Online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems Concentration in IT Project Management

The MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in IT Project Management is particularly valuable for those engaged in the administration of technical projects. Students are introduced to general concepts embodied in the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK, while exploring specialized techniques for software risk management, software cost estimation, and software quality management. Students also learn virtual project management, enabling them to manage geographically distributed software development.

The MSCIS is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). Students taking any course in this concentration are eligible to take a PMP® preparation course for free—an important step toward certification as a Project Management Professionals.

Students who complete the MSCIS degree concentration in IT Project Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • 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.

Awards & Accreditations

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


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

Why Choose BU’s IT Project Management?

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs in Grad Computer Information Technology 2018In 2018, the MSCIS ranked #6 among the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report).
  • The MSCIS program is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
  • 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.
  • Students taking any course in this concentration are eligible to take a PMP® preparation course for free—an important step toward certification as a Project Management Professional.

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

15% increase in jobs through 2024

$131,600 median annual pay in 2015

Computer and Information Research Scientists

11% increase in jobs through 2024

$110,620 median annual pay in 2015

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

8% increase in jobs through 2024

$82,710 median annual pay in 2014

Database Administrators

11% increase in jobs through 2024

$77,810 median annual pay in 2014

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Best Technology Jobs, 2017 U.S. News & World Report

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

The U.S. demand for project practitioners is expanding by more than 12 percent, resulting in almost 6.2 million jobs in 2020.

PMI® Talent Gap Report

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 graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), 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 of 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 for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Computer Science; Director of Health Informatics and Health Sciences Programs
PhD, Boston University; MS, Medical College of Virginia; MS, BS, University of Belgrade

John Day

John Day

Lecturer in Computer Science
MSEE, BSEE, University of Illinois

Getting Started

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