Master of Science in Computer Information Systems

Students talking amongst themselves in class

Many of the students interested in our master’s program are working professionals who desire to pursue an advanced degree without leaving their full-time professional career. With this in mind, we have designed our program to be flexible, efficient and convenient for working professionals. The program can be completed in two years. 

Delivery Format

Pursuing a graduate education while working full-time is extremely challenging. The MS CIS Program's curriculum, schedule and delivery format are designed specifically for working IT professionals. The MS CIS Program's combination of limited on-campus residency and distance learning overcome many of the barriers to graduate education. The MS CIS Program is ideal for IT professionals whose geographic location, work schedule or travel requirements prevent them from completing a traditional degree program. The MS CIS Program's unique delivery format provides an extremely efficient and convenient alternative to traditional graduate programs that often require 150-200 trips to campus. The MS CIS Program offers the best of both traditional classroom education and flexible distance education.

Each semester begins with pre-session assignments for each course.


Each semester begins with one week of on-campus residency in which students complete 60 hours of coursework.
The on-campus session schedules are meant to give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in their coursework, meet face-to-face with their instructors and network with other IT professionals during meals, refreshment breaks and social gatherings. Following the on-campus residency, students have a one-week break.

Distance Learning Sessions

After the on-campus residency, students complete individual courses in seven-week distance learning sessions. The distance-learning schedule utilizes an extended semester format (21 weeks) to reduce the weekly commitment time. The academic calendar includes two five-week breaks (December/January and June/July). This unique delivery format and academic calendar has proven popular with IT professionals seeing to balance their professional, personal and academic commitments.