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Master of Science in Computer Information Systems Blended

Prerequisites | Core Curriculum | Concentrations | 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-research for more information about the Blended format.

BlendedCourseDemoA blended MS CIS 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 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

      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:

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      Degree Requirements

      • Students are required to finish the core curriculum and either a concentration or four no concentration electives.
      • 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.

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      Core Curriculum (Six required courses/24 credits)

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      Database Management and Business Intelligence Concentration (Four courses/16 credits)

      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.

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

      And one elective selected from the following list:
      MET CS 632 EL IT Project Management
      MET CS 633 EL Distributed Software Development and Management
      MET CS 684 EL IT Security Policies and Procedures
      MET CS 693 EL Digital Forensics and Investigations
      MET CS 695 EL Enterprise Information Security
      MET CS 783 EL Enterprise Architecture (formerly CS 679)
      MET CS 703 EL Network Forensics
      MET CS 713 EL Advanced Digital Forensics

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      IT Project Management Concentration (Four courses/16 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.

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

      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.

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      Security Concentration (Four Courses/16 credits)

      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.

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

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      No Concentration

      Students who are not choosing to complete a concentration should select four courses (16 credits) from the list below.

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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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