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Masters Program: Requirement and Curriculum

Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS)

Degree at a Glance

Degree at a Glance

Delivery

     -Online

Credits

     -30 credits

Tuition

     -$650 per credit

     -Financial aid is available; eligibility determined on an individual basis

Timeframe

     -Can be completed in less than 2 years or as few as 15 months

Degree awarded

     -Master of Computer Information Systems 

          -Cybersecurity Concentration

          -Health Informatics Concentration

          -Thesis Option

          -Non-Concentration Option

Offered by

     -Department of Computer Science


Program Overview

Requirements

  • A minimum of 30 credits must be completed to earn a Master Degree.
  • Students may transfer up to 9 credits of coursework prior to admission and, if a grade of B or better is awarded in those courses, the credits will count towards the master's degree. A student may only transfer a total of 9 credit hours regardless to the method of transfer credit is applied to the degree (e.g. graduate-level transfer credit, experiential credit, international, and certificate credit) and must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours at Talladega College to earn the MSCIS degree from Talladega College. The transfer credit will only apply towards “500” level courses and earned within a five-year period preceding the request for transfer hours from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • The program can be completed in 18 months but can be completed in 15 months, under certain circumstances. 

Core Curriculum

21 Semester Credit Hours

Core courses (all credits required)
  • MSCIS 500: Information Technology and Project Management (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 510: Information Technology Risk Management (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 520: Database Design and Implementation (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 530: Data Communication and Networking (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 540: Network Security (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 550: The Science of Cybersecurity and Management (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 560: Ethics and Compliance Standards in Cybersecurity (3 cr.)

Concentration Option

Cybersecurity Concentration (Nine (9) semester credit hours required)
  • MSCIS 600: Advanced Network Security (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 610: Digital Forensics and Investigation (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 620: Cyber Attack and Prevention Techniques (3 cr.)
Health Informatics Concentration (Nine (9) semester credit hours required)
  • MSCIS 630: Fundamentals of Healthcare Information Technology (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 640: Digital Forensics and Investigation Healthcare Informatics and Data Security (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 650: Healthcare Data Policy, Procedure, and Standards (3 cr.)
 

Thesis Option

Core Curriculum (21 credits) plus the Thesis (6) semester credits and one elective required

In the thesis option, the student must complete the core curriculum (21 credits), the MSCIS 660 Thesis Project (6 credits), and select one elective course.  Plans for the thesis option must be made with the advisor or program chair. A student wishing to register for the Thesis course must first obtain the approval of the faculty member who would supervise the project.‚Äč

Elective Courses
  • MSCIS 505: Capstone Project in Cybersecurity or Information Systems (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 515: Decision Support Systems (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 525: E-Commerce Application Technologies (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 535: Information Assurance (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 545: Applied Data Mining and Analytics in Business (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 555: Ethics and Compliance Issues in Cybersecurity (3 cr.)

Non-Concentration

In the non-concentration option, the student must complete the core curriculum (21 credits) and three self -selected elective courses (9 credits).  

Electives Courses
  • MSCIS 505: Capstone Project in Cybersecurity or Information Systems (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 515: Decision Support Systems (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 525: E-Commerce Application Technologies (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 535: Information Assurance (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 545: Applied Data Mining and Analytics in Business (3 cr.)
  • MSCIS 555: Ethics and Compliance Issues in Cybersecurity (3 cr.)

Example programs of study

Work with your advisor to create a flexible program of study for completion of your degree. Two examples are shown below. The M.S.C.I.S. can be completed in 18 months.

Five-semester plan
  • Fall semester: MSCIS 500, MSCIS 510
  • Spring-I semester: MSCIS 520, MSCIS 530
  • Spring-II semester: MSCIS 540, MSCIS 550
  • Summer semester: [MSCIS 560, MSCIS 600 or MSCIS 630] or Thesis Option (MSCIS 660, (6 cr.))
  • Fall semester: MSCIS 610 or MSCIS 640, MSCIS 620 or MSCIS 650 or [In case, you have thesis option, then select one Elective course (3 cr.) along with one required course MSCIS 560]
Six-semester plan
  • Fall semester: MSCIS 500, MSCIS 510
  • Spring-I semester: MSCIS 520, MSCIS 530
  • Spring-II semester: MSCIS 540, MSCIS 550
  • Summer semester: MSCIS 560
  • Fall semester: [MSCIS 600 or MSCIS 630, MSCIS 610 or MSCIS 640] or Thesis Option (MSCIS 660(6 cr.))
  • Spring-I semester: [MSCIS 620 or MSCIS 650] or [In case, you have thesis, then select one Elective course (3 cr.)]

 

Note: Program can be completed in as few as 15 months in certain circumstances. Please talk to your advisor.

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Spring I:

Jan 7 - March 25, 2019

Spring II:

April 8 - June 24, 2019

Summer:

July 8 - Sept 23, 2019

Fall:

Oct 7 - Dec 23, 2019

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Administrative Career Coach for the Master of Computer Science Program

Office Phone: 256-761-6292
Office: Andrews Hall Room 17 (Second Floor)

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