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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Master of Science in Computer Information Systems

Requirements for the M.S. in Computer Information Systems

All candidates for the degree must complete a total of 33 credits, indicated as follows:

  • Foundation courses (6 credits)
  • Core (9 credits)
  • Concentration (9 credits)
  • Electives (3 or 6 credits)
  • Capstone (3 or 6 credits)

Foundation Courses (6 credits)

All candidates are expected to complete the two foundation courses: CIS 500 and CIS 501. However, a placement exam can be taken to demonstrate proficiency in the topics covered by the foundation courses. A successful score on the placement exam will result in waiving the requirement of the foundation courses (33 credits are still required for the degree).

Core (9 credits)

Students are required to complete one course in three of the following areas:

Data Engineering

Management of Systems Development

Software Engineering



All candidates are required to complete one of the following concentrations:

Biomedical Informatics


Database Management

Distributed Computing

Information Systems Management

Software Design and Development

Electives (choose one):

Software Engineering

Three of the following:

Web and Mobile Computing

And one of the following:

Additional Elective Courses

Any 500- or 600-level CIS course (other than Foundations courses) can be used as an elective toward the M.S.-CIS degree. Current electives include:


Each candidate must complete either the Capstone course, the project course, or the thesis sequence. Please contact the graduate program director one semester prior to starting any of these.

Computer Information Systems Program Description

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