Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Computer Science & Information Systems (MS) Program Apart?

FOCUS:

The Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science and Information Systems program offers concentrations in Computer Science or Information Systems, as well as a preparatory Fast Track for those without a computer science background.

Computer Science concentration – a rigorous program designed to provide you with in-depth, state-of-the-art knowledge in critical computer-related technologies such as Architecture, Databases, Networking, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence.

Information Systems concentration – a unique program offering two tracks: Business Information Systems and Health Information Systems. You can select technical courses to match your interests and business courses such as Quantitative Analysis, Accounting, and Economics or health information courses such as Healthcare Administration and Policy, Financial Management, and Legal Issues to customize your learning experience.

FLEXIBILITY:
  • Cyber Classroom – flexibility is the hallmark of the UM-Flint MS in Computer Science and Information Systems program. Our multi-media Cyber Classroom captures the entire classroom experience and allows you to tailor your education from a virtual, completely online learning experience to a completely in-class, on-campus one.
  • Fast Track – prepares students without undergraduate degrees in computer science for graduate coursework in the program.
  • Dual MBA and MS in Computer Science and Information Systems degree available.

RESOURCES:
  • Opportunities to apply classroom learning, research, and new technology abound at UM-Flint. One recent example saw Computer Science faculty and students join forces with those from the Department of Nursing to create an educational video game to help nursing students learn how to deliver congruent care to patients of diverse cultural backgrounds.  
RESULTS:

The program has been graduating roughly fifty students per year. We have also had a number of students go on for their PhDs at leading regional institutions, including: Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Purdue University and Oakland University.

In-Depth

THE CYBER CLASSROOM

Our program offers a unique educational experience through our multi-media Cyber Classroom, which captures the classroom experience through an advanced robotic audio-video recording system. The system processes multiple cameras, microphones, and digital input devices such as digital white boards and document cameras with an intelligent autonomous recording system to capture the entire classroom experience. Online students then interact with the faculty through our BlackBoard® online content management system. The Cyber Classroom allows you to tailor your education from a completely virtual online learning experience to a completely in-class, on-campus experience, or to a combination of both.

You may even customize your learning experience on the fly as your life responsibilities dictate, which allows you to smoothly complete your degree, even if you do not live near the campus, or if your job requires constant or extended travel. Our approach boldly redefines the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom experience and offers a transparent blending of the in-class and online experiences.

FAST TRACK

The Fast Track option is intended for students without prior undergraduate degrees in computer science or a related field. It typically consists of six courses, allowing students from any background to prepare themselves for success in the MS program coursework. Those who do not possess a BS in a technical field, but rather a liberal arts or business field may be required to take some additional math and programming courses to prepare them for the rigors of the masters-level courses. All of the pre-requisite courses that comprise the core of the Fast Track are taught in the cyber-classroom format.

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, or Computer Engineering is preferred.  Applicants with other undergraduate degrees may enter the program while they complete the Fast Track coursework to allow them to quickly attain the required background knowledge.
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the following UM-Flint courses or their equivalents prior to regular admission into the Master’s program*:
    • CSC 335 Computer Networks I or CIS 335 Telecommunication and Computer Networks
    • CSC 365 Computer Architecture or CIS 365 Information Technology Hardware and Software
    • CSC 375 Data Structures and Algorithms 
    • CSC 382 Software Engineering I or CIS 410 System Design and Analysis
    • CSC/CIS 384 Database Design

*Applicants with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems typically fulfill the prerequisites.  These classes also comprise the core of the Fast Track program.  Students with little math or programming experience may be required to take additional classes.

STATE AUTHORIZATION FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate your scholarly and/or professional ability (At least one recommendation must be from an academic reference.)  This requirement is waived for UM-Flint students who have received or expect to receive a bachelor's degree.
  • Statement of Purpose describing your objectives for graduate study and reasons for selecting this program
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.

Application deadlines are as follows:     

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15

*You must apply by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.

Courses

Computer Science and Information Systems (Master of Science)

Program Requirements.

Computer Science Concentration.  The Computer Science concentration consists of 30 credit hours.

  1. Core courses (12 credits).
    CSC 535 - Advanced Computer Networking. 
    CSC 565 - Computer System Architecture. 
    CSC 575 - Algorithm and Complexity Analysis. 
    CSC 582 - Advanced Database Concepts and Emerging Applications.   
  2. Four additional 500-level CSC or CIS courses, with a minimum of 6 credits in CSC courses. (12 credits).
  3. Completion of one of the following options (6 credits).
    Thesis Option. Six additional credits (CSC 595 , CSC 596 ) in thesis research, consisting of a research project with a final thesis paper and an oral defense.  Note: No independent study courses are allowed toward program requirements under the thesis option.
    Non-Thesis Option. Six additional credits in elective graduate-level CSC courses and satisfactory performance on the Master’s level exit examination.  Note: At most one independent study course is allowed toward program requirements under the non-thesis option. 

Information Systems Concentration.  The Information Systems concentration requires a total of 30 credit hours consisting of a blend of computer science, information systems, and management or health profession courses.

  1. Core courses (6 credits).  Two from:
    CSC 535 - Advanced Computer Networking. 
    CSC 565 - Computer System Architecture. 
    CSC 575 - Algorithm and Complexity Analysis. 
    CSC 582 - Advanced Database Concepts and Emerging Applications.  
  2. Three additional courses (9 credits).  From: 
    CSC 549 - Ethics and Security Management. 
    CSC 580 - Advanced Software Engineering. 
    CIS 500-level courses excluding CIS 510 - Information Systems.   
  3. One of the following track options (9 credits).

    Business Information Systems Track.
    1.  CIS 510 - Information Systems.  or MGT 581 - Management Information Systems. , depending on student’s desired focus towards Computer or Management Information systems (3cr.).
    2.  Two additional courses (6 credits).  From:
         MGT 512 - Applied Quantitative Analysis.  
         ACC 521 - Accounting for Managers.  
         MKT 531 - Marketing Management.  
         MGT 545 - Innovation Management/Entrepreneurship.  
         FIN 551 - Business Economics.  
         MGT 571 - Operations Management.  

    Health Information Systems Track.
    1.  CIS 510 - Information Systems.  or PHS 567 - Health Information Management. , depending on student’s desired focus towards Computer Information Systems Development or Health    Information Systems Management (3 cr.).
    2.  Two additional courses (6 credits).  From:
         PHS 501 - Public Health Administration and Policy.  
         HCR 509 - Healthcare Strategic Planning.  
         HCR 577 - Financial Management in Health Care.  
         HCR 587 - Legal Issues in Health Care.  
      
  4. Completion of one of the following options (6 credits).
    Thesis Option. Six additional credits (CIS 595 , CIS 596 ) in thesis research, consisting of a research project with a final thesis paper and an oral defense.  Note: No independent study courses are allowed toward program requirements under the thesis option.
    Non-Thesis Option. Six additional credits in elective graduate-level CSC and CIS courses, excluding CIS 510 , and satisfactory performance on the Master’s level exit examination.  Note: At most one independent study course is allowed toward program requirements under the non-thesis option. 

Transfer of Credit

With approval of the CSIS Graduate Committee, students may transfer in, or elect as a graduate non-candidate for degree (NCFD), up to six credits of graduate-level courses in computer science and information systems.

 

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