Information Systems M.S. (offered by Information Systems Department)

Information Systems program aims to encourage the use and development of information systems to improve the conditions of the society and to contribute to the scientific and technological developments. To accomplish these goals, it welcomes graduates from different disciplines to meet the interdisciplinary graduate needs of the academia and public and private sectors; simultaneously pursues research and technology development among different disciplines. With the pervasiveness of information systems, the program serves all sectors, from business to defense, and students have a choice of conducting research in a multitude of areas.

We have the following specialization options. Note that the same courses can be taken under different specialization options.

The complete list of the courses offered by the Information Systems department can be found at course catalog. Students can also enroll in courses offered by the other departments at METU provided that their advisors approve. Students are welcome to select electives from different specialization tracks.

A common academic basis for incoming students is achieved via deficiency courses. Students are expected to finish the deficiency courses within a maximum of one year. The deficiency courses of the program are:

  • IS 503 Database Concepts and Applications / CENG 302
  • IS 504 Comp. Networking for Information Systems /  CENG 435 / EE 444 /CENG530
  • IS 507 Introduction to Software Engineering / CENG 350
  • IS 545 Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures / MIN 545/OOP (Ex. BIN 500 or CENG 305) + (EE 441 or CENG 301)
  • IS 500 Contemporary Issues in Business / BA 1101


Those who have already taken equivalent courses, can get exemption according to the rules determined by Information Systems academic committee.

The main program includes three courses with credit:

  • IS 501 Introduction to Information Systems
  • IS 502 Information Systems Project
  • IS 520 Research Methods in Information Systems


In addition to the four courses without credit:

  • IS 589  MSc Project (to be taken by MSc non-thesis students)
  • IS 590  Graduate Seminar
  • IS 599  MSc Thesis (to be taken by MSc thesis students)
  • IS 699  PhD Thesis (to be taken by PhD students)

Program Structure

MSc Course Load -  Thesis Option

  • 3 Core
  • IS 590 Graduate Seminar
  • IS 599 MSc Thesis
  • 4 Elective Courses

MSc Course Load -  Non-Thesis Option

  • 3 Core
  • IS 590 Graduate Seminar
  • IS 589 Term Project
  • 7 Elective Courses

PhD Course Load

  • 3 Core
  • IS 590 Graduate Seminar
  • IS 699 PhD Thesis
  • 4 Elective Courses

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum requirements for your application to be considered are ALES 75 (or equivalent), GPA 2.0, METU EPE 65 (or equivalent).
  • Additionally two reference letters are required
  • The applicants are shortlisted for interview based on mainly their ALES and GPA scores. The final selection is made based on ALES scores, GPAs and a holistic evaluation of the candidate’s match to the department.
  • A 1-page letter of intent (in English).

Specialization Tracks

Data Science Specialization Track Elective Courses from Informatics Institute

  • Big Data
  • Cloud Computing: Technology and Business
  • Knowledge, Discovery and Mining
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning: Methods and Applications
  • Mobile and Pervasive Computing
  • Energy Informatics
  • Software Architecture
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Image Processing Algorithms
  • Applications of Audio Information Systems

Digital Transformation Specialization Track Elective Courses from Informatics Institute

  • Digital Transformation: Management, Technology and Organization
  • Innovation Management
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Energy Informatics
  • E-Transformation and Management
  • Contemporary Socio-Technical Perspectives In Information Systems
  • Regulatory and Legal Aspects Of Information Systems
  • Big Data
  • Cloud Computing: Technology and Business
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Mobile and Pervasive Computing
  • Information Security Management
  • Technology Entrepreneurship and Lean Startups
  • Mobile Business
  • Software Project Management

Software Technologies & Management Specialization Track Elective Courses from Informatics Institute

  • Software Architecture
  • Software Project Management
  • Software Design Patterns
  • Introduction To Software Testing
  • Software Quality Management
  • Software Verification
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Formal Verification-Theory and Practice
  • Business Process Management
  • Systems Engineering

Management Information Systems Specialization Track Elective Courses from Informatics Institute

  • Information Systems In Organizational Design and Applied Systems Thinking
  • Information Technology Acceptance In Organisations
  • Contemporary Socio-Technical Perspectives In Information Systems
  • Digital Transformation: Management, Technology and Organization
  • Information Security Management
  • E-Transformation and Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Regulatory and Legal Aspects Of Information Systems
  • Technology Entrepreneurship and Lean Startups
  • Mobile Business
  • Software Project Management

Information and Communication Technologies Specialization Track Elective Courses from Informatics Institute

  • Computer Networking Applications
  • Security Engineering
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Introduction to Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Concept
  • Image Processing Algorithms
  • Applications of Audio Information Systems
  • Big Data
  • Cloud Computing: Technology and Business
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Mobile and Pervasive Computing
  • Software Architecture
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Information Security Management
  • Mobile Business

Contact for Admissions

Sibel Ergin| A Block,Z-16| Tel: +90(312)210 3740 | email: ssel@metu.edu.tr