Master of Science in Information Systems–Bridge

Program Format
College Name
Application Deadlines

Early Action January 15
International - Outside Canada: June 1
International - Inside Canada: July 1
Domestic (Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents): August 1


We recommend students looking to pursue a Study Permit apply 3 months minimum in advance of the program start date.

Learn more about Study Permit application on the OGS website.

*Please note – For students applying to our Canadian campuses who are eligible for and wish to apply for a Study Permit via Student Direct Stream (SDS), the IELTS is the only English Language test accepted with the SDS application. Students applying via non-SDS are welcome to apply with TOEFL, IELTS or any of the methods mentioned here.
Credits Required for Graduation
40 Semester Hours

Program Description and Accreditation

The Master of Science in Information Systems–Bridge program is designed to equip students who hold non-STEM, nontechnical bachelor’s degrees, or those who would like to strengthen their technical background, with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter the field of information systems and contribute to the ongoing digital revolution. The comprehensive curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning and provides a personalized learning experience tailored to individual needs. Upon completion of the program, students earn an MS in Information Systems and are prepared to pursue careers as information systems professionals.

The MS in Information Systems–Bridge program aims to connect business users and technologists as industries increasingly digitize their operations. The program responds to the growing demand for professionals who possess a deep understanding of how technology can be harnessed to address significant societal challenges. Through a multidisciplinary approach that integrates business management, software engineering, and information technology, the program empowers students to tackle complex real-world issues in the realms of business and society.

The program also seeks to identify the needs of individuals or businesses and arm them with new skills and knowledge to address those needs. Students are prepared to meet industry demands and be able to adapt to a rapidly changing job market.

Students who obtain a Master of Science in Information Systems can hold various jobs in analytical and data fields, as well as in engineering, design, and development areas. Applicable career paths include:

  • Analyst: Business Intelligence, Business Analysis, Project Manager, IT Manager, Technical Program Manager
  • Engineering, Design, and Development: Software Designer and Developer, Web Developer, UI/UX Designer, Cloud Engineer, Full-Stack Engineer, Machine Learning Engineer, AI Developer, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer, Telecom Engineer, Wireless Engineer
  • Data: Big Data, Data Analysis, Data Engineer, Data Scientist, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

The Master of Science in Information Systems program at Northeastern has successfully placed many of our graduates at industry leaders, such as Google, Microsoft, Deloitte, Oracle, Amazon, and IBM.

Unique Features:

  • Personalized curriculum caters to both nontechnical and technical students. No precalculus or other calculus or math courses are needed to be successful. No programming knowledge or background is required to be admitted.
  • Specially selected required courses help students develop the skill sets needed to succeed in the program. At the same time, various electives allow students to tailor the degree to individual career goals.
  • A hands-on learning approach prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the competitive field of information systems.
  • Faculty field expertise is integrated into classroom instruction, providing students a practical and up-to-date education.
    The program provides an ecosystem of support comprising inclusive and diverse peers, the MSIS-Bridge Buddy program, and workshops.
  • Students develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills and a deep understanding of the business world, human behavior, psychology, and user experience design to create user-friendly and intuitive software solutions.
  • The program is offered full or part time. Students can gain up to eight months of professional experience with Northeastern’s top-ranked cooperative education program.

Accreditation Information – Ontario:

On August 15, 2023, this institution was granted consent amendment by the Minister of Colleges and Universities to offer the MS Information Systems – Bridge program as part of the MS Information Systems program which operates under a five-year consent term that started on July 28, 2021. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions.)

Career Outlook

Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real-world engineering challenges. The cooperative education program, also known as co-op, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few universities that offer co-op for graduate students.

Through co-op, students gain up to eight months of professional experience employed in their field of interest as part of the academic curriculum, giving them a competitive edge upon graduation. The College of Engineering has more than 2,000 employer partners globally. Our dedicated team of coordinators prepares students for the co-op experience by building resumés, developing interview skills, and guiding professional development.

  • Students who obtain a Master of Science in Information Systems can hold various jobs in analytical and data fields, as well as in engineering, design, and development.
  • The Master of Science in Information Systems program at Northeastern has successfully placed many graduates at industry leaders, such as Google, Microsoft, Deloitte, Oracle, Amazon, and IBM.
  • MS in Information Systems–Bridge students are hired for competitive co-ops and receive full-time offers across a range of industries and companies around the globe. View a sampling of co-op employers.
  • By the end of 2025, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) forecasts employment in the Canadian digital economy will reach 2.26 million—an addition of 250,000 new jobs. In Toronto, 89,000 tech jobs were added between 2016 and 2021, the largest increase across all North American cities (CBRE, 2022)
  • Toronto has the third-largest tech sector in North America (CBRE, 2022). It is a global hub for IT and new media development that is continuing to experience growth.

By enrolling in Northeastern, you’ll gain access to students at 13 campus locations, 300,000+ alumni, and 2,900+ employer partners worldwide. Our global university system provides students unique opportunities to think locally and act globally while serving as a platform for scaling ideas, talent, and solutions.

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