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Master of Science in Computer Information Systems

Boston Charles River Campus Course Schedule | Master Thesis Option | Dual Degree Option

The Master of Science (MS) in Computer Information Systems program is designed for students who wish to combine technical competence in information systems with knowledge of managerial and organizational issues.

  • The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security designated the Department of Computer Science as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Information Assurance Research.
  • The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems has been accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management.

Program by Location and Delivery

Boston-Charles River Campus | Online | Blended

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Prerequisite Requirements

Applicants to the program are required to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and proficiency in the following area: 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 to be eligible to graduate.

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)

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The concentration in Computer Networks provides students with a broad foundation in information technology (IT) and an in depth understanding of computer data communication and modern networking. The five  MSCIS core courses include a comprehensive introductory networking course that covers digital communications, local area, wide area, wireless and other network technologies. The core also includes courses in databases, math for IT, strategic IT, software development, and systems analysis and design. The Computer Networks concentration courses provide students with a comprehensive  understanding 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 knowledge and hands-on experience 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 core curriculum (20 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Computer Networks must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

(five courses/20 credits)

The concentration in Data Analytics will provide professionals with the skills required to compete for data analysis jobs amid rising global demand. The concentration will explore the intricacies of data analytics and expose students to various topics related to data processing, analysis, and visualization. Along with probability theory and statistical analysis methods and tools, students will learn how to generate relevant visual presentations of data and will examine concepts and techniques for data mining, text mining, and web mining. In addition to the broad background in the theory and practice of information technology gained from the Computer Information Systems core courses, individuals who complete this program will have a solid knowledge of data analytics practices accompanied by exposure to the methods and tools for data mining and knowledge discovery.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems core curriculum (20 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Data Analytics must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

(five courses/20 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.

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)

The objective of this program is to expose 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 as well as a solid exposure to the latest medical technologies.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems core curriculum (20 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Health Informatics 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:

The Concentration in Web Application Development introduces the fundamental concepts of web applications, providing a comprehensive coverage of both client-side and server-side development. The latest topics in JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, jQuery, AngularJS, PHP, and Node.js are widely covered. Students also learn, and work with, cutting-edge technologies for building desktop and mobile web applications. Students create real-world web application projects that also involve interacting with databases such as Oracle, MySQL, and NoSQL databases like MongoDB.

Concentration Requirements

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

(five courses/20 credits)

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.


MET CS 810/811 Master Thesis Option (8 credits)

The thesis option is to be completed within twelve months. This option is available to Master of Science in Computer Information Systems candidates who have completed at least seven courses toward their degree and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be part-time faculty with a PhD (unless waived by the department).

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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