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


The widespread use of information technologies and systems in all sectors has created the need for professionals who are able to develop, use and maintain such systems.  Healthcare Information Systems, Management Information Systems, Geographical Information Systems, Command, Control and Communication Information Systems are only some examples of the wide spectrum of applications.

The vast amount of data gathered and generated by different mechanisms calls for effective transformation of this data into useful information and knowledge for the organizations. An information system is comprised of a set of methods and practices that translates data into information and knowledge to support decision making and control. Such systems may also store and distribute information to the related entities within or outside the organization. Information Systems study area concerns analysis and design of these systems. Thus it is an interdisciplinary area that combines the study of technology and management of an information system  in a specific domain.

Information Systems program at Middle East Technical University was established in 1997 as a graduate program within Informatics Institute. In 2000, students were accepted for the Information Systems Ph.D. program for the first time.

Program Aims

Main objectives of Information Systems Department are:

-fostering the usage of information systems to improve the conditions of the society and

-contributing to the scientific and technological developments.

To achieve these goals, the department, educates graduates from different disciplines to create scientists and meet the interdisciplinary graduate needs of the industry, and the public and private sectors. It also coordinates interdisciplinary research and technology development efforts among related scientific disciplines

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

Program Outcome

Upon completion of the program, the graduates will have the following knowledge, skills and behaviors:

  • leads and manages information system application projects.
  • has knowledge on analysis, design, implementation, and management of information systems; uses related principles, methods, and tools .
  • has wide knowledge of the basic concepts on information systems and technology including analysis and modelling methodologies.
  • knows the recent techniques and methods applied in the information technology and informatics; knows their impact and results and use them in her studies.
  • identifies problems and the underlying causes in their area of expertise, interprets and reviews the existing strategies and practices, develops methods to solve the problem, evaluates the results in line with objectives.
  • develops innovative solutions in the design of IT applications, processes, and systems.
  • conducts experimental and applied research; solves the complex situations encountered in during the process, evaluates and uses the information.
  • follows academic literature on information systems and technologies; performs critical analysis of the information.
  • analyzes recent technical development and applications, evaluates them and leads learning objectives.
  • works effectively both independently and in multi-disciplinary teams as a team member or leader.
  • pays attention to ethical values and applies them at her professional and scientific studies.
  • presents the recent developments in the field and their work, by supporting with qualitative and quantitative data effectively in written and spoken English and Turkish

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).

Career Prospects

The graduates of Information Systems programs

  • work as information system specialist and consultant, management information systems specialist, IT and system analysts, software specialist, information systems project manager.
  • are IT entrepreneurs building innovative companies in the field.
  • are preferred by the IT and information systems research units of the organizations.
  • are preferred by information technology organizations, especially interdisciplinary institutions requiring advanced information technology expertise such as defense systems, healthcare, telecommunications, automotive, and banking.


Deficiency courses

  • 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

Core courses

Core courses with credit:

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

Non-credit core courses:

  • 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)

Elective courses

Course Catalog

Contact for Admissions

Sibel Ergin| A Block,Z-16| Tel: +90(312)210 3740 | email: