Degree Plan

M.S. Computer Information Systems


  • Approved University Admission
  • 1-page essay stating the reasons for applying to the program and career goals
  • Resume reflecting work experience and educational background
  • Official GRE or GMAT Data (Note:  Student must have a Graduate Admissions Index of 980)
  • *Formal Admission to the MS-CIS program

Students should submit official transcripts and GRE scores to the Office of Admissions. Program specific requirements such as essays, letter of recommendation, resumes, and/or writing samples should be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions

Prerequisite Leveling – 18 semester hours

  • 3 s.h. of programming and data structures using an object-oriented programming language 
  • 3 s.h. of programming and data structures using and object-oriented programming language 
  • 3 s.h. of information systems in organizations 
  • 3 s.h. of Calculus, Discrete Structures, Discrete Mathematics, Operations Research, or Management Science
  • 3 s.h. of Statistics 
  • 3 s.h. of Management 

(Documentation of prior learning which satisfies program prerequisite knowledge in part of full is required for determination of equivalencies and/or waivers. The student may directly submit to the CIS Graduate Program Advisor a portfolio of work for evaluation for exempting one or more prerequisite/leveling course. Such work may include non-credit or non-academic course work, certifications held and other experiential knowledge in subject area. Such exemption will be solely at the discretion of the CIS Graduate Program Advisor, and may involve interviews, tests, or contact of references. No such waiver for non-academic experience will be done for any part of the 36 s.h. beyond the pre-req/leveling courses).

Core – 15 semester hours

  • COSC 6336 Database Design
  • COSC 6342 Software Engineering/Project Management
  • COSC 6350 System Analysis and Design
  • COSC 6339 Network Design and Management
  • COSC 6325 Policy, Strategy, and Ethical Issues in IS

Specialization – 18 semester hours

Select 18 semester hours ( 6 courses) from the list below or any other graduate level COSC or GMNG course. 12 s.h. of Specialization course work are required if Thesis Option is approved by Thesis Advisor. (See restrictions at Thesis Options for additional information.)

  • COSC 6300 Special Topics in CS/IS
  • COSC 6310 Multimedia Development and Programming
  • COSC 6329 Data Warehousing and Data Mining
  • COSC 6337 Web Mining and Info Retrieval
  • COSC 6338 Computer Architecture & Parallel Processing
  • COSC 6340 Computer System Architecture
  • COSC 6341 Internet Programming
  • COSC 6343 Intelligent Agents and Apps
  • COSC 6346 Automata and Formal Languages
  • COSC 6347 System Admin
  • COSC 6351 Decision Support Systems
  • COSC 6353 Info Systems Security
  • COSC 6357 Web Engineering
  • COSC 6359 Cloud Computing
  • COSC 6344 Advanced IT Project Management
  • GMNG 6311 Fundamentals of 3D Modeling
  • GMNG 6314 Fundamentals of Game Networks
  • GMNG 6316 Advanced Level Design
  • GMNG 6322 Intelligent Agents for Games
  • GMNG 6343 Artificial Intelligence for Games

Integration Course – 3 semester hours

COSC 6390 Integrating the Enterprise, IS Function/Technologies

Thesis Option:

COSC 6308 Master’s Thesis

COSC 6309 Master’s Thesis

Academically strong students may advance their knowledge in a particular area of CIS via this option. Pre-approval by faculty under which student has obtained a 3.0 GPA (Thesis Advisor) is required.