Jumpstart: Gain the fundamentals you need to begin your specialized degree

Led by award-winning Kelley School of Business faculty, Jumpstart prepares non-business majors to begin specialized degree programs that lead to advanced career opportunities. Take advantage of this intensive summer program of accelerated instruction to get ready for success in our graduate-level business programs.

  • Any student needing to fulfill prerequisite courses for an MS in Information Systems (MSIS)
  • Any student needing to fulfill prerequisite courses for an MS in Finance (MSF)
  • All students planning to earn an MS in Healthcare Management (MSHM)

How many students participate in Jumpstart? Over half of the students earning a specialized master’s degree at Kelley enroll in Jumpstart.

Jumpstart is divided into three modules offered during the summer. Each module lasts four weeks. You can expect to be in class from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with breaks and lunch.

  • Technology I: starts mid-May
  • Business Bootcamp (BUS-X545): starts mid-June
  • Technology II: starts mid-July

The master’s degree you are pursuing, and your academic background, determine the modules you need to take.

  • Technology I and II are for MSIS students only.
  • Business Bootcamp (BUS-X545) is for any student in our specialized master’s degree programs. In addition, Business Bootcamp is required for all students enrolled in the MSHM program.

Technology I and Technology II:

  • These modules do not include course credit and are billed separately from the bursar.
  • The cost varies from year to year.
  • While the cost is not eligible for coverage by student loans, the MSIS program awards a limited amount of funds to select students.

Business Bootcamp (BUS-X545):

  • You will be charged 6 credit hours of graduate course credit by the bursar.
  • These credit hours are eligible for financial aid funding.

  • Introductory programming
  • Database management
  • Systems analysis and project management
  • Technology infrastructure
  • Management information systems

  • Principles of strategic management
  • Principles of marketing
  • Principles of financial management
  • Introduction to financial accounting
  • Operations management

Details regarding Jumpstart registration and payment are sent to applicants after acceptance of their offer of admission.

Opportunity is waiting for you at Kelley.

Jumpstart your career

The MS in Information Systems will prepare you for a rewarding career in a rapidly growing field. Bipin Prabhakar, chair of Information Systems Graduate Programs, explains how the MSIS curriculum leads to work-ready students, 97% of whom earn a job in their degree field. 

Application deadlines

Kelley students are encouraged to apply early in their undergraduate careers.

For no application fee and a simplified process, apply by the priority deadline:

US undergraduates in their senior year: January 15

Non-US undergraduates: November 1



Invest in your future

More than 97% of MS in Information Systems students receive job offers in their degree field.


The Kelley advantage

Top companies—including Accenture, EY, Deloitte, General Motors and PwC—hire MSIS students because they know our innovative curriculum prepares students for the future of business technology.