRUMMASTER/PROJECT MANAGER, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY I pursued MSIS to obtain a broad-based view of both business and technology to help me in my pursuit of technology leadership roles, and chose the UW specifically because I was confident in the quality of the program. Having graduated, I can also say that I consistently use the technical and business skills that Iâ€™ve gained from the program in my career, and that having the degree makes me a competitive candidate in all roles I apply for or am recruited for. For me, it was difficult to turn down a 1-year program that enabled me to work while studying and providing a very high ROI.
MSIS CLASS OF 2019 ALUMNI
AFIYA NUSRAT PRODUCT MANAGER, AXON I joined the MSIS program with the intention of pivoting my career from software engineering to product management. The wide variety of courses spanning across business and technology helped provide the perfect boost to my profile. We were also given plenty of opportunities to interact with business leaders through workshops and site visits which were extremely useful in bridging the gap between academia and industry. The MSIS program gave me the opportunity to engage with an amazing cohort of individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultivating a positive environment of discussion and debate within our classes. This not only helped widen my perspective but also gave me exposure to new ideas.
“The program gives me access to future talent.” Vishwajeet Uddanwadiker Vice President - Confident Travel Initiative - Probabilistic Analytics, Boeing
CLASS OF 2019 ALUMNI: SHRUTI CHANDRASEKHAR BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE ENGINEER, AMAZON The MSIS curriculum helped me lay the foundation needed to pursue my career in the field of data analytics. My most valuable takeaway from the program is developing your network is as important as developing your technical skills. Never be shy to take advantage of the plethora of networking opportunities provided by the program. The unique platform of the Women in Tech Leadership series gave me an opportunity to interact with some of the amazing women leaders in tech. The value that these events brings is beyond what you can learn inside classrooms.
EY CENTER FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT The EY Center for Career Advancement at the Foster School of Business is a hub that connects students with industry professionals. Students are provided the resources needed for career exploration, discovery of opportunities, and engagement in the community to foster new networks to shape their professional journey.
WHERE CAN MSIS TAKE ME? ALUMNI JOB TITLES Artificial Intelligence Consultant Business Intelligence Engineer Compliance Manager Cyber Security Consultant Data Analyst Data Engineer Data Scientist Data Warehouse Engineer Devops Engineer Functional Analyst Information Technology Auditor
Product Manager Product Intelligence Manager Program Manager Programmer Analyst Project Manager Software Engineer Systems Administrator Systems Analyst Technical Program Manager Technology Strategist Test Engineer
2019 TOP EMPLOYERS Amazon Boeing Costco Wholesale Deloitte Expedia Google Microsoft New Engen Nordstrom PwC Tableau
COMPANY VISITS COALFIRE Coalfire welcomed MSIS students to their offices and Managing Principal of Payments - Cloud & Tech, Kevin Tam, presented to students on how the company helps clients navigate the increasingly complex world of cyber security. The exclusive visit concluded with a panel of senior security and information security consultants providing insights on life at Coalfire and advice for students as they move forward in their careers.
MICROSOFT CYBER DEFENSE OPERATIONS CENTER Students learned from leading security experts on how the cyber defense team protects, detects, and responds to threats in real-time. Highlighting great advances and evolving technologies, students found it truly unique to hear how the security team works together to protect customers. This was followed by a networking session with the senior security project manager, privacy and security crisis lead, incident security manager, and engineers.
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING MSIS is transforming how students gain knowledge and enhance their skills through direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. Company visits, professional development workshops, competitions, study abroad trips, and more bring industry leaders outside of their boardrooms to connect with our students. They bring their own experiences direct from news headlines along with in-the-trench solutions and insights.
REAL TIME LEARNING FOR THE REAL WORLD
TABLEAU WORKSHOP SERIES
MSIS hosts a 4-part Tableau series designed to strengthen students analytical skills. At the completion of all workshops, students are prepared to make data based decisions at work, utilizing fundamental and intermediate Tableau Desktop techniques.
ALEXA SKILLS CHALLENGE
MSIS partnered with Amazon to host an Alexa Skills Challenge. Students learned how to build an Alexa skill using Python, heard Sandy Carter, VP of AWS, speak about AI and ML in voice, and pitched their skills to an esteemed panel of judges.
MSIS PROFESSIONAL MOCK INTERVIEWS More than 50 mid to senior level local IT leaders from 18 different companies gathered at the University of Washington Foster School of Business for the 2020 annual MSIS Mock Interviews. One of the most anticipated events of the year, the mock interviews are an opportunity for current MSIS students to connect with industry professionals and receive valuable feedback on the interview process.
