Master of Science in Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems is designed to create a generation of problem solvers and decision makers who are experts in the areas of information, technology, system design, and problem-solving with automated resources. The program intends that students study and become sensitive to the role of information systems in the health and welfare of any organization.

Information systems professionals build a critically important bridge between the technical and management functions of any organization across all industries.

  • As a graduate of HPU’s MSIS program, your opportunities are many including the roles of project manager, system creator, strategic planner, system architect, knowledge manager, and innovative leader.

  • HPU graduates often pursue careers in corporate systems, internet services, cybersecurity, and network security.

The integration of three key ideas from information technology, systems management, and business analytics is the foundation of HPU’s Master of Science in Information Systems’ cutting-edge curriculum. It blends scientific, analytic, creative, and innovative applications of information with an emphasis on strategic planning, implementation, and communication in a global marketplace.

  • In every class, students will be asked to: comprehensively identify problems; create viable solutions, evaluate competing solutions for efficiency, effectiveness, and appropriateness; and implement chosen solutions in a manner consistent with the heuristic of the IS discipline.

  • Not only is the MSIS curriculum focused on a global marketplace, the learning environment at HPU is truly multi-cultural. Located in the center of the Pacific Rim where the fastest growing economies in the world are located, Honolulu is a cosmopolitan city with a busy, international business community. Students come from all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

  • At HPU, you will benefit from the focus on advanced problem-solving. Students are asked to comprehensively identify information-related problems, discuss possible solutions, evaluate their options, and then solve the problem in a manner consistent with IS discipline methods.

  • In addition to being committed teachers, researchers, and scholars, faculty in the MSIS program are also experienced business people. You will greatly benefit from their experience as community leaders, consultants, and members of international organizations.

Individuals wishing to apply to the MSIS program at HPU, are required to submit the following:

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • Final Official Transcripts showing conferred Bachelor's Degree, Master's if applicable
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • MSIS will allow (1) one military evaluation (dated within the last 2 years) in lieu of (1) one letter of recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Application Fee
  • Test Scores: GMAT or GRE

International Applicants: the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MSIS program is a TOEFL (IBT) overall score of 80 with a Writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.  See here for additional requirements for International students. 

The GMAT/GRE requirement for a program will be waived if one of the following criteria is met:

  1. You have a conferred degree from HPU and earned a minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  2. You have a conferred Master's degree or higher from an accredited institution and earned a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

The GMAT/GRE requirement for a program may be waived upon submission and review of a written GMAT/GRE Waiver Request in the following circumstances:

  1. Transferring to HPU from another accredited graduate program. To be considered, submit the following: Official graduate transcript with a minimum of six semester hours of successfully completed coursework and a statement indicating the justification for the request may be requested by the program.

  2. A minimum of five years, full-time, professional experience in leadership, direct supervision of staff, and development and management of budgets. To be considered, submit the following: Professional resume detailing specific duties and terms of employment for each position held and a statement indicating the justification for the request.

  • Fall Only

Students from a variety of backgrounds are attracted to the Masters in Information Systems Management program. Students without experience in technical, scientific, and analytical fields must satisfactorily complete the following selected courses to fully prepare for the academic rigors of the program.

  • MIS 3050 - Application Development

  • MIS 3060 - Systems Analysis and Design 

  • MIS 3070 - IT Infrastructure


Information Systems

2018 Graduate Capstone Winner

2018 Masters of Information Systems Capstone winner, Sodbileg Chuluunbaatar's Project: "Oahu Vehicle Parking Space Rental Website"

HPU's 6th Annual Capstone Symposium on April 19, 2018

Sodbileg Chuluunbaatar's Project: "Oahu Vehicle Parking Space Rental Website"


Dr. Ghazwan Hassna is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the College of Business of Hawaii Pacific University. Before joining this position, Dr. Hassna, was conducting his research at both EPIC LAB (Enterprise Process Innovation and Computing) and GCIF Lab (Global Center for Internet Finance) at City University of Hong Kong where he obtained his PhD. Dr. Hassna’s current research interest includes Big Data and Digital Business Transformation with recent focus on financial services industry in particular. Before doing his PhD, Dr. Hassna had more than 10 years of experience in formulating, planning and managing IT -Enabled Change Initiatives.

Dr. Hassna holds a PhD. in Information Systems from City University of Hong Kong, a master’s degree in management and information systems from the University of Manchester in UK, a bachelor’s degree in information systems and software engineering from Damascus University in Syria and a certificate in Executive Management from Maastricht School of Management in Netherlands.

Dr. Ghazwan multinational and cosmopolitan approach has been developed and polished through extensive contact with international organizations and personnel, and through overseas education & work in multiple countries including United States of America, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Dublin, Malta, Bahrain, Netherlands, Serbia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Oman.

Recent MSIS grads enjoy rewarding careers at companies around the world, including:

  • Accenture

  • HMSA

  • Amazon

  • Dell

  • Microsoft

  • Charles Schwab

  • Decision Research Corporation

  • State of Hawaii

  • AvePoint

  • Hawaii National Bank

  • Bank of Hawaii

  • Aston Hotels & Resorts

  • Telenor

  • Hawaiian Tel

  • Booz Allen

  • City and County of Honolulu

  • BAE Systems

  • American Savings Bank

Success comes naturally to HPU MSIS alumni, including:

  • Zach Thorpe – Operations Manager at Amazon Web Services

  • Sukru Tunca – Business Analyst at HMSA

  • Farani Lucero – Senior Web Application Developer at eCivis

  • Francis Montenegro – Associate Software Engineer at Accenture

  • Manuel Pulido – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

  • Anze Znidarsic – Senior full-stack HTML5, JavaScript, and PHP Engineer at Flycom d.o.o

  • Mieko Miyazaki – Systems Analyst at Hawaii National Bank

  • Randy Williams – Director of ACS at AvePoint

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For Information on How to Apply, contact:

Jasmine Kauhane

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

808-544-0232 |


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