Computer Science & Information Systems (MS)

Master of Science in Computer Science & Information Systems (MS)

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. It prepares you to enter and excel in a career as an administrator, analyst, designer, developer, or programmer leading technology teams.

Flexible Format
Whether you live far from campus, or close by, the MS in Computer Science and Information Systems is designed to accommodate your life and goals. The Cyber Classroom allows you to tailor your learning experience. Take advantage of the convenience of remote online learning, the face-to-face interaction of the classroom, or a combination of both. Our approach redefines the traditional classroom experience with a seamless blending of in-class and online learning.

The Cyber Classroom
Become immersed in the lectures captured in our unique cyber 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 everything with clarity. As an online student, you’ll be able to interact with the faculty through our BlackBoard online content management system. You will also have the capability to utilize the playback on demand feature, allowing you to watch the lectures as many times as necessary to grasp concepts.

Concentration Options
Computer Science concentration
– This rigorous program is designed to provide you with in-depth, state-of-the-art knowledge of critical computer related technologies. Coursework immerses students in multiple disciplines of computer science including algorithms, architecture, artificial intelligence, databases, and networking.

Information Systems concentration – This innovative program offers two tracks: Business Information Systems and Health Information Systems. Choose the track that supports your professional goals and interests to gain specialized training necessary for your career field.

Those pursuing the Business Information Systems track may supplement technology courses with business courses including Accounting, Business Economics, Entrepreneurship, Global Management, and Quantitative Analysis. Those completing the Health Information Systems track may complete additional courses in Financial Management, Healthcare Administration and Policy, and Legal Issues to customize your learning experience.

Dual Degrees
Students in the dual degree program have the option to complete two degrees: a Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science and Information Systems with a concentration in Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. More information for the degree is available here.

Real-World Experience
You’ll be able to apply the knowledge you gain in the classroom and research to technology at the University of Michigan-Flint through meaningful technology projects with real-world applications. The program’s focus on team-based project work allows you to build the collaborative skills needed to be an effective team member and leader.

Fast Track Option
Available for students without an undergraduate degree in computer science or a related field, those who possess a degree in a liberal arts or business field may be required to take some additional math and programming courses. All of the Fast Track pre-requisite courses are taught in the cyber-classroom format.

Thesis or Non-Thesis Track
Whichever concentration you select, you then get to choose between a thesis track or non-thesis track. The thesis track requires students to write a research paper and conduct an oral defense in addition to the required coursework. Students completing the non-thesis track complete additional credits in elective graduate-level courses and achieve satisfactory performance on the Master’s level exit examination.

The faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences are deeply engaged in research. These scholarly pursuits are diverse in subject matter and allow faculty to engage with students, colleagues, the community, and industry on many projects. Check out some of the current research activities taking place in CAS here.

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally 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

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.

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or delivered 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 all University of Michigan Alumni.
  • Statement of Purpose describing your objectives for graduate study and reasons for selecting this program
  • International students must submit additional documentation.

UM-Flint undergraduate students applying to the joint Bachelor/MS program can find application requirements here.

Application Deadlines
Submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline. This program offers rolling admission with monthly application reviews. To be considered for admission, all application materials must be submitted on or before:

  • Fall – May 1 (guaranteed consideration/international student deadline*)
  • Fall – August 1 (if space permits, US citizens and permanent residents only)
  • Winter – October 1 (guaranteed consideration/international student deadline)
  • Winter – November 15 (US citizens and permanent residents only) 
  • Spring  – March 15 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

English Proficiency Requirements
If English is not your native language, even if you are currently a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and regardless of how long you have resided or been educated in the U.S.*, you must demonstrate English proficiency by providing evidence through one of the methods:

1.  Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, the Michigan English Test (MET) (replaces MELAB), Duolingo English Test, or Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE).  Scores must be no more than two (2) years old.

The minimum acceptable scores for admission are as follows:

  • TOEFL paper-based test:  560 overall
  • TOEFL iBT:  84 overall (scores of 61-83 require LIN 101 and LIN 102 as prerequisites when enrolled, fall 2021 admission only)
  • IELTS:  6.5 overall (Academic Writing) (scores of 5.5 and 6.0 require LIN 101 and LIN 102 as prerequisites when enrolled, fall 2021 admission only)
  • MET: overall score of 52 (B2 level)
  • Duolingo: 110
  • ECPE:  Certificate of Proficiency

2. Provide an official transcript showing a degree earned at an accredited U.S. college or university OR a degree earned at a foreign institution where the language of instruction was exclusively English** OR successful completion (‘C’ or higher) of ENG 111 or ENG 112 or its equivalent.

Special Requirement for Citizens of India
Applicants who attended an institution in India where the language of instruction was exclusively English cannot use that method exclusively to meet the English proficiency requirements. Applicants who attended a verified English-medium institution must also submit an approved test score or use one of the other approved methods. Those with a 5.0 IELTS score will be eligible for standard admission and will have no further English proficiency requirement; those with below a 5.0 IELTS score will not be admitted.

*If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and wish to waive this requirement, you may make your case to the director of the CSIS program. The director, in turn, must make the case to the Dean of Graduate Programs. You must provide sufficient evidence that you have the requisite English proficiency.

**The university reserves the right to require an applicant to provide other evidence of English proficiency if independent sources cannot verify that the language of instruction was exclusively English.