Computer Science and Information Systems (Master of Science)

Prerequisites.

  1. MTH 118 - Calculus for Management and Social Sciences.  
  2. A minimum of eight (8) credits of programming courses.  Students may be required to take a programming proficiency test and, based on its score, take 3 credits of :  CSC 500 - Intensive Programming and Computer-based Problem Solving.  
  3. CSC 335 - Computer Networks I.  
    CSC 365 - Computer Architecture.  
     or CIS 365 - Information Technology Hardware and Software.  
    CSC 375 - Data Structures.  
    CSC 382 - Software Engineering.  
    CSC 384 - Database Design.  

Program Requirements.

Computer Science Concentration.  The Computer Science concentration consists of 30 credits.  Students are limited to a maximum of 9 credits in fall and winter semesters and 6 credits in spring and summer semesters amongst all of these course designations.

  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 credits consisting of a blend of computer science, information systems, and management or health profession courses.  Students are limited to a maximum of 9 credits in fall and winter semesters and 6 credits in spring and summer semesters amongst all of these course designations.

  1. Core courses (6 credits).  Two from:
    CSC 535 - Advanced Computer Networking. 
    CSC 580 - Advanced Software Engineering. 
    CSC 582 - Advanced Database Concepts and Emerging Applications.  
  2. Three additional CIS and/or CSC courses at the 500 level, excluding CIS 510 - Information Systems.  and CIS 555 - Health Informatics.  (9 credits).
     
  3. One of the following track options (9 credits).

    Business Information Systems Track.

    1.  One of the following, depending on student’s desired focus towards Computer or Management Information systems:
         CIS 510 - Information Systems.  
         MGT 581 - Management Information Systems. 
    2.  Two additional courses from:
         ACC 521 - Accounting for Managers. 
         FIN 551 - Business Economics. 
         MGT 512 - Applied Quantitative Analysis.        
         MGT 545 - Innovation Management/Entrepreneurship.      
         MGT 571 - Operations Management.  
         MKT 531 - Marketing Management. 

    Health Information Systems Track.
    1. One of the following, depending on student’s desired focus towards Computer Information Systems Development or Health Information Systems Management: 
         CIS 555 - Health Informatics.  
         PHS 567 - Health Information Management.  
    2.  Two additional courses 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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