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Master of Science in Computer Information Systems Blended

Blended Course Schedule Dual Degree Option

In addition to the 100% online and 100% on-campus formats, the Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science offers a blended format option for the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems. This program combines the best elements of classroom and online teaching. Using the most current Internet and communication technologies, we support 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 Blended website http://www.bu.edu/met-eti/blended/ for more information about the Blended format.

BlendedCourseDemoA blended MS CIS course includes:

    1. Four on-campus sessions with lectures and discussions related to online course material. Some may also have 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. The course may include interactive online seminars and/or recorded lectures, during the weeks that students are not on campus, led by the instructors covering most important topics, providing homework guidance and answering student questions.
    4. A fifth on-campus session for the final exam or project presentation.

      Program Location and Delivery

      Boston-Charles River Campus | Online | Blended

      View admissions requirements here

      Prerequisite Requirements

      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 complete the core curriculum courses and have the option to complete one or more concentration(s) or no concentration. Students who want to earn one or more concentration(s) must satisfy the stated requirements of each concentration they wish to pursue. Students who choose not to pursue a concentration will take MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems and four general electives to complete their degree.
      • A minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate program is a C (2.0) but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and satisfy the degree requirements.

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

      Core Curriculum (five required courses/20 credits)

      Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program or have relevant work-related experience may request permission from the Department of Computer Science to replace the corresponding core courses with graduate-level computer information systems electives.

      Concentration Options (five courses/ 20 credits)

      Click on concentration for more information.

      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 (20 credits), students pursuing a concentration in Database Management & Business Intelligence must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

      (five courses/20 credits)


      Particularly valuable for those engaged in the administration of technical projects, the concentration in IT Project Management introduces 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 Project Management Professionals.

      Concentration Requirements

      In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems core curriculum (20 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in IT Project Management must also take the following concentration requirements:

      (five courses/20 credits)

      PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project ManagementThe Master of Science in Computer Information Systems has been accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

      The GAC and PMI logos are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. For the full list of PMI’s legal marks, please contact the PMI Legal department.

      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 (20 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Security must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

      (five courses/20 credits)

      Plus two courses selected from the following:

      Students who are not choosing to complete a concentration must take MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems and four general electives (16 credits) from the list below with at least three at the 600 level or above. When choosing electives, students should make sure that they have all prerequisites required by the selected course.

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      Dual Degree Option

      Appreciating the converging nature of management skills and technology, the Computer Science Department has a special relationship with Metropolitan College’s Administrative Sciences and Actuarial Science Departments. Students in either program are able to use 8 credits from one degree toward a second degree, thereby reducing their work on the second degree by two courses. Students must be accepted independently by both departments, but they may request that application materials such as references and transcripts be forwarded from the first program to the second.

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