Online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems Concentration in Computer Networks

The MS in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) concentration in Computer Networks provides a broad foundation in information technology and an in-depth understanding of computer data communication and modern networking. The Computer Networks concentration courses offer a comprehensive understanding of network design and implementation, network performance analysis and management, network security, and the latest networking technology. The program is designed to empower students with extensive knowledge and hands-on experience to analyze, design, procure, manage and implement cutting-edge computer networking solutions and technologies.

Students who complete the MSCIS degree concentration in Computer Networks will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of data communication protocols and networks; of issues involved in multi-access media, including wired and wireless; performance analysis of networks; and management of large networks.
  • Proficiency in data communication protocols and networks, including error control and flow control, distributed synchronization, error detection and correction, and forwarding and techniques to implement it.
  • 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.

Why Choose BU’s Computer Networks?

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs - Boston University MET Grad Computer Information Technology 2021In 2021, the MSCIS ranked #8 among the Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report).
  • 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

Computer and Information Systems Managers

10% increase in jobs through 2029

$146,360 median annual pay in 2019

Computer Network Architects

5% increase in jobs through 2029

$112,690 median annual pay in 2019

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

4% increase in jobs through 2029

$83,510 median annual pay in 2019

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020

By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.

McKinsey & Company Big data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity, 2011

Best Technology Jobs, 2021 U.S. News & World Report

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

Curriculum

The online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems consists of ten courses (40 credits).

Faculty

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) 

Areas of Specialization: Software Engineering with Object-Oriented Methods; Software Design

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 

Areas of Specialization: Network Performance Analysis and Optimization; Network Security; Self-Similar Traffic Modeling; Telemedicine; Medical Applications of Computer Networks; Biomedical Informatics; Security and Privacy of Biomedical Data

John Day

John Day

Lecturer, Computer Science
MSEE, BSEE, University of Illinois

Areas of Specialization: Network Management Architecture; Computer Networks; Upper-Layer Protocols

Getting Started

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