MS in Computer Information Systems

Online

The online Master of Science (MS) in Computer Information Systems is designed for working professionals in the IT field. The program will capitalize on students’ experience by offering specialized training in management, preparing graduates for managerial positions within the computer science or information systems field.

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

Admissions Information

Official transcripts of previous academic work, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a résumé, and an $85 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 at www.bu.edu/met/admissions.

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

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.

The minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate program is 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 courses/20 credits)

  • MET CS 520 Information Structures with Java or MET CS 521 Information Structures with Python
  • 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. Please refer to the MET CS Academic Policies Manual for further details.

General Electives (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 AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management*
  • MET AD 630 Financial and Managerial Accounting*
  • MET AD 643 Project Communications Management*
  • MET AD 646 Program Management*
  • MET AD 648 Ecommerce*
  • MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services*
  • MET CJ 632 White-Collar Crime*
  • MET CS 544 Foundations of Analytics
  • MET CS 555 Data Analysis and Visualization
  • MET CS 570 Biomedical Sciences and Health IT
  • MET CS 580 Health Informatics
  • MET CS 581 Electronic Health Records
  • MET CS 601 Web Application Development
  • MET CS 602 Server-Side Web Development
  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
  • MET CS 634 Agile Software Development
  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 683 Mobile Application Development
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 685 Network Design and Management
  • MET CS 688 Web Analytics and Mining
  • 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
  • MET CS 701 Rich Internet Application Development
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management
  • MET CS 781 Advanced Health Informatics
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture

*Requires consent of the Computer Science department advisor.

Concentrations

Declaration of More Than One Concentration

Students in the MS in Computer Information Systems (Online) 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 offers a broad foundation of information technology, along with an in-depth exploration of computer data communication and modern networking. The five 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.

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:

(five courses/20 credits)

  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
  • MET CS 685 Network Design and Management
  • MET CS 690 Network Security
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
  • Plus one course selected from the list of Computer Information Systems general electives

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.

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)

  • MET CS 544 Foundations of Analytics
  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
  • 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.

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:

(five courses/20 credits)

  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 699 Data Mining
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management
  • 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.

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:

(five courses/20 credits)

  • MET CS 570 Biomedical Sciences and Health IT
  • MET CS 580 Health Informatics
  • MET CS 581 Electronic Health Records
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
  • 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 a Project Management Professionals.

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)

  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
  • 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.

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:

(five courses/20 credits)

  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security

Plus two courses selected from the following:

  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 690 Network Security
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 694 Mobile Forensics

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 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.

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)

  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
  • MET CS 601 Web Application Development
  • MET CS 602 Server-Side Web Development
  • MET CS 701 Rich Internet Application Development
  • Plus one course selected from the list of Computer Information Systems general electives