Learn to Create Effective, Secure Networks

Available online and on campus, the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in Computer Networks at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is designed to immerse you in the fast-paced world of technological innovation—preparing you for IT leadership positions in all sectors.

Program at a Glance

  • Top 10 Online Program since 2014
  • Online and On Campus
  • Part-Time or Full-Time Study
  • 40 Credits
  • 18–24 Months to Completion
  • 17 Core Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT
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Advance Your Career with a Master’s in Computer Information Systems

Secure networks are fundamental to computer information systems in the context of the organization. Designed to empower you with extensive knowledge and hands-on experience, BU MET’s concentration in Computer Networks provides a broad foundation in information technology and an in-depth understanding of computer data communications and modern networking, enabling you to analyze, design, procure, manage, and implement cutting-edge computer networking solutions and technologies.

#8 in Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs

#8 Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs

MET’s online master’s degrees in computer information technology are ranked #8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2021.

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A National Center of Academic Excellence

Boston University has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Our information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

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“I have benefited from excellent faculty and instructors throughout my time at MET. If I were to highlight a single faculty member, it would be none other than Professor Scott Arena. My first experience with Professor Arena was in a required class, Business Data Communication and Networks (MET CS 625). . . . Professor Arena kept the class engaged through humor, stories of professional life, and what I can only describe as the most eclectic power point slides I have ever seen. While Professor Arena required weekly deliverables, they were always applicable—not assignments for the sake of assignments.”Joe Kowalik, Lead Client Support Specialist, Boston University

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Use the Career Insights tool to explore jobs that are the right fit for you. Filter by career area and job title or by industry sector to explore employment demand and average salaries. Select “Learn More” for a downloadable career report, or “Explore Other Options” to find the BU MET degree or certificate program that will prepare you for the job you want.

Why BU’s Computer Information Systems Degree Has Been Top 10 since 2014

  • Recognized & Certified:Boston University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research. BU MET’s information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Computer Information Systems courses introduce case studies and real-world projects that ensure you gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Computer Information Systems master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty and industry leaders who have extensive hands-on involvement in building secure networks, developing applications, and fighting cybercrime for the world’s top companies.
  • Extensive Network: Study information systems alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable IT contacts across several technology sectors, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
  • 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus or fully online. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—BU MET’s Department of Computer Science was established in 1979 and is the longest-running computer science department at BU. Over its four decades, the department has played an important role in the emergence of IT at the University and throughout the region.
  • Merit Scholarships: All applicants are automatically considered, and admitted students are nominated based on eligibility.

Master the Tools to Excel in Computer Information Systems

The Computer Networks concentration is part of BU MET’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS). Starting with digital communications and local area (LAN), wide area (WAN), wireless, and other network technologies, and then moving on to databases, math for IT, strategic IT, software development, and systems analysis and design, the concentration provides a comprehensive understanding of network design and implementation, network performance analysis and management, network security, and the latest networking technologies.

BU MET’s Computer Information Systems master’s degree prepares you for jobs that are seeing faster-than-average growth and excellent salaries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and information systems managers (for instance) is more than $146,000. And with seven concentrations, the Computer Information Systems master’s encompasses several other fast-growing and well-paid segments of the IT job market, providing the foundation for work as an application analyst, data analyst, data scientist, cybersecurity analyst, IT consultant, network and computer systems administrator, computer systems analyst, database administrator, and many other integral positions in an organization.

Graduate with Expertise

Metropolitan College’s Computer Information Systems master’s degree concentration in Computer Networks will equip you with:

  • Advanced knowledge in the analysis and documentation of requirements, design, and implementation of a wide variety of network architectures.
  • 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.
  • Advanced knowledge of data communication protocols and networks; of issues involved in multi-access media, including wired, wireless, and optical; performance analysis of networks; and combined with management of large networks.
  • Proficiency in data communication protocols and networks, including flow control, distributed synchronization, error detection and correction, and routing along with the techniques to implement them.
  • Competence sufficient to design, specify, and develop data transfer protocols for specific purposes; design, specify, plan, and define networks of any size; and analyze, evaluate, and select the appropriate network technologies.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

You can also earn the master’s in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Computer Networks by completing the BU MET Graduate Certificate in Information Technology, plus either Information Structures with Java (MET CS 520) or Information Structures with Python (MET CS 521), and the Computer Networks degree concentration requirements. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at csadmissions@bu.edu to learn more about this option.


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