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Computer Information Systems, M.S.

The Master of Science in computer information systems at Grand Valley State University is designed to help computing professionals expand their knowledge and opportunities for advancement in the field.

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Program Overview

The computer information systems graduate program is a hybrid of computer science and information systems, and incorporates topics from both disciplines, providing flexibility in tailoring a graduate degree.

Why Study Computer Information Systems at Grand Valley?

Computing professionals who want to take their expertise or career to the next level can take advantage of Grand Valley's highly-credentialed and well-connected faculty.

  • All graduate faculty members hold doctorate degrees.
  • Instructors are active in professional societies.
  • Many faculty members have written textbooks.
  • The program uses an applied computing curriculum.
  • Competent advisors are available to all students.
  • The School of CIS has its own dedicated state of the art computer labs for hands-on equipment. A premier data communications lab and computer architecture lab are also available.

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For More Information

School of Computing and Information Systems
C-2-100 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2060

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is July 1; winter is November 1; and spring/summer is April 1. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Face To Face


The M.S. in computer information systems curriculum includes content areas for depth of study, electives for breadth, and a capstone project/thesis. Specialization in content areas include:

  • Biomedical informatics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Database management
  • Distributed computing
  • Info systems management
  • Web and mobile computing
  • Software engineering

Career Options

Job opportunities in the computing and information technology industry are growing rapidly. The U.S. Department of Labor projects six of the fastest growing occupations for 2006-2016 are in computing. These include:

  • Computer programmer
  • Network administrator
  • Software engineer
  • Web domain administrator
  • Web programmer/developer
  • Systems analyst
  • International organizations


“I enjoy working with my students. Grand Valley gives me a chance to make a difference in my students' lives and open their minds to concepts and approaches that are new to them.”