Where Demand Exceeds Supply
Kelley MSIS graduate students thrive on endless opportunities—expanding their knowledge, preparing for internships and jobs, and networking with potential employers. And they enjoy an opportunity to socialize with their classmates, even just to discuss their specialized master's program.
Diverse and close-knit
Although their backgrounds are diverse, these five individuals are a close-knit group. Having spent at least a year or more in their program, they've had the chance to get to know each other by working on project teams, case competitions and other collaborative classroom experiences that deepened their learning along with their friendships.
When asked what they like about the MSIS program Mark Hursh, MSIS'07, said, "The diversity of our program." He adds, "Just look around the table here—you have different countries, backgrounds—lots of different ideas to take with you." Mark earned his BS in biology with a minor in information technology from IU. He came to the MSIS program with a variety of work experiences that enhanced his technical knowledge.
Kelley's MSIS is normally an 18 month program, but with a Kelley BS in Business, like Bradley Walker MSIS'07 earned, the program can be completed in a year.
Bradley felt the versatility of the MSIS degree made it an ideal option. He said, "You can take MBA electives, marketing electives, accounting electives along with our core curriculum. You can do consulting, corporate, your own startup—possibly do technology or strictly business or a mix of the two—it's the best of all three worlds."
Strategy guides implementation
Jonathan Fiegle, MSIS'07 is president of the MSIS Association and also a private pilot. He earned his BS in informatics with a minor in entrepreneurship from IU. What led him to the MSIS program was the "strategy aspect of technology" during an era where technology was being implemented "for technology's sake." Jonathan explains, "Businesses didn't really understand why they were doing it and were failing because they weren't doing it right."
He adds, "Our program trains us to look strategically at why we're implementing technology for the business—what's the benefit, the risk, the ROI—and all of our MBA classes help us prepare there. Our technical background helps us understand the technology they're implementing."
Vidhya Seetharaman, MSIS'08 and Rohit Malekar, MSIS'08 came to Kelley from India, both wanting to expand their technical backgrounds while developing their business knowledge. Rohit explained, "Most of us who came from India have an engineering background. The main purpose of the program was to expand the spectrum of different areas within technology and integrating it with the business aspects."