RAVEN JIANG, CLASS OF 2020 â€œThe mock interview event brought the students and industry leaders to the same table to discuss interview essentials and career growth. It was very insightful to hear feedback from the industry leaders, who usually sit on the other side of the interview table. From their feedback, I learned how to adopt a growth mindset of structuring my storytelling and cultivating future experiences.â€?
WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING: Danny Chan, MSIS Class of 2020
“One of the aspects I enjoy the most in the MSIS program is connecting with professionals and building my network. Through the networking lunch I was able to connect with a professional from the company I want to work for with the exact position I want to apply for!”
Natasha Karmali, MSIS Class of 2020
“The session provided something students rarely get in the real world of recruiting: constructive and personalized feedback to build up our interviewing skills. My interviewers not only provided ways for me to calm my nerves but also shared a perspective that interviews are truly a two-way street. With this new perspective, I feel more confident about re-entering the recruiting world.”
Blake Dailey, MSIS Class of 2020
“During the interview you do not just want to talk about why you believe you are a perfect fit for the role, but why you believe the work is important and why you should be the one who is doing it. By demonstrating genuine interest and curiosity for the role you are pursuing, you are forging a deeper connection with the interviewer in which you become more memorable.”
MICHAEL ALDRIDGE MSIS CLASS OF 2020 PROGRAM MANAGER II MICROSOFT “I had the opportunity to interview with Dina Nichols, Director of Security Operations Detection and Response at Salesforce, and Jill Chin, General Manager of ITS Portfolio Services at Alaska Airlines two professionals who work at the director/ manager level for different technology companies - each running comprehensive teams and IT services. The mock interview provided a space to critically assess my experiences as a product manager and identify tangible steps to improve moving forward, including how to focus on impact: how you can drive core business or service adoption and contribute to the success of others.”
MENTORSHIP MATTERS The Mentorship Program connects students with Seattle-based IT leaders through a unique one-to-one professional relationship that can bridge the gap between academic concepts and real-world practices.
MENTOR HIGHLIGHTS BOB BRUNS CIO AND CISO AVANADE DR. ZAFAR CHAUDRY SVP AND CIO SEATTLE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL KARI ESCOBEDO SVP AND CIO BARTELL DRUGS DR. KEVIN CARTER PRINCIPAL PROGRAM MANAGER LEAD MICROSOFT LISA WERNLI EVP AND CIO WIRELESS ADVOCATES AND CAR TOYS SHEREZADE GUERRERO CLOUD ENABLEMENT MANAGER COSTCO WHOLESALE SONU BATRA SENIOR TECHNICAL PROGRAM LEADER POINT B
SENIOR MANAGER, BIG DATA ZILLOW Russell Rhodes, Senior Manager Big Data at Zillow, is a second year mentor in the MSIS program. Russell brings his tech-meets-business expertise and advises his mentees to be willing to say yes to opportunities and get out of their comfort zone. One of Russell’s most recent mentees, Gail Letrondo, MSIS Class of 2019, appreciated the insights about navigating a career transition that he was able to bring to their relationship. Through their meetings, Russell helped Gail seek out individuals at Boeing who could help her answer questions about jobs she was interested in, and guide her on how to take advantage of specific opportunities.
LEADERSHIP LECTURE SERIES BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR LEADERSHIP CHARU JAIN SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - MERCHANDISING & INNOVATION ALASKA AIRLINES The Alaska Airlines leadership team shared key qualities for effective leadership, building a meaningful career in tech, and what it means to be a leader in the field.
INFORMATION SECURITY IN A NETWORKED WORLD CHRIS GRANT DIRECTOR - BUSINESS INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER BECU
Chris shared his journey in information security, how technology plays a role in the healthcare industry, and helped us understand legal and ethical issues associated with information security and privacy. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY MARK HORN PRINCIPAL DELOITTE CONSULTING Mark shared keys to successful digital transformations. Students learned that transformation is less about technology than strategy, people, and culture. Transformation focuses on the end consumer, and we can predict how consumers engage by creating personas.
