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

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 Systems for Business
  • MET CS 682 Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • MET CS 782 IT Strategy and Management

*Note: Students who have successfully completed previous equivalent coursework for MET AD 632 and/or MET AD 715 may substitute electives for these courses upon approval of the program director.


Students may choose three to five courses (12–20 credits) from available offerings in computer science, business, or project management.