Students in this graduate program have the opportunity to take courses from a variety of areas in mathematics, the natural and physical sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physics) and computer science in a program designed for professional growth in their area of interest. These areas are further explored through a required project or thesis that includes independent research into some particular area of interest.

The length of time it takes to complete the degree is determined by the student’s own schedule flexibility; many finish within two years of full-time work. The program requires completion within five years or within six successive summers. Courses are offered during a wide range of times, and many MIS students complete their curriculum while working full time.