GLOBAL STUDY TOUR More than 50 mid to senior level local IT leaders from 18 different companies gathered at the University of Washington Foster School of Business for the 2020 annual MSIS Mock Interviews. One of the most anticipated events of the year, the mock interviews are an opportunity for current MSIS students to connect with industry professionals and receive valuable feedback on the interview process. Each year, our students embark on a cultural and business immersion experience that connects classroom concepts to the business world. Students visit a range of multinational, government, start-up, and local companies in a variety of industries and have the unique opportunity to connect with senior and executive leaders across the globe.
COMPANY VISITS MICROSOFT REACTOR SYDNEY PROMOTING INNOVATION & STARTUPS
TELSTRA LABS JOURNEY TO 5G
MASTERCARD TECH HUB APPLIED PREDICTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
BOEING AEROSTRUCTURES DESIGN & ASSEMBLY OF DREAMLINER 787
ATLASSIAN FROM STARTUP TO ENTERPRISE
VICTORIA STATE GOVERNMENT ICT IN MELBOURNE
AMAZON ENGINEERING IN A NETWORKED WORLD
U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL MELBOURNE IT LANDSCAPE IN AUSTRALIA Students had a complete factory tour and learned how parts of the 787 Dreamliner are designed, assembled, built, and the major technological advances required to do so. The day came to a close with an opportunity to speed network with senior IT leaders to learn about their careers and gain insights into corporate culture in Australia.
The MSIS Study Tour is also an opportunity to explore the culture and heart of each city. SYDNEY CITY BIKE TOUR COCKTAIL MASTER CLASS MELBOURNE CITY TOUR & NIGHT MARKET SNORKELING AT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CEREMONY
As Telstra is Australia’s leading provider of mobile phones and broadband internet since 1975, the business has made leaps to be at the forefront of innovation. “I was impressed with how Telstra welcomed us and our conversations with their executives were so relevant to what we learned at school. This is how business and technology combine in the real world,” Aishwarya Pathak, MSIS Class of 2019 Technology Solutions Manager, TMobile
At Mastercard, students met with Lucy Jezard, Director of Business Development, Aaron Fidler, Senior VP of Applied Predictive Technologies, and Surin Fernando, Head of Business Development. Through this meeting, students recognized that innovation is at the heart of the company. “They recognize the need to innovate with new forms of payment methods and they are reacting quickly to client needs.” Dan Bianchini, MSIS Class of 2019 Machine Learning Engineer, PitchBook Data
From left to right: Lily Ley, VP & CIO, PACCAR Inc. - Sue Taylor, CIO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Margaret Hopkins, VP & CIO, Puget Sound Energy - Bob Bruns, CIO & CISO, Avanade - Julie Averill, EVP & CTO, lululemon - Charu Jain, Senior Vice President of Merchandising & Innovation, Alaska Airlines - Kim Kamla, Portfolio Director, Avanade
THE VALUE OF WOMEN IN TECH MSIS’ Women in Tech Leadership Series aims to cultivate a network of women leaders, empower and support women in the tech community, offer resources, and redefine the future of upward mobility for women in tech. This initiative, spearheaded by Lily Ley, VP & CIO of PACCAR Inc., Charu Jain, Senior Vice President Merchandising & Innovation of Alaska Airlines, and Kim Kamla, Portfolio Director of Avanade, was launched in January 2019 at our first Power Up with Women in Tech event. Six C-suite level executives came together to discuss with the greater MSIS community what it means to be bold, intentional, and memorable in the workplace. Throughout our series, the MSIS community continues to power up their professional networks with opportunities to hear from executive leaders about their experiences in tech and how they can leverage a competitive advantage in the industry.
WOMEN IN TECH COMPANY VISITS MICROSOFT AI & IOT LAB MARLINA HALES, DIRECTOR OF AI & IOT CYRA RICHARDSON, GM OF AI & ROBOTICS
“The lab visit gave us an opportunity to see the various types of advanced equipment that help customers build their devices and to gain knowledge regarding the customer engagement lifecycle, sprint processes, and digital transformation.” -Eryn Meng, MSIS Class of 2020
ARMOIRE AMBIKA SINGH, CEO BEREA SCHAFFER, HEAD OF PRODUCT & TECH SABEEKA DAR, HEAD OF MERCHANDISING
Students visited a local fashion startup to see how Armoire’s business is powered through artificial intelligence and machine learning. CEO of Armoire, Ambika Singh, spoke about how Armoire continues to lead the way with disruptive innovation.
