Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in Web Application Development

The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems 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 PHP, .NET (C# 3.0, ASP.NET 3.5, ADO.NET, LINQ, WCF, and WPF), and Enterprise Java (Servlets, JSP, Hibernate, Spring, and EJBs) are widely covered. Students also learn, and work with, cutting-edge technologies such as Ruby on Rails, AJAX, Flex, and Google Web Toolkit (GWT). Students create real-world web application projects that also involve interacting with databases such as Oracle, MySQL, and SQLSERVER.

Students who complete the Computer Information Systems master’s degree concentration in Web Application Development will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge in the analysis and documentation of requirements for architecture, design, and implementation of computer applications systems.
  • Proficiency in software and computing skills as they pertain to the design and implementation of database systems, data communications, systems analysis, and design.
  • Competence sufficient to identify current and emerging information technologies that may have strategic value for enterprise; assess where those technologies have value; and manage the implementation of those technologies in the enterprise.
  • Advanced knowledge of web application development languages.
  • Proficiency in one or two server-side web language/platform-specific technologies like Java and .NET, and client-side languages like JavaScript.
  • Competence sufficient to apply acquired knowledge in migrating to new and emerging standards and technologies.

Degree Requirements—On Campus

Core Curriculum

(Six courses/24 credits)

MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
Fall ‘15

The goal of this course is to provide Computer Information Systems students with the mathematical fundamentals required for successful quantitative analysis of problems in the field of business computing. The first part of the course introduces the mathematical prerequisites for understanding probability and statistics. Topics include combinatorial mathematics, functions, and the fundamentals of differentiation and integration. The second part of the course concentrates on the study of elementary probability theory, discrete and continuous distributions. Prereq: Academic background that includes the material covered in a standard course on college algebra or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Gorlin FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Gorlin FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Milton ARR
MET CS 625 Business Data Communication and Networks
Fall ‘15

This course presents the foundations of data communications and takes a bottom-up approach to computer networks. The course concludes with an overview of basic network security and management concepts. Prereq: MET CS 200, or instructor's consent. This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 425 (undergraduate) or MET CS 535. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Arena FLR 109 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arena FLR 109 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Mansur ARR
MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation for Business
Fall ‘15

Students learn the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Students gain extensive hands- on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as they learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. Restrictions: Only for MS CIS. This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 469 (undergraduate) or MET CS 579. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Maiewski CAS 225 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Matthews CAS 214 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Mansur ARR
BCL IND Simovici U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
MET CS 682 Information Systems Analysis and Design
Fall ‘15

Object-oriented methods of information systems analysis and design for organizations with data- processing needs. System feasibility; requirements analysis; database utilization; Unified Modeling Language; software system architecture, design, and implementation, management; project control; and systems-level testing.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Guadagno FLR ARR R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Guadagno FLR ARR R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Braude ARR
MET CS 782 IT Strategy and Management
Fall ‘15

This course provides an overview of contemporary I.T. management. It explains the relevant issues of effectively managing information services. The course highlights areas of greatest current and potential application of I.T. to business needs and reviews electronic business, enterprise business systems, and decision support systems. Restrictions: Only for MS CIS students.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Arakelian FLR 266 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arakelian FLR 266 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Arakelian ARR

And one of the following*:

MET CS 520 Information Structures with Java
Fall ‘15

This course covers the concepts of object-oriented approach to software design and development using the Java programming language. It includes a detailed discussion of programming concepts starting with the fundamentals of data types, control structures methods, classes, applets, arrays and strings, and proceeding to advanced topics such as inheritance and polymorphism, interfaces, creating user interfaces, exceptions, and streams. Upon completion of this course the students will be able to apply software engineering criteria to design and implement Java applications that are secure, robust, and scalable. Prereq: MET CS 200; Not recommended for students without a programming background. Or Instructor's Consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Staff FLR 267 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Staff FLR 267 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BCL IND Simovici S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET CS 521 Information Structures with Python
Fall ‘15

This course covers the concepts of the object-oriented approach to software design and development using the Python programming language. It includes a detailed discussion of programming concepts starting with the fundamentals of data types, control structures methods, classes, arrays and strings, and proceeding to advanced topics such as inheritance and polymorphism, creating user interfaces, exceptions and streams. Upon completion of this course students will be capable of applying software engineering principles to design and implement Python applications that can be used in conjunction with analytics and big data.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Braude KCB 102 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*If a student chooses to take both MET CS 520 and MET CS 521, the first course completed will fulfill the core requirement and the second course completed will count as an elective.

Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program must replace the corresponding core courses with electives. It is recommended that each replacement course be in the same technical area as the original core course. Students who have work-related experience in any of the core curriculum courses may apply for a waiver by submitting appropriate documentation. When a course waiver is granted, the student must substitute a graduate-level elective for the core course.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems Core Curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a concentration in Web Application Development must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

Required Web Application Development Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

MET CS 601 Web Application Development
Fall ‘15

This course focuses on building core competencies in web design and development. It begins with a complete immersion into HTML essentially XHTML and Dynamic HTML (DHTML). Students are exposed to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), as well as Dynamic CSS. The fundamentals of JavaScript language including object-oriented JavaScript is covered comprehensively. AJAX with XML and JSON are covered, as they are the primary means to transfer data from client and server. Prereq: For CIS Students: MET CS 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology, or instructor's consent. For CS and TC Students: MET CS 231 or MET CS 232, or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Sheehan SHA 201 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Heda MCS B21 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Bishop ARR
MET CS 701 Rich Internet Application Development
Fall ‘15

The Rich Internet Application (RIA) Development course concentrates primarily on building rich client web applications in the browser for desktop and mobile devices. The course is divided into various modules covering in depth the following technologies: HTML5, jQuery UI & Mobile, and AngularJS. Along with the fundamentals underlying these technologies, several applications will be showcased as case studies. Students work with these technologies starting with simple applications and then examining real world complex applications. At the end of this course, students would have mastered the latest and widely used RIA methodologies. Prereq: MET CS 520 and MET CS 601; or instructor's consent.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Kalathur FLR 267 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Kalathur FLR 267 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

And two courses selected from the following:

MET CS 632 Information Technology Project Management
Fall ‘15

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of software project management. Students learn techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling software projects. There is substantial focus on software cost estimation and software risk management. Students will obtain practical project management skills and competencies related to the definition of a software project, establishment of project communications, managing project changes, and managing distributed software teams and projects.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Campbell FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Campbell FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Kanabar ARR
MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
Fall ‘15

This course prepares students to justify, lead, participate in, and maintain geographically distributed development (GDD) projects. Students study the technical and business implications of GDD. They also work in geographically dispersed teams to produce documented applications. No programming background is required. Prereq: MET CS 520 or MET CS 601 and MET CS 682.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Elentukh FLR 266 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Elentukh FLR 266 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Elentukh ARR
MET CS 651 Web Development with .NET
Fall ‘15

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to building web applications and web services using the Microsoft .NET (Version 3.5) development platform. The key technologies covered include the C# programming language (Version 3.0), the ASP.NET (Version 3.5) system for developing web applications and web services using C#, and ADO.NET and LINQ (Language INtegrated Query) for data access. In addition to the above topics, we will also cover Windows Communication Framework (WCF) and Windows Presentation Framework (WPF). All programming will be based on Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 available through BU's MSDNAA. A copy of the software will be provided to the students. Prereq: MET CS 232 or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Konstantopou MCS B19 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 667 Enterprise Java

The Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) architecture is explored starting with the presentation layer which includes the servlets and Java Server Pages (JSP). Java Server Faces (JSF) are briefly covered. The business layer is examined using the enterprise java beans (EJB). The persistence layer is studied through the Java Persistence API (JPA) and the Hibernate framework. Java based web services are explored using JAX- WS (SOAP based) and JAX-RS (REST based) APIs. The Spring framework is compared as an alternative architecture. Prereq: MET CS 565; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture
Fall ‘15

This course builds upon the strong technical foundation of our MSCIS and MSCS curricula, by providing students with the CIO-level management perspective and skills of enterprise architecture, in the context of the technologies that implement those architectures. The course provides students with the understanding and skills needed to define and implement successful enterprise architectures that provide real value to organizations, such as substantially reducing IT costs while improving performance, agility and alignment of information technology to business goals. Prereq: MET CS 682; or strategic IT experience; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Schudy FLR ARR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Schudy FLR ARR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Degree Requirements—Online

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