FAQ

Is the program accredited?

Yes, the Missouri State College of Business (COB) is accredited by the elite AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International) All of COB’s degree programs, including the MS CIS, are fully accredited by the AACSB. Less than twenty percent of all business schools in the nation have achieved AACSB accreditation.

How qualified are the faculty?

Professors for the MS CIS program are carefully selected from the faculty at Missouri State, industry and universities across the country. Faculty members are selected on the basis of their proven teaching effectiveness and relevant preparation in their subject area. By including faculty from other leading universities, students typically have a new professor for each course.

What is the real advantage of a “distance learning” program?

By combining minimal on-campus instruction time with distance learning this program provides many advantages over traditional graduate programs, including:

  • More efficient use of time by eliminating commuting to class several times per week;
  • No need to interrupt your career to complete a degree in a timely manner;
  • Access to a wider variety of faculty;
  • Asynchronous delivery system accommodates hectic work schedules; and
  • Interaction with IS professionals from throughout the country (and world).

How does this program differ from other “distance learning” programs?

The quality, faculty and format of this program set it apart from most other “distance learning” programs. Most importantly, students receive a cutting edge curriculum presented by an extraordinary faculty. The program was developed with input from industry professionals and is designed specifically for IS professionals. It is designed to deliver immediately useful course content to aid current job demands. Strictly enforced admission requirements also insure interaction with proven IS professionals. And, unlike many Internet based programs, this program is accredited by the AACSB, the oldest and most respected accrediting body for business and management education. Finally, the program format, which includes a brief on-campus component each semester, provides the best of both traditional classroom education and distance learning. The on-campus sessions provide students with an opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty and develop close professional contacts with other students; while the distance-learning component allows students the flexibility to balance school and work commitments.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed in two years and students remain in the same cohort for that period of time. Students are expected to take three classes each semester for four consecutive semesters.

How important is the on-campus portion of the program?

Since approximately 30% of a normal semester’s contact hours occur during the on-campus component, that constitutes a critical amount of the educational experience. Past students have reported that the on-campus component is one of the program’s greatest strengths, as it provides extensive interaction with faculty and other students that carries over to the Internet conferencing component.

How do I complete the Internet (distance learning) component?

All one requires to complete the distance learning component is Internet access and a frame- compatible browser. Some students access the Internet from their office, while others utilize an Internet service provider (ISP). Problems accessing the Internet would be the responsibility of the service provider, while difficulties with the MS CIS web site will be resolved through Missouri State’s technical support.

How difficult is the program? Time commitment?

Success in any graduate program is influenced by the demands of employment and personal circumstances as well as motivation and commitment. Admission is competitive and limited to students with the strong likelihood of successfully completing the program. Past students report spending 14-16 hours per week on course work, including Internet conferencing. During the Internet conferencing portion of the semester students complete one course at a time. Each course is completed over a six week period, with no more than a one-week overlap of courses.

What happens if I am unable to complete one or more classes?

Such situations are handled in consultation with the program director on a case-by-case basis. In most instances students will continue with their cohort and then makeup the remaining classes with a subsequent cohort.

Do I need my GMAT or GRE score to apply?

No, to reserve a position in an upcoming cohort, the staff encourages prospective students to submit their application materials as early as possible. After receiving an application, it can be reviewed prior to receipt of GMAT or GRE scores. In some cases, the student can be provisionally admitted pending receipt of a full set of documents or scores.

Do I have to be a full-time student?

Yes, but the program is designed so you can continue in your career while completing 9 credit hours per semester. Limiting the program to full-time students allows students to complete the program in two years with a cohort of like-minded IT professionals.

What kind of classmates will I have?

The on-campus residency each semester gives you the opportunity to forge meaningful relationships with all your classmates. Class sizes are kept reasonably small to encourage interactions among all students. And by the way, you'll be in great company. The list of companies that are represented by our MS in CIS students and graduates reads like a Who's Who in American and international business!

What does the program cost?

The cost of the program is $410 per credit hour*. This includes all tuition, fees, books, and software used for the course. Also, the cost includes breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, and dinner (when evening classes are scheduled) during on-campus sessions. It does not include lodging. Students are responsible for their own access to the Internet. * - Fees effective for 2011-2012 academic year, subject to change by University Board of Governors.

What payment options are there?

Several payment alternatives are available. They include:

  • Full payment at beginning of each semester;
  • The University Deferred Payment Plan allowing balance to be paid in three monthly payments. Under this option interest does accrue and the balance must be paid in full prior to the start of the next semester. (This option is popular for those with tuition reimbursement plans); and
  • Students participating in a Federal Financial Aid Program make an initial $500 payment. When the student loan monies come to the university, the remaining balance is paid and any additional funds can be deposited directly to the student’s bank account.

Is the program approved for my VA benefits?

Yes! The MS CIS Program is approved for veteran benefits! For more information please contact:

V.A. Certifying Official
Office of Veteran's Services
Records and Registration
304 Carrington Hall
Missouri State University
901 S National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
Telephone: 417-836-5589

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