Master of Science In Computer Information Systems

Grand Valley State University's Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Information Systems is intended for computer science professionals who are already working in the industry and are using computer and information systems. The program incorporates topics from both computer science (CS) and information systems (IS) to allow students great flexibility in tailoring a graduate degree to suit their needs.

Students pursue the M.S. in Computer Information Systems in any of the following content areas: biomedical informatics, cybersecurity, databases, distributed systems, information systems management, software engineering, or web and mobile computing. 

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Software Engineers start out at an average of $63,928 in the Grand Rapids, MI area according to The median annual wage for computer and information systems managers was $139,220 in 2017 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $83,860 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000. The job outlook for computer science and information systems professionals is faster than most occupations, with an expected increase in 17 percent 2014-2024. CIS graduates from Grand Valley often hold the following job titles:

  • Programmer
  • Software developer
  • Software designer
  • Software engineer
  • Administrator
  • Systems, analyst
  • Chief information officer
  • Chief technology officer
  • Director
  • Service manager


Course Offerings

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
  • Software design and development

Looking for information about a project or thesis? We have a handy comparison of the two.
We also have a page describing the process of starting a project or thesis.

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Digital Badge Opportunities

The School of Computing now offers three graduate-level digital badges. A digital badge, or simply "badge", recognizes a student’s completion of a coherent and meaningful academic experience. A badge allows students to promote academic achievements online more effectively and in different venues than would be possible with a transcript. For example, you could link your digital badge to your LinkedIn profile. The university uses to issue badges. 

Combined Degree Programs

CIS offers combined degree programs for students pursuing Computer Science and Information Systems bachelor's degrees to graduate with both the B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Information Systems within a shortened timeframe.


The admission deadline for a Fall entry is May 1. The deadline for a Winter entry is October 15. This program has specific requirements for entry. You can review them below. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.

Admissions Requirements



For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website. You could also be a graduate assistant (GA). Find out more about this opportunity and more on our Financial Support page.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.

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