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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11%
Job Growth in West Michigan
1st
GVSU Ranking as West Michigan Talent Provider
Median Annual Wages for CIS Professionals
$87,089  Average
$76,336
$95,368

Source: EMSI, 2019


CAREER OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES

Computer information systems (CIS) professionals are in demand both region- and nationwide. According to 2019 EMSI data, job opportunities for computing professionals is projected to grow 11% in West Michigan and 8% in the U.S. by 2024. The median annual wage for computing professionals ranged between $76,336 and  $95,368 in 2019. CIS graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Systems Analysts
  • Business Analysts
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Software Engineers
  • Information Technology (IT) Managers
  • Data Scientists
  • Systems Managers
  • Analytics Leaders
  • Chief Technology Officers (CTO)
  • Directors of Application Development

Source: EMSI, 2019


The Skills Employers Want

The M.S. in Computer Information Systems degree at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings in the health sciences field.

Advanced Skills

  • Agile Software Development
  • Information Systems
  • SQL (Programming Language)
  • Business Process
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Requirements
  • Project Management
  • Budgeting
  • Auditing

Common Skills

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Communications
  • Innovation
  • Operations
  • Integration
  • Computer Sciences
  • Presentations
  • Written Communication

Source: EMSI, 2019


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. If you would like to see course offerings and degree requirements for this program, visit the online catalog.

Course Offerings

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Admission

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. Visit the online catalog to see admission requirements for this program.

Admission Requirements

 


Cost

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.


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 acclaim.com 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.


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