The George Washington University Information Systems Technology

The MSIST program was established in 1980 and is one of the longest-running programs in information systems.

MSIST boasts a large, diverse student and alumni population who are active within GWSB and the GW Tech Alumni Group. Students choose GW for our unique proximity to government and the Washington Technology Corridor. Our faculty bring real-world experience in helping business and government work together to develop innovative and sustainable IT policies that shape society. Top consulting firms, product and in-house developers, global service providers, government agencies, nonprofit associations, the U.S. military, and entrepreneurs looking to create “the next big thing” all look to GW’s MSIST program for exceptional IT talent.

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Information Sessions | George Washington University School of Business

Know anyone who is interested in MSIST or another School of Business program? Our November 14th Open House is the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse into grad study/life at GWSB. Details: Join us! Join the GWSB admissions team for an upcoming Online Information Session to learn more about the Global MBA Program offered…

[02/02/15]   If you're engaged in a job search, looking for an internship, register for this event!
GW's Spring 2015 Career & Internship Fair
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
1-5 p.m. Charles E. Smith Center

[12/11/14]   Good luck with finals! Have you registered for spring? Classes are closing so register soon.

[11/04/14]   Dr. Granger and I look forward to seeing MSIST students at tomorrow's IT Career Workshop for Women!

[10/24/14]   MSIST WOMEN, this is for you! GW's Department of Information Technology is sponsoring an IT Career Workshop and Panel Discussion for students interested in learning about the industry and trending career opportunities. November 5th, 4-5:30PM at the Marvin Center. RSVP via IT.GW.EDU/CAREER

Know someone interested in MSIST or another GWSB program? Our next information session is Saturday, October 18, 10am-Noon in Duques Hall. Referrals always welcome! The Deans, Admissions Directors, and Faculty of the GW School of Business invite you to join them to discuss their portfolio of Graduate Programs. Attend this session to learn how to position yourself as an ideal candidate. Discover which Graduate Program is the right fit for you: MBA, Information…

AOL & GWU Tech Talks

Don’t miss it! AOL/GW Tech Talk Panel Discussion on Enterprise Mobility Platforms & Geo-Spatial Technology, Thursday, Oct. 30 at AOL's Dulles, Virginia location. Interact with local technologists, GWU professors and students, and global executives! And yes, there will be lunch but it will go fast -- first come, first serve! AOL, Inc. with Professor Carayannis

[10/09/14]   After multiple delays, CIOU Certificates are finally in the mail to summer '13, fall '13, & spring '14 grads. Thanks for your patience!

FYI: MSIST students admitted prior to or for the spring 2014 semester will receive CIOU

[08/28/14]   Follow us on Twitter @GWMSIST

[08/28/14]   Welcome back MSIST students! We welcomed an unprecedented 90 new students this fall to the on-campus and online programs. Thanks for your referrals!

[08/07/14]   2013-2014 graduates, the CIO Certificates should arrive in your mailbox by the end of August. Email us if you have any questions.

[08/07/14]   Remember, fall classes begin August 25th and if you're graduating, the application is due October 1st. We'll send graduation-eligible students an email with application directives soon.

[08/07/14]   Wow! It's been a busy few months in the MSIST offices. We've bid farewell to graduating students, welcomed new students for summer classes, and now we're preparing for Fall Orientation.

[04/16/14]   Congratulations to MSIST students Swithin Murickal, Triet (Joe) Phan, and Mam-Marie Njie, who won the first ever George Washington University Federal Business Technology Case Competition sponsored by Deloitte Consulting!

[11/27/13]   The faculty and staff of the MSIST Program wish our students and alumni a Happy Hanukkah and Happy Thanksgiving!

