Learn to Manage Complex IT Projects

Available online, on campus, and in a blended format, the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in IT Project Management 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, On Campus, and Blended
  • 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

According to the 2017 Job Growth and Talent Gap in Project Management report from the Project Management Institute, employers will need to fill an average of 2.2 million project management-oriented jobs every year through 2027, making it an opportune time to invest in the mix of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management skills required of a project manager.

BU MET’s Computer Information Systems degree concentration in IT Project Management can provide the technical and managerial expertise to help you advance your career in this exciting area of growth. Along with an understanding of virtual project management—enabling you to manage geographically distributed software development—you will also gain valuable, marketable skills that encompass governance of large projects and programs for both predictive and various agile lifecycles. As a graduate of the MSCIS concentration in IT Project Management, you will be prepared to lead and manage agile projects—and obtain competency in roles such as scrum master or product owner.

#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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PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management

BU MET’s MS in Project Management and MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in Project Management are accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

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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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“As a systems engineer working on the Autonomic Logistic Information System (ALIS) Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, BU’s MSCIS program has equipped me with the right tools and resources to become an influential technical leader within my industry. The courses force students to think outside of the box and develop strong technical strategies when problem-solving.”O’Shea Bridges (MET’19), Systems Engineer, Engineering Leadership Development Program, Lockheed Martin

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

  • Accreditation: The master’s degree concentration in IT Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
  • PMI® Exam Prep: MET’s optional, complimentary Project Management Professional (PMP®) and PMI-ACP® exam preparation courses are ideal for those who seek to pursue PMP® certification. Those who already hold PMI® certifications can earn up to 45 PDUs per course.
  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Computer Information Systems courses ensure you get the attention you need, while introducing 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 hold the highest academic qualifications, are certified in project management, and have years of professional expertise.
  • 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, fully online, or in the blended format that combines on-campus and online learning. 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 IT Project Management 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. Particularly valuable for those engaged in the administration of technical projects, the IT Project Management degree concentration at BU MET introduces general concepts embodied in the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), while immersing you in specialized techniques for software risk management, software cost estimation, and software quality management.

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 IT Project Management will equip you with:

  • Advanced knowledge of the following project management process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing; knowledge of agile software development practices, and planning and governance of large projects and programs.
  • Proficiency in all basic project management tools and software techniques, including software architecture, project communications, risk analysis, cost estimation and budgeting, and quality control; proficiency in planning and developing a comprehensive project plan and software development life cycle.
  • Competence sufficient to oversee the architecture, design, and implementation of software systems.
  • 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 network technologies.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

You can also earn the master’s in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in IT Project Management by completing the BU MET Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and the Graduate Certificate in IT Project Management, 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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