Learn to Process and Visualize Data

Available online and on campus, the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in Data Analytics 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 a variety of sectors seeking data analysts.

Program at a Glance

  • Online and On Campus
  • Part-Time or Full-Time Study
  • 40 Credits
  • 18–24 Months to Completion
  • 17 Core Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT

Advance Your Career with a Master’s in Computer Information Systems

The ability to harness and interpret vast amounts of data is essential to effective, evidence-based management decision-making. From routine daily purchasing decisions to major investment strategies, the ability to successfully distill data and present it in an intuitive way is critical to an organization’s bottom line. IT professionals who are skilled in data analytics are highly valued and sought after.

By earning BU’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems program with a concentration in Data Analytics, you will develop the skills required to compete for data analysis jobs amid rising global demand, while exploring the intricacies of data analytics and various topics related to data processing, analysis, and visualization.

#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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“Three important skills students can learn from this program are programming, which is a way to communicate with the machines; analytical thinking, which yields valuable insights from the data; and data management, which is important in efficiently storing, processing, and retrieving the data.”Sambasiva Rao Gangineni (MET’19), Software Engineer at Diameter Health

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

  • 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 with substantial backgrounds and achievements in data analysis.
  • Extensive Network: Study information systems alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable IT contacts across several 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 Data Analytics concentration is part of BU MET’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS). BU’s industry-leading MSCIS curriculum combines in-depth technical skills and emerging technology management. Learn the foundations of applied probability and statistics, and their relevance in day-to-day data analysis. Explore various data visualization techniques and their applications using real-world data sets. Facilitate knowledge discovery using data mining techniques with vast amounts of data. Gain hands-on experience with web analytics, data procuring and processing unstructured text.

Along with probability theory and statistical analysis methods and tools, you 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, those 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.

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 Data Analytics will equip you with:

  • Familiarity with applied probability and statistics, and their relevance in day-to-day data analysis.
  • The ability to explore the various data visualization techniques and their applications using real-world data sets.
  • An understanding of web analytics and metrics; how to procure and process unstructured text; and hidden patterns.
  • Skills in facilitating knowledge discovery using data mining techniques over vast amounts of data.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

You can also earn the master’s in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Data Analytics by completing the BU MET Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics, plus two additional courses: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (MET CS 546 ) and either Information Structures with Java (MET CS 520) or Information Structures with Python (MET CS 521). 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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