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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




     -30 credits


     -$650 per credit

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


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

Degree awarded

     -Master of Computer Information Systems 



               -Health Informatics 

Offered by

     -Department of Computer Science

Program Overview


  • 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. 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 Master program requires that 21 credits be completed after admission to the program.
  • 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

(Six (6) semester credit hours required)

In thesis option, the student needs to select one elective course in addition to completing 30 credit hours. Plans for the thesis option must be made with the advisor or program chair. A student wishing to register for Thesis course must first obtain the approval of the faculty member who would supervise the project.

  • MSCIS 660: Thesis Project (6 cr.)
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 18, 2019

Spring II:

April 8 - June 17, 2019


July 8 - Sept 16, 2019


Oct 7 - Dec 16, 2019



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