MS in Computer Information Systems

Charles River Campus, Boston

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 Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education for academic years 2007 through 2012, and a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research for academic years 2008 through 2013.

The MS in Computer Information Systems has been accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management.

Admissions Information

Prerequisite courses or evidence of proficiency in the above areas must accompany the application to the program. If college-level credit courses are not in evidence, the department will determine what prerequisite courses must be completed in addition to the graduate degree requirements. Students claiming equivalent proficiency in prerequisite courses from non-academic sources must take an examination to demonstrate such proficiency.

Official transcripts of previous academic work, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a résumé, and an $80 application fee are required as part of the application.

A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College before acceptance into the program may be applied toward the degree.

The Application for Graduate Admission can be found on the Metropolitan College website.

Note: The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems program is also available online. Please visit the program page for more information.

Prerequisites

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

Students are advised to discuss their background with the graduate student advisor in order to determine the best sequence of courses.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to finish the core curriculum and either a concentration or four general 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.

Core Curriculum (six required courses/24 credits)

  • MET CS 520 Information Structures with Java or MET CS 521 Information Structures with Python
  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
  • MET CS 625 Business Data Communication and Networks
  • MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation for Business
  • MET CS 682 Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • MET CS 782 IT Strategy and Management

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. If a course waiver is granted, it is recommended that each replacement course be in the same technical area.

General Electives (four courses/16 credits)

Students who are not choosing a concentration must select four courses (16 credits) from the list below, with at least three courses at the 600 level or above. In choosing general electives, students should make sure that they have all prerequisites required for the selected course.

  • MET CS 503 Windows .NET Application Programming with C#
  • MET CS 504 Green Information Technology
  • MET CS 521 Information Structures with Python
  • MET CS 532 Computer Graphics
  • MET CS 544 Foundations of Analytics
  • MET CS 555 Data Analysis and Visualization
  • MET CS 561 Financial Informatics
  • MET CS 565 Advanced Java Programming
  • MET CS 570 Biomedical Sciences and Health IT
  • MET CS 580 Health Informatics
  • MET CS 581 Electronic Health Records
  • MET CS 599 Biometrics
  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
  • MET CS 634 Agile Software Development
  • MET CS 651 Web Development with .NET
  • MET CS 664 Artificial Intelligence
  • MET CS 665 Software Design and Patterns
  • MET CS 667 Enterprise Java
  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 685 Network Design and Management
  • MET CS 688 Web Analytics and Mining
  • MET CS 689 Designing and Implementing a Data Warehouse
  • MET CS 690 Network Security
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 694 Mobile Forensics
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
  • MET CS 699 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MET CS 701 Rich Internet Application Development
  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics
  • MET CS 713 Advanced Digital Forensics
  • MET CS 773 Software Quality Management
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management
  • MET CS 781 Advanced Health Informatics
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture
  • MET CS 789 Cryptography
  • MET CS 799 Advanced Cryptography

Master’s Thesis Option in Computer Information Systems (8 credits)

Students majoring in computer information systems may elect a thesis option, to be completed within 12 months. This option is available to MS in Computer Information Systems candidates who have completed at least seven courses toward their degree and have a grade point average (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 department).

  • MET CS 810/811 Master’s Thesis

Concentrations

Declaration of More Than One Concentration

Students in the MS in Computer Information Systems program have the option to concentrate in more than one area for their MS program. Each concentration must be finished before the student officially graduates from his or her program. No additional concentrations may be added after graduation. In the case of some courses overlapping between one or more concentrations, only one course may count toward both concentrations. If more than one course overlaps, the student must take an elective in its place so that each concentration is completed.

Students may choose from the following concentrations:

Computer Networks

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 six MS in Computer Information Systems 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 provides a comprehensive examination 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 hands-on experience, in order 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 (24 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Computer Networks must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 635 Network Design and Implementation
  • MET CS 690 Network Security
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
  • MET CS 775 Advanced Networking

Data Analytics

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 (24 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Data Analytics must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 544 Foundations of Analytics
  • MET CS 555 Data Analysis and Visualization
  • MET CS 688 Web Analytics and Mining
  • MET CS 699 Data Mining

Database Management & Business Intelligence

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

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 699 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management
  • MET CS 674 Database Security or MET CS 689 Designing and Implementing a Data Warehouse

Plus one course selected from the list of computer information systems general electives.

Health Informatics

The Concentration in Health Informatics exposes 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, and command of the latest medical technologies.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems core curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Health Informatics must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 570 Biomedical Sciences and Health IT
  • MET CS 580 Health Informatics
  • MET CS 581 Electronic Health Records
  • MET CS 781 Advanced Health Informatics

IT Project Management

The Concentration in IT Project Management is particularly valuable for those engaged in the administration of technical projects. Students are introduced to 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 (24 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in IT Project Management must also take the following concentration requirements:

(four courses/16 credits)

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

Security

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

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security

Plus two courses selected from the following:

  • MET CS 599 Biometrics
  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 690 Network Security
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics
  • MET CS 713 Advanced Digital Forensics
  • MET CS 789 Cryptography
  • MET CS 799 Advanced Cryptography

Web Application Development

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 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.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems (Online) core curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Web Application Development must also take the following concentration requirements:

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 601 Web Application Development*
  • MET CS 701 Rich Internet Application Development

Plus two courses selected from the following:

  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
  • MET CS 651 Web Development with .NET
  • MET CS 667 Enterprise Java
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture

*Students choosing the Web Application Development concentration may only count MET CS 601 Web Application Development as an elective course, not as a core requirement. MET CS 520 Information Structures must be taken as a core course.