MS in Computer Information Systems

Blended/eLive

In addition to the fully online and fully on-campus formats, the Boston University Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science offers a blended-format option for the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS). This program combines the best elements of classroom and online teaching. Using the most current Internet and communication technologies, the blended format supports ongoing student/faculty collaboration and interaction while offering reduced face-to-face time. Our courses are designed to align with the latest research on cognitive learning and educational technologies. In addition to providing flexibility to suit busy professional lifestyles, blended courses deliver a solid academic foundation, important practical skills, and critical business competencies. Please visit the MET Educational Research & Technology website bu.edu/met-research for more information about the blended format.

A blended MSCIS course typically includes:

  1. Four on-campus sessions with lectures, discussions related to online course material, hands-on labs, and activities to develop technical and business-critical skills.
  2. Online course content, conveniently accessible in Blackboard Learn. This may include online lectures, videos, interactive animations, and instructor-led discussion boards. During the online weeks, students may submit homework assignments, projects, papers, and assessments via the course website.
  3. Interactive online seminars and/or recorded lectures, during the weeks that students are not on campus, led by the instructors covering the most important topics, providing homework guidance and answering student questions.
  4. A fifth on-campus session for the final exam or project presentation.

Admissions Information

Prerequisite courses or evidence of proficiency in these areas must accompany the application to the program. If college-level credit courses are not in evidence, the department will determine what prerequisite courses must be completed in addition to the graduate degree requirements. Students claiming equivalent proficiency in prerequisite courses from non-academic sources must take an examination to demonstrate such proficiency.

Official transcripts of previous academic work, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a résumé, and a $80 application fee are required as part of the application.

A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College before acceptance into the program may be applied toward the degree.

The Application for Graduate Admission can be found on the Metropolitan College website at www.bu.edu/met/admissions.

Prerequisites

Applicants to the program are required to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and proficiency in the following areas:

  • MET CS 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology

Students are advised to discuss their background with the graduate student advisor in order to determine the best sequence of courses.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to finish the core curriculum and either a four-course concentration or four general electives. The minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate program is C (2.0), but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and to be eligible to graduate.

A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required, as follows:

Core Curriculum

(six courses/24 credits)

  • MET CS 520 Information Structures or MET CS 601 Web Application Development
  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
  • MET CS 625 Business Data Communication and Networks
  • MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation for Business
  • MET CS 682 Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • MET CS 782 IT Strategy and Management

Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program must replace the corresponding core courses with electives. It is recommended that each replacement course be in the same technical area. Students who have work-related experience in any of the core curriculum courses may apply for a waiver by submitting appropriate documentation. When a course waiver is granted, the student must substitute an elective for the core course that was waived.

General Electives

(four courses/16 credits)

Students who are not choosing a concentration must select four general electives. Electives other than those listed below must be approved by the student’s advisor. In choosing general electives, students should make sure that they have all prerequisites required by the selected course. At least three elective courses must be at the 600 level or above:

  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
  • MET CS 634 Agile Software Development
  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
  • MET CS 699 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics
  • MET CS 713 Advanced Digital Forensics
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture

Master’s Thesis Option in Computer Information Systems (8 credits)

Students majoring in Computer Information Systems may elect a thesis option, to be completed within 12 months. This option is available to MS in Computer Information Systems candidates who have completed at least seven courses toward their degree and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be part-time faculty with a PhD (unless waived by department).

  • MET CS 810/811 Master’s Thesis

Concentrations

Declaration of More Than One Concentration

Students in the MS in Computer Information Systems (Blended/eLive) program have the option to concentrate in more than one area for their MS program. Each concentration must be finished before the student officially graduates from his or her program. No additional concentrations may be added after graduation. In the case of some courses overlapping between one or more concentrations, only one course may count toward both concentrations. If more than one course overlaps, the student must take an elective in its place so that each concentration is completed.

Students may choose from the following concentrations:

Database Management & Business Intelligence

The Concentration in Database Management & Business Intelligence equips students with the tools necessary to utilize the vast amounts of information provided by large amounts of data. By focusing on the integration of information technology with business problems and opportunities, this concentration enables information systems professionals to understand technological issues in addition to business concepts and fundamentals.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems core curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a concentration in Database Management & Business Intelligence must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 699 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management

Plus one from the following list:

  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics
  • MET CS 713 Advanced Digital Forensics
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture

IT Project Management

The Concentration in IT Project Management is particularly valuable for those engaged in the administration of technical projects. Students are introduced to general concepts embodied in the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK, while exploring specialized techniques for software risk management, software cost estimation, and software quality management. Students also learn virtual project management, enabling them to manage geographically distributed software development. Students taking any course in this concentration are eligible to take a PMP® preparation course for free—an important step toward certification as a Project Management Professional.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems Core Curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in IT Project Management must also take the following concentration requirements:

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
  • MET CS 634 Agile Software Development
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture

Security

The Concentration in Security provides in-depth knowledge of emerging security threats and solutions to prepare technical leaders to identify, develop, and implement highly secure systems and networks that support organizational goals.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems core curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Security must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 674 Database Security or MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics or MET CS 713 Advanced Digital Forensics