InfSystemsTechnologyManagement Courses Spring 2014 (Main Campus)

Students, have you registered for Spring 2014 classes? It's not too late! Find the class you need at

Alumni, here's your chance to take the elective course you couldn't fit into your schedule! Register through the Alumni Course Audit Program for $125. More information here:

[06/04/13]   The ISTM Dept. hosts a CIO/CTO Speaker Series: Migrating to the Cloud - Pros and Cons
Thursday, June 13 / 6-9pm
The expert panel, convened by Dr. Elias Carayannis, will address business and technology strategy and security, among other issues.
Kendall Auditorium at Duques Hall
2201 G St., NW
Washington, DC 20052
RSVP: [email protected]

Washington Post Live

Join MSIST faculty at a Washington Post Live breakfast forum:

Privacy in a Digital World
Tuesday, June 11/ 8:30-10:00am

The Washington Post
1150 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20071

Register to attend @ or watch the live broadcast.
GWSB/MSIST co-sponsors this event with Microsoft. On the Washington Post Live website, you will find out about upcoming and previous conferences and events hosted by The Washington Post, purchase tickets, request invitations, along with live coverage of conferences and events including video and question/answers.

[04/18/12]   Join us for!!!

Networking Breakfast: Transforming the Economy from the Nation's Capital
Wednesday, May 2 | 8:00 AM
Tysons Corner Marriott

Start your morning with a networking breakfast with GW alumni. David Dolling, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Doug Guthrie, dean of the School of Business, will speak on the connection between business, engineering and economic growth. Register online!

[11/07/11]   Is Cloud Computing the Next Big Thing at GWU?
By Professor Edward Cherian

The University’s Innovation Task Force, established by GW President Knapp in 2009, was formed to develop innovative ideas that are cost savings measures through work process efficiencies, improved effective management methods, as well as identifying new sources of revenue. Through these efforts the University goal is to accumulate some $60 million in annual recurring savings in 2014; the savings will be used for improved academic efforts such as added faculty, more research funding, improved student services, and an enhanced academic experience.

Professor Edward J. Cherian has been a member of the ITF committee since 2009 and this year he is the Co-Chair of the Phase III ITF Exploration Committee; the group that identifies new ideas and develops them to the point of recommending them to President Knapp for implementation. Dr. Cherian’s Committee has identified cloud computing as an opportunity for
the University to engage in.

Vendors offering cloud computing services generally offer software as a service, data storage, and a computing platform at the vendor’s Web site via Internet connection. For example, the University currently engages in cloud computing in using Google mail and the Blackboard course management system. The cloud computing effort has established an initial goal of saving $1 million/year by transferring certain software programs and data services to the cloud. This high-level decision represents an important step in moving the University’s information technology services into the 21st century.

What do you think?

NYU Stern - Joseph Porac - George Daly Professor in Business Leadership

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

We are pleased to announce a lecture by Dr. Joseph (Joe) Porac on Tuesday, November 15th from 10am-11:30am in Duques 451 (Minerva). Dr. Porac is the George Daly Professor in Business Leadership at NYU Stern. You can access his bio here:

Dr. Porac's talk is entitled Positive and Negative Returns to Status Among Corporate and Political Elite. An abstract of his talk is pasted below.

Breakfast will be served in the room starting at 9:30am. All GWSB students are also invited to attend.


Positive and Negative Returns to Status Among Corporate and Political Elite

Theories of social status have historically emphasized the many benefits that accrue to high status actors. Following Merton's well-known account of the "Matthew Effect," a general assumption in the literature has been that status generates positive returns that are self-reinforcing, perhaps in a "winner take all" manner. However, what is sometimes overlooked in the literature is that Merton viewed this self-reinforcing process as a double injustice. High status actors sometimes get more than they deserve and low status actors often get less. This injustice sets the stage for a number of "negative returns" to high status such as the "tall poppy" effect in which high status actors are targeted for rebuke and "cut down to size." In this talk, I will explore the implications of these negative returns to status within two contexts: corporate governance and elite CEOs, and the reaction of the press and British public to the recent second home expense scandal in the UK Parliament. Joe Porac arrived at Stern in 2003 after serving on the faculty of Emory University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studies how social and cognitive processes shape organizational and interorganizational action. Some of his research has addressed the question of how markets st...

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