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Information Systems Engineering Program Overview

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Customize your online master’s degree in Information Systems Engineering as part of the Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals program. Today, an increasing number of systems are developed with embedded intelligent components that learn, decide, and behave in unpredictable ways, making safety and reliability difficult to assure. Autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and robotics are becoming quite prevalent in everyday life and presenting challenges because they interact with a complex ecosystem of intelligent components.

With senior executives from the Johns Hopkins Physics Lab and other industry leaders as key faculty members, prepare to:

  • Design, build, deploy, and maintain complex and dynamic information systems that are powered by modern artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms
  • Engineer and manage the lifecycle of real-world systems of systems
  • Assure the performance and accuracy of high-stakes and time-critical systems that are complicated by the unpredictability of intelligent components
  • Develop collaborative human-machine teams to gain insights from information, to assist in high-level decision making based on synthesizing low-level data, and to achieve goals while maintaining safety and reliability even under adversarial conditions
  • Secure applications that exist in highly-connected and vulnerable cyber ecosystems
  • Ensure that information systems behave in fair, ethical, and socially acceptable ways
  • Learn on your terms and select a flexible course schedule in a format that works best for you

Master’s Degree in Information Systems Engineering Focus Areas

A focus area must be selected.

  • Cybersecurity: Focusses on mastering the art of securing your information system infrastructure from cyber exploits.
  • Data Engineering: Focus is geared towards learning to engineer large data systems to enable sensemaking and decision support.
  • Enterprise Engineering: Designed to help students understand the principles of engineering complex information systems.
  • Human–Computer Interaction: Involves the study of how to make information systems work best for people through data visualization, human systems engineering, and more.
  • Intelligent Systems Engineering: Aims to understand the uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning in large scale information systems.
  • Internet of Things: Aids students in learning the principles of employing the internet of things to achieve enterprise capabilities.
  • Project Management: Emphasis is on learning to manage complex information systems projects.
  • Software Engineering: Discovers the principles of engineering and assuring of large software systems that include intelligent components.
focus area requirements

Program Options

We offer various program options for Information Systems Engineering; you can earn a Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering, graduate certificate or a post-master’s certificate. These options can be completed online or with a mix of in-person courses.

Information Systems Engineering Courses

Get details about course requirements, prerequisites, focus areas, and electives offered within the program. All courses are taught by subject-matter experts who are executing the technologies and techniques they teach. For exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors, please refer to the course schedule published each term.

Proficiency Exams

A proficiency exam is available in Information Systems Engineering. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite(s) in a formal college-level course but have extensive experience in these areas, may apply to take a proficiency exam provided by the Engineering for Professionals program. Successful completion of the exam(s) allows you to opt-out of certain prerequisites.

Program Advisors

Knowledgeable and supportive advisors are here to help guide you through the online Masters in Information Systems. Take a look at our specially designed advisor page to get answers to your questions about admissions, prerequisites, and so much more.

Program Contacts

Program Committee

David Silberberg, Program Chair
Principal Professional Staff
JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Anthony N. Johnson, Program Manager
Senior Professional Staff
JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

David Bader
Professor and 
Director of the Institute for Data Science
New Jersey Institute of Technology

John “Jack” Callahan 
CTO of Veridium
Principal Professional Staff
JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Jeff Chavis
Principal Professional Staff
JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Laura Freeman
Director, Intelligent Systems Division – National Security Institute
Virginia Tech

Dennis Patrone​
Principal Professional Staff
JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Wende Peters
Senior Vice President & Technology Manager
Cyber Defender Platform Integration & Automation
Bank of America

Jane Pinelis​
Chief of AI Assurance (CDAO)
Principal Professional Staff
JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Lynn Reggia
Principal Professional Staff
JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Lanier Watkins, Chair Computer Science and Cybersecurity
Principal Professional Staff
JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Tuition and Fees

Did you know that 78 percent of our enrolled students’ tuition is covered by employer contribution programs? Find out more about the cost of tuition for prerequisite and program courses and the Dean’s Fellowship.

I liked the variety of courses offered through the different tracks of the ISE program. I took courses ranging from web security to big data processing to network engineering, which were all easily applicable to the work that I currently do. The number of courses offered online was exceptional as well.

Christina Torpey, ‘18 Information Systems Engineering

As a working mom of 3 children married to a husband with a rigorous work/travel schedule, the thing I enjoyed most about the course was the ability to operate autonomously/asynchronously. This was challenging at times for team projects when we all needed to have availability at the same time for brainstorming/discussion, but I was still able to work through it. I also thought each of my courses did a great job academically pushing me, while also providing me with material that was entirely relevant to my field. All-in-all, I very much enjoyed every aspect of this program!

Mary Galvin Information Systems Engineering

Information Systems FAQs

Pursuing an online master’s degree in management information systems can be a great choice for someone looking to use their passion for technology to drive business success. With a Master’s in Information Systems, you’ll be able to receive jobs in IT project management, web development, analytics, and work all the way up to the executive level for positions like Chief Technology Officer or Chief Information Officer.

If you’re still on the fence, don’t worry. Throughout your experience in the program, you will have access and are encouraged to speak frequently with your advisor to help determine the best course of action and study plan to meet your career goals.

The average salary for a master’s degree in information systems is around $86,000, though many senior-level holders earn much more.

You can still apply for the online Information Systems Engineering program even if you don’t have a background in engineering. You may need to take a proficiency exam. You may also apply and be accepted under provisional student status.

The standard recommendation is to enroll in one course to get used to the rigor, and after you demonstrate mastery of doing that, you can discuss expanding your course load with your advisor.

Prerequisite course requirements must be completed at a regionally accredited university/college, and you must have received a B- grade or higher. You may also have the option to take a proficiency exam if you do not have the course requirements but feel you have equivalent work experience.

Academic Calendar

Find out when registration opens, classes start, transcript deadlines and more. Applications are accepted year-round, so you can apply any time.