WOMEN IN TECH BRUNCH LEADING DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION
MSIS Women in Tech Brunch welcomed leaders from the Seattle tech community to build genuine relationships and be a part of the conversation leading disruptive innovation! We welcomed our featured speakers, two pioneers of disruptive innovation: Keela Robison, VP of Product Innovation at Netflix, and Sandy Carter, VP of Windows and Enterprise Workloads at AWS. ZEBA AZFAR MSIS CLASS OF 2020 CONSULTANT, VECTA STRATEGY “Keela spoke about how critical a process is for disruptive innovation, and how analysis and process complement each other in making decisions. There were a few takeaways for me: no decision is also a decision, I should use multiple viable options to reduce confirmation bias, I must anticipate objections, get people to disagree, and get everyone committed on a decision despite disagreements.” PATRICK GUTIERREZ MSIS CLASS OF 2019 SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, AMAZON “Sandy Carter was a captivating storyteller and diagrammed innovation as empathy. Innovative product managers have the empathy to see their product through their customer’s eyes and feel it in their hearts. Empathy is not a feature you can outsource.”
TIGHT-KNIT MSIS COMMUNITY 2019 ANNUAL DAWG DASH Each year, the MSIS community takes on the Alaska Airlines Dawg Dash during UW Homecoming week. The team of MSIS students, alumni, friends, and family, prepares for the Dawg Dash starting in the summer. Post-run, the MSIS community gathers together in Paccar Hall to celebrate with our own Post-Dash Bash. The energy is always vibrant as students and alumni recharge over coffee and brunch.
UNPLUGGED SUNDAYS Diversity is woven into the fabric of our academic programs, student experience, and community relationships. Mark Horn, Principal at Deloitte Consulting, launched the Unplugged Sundays initiative to encourage authentic discussion and foster a community of support and resources for historically underrepresented professionals in tech. Students and alumni came together on this day to celebrate the growing diversity of the MSIS community.
JOIN THE MSIS COMMUNITY Each June, the Michael G. Foster School of Business enrolls a new cohort of MSIS students. Our objective is to select students who demonstrate a strong aptitude for business, demonstrated leadership capacity, and a strong commitment to completing program requirements. Applicants are selected not only for their potential to benefit from the program, but also for the experience and knowledge they can contribute to the class. The GMAT or GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have graduated with an IS option from the Foster School in the last three years.
Applicants are required to hold a Bachelorâ€™s degree with an Information Systems major or concentration, or a related field. A combination of education and experience may be accepted in lieu of this requirement.
ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS All applicants are evaluated using the following four criteria: - Past academic performance - General intellectual ability - Managerial potential - Ability to communicate clearly, succinctly, and persuasively
INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT Foster MSIS applicants must demonstrate exposure to basic IT infrastructure, including databases, data networking, and some objectoriented development environment.
COST OF TUITION The cost of tuition is $40,000. Scholarships are available.
MSIS ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS ALOK TYAGI Managing Director Accenture
CHARU JAIN Senior Vice President Merchandising & Innovation Alaska Airlines
DON LEWIS President Strategic Intersect, Inc.
ED MOBLEY Senior Manager EY
KIM KAMLA Portfolio Director for Enterprise Applications Avanade
LILY LEY VP & CIO PACCAR Inc.
MARK HORN Principal Deloitte Consulting
MARK MATTIS Vice President Costco Wholesale
NIKHIL SARNOT Managing Director Accenture Security
SCOTT BAXTER General Manager Microsoft
VISHWAJEET UDDANWADIKER Vice President - Confident Travel Initiative - Probabilistic Analytics Boeing
Looking to join the MSIS Advisory Board? Contact email@example.com for additional information.
GET INVOLVED! Foster MSIS has an exceptional cohort of students who are ready to learn from your expertise. Work with early to mid-career students seeking technology leadership careers and create a direct impact. Are you ready to influence student success both in the classroom and beyond? BE A GUEST LECTURER Lead a 2-3 hour lecture in your specialized field. Common topics include IT strategy and leadership, cloud computing, information security, emerging technologies, and digital transformation.
BE A MENTOR
PARTNER WITH US FOR MOCK INTERVIEWS
Support and guide the next generation of business leaders. In our 1-year mentorship program, mentors provide students with career advice, help with business communication skills, networking opportunities, and professional development.
Looking for a one time commitment at this time? Join us as we host our annual interview practice day, held each Winter, where our industry partners conduct mock interviews and provide real-time feedback to students.
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University of Washington Foster School of Business Master of Science in Information Systems brochure
Published on Jun 30, 2020
University of Washington Foster School of Business Master of Science in Information Systems brochure