M.Sc. Information Systems

Today, Information Technology is key to enabling all business functions, and empowering innovation in all walks of life such as healthcare, governance, education, etc. This widespread use of IT has created an explosive growth in the need for skilled Information Systems professionals.

M. Sc. in Information Systems is a five-semester Work Integrated Learning Program designed for technology professionals. The programme has been created to build critical technical and problem solving skills among tech professionals, and enable them to work in teams and lead projects to solve challenging technology-centric solutions.

Admissions begin in April 2020

Option to pay fees using easy EMI option available.

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  • Programme Highlights
  • Programme Curriculum
  • Learning Methodology
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Fee Structure
  • How to Apply
Programme Highlights
  • Learn without a career break with online classes conducted mostly on weekends or after-business hours.

  • The programme is structured to provide a basic foundation in mathematics & programming, knowledge in software development & computer science, and an understanding of specialized techniques in different technologies

  • Lab exercises consist of programming exercises, experiments using simulation tools, analysis and design of systems, etc. Some of the tools used in assignments are Eclipse, MySQL/ MongoDB, Star UML, NS2 and WireShark.

  • The Project Work in the final semester enables students to apply concepts and techniques learnt during the programme.

  • Emphasis on Experiential learning using lab exercises, assignments, case studies and work integrated activities.

  • The programme uses a Continuous Evaluation System that assesses the learners over convenient and regular intervals. Such a system provides timely and frequent feedback and helps busy working professionals stay on course with the programme.

  • Participants who successfully complete the programme will become members of an elite & global community of BITS Pilani Alumni

  • Submit fee using easy-EMI option.

Programme Curriculum

First Semester

  • Discrete Structures for Computer Science

  • Linear Algebra & Optimization

  • Computer Programming

  • Digital Electronics and Microprocessors

Second Semester

  • Object Oriented Programming & Design

  • Probability and Statistics

  • Systems Programming

  • Data Structures and Algorithms

Third Semester

  • Computer Organization & Architecture

  • Operating Systems

  • Database Systems & Applications

  • Elective 1

Fourth Semester

  • Compiler Design

  • Computer Networks

  • Software Engineering

  • Elective 2

Fifth Semester

  • Project

  • Elective 3

  • Elective 4


  • Advanced Compilation Techniques

  • Parallel Computing

  • Advanced Operating Systems

  • Software Development for Portable Devices

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Management Information Systems

  • Software for Embedded Systems

  • Computer Graphics

  • Data Storage Technologies & Networks

  • Multimedia Computing

  • Network Programming

  • Data Mining


For more information on programme curriculum download the programme brochure.

Choice of Electives is made available to enrolled students at the beginning of each semester. A limited selection of Electives will be offered at the discretion of the Institute.

Learning Methodology


  • Lectures are conducted live via online classes. These lectures can be attended via the internet using a computer from any location. These online classrooms offer similar levels of interactivity as regular classrooms at the BITS Pilani campus.

  • Classes for students admitted during the period Nov-Dec 2019 will begin in Jan 2020. The class schedule is announced within 1 week of completion of the admission process.

  • The online lectures are conducted usually over weekends for a total of 7-8 hours per week. If you miss a lecture, you can also access the recorded lecture on the internet.


Learners can access engaging learning material at their own pace which includes recorded lectures from BITS Pilani faculty members, course handouts and recorded lab content where applicable


Continuous Assessment includes graded Assignments/ Quizzes, Mid-semester exam, and Comprehensive Exam


The programme emphasises on Experiential Learning that allows learners to apply concepts learnt in classroom in simulated, and real work situations. This is achieved through:

  • Tools and Technologies: Lab exercises consist of programming exercises, experiments using simulation tools, analysis and design of systems, etc. Some of the tools used in assignments are Eclipse, MySQL/ MongoDB, Star UML, NS2 and WireShark

  • Case Studies and Assignments: Carefully chosen real-world cases & assignments are both discussed and used as problem-solving exercises during the programme

  • Project Work: The final semester offers an opportunity for learners to apply their knowledge gained during the programme to a real-world like complex project. The learner is expected to demonstrate understanding of vital principles learnt across semesters and their ability to successfully apply these concepts

Eligibility Criteria

Minimum eligibility to apply: Professionals employed in Information Technology industries, holding a B.Sc./ BCA degree or its equivalent, with adequate preparation in Mathematics with at least 60% aggregate marks, and minimum one year relevant work experience.

Fee Structure
  • The following fees schedule is applicable for candidates seeking new admission during the academic year 2019-20

    Application Fees (One Time) : INR 1500/-

    Admission Fees (one time) : INR 16,500

    Semester Fees (per semester) : INR 50,000

  • The one-time Application Fee is to be paid at the time of submitting the Application Form through the Online Application Centre.

  • Admission Fee (one-time) and Semester Fee (for the First Semester) are to be paid together once admission is offered to the candidate. Thus, a candidate who has been offered admission will have to pay Rs. 66,500/-. You may choose to make the payment using Netbanking/ Debit Card/ Credit Card through the Online Application Centre. Fee payment by easy-EMIs is now available. Click here to learn more

  • Semester Fee for subsequent semesters will only be payable later, i.e. at the beginning of those respective semesters.

