Technology runs the world. Leaders run technology.

Go beyond planning, managing and implementing technology to cultivate a management-focused, leadership-based level of thinking and capabilities.

Through our Executive M.S. in information systems, you’ll collaborate with leading professionals, faculty and other students to develop the skills required for executive communication and C-suite influence.


At a glance

  • The VCU Executive M.S. in information systems program gives you the confidence and skills you need to take on new leadership roles without taking time off from your career.
  • Program length: 12 months, beginning in May
    Schedule: Every other Friday and Saturday
    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, 3+ years' work experience
    Average cohort size: 22 students
    Application deadline: Dec. 9 (early); Feb. 3 (final)
The Experience
  • Student snapshot

    The VCU EMSIS program introduces you to a high-powered network of IT professionals and leaders.

    • 14.4 years average work experience
    • 65% hold a technical or science degree
    • 30% have management experience
    • 16% previously earned a graduate degree
    • 24% hold lead/senior job titles
    • 20% are female
    • 3% are international students
  • The curriculum

    VCU's EMSIS program, designed by and for IT leaders in the Richmond area, combines an aggressive — yet immensely and immediately practical — academic curriculum, including:

    • Monthly group sessions with certified leadership coaches
    • One-on-one mentoring relationship with a local IT executive
    • A one-week international business trip near the end of the program
    • Access to free graduate professional development services
    • Experiential learning projects with local and international firms


    Program and degree requirements

  • The faculty

    The EMSIS faculty consists of both VCU tenured professors and industry experts from the local business community. Their expertise ranges from areas such as enterprise architecture, security, IT infrastructure, ERP, digital economy and more.

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Executive MS in Information Systems Experience Day

Executive MS in Information Systems Experience Day

Date: Friday, March 23
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Host:Department of Information SystemsExecutive MS in Information SystemsExperience Day
Open to:Business community Prospective graduate students

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Admissions and cost
  • Apply now

    We make it easy to get started — just view our application checklist for everything you’ll need, including transcripts and references.

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  • Tuition and aid

    We offer a competitive start-to-finish tuition of $36,500. See our current billing schedule for details.

    Financial aid

    Federal loans are available to most EMSIS students. Visit VCU Financial Aid for information.

    For questions about billing, tuition or financial aid, contact Stacey Sokol at (804) 827-7405 or

    What’s included

    Our all-inclusive tuition covers:

    • Textbooks, course materials and software
    • Parking
    • Most meals for weekend sessions
    • A one-week international business trip
    • Networking events

Class schedule

Fridays 12:30-6:15 p.m. | Saturdays 8 a.m-3:30 p.m.

You'll attend class every other Friday and Saturday, and a one-week international business trip is slated near the end of the program. Summer and winter breaks are included. 

Class of 2018 calendar 

Class of 2019 calendar  

Contact us

Get your questions answered and start receiving emails about program details, updates, event invites and more.

Executive M.S. in Information Systems
Snead Hall, Suite B3106
(804) 828-3622

Bill Miller
Executive director of business and alumni development, executive programs

Brittany Gracik
EMSIS program manager

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