MS in Computer Information Systems

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Offered on-base in Massachusetts (Hanscom AFB) and North Carolina (MCAS New River/MCB Camp Lejeune), the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) is a weekend graduate program designed for students who wish to combine a technical competency in computer science and information systems with a knowledge of managerial and organizational issues. Students receive training in both the modern techniques of management and the technology of computer systems.

  • Boston University is recognized by the NSA (National Security Agency) and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research
  • Programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)
  • Students have access to BU’s Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security (RISCS) research consortium
  • The program design is accelerated and formatted over five semesters
  • Students can begin any semester—courses are in a continuous sequence
  • Those PCS’d before graduating can petition to complete remaining courses online
  • Coursework for the MSCIS can be completed in approximately 20 to 24 months

(10 courses/40 credits)

The 10 courses with associated certificates are listed below. Courses may be taken toward either or both certificates or the degree program.

Core Courses

  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
  • MET CS 520 Information Structures with Java

Information Technology Graduate Certificate

  • MET CS 625 Business Data Communications and Networks
  • MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation
  • MET CS 682 Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • MET CS 782 IT Strategy and Management

Information Security Graduate Certificate

  • 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

(10 courses/40 credits)

The MSCIS consists of a minimum of ten 4-credit courses for a required total of 40 credit hours.

Core Courses

  • MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
  • MET CS 520 Information Structures
  • MET CS 625 Data Communications and Computer Networks (formerly TC 625)
  • 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 may choose three to five courses (12–20 credits) from available offerings in computer science, business, or project management.