Master of Science in
Computer Information Systems


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.

Accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).


Masters in Computer Information Systems Degree Summary

  • Ten courses/40 credits
  • Students are required to complete the core curriculum courses and have the option to complete one or more concentrations or, no concentration. Students who want to earn one or more concentrations must satisfy the stated requirements of each concentration they wish to pursue. Students who choose not to pursue a concentration will take and four general electives to complete their degree.
  • Degree can be completed part time or full time on campus, online, or, in the blended format in as little as three semesters full time on campus or five semesters part time on campus or online. Not all courses are offered in every format, consult an Administrative Advisor for further details.
  • Applications are accepted throughout the year. The online program has six start dates a year and the on campus or blended program has three.
  • 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.

MSCIS Core Curriculum

(five required courses/20 credits)

Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program may request permission from the Department of Computer Science to replace the corresponding core courses with graduate-level computer information systems electives.

MSCIS Concentration Options

(five courses/20 credits)

Awd-15-Plat-96Metropolitan College received the USDLA Platinum Best Practices Award for Distance Learning Programming for the course Quantitative Methods for Information Systems, developed by Dr. Anatoly Temkin and Dr. Daniel Hillman.

Related Graduate Certificates

Students who are currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems have the option to complete a certificate program without reapplication. Classes may count towards both a certificate and degree program (if requirements indicate the same course). However, please refer to the Academic Policies Manual regarding classes overlapping between two certificate programs. To add a certificate to your academic profile, email your designated program administrator at (on campus/blended) students) or (online students).