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2020 Graduate Catalog 
2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems and Information Technology, MS (53-627) (30 hours)

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Student Learning Outcomes - The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology will be able to use their skills and knowledge to do the following:

  • Each student can analyze strategies and demonstrate development of architecture, and familiarity with software tools and network analysis tools in the IT environment.
  • Each student can conceptualize different components of a project plan and demonstrate estimation techniques in system planning.
  • Each student shall be able to understand, collaborate, converse, write and present reports on issues related to personnel and financial aspects of the Information Systems area in corporate environment.
  • Each student shall be able to understand organizational policies, recognize legal issues, appreciate ramification of changes in legal terms, and recognize ethical conflicts. (S)he should learn how to make right choices and defend resolutions in a corporate Information Systems Environment.
  • Software Engineering Track - Design, Develop and Implement robust IT solutions using contemporary Architecture and Design methods and varied development platforms.
  • Internet Track - Design, Develop and Implement robust Web based IT solutions.

Track Objectives and student outcomes -

Software Engineering Track:

  • To understand systems architecture and systems development strategies.
  • To be familiar with tools to develop quality software.
  • To have in-depth knowledge of active directory design, installation and configuration.
  • To be familiar with TCP/IP.
  • To understand concepts of OO Design.
  • To understand standard systems design strategies.
  • To understand OO/COM implementation using. NET languages
  • To be familiar with development of enterprise wide distributed systems using Visual Studio.

Internet Technologies Track:

  • Develop client-based, multi-platform, dynamic Web content following a strong Web design philosophy.
  • Develop server-based, dynamic Web content and in managing a Web server resources with consideration for organizational and technical issues.
  • To have in-depth knowledge of active directory design, installation and configuration.
  • To be familiar with TCP/IP.

The Computer Information Systems and Information Technology program is designed to serve two types of students. First, those who have an undergraduate degree and would like to make a career change to computer information technology, and second, those who are already in the information technology workforce and would like to enhance their career growth in a specialized area. Students may choose from two areas:

Software Engineering
Internet Technologies

Admission granted on the basis of person’s academic aptitude and potential evaluated through academic record, work experience, and test scores. To be admitted to the program, a student must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.50. Candidates must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 290 (new)/1000 (old score in any two areas) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 500. Candidates with exceptional undergraduate performance may be considered with a lower GRE/GMAT score. GRE may be waived for candidates with at least 3 years of relevant experience in a US based corporation or a reputed multinational organization. GRE/GMAT is optional for people with degree in CIS/IT/CS from an AACSB or ABET accredited program with exceptionally high GPA. Submission of a Statement of Purpose and 3 letters of recommendation is OPTIONAL for admission. They may however be required when the student applies for Graduate Assistantship or Student Worker positions.

Required Undergraduate Background Courses: 0-15 Semester Hours

The following undergraduate courses (or equivalents) are required. Some of the requirements may be waived on the basis of the Computer Information systems (CIS) track. Undergraduate work already completed may be used to satisfy these requirements.

  • CIS 1625 - Programming with Visual C# (3)
  • CIS 2665 - Principles of Data Communications and Local Area Networking (3)
  • CIS 3625 - Business Application Development with Java (3)
  • CIS 3650 - Database Management Systems (3)
  • CIS 3660 - Analysis and Design of Computer Information Systems (3)

Track: 12 Semester Hours

Students must complete 4 courses in one of the following track areas. Advisor approval is required for any substitution.

Graduate Electives: 3 Semester Hours


Due to the applied nature of this program, students are required to participate in curricular practical training during the first year of studies based on appropriate courses. In addition, students are expected to take CIS 5670 - Internship in CIS (3)  to meet the elective requirements. If the student does not receive a paid internship, any other graduate level CIS course approved by the adviser, may be taken.

Minimum Graduate Hour Total: 30 Semester Hours

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