Frequently Asked Questions for Computer Information Systems, M.S.

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Courses

1. When are classes offered?

Our CIS graduate courses are offered in the evening (6-9pm) one day a week.

 

2. Where are classes held?

All our graduate courses are offered at the downtown Pew Campus in Grand Rapids, not at the Allendale campus.

3. What is CIS 699 Directed Readings in Computer Science?

CIS 699 is meant as an avenue for students to explore topics outside of what is offered in class. Typically, a student will approach a professor and express interest in pursuing a given topic. The student and professor will then develop a plan of study for the semester. Students contemplating taking CIS 699 should approach a professor several weeks before the semester begins in order to allow time to start the discussion and paperwork process. CIS 699 is not meant for everyone. Only those that have shown outstanding ability in a course will be allowed to undertake CIS 699.

 

4. What is the minimum grade requirement for courses?

According to the catalog (http://catalog.gvsu.edu)..."Graduate credit will be awarded for grades of C (2.0) or better. This includes all graduate coursework... Grades below C will figure in a student's GPA, but the credits will not count toward the degree."

 

5. What order do I need to take courses?

We have created a course sequencing guide that tells you the earliest semester you can take course, depending on which semester you start.

 

6. In what semesters are the graduate courses taught?

We typically offer courses according to the following table.

Fall

Winter

Spring/Summer

CIS 500 Fundamentals of Computer Science

CIS 501 Fundamentals of Modern Computer Systems

CIS 657 Mobile Application Development

CIS 612 Requirements Specification

CIS 611 Introduction to Software Engineering

CIS 672 Computer Systems Architecture (odd years)

CIS 623 Graphical User Interface Design

CIS 613 Software Testing

CIS 675 Compiler Construction (even years)

CIS 641 Management of Software Development

CIS 622 Software Design Methodologies

 

CIS 643 Information Systems Policy

CIS 635 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining

 

CIS 656 Distributed Systems

CIS 642 Software Project Management

 

CIS 661 Introduction to Medical and Bioinformatics

CIS 654 Computer Networking

 

CIS 665 Clinical Information Systems

CIS 658 Web Architectures

 

CIS 673 Principles of Database Design

CIS 661 Introduction to Medical and Bioinformatics

 

CIS 677 High-performance Computing

CIS 671 Information Visualization

 

CIS 679 Advances in Dtabase Management Systems

CIS 676 Database Management Systems

 

CIS 690 Master's Thesis Research

CIS 678 Machine Learning

 

CIS 692 Master's Capstone

CIS 690 Master's Thesis Research

 

CIS 693 Master's Project

CIS 692 Master's Capstone

 

CIS 695 Master's Thesis

CIS 693 Master's Project

 
 

CIS 695 Master's Thesis

 

7. On what nights are the courses offered?

Below is a table that shows when courses are typically offered. Please be aware that actual course offerings can differ without notice. 

Course Number

Course Title

Course Offered

CIS 500

FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

R

CIS 501

FUNDAMENTALS OF MODERN COMPUTER SYSTEMS

M

CIS 611

INTRODUCTION TO SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

R

CIS 612

REQUIREMENTS SPECIFICATIONS

T

CIS 613

SOFTWARE TESTING

W

CIS 622

SOFTWARE DESIGN METHODOLOGIES

M

CIS 623

USER INTERFACE DESIGN

T

CIS 635

DATA MINING

W

CIS 641

MANAGEMENT OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

W

CIS 642

SOFTWARE PROJECT MANAGEMENT

M

CIS 643

INFORMATION SYSTEMS POLICY

M

CIS 654

COMPUTER NETWORKING

T

CIS 656

DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS

R

CIS 658

DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING

R

CIS 661

MEDICAL AND BIOINFORMATICS

T

CIS 665

CLINICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS

W

CIS 671

INFORMATION VISUALIZATION

R

CIS 673

DATABASE DESIGN

T

CIS 676

DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

W

CIS 677

HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING

W

CIS 678

MACHINE LEARNING

T

CIS 679

ADVANCES IN DB MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

W

CIS 692

MASTERS CAPSTON

M


Certificates

How do I get a "certificate" stating that I completed a content area?

Upon completion of each of our technical threads students qualify for a graduate certificate. A certificate is like a mini-diploma stating that a student has completed a specific set of coursework. The Registar is the person who handles certificates. Please visit http://www.gvsu.edu/registrar/forms-library-6.htm and complete the "Certification Application- Graduate Certificate" form.


1. Will I be required to complete a capstone project or thesis?

All CIS Master's students are required to complete a capstone project or thesis. Review our Project-Thesis Comparison Guide to determine which is the best fit for you.