Master of Science in Computer Information Systems
|Major Code:||8372||Degree Awarded:||Master of Science|
|Delivery Mode(s):||Classroom, Online, Off-site||Location(s):||Hampton Roads, Main Campus - Melbourne, Orlando, Patuxent, Redstone/Huntsville, Spaceport, Virtual Site|
|Admission Status:||Graduate||Age Restriction:||No|
The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems is designed for students who seek a degree that prepares them for positions in organizations that design, develop or use computer systems. It is for students who do not necessarily have a bachelor’s degree in computer science but who wish to obtain advanced training with special emphasis on component engineering, object-oriented design and analysis, and the building and maintenance of data-driven systems. The objective of the program is to meet the demand for information systems skills and to provide a path for professionals from diverse fields to rapidly transition to computer information systems career paths.
An applicant for the master’s program in computer information systems is not required to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, but should have a background that includes mathematical proficiency beyond the level of college algebra. This proficiency can be satisfied with any college-level calculus, statistics, discrete mathematics, linear algebra or numerical analysis course or any course approved by the program chair.
The GRE test is not required for admission into this degree program, but in those rare cases where the applicants’ abilities are not clear, the program chair reserves the right to require it.
General admission requirements and the process for applying are discussed in the Academic Overview sectionof the university catalog.
The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, as follows:
|CIS 5100||Data Structures and Programming||3|
|CIS 5200||Advanced Programming||3|
|CIS 5220||Computer Organization||3|
|CIS 5230||Operating Systems|
Electives (12–18 credit hours)
Students must successfully complete 12, 15 or 18 credit hours of electives depending on their decision to complete the thesis, capstone or final program examination. At least six credit hours must be in CIS courses. Electives include any 5000-level BUS, CIS, CSE, CYB, ECE, EDS, ENM, MGT, MTH, ORP, SWE or SYS course approved by the student’s advisor and the program chair.
Capstones courses for degrees in business and management cannot be taken for electives toward the master’s program in computer information system as follows:
|BUS 5480||Strategic Management|
|MGT 5018||Policy and Strategy for Business|
|MGT 5020||Applied Management Project|
|MGT 5040||Public Program Policy and Evaluation|
|MGT 5062||Logistics Policy|
|MGT 5067||System Management|
|MGT 5090||Practicum for Project Management|
|MGT 5093||Practicum of Quality Management|
|MGT 5112||Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Human Resources Management|
|MGT 5216||Management of Logistics in Complex Emergencies|
|MGT 5220||Contract Management and Research Seminar|
Other graduate-level courses may be used as electives if approved by the program chair.
All students must take and successfully complete one of the following: the program capstone course (CIS 5898 Projects in Computer Information Systems), the final program examination or an approved thesis (a minimum of six credit hours of CIS 5999 Thesis), to graduate.