MS in Computer Information Systems

Online

The online Master of Science (MS) in Computer Information Systems is designed for working professionals in the IT field. The program will capitalize on students’ experience by offering specialized training in management, preparing graduates for managerial positions within the computer science or information systems field.

The online MS in Computer Information Systems is accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management.

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 an $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

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.

*Students who choose MET CS 601 Web Application Development as a core course may not choose the course as an elective. Students choosing a concentration in Web Application Development must take core course MET CS 520.

General Electives

(four courses/16 credits)

Students who are not choosing a concentration must select four courses (16 credits) from the following:

  • MET CS 601 Web Application Development*
  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
  • 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 701 Rich Internet Application Development
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture

*Students who choose MET CS 601 Web Application Development as a core course may not choose the course as an elective.

Concentrations

Declaration of More Than One Concentration

Students in the MS in Computer Information Systems (Online) 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:

Computer Networks

The Concentration in Computer Networks offers a broad foundation of information technology, along with an in-depth exploration of computer data communication and modern networking. The computer networks concentration provides a comprehensive examination of network design and implementation, network performance analysis and management, network security, and the latest networking technology. The program is designed to empower students with extensive hands-on experience, in order to analyze, design, procure, manage, and implement cutting-edge computer networking solutions and technologies.

Concentration Requirements

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

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 635 Network Design and Implementation
  • MET CS 685 Network Design and Management
  • MET CS 690 Network Security
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security

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 (Online) core curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Database Management & Business Intelligence must also take the following concentration requirements:

(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 course from the following:

  • MET CS 570 Biomedical Science and Health IT
  • MET CS 580 Health Informatics
  • MET CS 581 Electronic Health Records
  • MET CS 601 Web Application Development*
  • 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 701 Rich Internet Application Development
  • MET CS 781 Advanced Health Informatics
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture

*Students who choose MET CS 601 Web Application Development as a core course may not choose the course as an elective.

Health Informatics

The Concentration in Health Informatics exposes students to modern health information technology, including heath data collection, processing, and storage. The primary focus of this program is on electronic medical data generated and stored in health care and public health organizations. Individuals graduating from this program will have a solid knowledge of health information technology and systems and electronic health records, and command of the latest medical technologies.

Concentration Requirements

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

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 570 Biomedical Sciences and Health IT
  • MET CS 580 Health Informatics
  • MET CS 581 Electronic Health Records
  • MET CS 781 Advanced Health Informatics

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 Professionals.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems (Online) 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 783 Enterprise Architecture

Plus one course from the following:

  • MET CS 601 Web Application 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 701 Rich Internet Application Development
  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management

*Students who choose MET CS 601 Web Application Development as a core course may not choose the course as an elective.

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 (Online) core curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Security must also take the following concentration requirements:

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security

Plus one or two courses from the following:

  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations

Plus no more than one course from the following:

  • MET CS 601 Web Application Development*
  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
  • MET CS 699 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MET CS 701 Rich Internet Application Development
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture

*Students who choose MET CS 601 Web Application Development as a core course may not choose the course as an elective.

Web Application Development

The Concentration in Web Application Development introduces the fundamental concepts of web applications, providing comprehensive coverage of both client-side and server-side development. The latest topics in PHP, .NET (C# 3.0, ASP.NET 3.5, ADO.NET, LINQ, WCF, and WPF), and Enterprise Java (Servlets, JSP, Hibernate, Spring, and EJBs) are widely covered. Students also learn, and work with, cutting-edge technologies such as Ruby on Rails, AJAX, Flex, and Google Web Toolkit (GWT). Students create real-world web application projects that also involve interacting with databases such as Oracle, MySQL, and SQLSERVER.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems (Online) core curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Web Application Development must also take the following concentration requirements:

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 601 Web Application Development*
  • MET CS 701 Rich Internet Application Development

Plus two courses selected from the following:

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

*Students who choose a concentration in Web Application Development are required to take MET CS 520 Information Structures as a core course.