  • Any candidate who desires to discontinue from the programme after confirmation of admission & registration for the courses specified in the admit offer letter will forfeit the total amount of fees paid.

  • For the examination centre at Dubai, in addition to the semester fees, for each semester there will be an examination centre fees of 1000 UAE Dirhams or equivalent per semester out of which 500 UAE Dirhams is to be paid at the time of appearing in Mid-semester examinations at Dubai Centre for that semester and the remaining 500 UAE Dirhams is to be paid at the time of appearing in comprehensive examinations at Dubai centre for that semester

  • All the above fees are non-refundable.

How to Apply
  • Admissions will begin in April 2020. To apply, you will need to visit the BITS Pilani Online Application Center. Create your login at the Application Center by entering your unique Email id and create a password of your choice. Once your login has been created, you can anytime access the online Application Center using your email id and password.

  • Once you have logged in, you will see a screen showing 4 essential steps to be completed to apply for the programme of your choice.

  • Begin by clicking on Step 1 - ‘Fill/ Edit and Submit Application Form’. This will enable you to select the programme of your choice. After you have chosen your programme, you will be asked to fill your details in an online form. You must fill all details and press ‘Submit’ button given at the bottom of the form.

  • Take the next step by clicking on Step 2 - 'Download Application PDF Copy’. This will download a pdf copy of the application form on your computer.

  • Now, click on Step 3 - 'Pay Application Fee’ to pay INR 1,500/- using Net banking/ Debit Card/ Credit Card.

  • Take a printout of the downloaded Application Form and note down the Application Form Number that appear on the top-right corner of the first page. This Application Form Number should be referred in all future correspondence with BITS Pilani.

  • In the printout of the downloaded Application Form, you will notice on page no. 3 a section called the Employer Consent Form. Complete the Employer Consent Form. This form needs to be signed and stamped by your organisation’s HR or any other authorised signatory of the company.

  • Further on page no. 4 of the printed Application Form is a section called the Mentor Consent Form. The Mentor Consent Form needs to be signed by the Mentor.


Candidates applying to Work Integrated Learning Programmes must choose a Mentor, who will monitor the academic progress of the candidate, and act as an advisor & coach for successful completion of the programme.

Candidates should ideally choose the immediate supervisor or another senior person from the same organisation. In case a suitable mentor is not available in the same organisation, a candidate could approach a senior person in another organisation who has the required qualifications.Wherever the proposed Mentor is not from the same employing organization as that of the candidate, a supporting document giving justification for the same should be provided by the candidate’s employer.

Candidates applying to B.Tech. programmes should choose a Mentor who is an employed professional with B.E./ B.S./ B.Tech./ M.Sc./ A.M.I.E./ Integrated First Degree of BITS or equivalent.

Candidates applying to M.Tech., M.Sc., MBA, M.Phil programme should choose a Mentor who is an employed professional with:

  • B.E./ M.Sc./ M.B.A./ M.C.A./ M.B.B.S. etc. and with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience


  • M.E./ M.S./ M.Tech./ M.Phil./ M.D./ Higher Degree of BITS or equivalent


  • Further on page no. 5 of the downloaded Application Form, is a Checklist of Enclosures/ Attachments.

    • Make photocopies of the documents mentioned in this Checklist

    • Applicants are required to self-attest all academic mark sheets and certificates

  • Finally, click on Step 4 - 'Upload & Submit All Required Documents’.

This will allow you to upload one-by-one the printed Application Form, Mentor Consent Form, Employer Consent Form, and all mandatory supporting documents and complete the application process. Acceptable file formats for uploading these documents are .DOC, .DOCX, .PDF, .ZIP and .JPEG.

  • Upon receipt of your Application Form and all other enclosures, the Admissions Cell will scrutinise them for completeness, accuracy and eligibility.

  • Admission Cell will intimate selected candidates by email within two weeks of submission of application with all supporting documents. The selection status can also be checked by logging in to the Online Application Centre.


Ever since it was declared as a Deemed to be University in 1964, BITS Pilani has been offering higher education programmes in science and technology, and has earned an enviable reputation for its innovations in this sphere. The Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) of BITS Pilani constitutes a unique set of educational offerings for working professionals. These programmes, which BITS began to offer in 1979, have, over the years, evolved along the lines envisaged in the National Policy on Education, 1986.

The WILP are rigorous higher education programmes in technology areas, designed keeping the evolving needs of industry in view, and meant for working professionals in their respective domains. The very intent is to deliver the education at the workplace, in order that the greatest degree of work integration of the education is achieved, and thus the WILP are very distinct in philosophy and pedagogy from open, distance learning programmes. Though it is incorrect and improper, at times the WILP are compared to ODL programmes. Accordingly, it has been our constant endeavor to engage with the regulator, and provide all necessary information about these programmes.

The WILP have been well received, and accepted by industry, because of the high quality of the programmes in terms of the curriculum and the instruction, and also because of the high degree of work integration, which results not only in up gradation of knowledge, but also in up skilling, and productivity increase