Master of Science in
Computer Information Systems

ON CAMPUS | ONLINE | BLENDED

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).

Career Outlook

  • 2017 median annual salary for Computer and Information Systems Managers is $139,220 per year*
  • 12% increase in Computer and Information Systems Manager jobs by 2026*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Systems Managers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm (visited August 29, 2018).

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.
  • 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.

Core Curriculum

(five required courses/20 credits)

Core classes are available On Campus, Online and in the Blended format.

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.

Concentration Options

(five courses/20 credits)

Concentration Options and classes are available On Campus (OC), Online (OL) and in the Blended (EL) format, unless otherwise noted.










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 metcs@bu.edu (on campus/blended) students) or metcsol@bu.edu (online students).