Online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems Concentration in Database Management & Business Intelligence

The MS in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) concentration in Database Management & Business Intelligence provides students with the tools to utilize the vast amounts of information provided by large data groups. Along with extensive hands-on experience with SQL using Oracle and other leading DBMS and data mining tools, students gain skill and expertise in the design and implementation of operational databases—as well as the data warehousing, data mining, and related business intelligence technologies for managing the enterprise. Database management systems play key roles in the operations and management of every organization across all industries, and students who complete this concentration are able to integrate information technology with business problems and opportunities. Career tracks include database and knowledge modelers, designers, developers, and business intelligence analysts.

Students who complete the MSCIS degree concentration in Database Management & Business Intelligence will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of database modeling and design, database implementation, distributed databases, object-oriented and object-relational databases, and databases for web applications, as well as typical data mining methods.
  • 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.

Why Choose BU’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems?

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs in Grad Computer Information Technology 2018In 2018, the MSCIS ranked #6 among the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report).
  • Students benefit from a supportive online network, with courses developed and taught by PhD-level full-time faculty and professionals with hands-on expertise in the industry.
  • Small course sections ensure that students get the attention they need, while case studies and real-world projects ensure that they gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies.

Meet Dr. Suresh Kalathur, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Computer Information Systems program.

Career Outlook

Computer and Information Systems Managers

12% increase in jobs through 2026

$139,220 median annual pay in 2017

Computer and Information Research Scientists

19% increase in jobs through 2026

$114,520 median annual pay in 2017

Computer Systems Analysts

9% increase in jobs through 2026

$88,270 median annual pay in 2017

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017-18 Edition

Best Technology Jobs, 2018 U.S. News & World Report

  • #1 Software Developer
  • #2 Information Security Analyst
  • #3 IT Manager
  • #4 Computer Systems Analyst
  • #5 Computer Network Architect
  • #6 Computer Systems Administrator
  • #7 Database Administrator
  • #8 Web Developer
  • #9 Computer Support Specialist
  • #10 Computer Programmer

By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.

McKinsey & Company
Big data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity, 2011

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

The online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems consists of ten courses (40 credits).

Faculty

Eric Braude

Eric Braude

Associate Professor and Director of Digital Learning, Computer Science
PhD, Columbia University; MS, University of Miami; MS, University of Illinois; BS, University of Natal (South Africa)

Lou Chitkushev

Lou Chitkushev

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Computer Science; Director, Health Informatics and Health Sciences
PhD, Boston University; MS, Medical College of Virginia; MS, BS, University of Belgrade

John Day

John Day

Lecturer, Computer Science
MSEE, BSEE, University of Illinois

Getting Started

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