Online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems Degree

Established in 2004, Boston University’s online master’s in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) immerses students in the fast-paced world of technological innovation—preparing them for IT leadership positions in all sectors. Designed for students who wish to combine technical competence in information systems with knowledge of managerial and organizational issues, MSCIS degree concentrations encompass some of the fastest growing and highest paid segments of the IT job market:

BU students learn from expert faculty who are also industry leaders with hands-on involvement in building networks, developing applications, and fighting cybercrime for the world’s top companies. Online programs at Boston University provide something you won’t get anywhere else: a cutting-edge technical education rooted in BU’s 150-year old tradition of academic excellence.

Students who complete the master’s degree in Computer Information Systems will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge in the analysis and documentation of requirements for architecture, design, and implementation of computer applications systems.
  • 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.
  • Moderate skill in programming for application systems in an application programming language such as Java or Python.

Awards & Accreditations

CNSS CertificationCertified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)

PMI GAC Accredited Program

Accredited by the Project Management Institute® (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)

The GAC Accredited Program seal is a mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.

CAHIIM-accredited programAccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

Why Choose BU’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems?

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs - Grad Information Technology 2024In 2024, the MSCIS ranked #8 among the Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report).
  • The MSCIS program is certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNNS) through the National Security Agency’s INFOSEC Education and Training Program.
  • Boston University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research.
  • Students benefit from a supportive online network, with courses developed and taught by PhD-level full-time faculty and professionals with hands-on expertise in the industry.
  • Small course sections ensure that students get the attention they need, while case studies and real-world projects ensure that they gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies.

Meet Dr. Suresh Kalathur, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Computer Information Systems program.

Career Outlook

Data Scientists

35% increase in jobs through 2032

$103,500 median annual pay in 2022

Medical and Health Services Managers

28% increase in jobs through 2032

$104,830 median annual pay in 2022

Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars

16% increase in jobs through 2032

$58,250 median annual pay in 2022

Information Security Analysts

32% increase in jobs through 2032

$112,000 median annual pay in 2022

Computer Systems Analysts

10% increase in jobs through 2032

$102,240 median annual pay in 2022

Computer and Information Systems Managers

15% increase in jobs through 2032

$164,070 median annual pay in 2022

Computer and Information Research Scientists

23% increase in jobs through 2032

$136,620 median annual pay in 2022

Database Administrators and Architects

8% increase in jobs through 2032

$112,120 median annual pay in 2022

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, at (visited October 03, 2023).

Best Technology Jobs, 2024 U.S. News & World Report

  • #1 Software Developer
  • #2 IT Manager
  • #3 Information Security Analyst
  • #4 Data Scientist
  • #5 Web Developer
  • #6 Computer Systems Analyst
  • #7 Computer Network Architect
  • #8 Database Administrator
  • #9 Computer Support Specialist
  • #10 Computer Systems Administrator
  • #11 Computer Programmer

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.


The online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems consists of ten courses (40 credits): five core courses, one required course, and four electives or concentration courses that further develop expertise in a specific area.


Eric Braude

Eric Braude

Associate Professor and Director of Digital Learning, Computer Science
PhD, Columbia University; MS, University of Miami; MS, University of Illinois; BS, University of Natal (South Africa)

Lou Chitkushev

Lou Chitkushev

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Computer Science; Director, Health Informatics and Health Sciences
PhD, Boston University; MS, Medical College of Virginia; MS, BS, University of Belgrade

John Day

John Day

Lecturer, Computer Science
MSEE, BSEE, University of Illinois

Getting Started

To learn more or to contact an enrollment advisor before you get started, request information using the button below and tell us a little about yourself. Someone will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program and detail the next steps in earning your degree. You can also start your application or register for a course at Metropolitan College.