What Sets UM-Flint's Computer Science & Information Systems (MS) Program Apart?
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.
- 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.
- 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.
The program has been graduating roughly twenty 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, and Oakland University.
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.
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.