Student Testimonials for Computer Information Systems, M.S.

The following are a sample of student testimonials received from our annual survey of Computer Information Systems, M.S. graduates.

2014 Graduate Survey Responses

  • "I graduated from the MS-CIS program at GVSU in December 2014 after a year and a half of full-time study. I applied for entrance into the program after working in the library industry. I was interested in either pursuing a more technical position within the library industry or branching into the information technology industry. Both goals required the type of rigorous education offered by the MS-CIS program. GVSU's MS-CIS program interested me in particular because to its focus on balancing students' exposure to information systems and computer science. These areas provided much needed insight into the information technology industry and the practical skills required by a developer."
  • "My experience in the program was positive. I gained both practical experience and insight into the theories underpinning IS and CS. My classmates and professors were warm and knowledgeable. Shortly before I graduated, I applied for and accepted a full-time development position with a technical organization. The program was highly effective at introducing me to the information technology industry and building the skills I needed to succeed. I would and have recommended the program to potential students."


  • "Excellent teaching staff. Excellent course structure. Good flexibility in choosing the courses."


  • "The program covered important fundamental concepts in Computer Information Systems and Computer Science, but was also flexible enough for me to pursue specific interests I had in these fields - I was able to tailor the program to my interests."


  • "Overall the quality of the faculty and resources combined with the curriculum made this a fantastic learning experience."


  • "I choose GVSU for many reasons, having earned my undergraduate degree from GVSU I was well aware of the academic acumen of the professors.  As I was seeking a school local to the West Michigan area where I could take in-seat courses I wanted a school where their staff that consisted of professors comparable to the staff that educated me in my undergraduate degree.  I also knew I didn’t want online courses as I wanted the opportunity to be able to network with other CIS professionals within the West Michigan Area.  I also wanted to “earn” my degree, what I mean by “earn” my degree is I wanted to not only put in the time commitment, but also the commute commitment.  I wanted the college experience at a master’s level and wanted to feel a part of the collegiate community.  Finally, in recent years online schools have seem to became a “dime a dozen” and I worried about their reputation, when I placed what school I received my MS-CIS from on my resume I wanted to know the school I placed on there had a good reputation and was well respected and recognized of having a quality MS-CIS program."

2011 Graduate Survey Responses

  • "When I got my undergrad I was focused on completing my class work, not on academics. I started an MS degree with a desire to challenge myself and focus on learning new skills. During my undergrad in Engineering I found GVSU's programs to teach applicable skills rather than simply focusing on theory. A major result of graduating with my MS I have found that I can learn any area of software development if I apply myself. Thanks to the diversity in the programs and the applicability of the skills learned I have been able to continue applying and expanding the skills I've learned in applications ranging from a web game that is compatible with multiple platforms to developing a multi-thread game server. If you need the extra kick to learn more advanced skills and take your ability up to another level, this program an provide what you need. If you already have the ability to learn the skills you need on your own, this program can help fill in the holes to make your skills more complete. GVSU's MS program met all my expectations by showing me how to become a much more complete and confident developer than I already was."


  • "I worked as an IT professional for many years before deciding to pursue my post-graduate degree. I felt it would be beneficial to get back in a structured learning environment to find out what new ideas I might be missing out on in my work life. I found that my coursework provided a better understanding of many current I.S. topics which I only saw in bits and pieces in my work life. The professors I had were always interested in helping students learn and were willing to provide one on one time if needed. I would recommend pursuing a degree at GVSU."