The M.S. in Computer Information Systems is a 36 credit-hour program. It focuses on the information technology foundations of computer information systems including areas such as database systems, human-computer interaction, data and computer communications, artificial intelligence, information security, computer graphics, and software engineering. It is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the field and to provide an enduring foundation for future professional growth. The program blends theory and practice into a learning experience that develops skills applicable to complex real-world problems. Its formats offer full-time students the opportunity to earn the degree in 12 months and working professionals the opportunity to earn the degree in 16–24 months.
In addition, students have the option to earn the M.S. in Computer Information Systems with Concentration in Information Security, which requires a total of 42 credit hours (14 courses), or the Graduate Certificate in Information Security (Information System Security) which requires a total of 15 credit-hours (five courses). The concentration and graduate certificate are recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) based on its certification of the school’s curriculum for compliance with the requirements of NSA national training standards NSTISSI No. 4011 (Information Systems Security Professionals) and CNSSI No. 4013 (System Administrators). As a result of this certification, Federal civilian and military personnel will be permitted to take the school’s certified graduate courses under government sponsorship, and the school is authorized to issue certificates to students who complete such courses. Individuals may apply to take one or more certified information security courses as non-degree students. These programs are available online or on-campus. Students who complete the concentration may also request the graduate certificate.
Graduates with the M.S. in Computer Information Systems are able to:
communicate computer information systems concepts, designs, and solutions effectively and professionally;
apply knowledge of computer information systems to produce effective designs and solutions for specific problems;
identify, analyze, and synthesize scholarly literature relating to the field of computer information systems; and
use software development tools, software systems, and modern computing platforms.