Computer Information Systems (MSCIS)

The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems at St. Edward’s prepares you to effectively lead IT organizations — with a skill set that is transportable across every industry. In this program, you’ll develop business management skills and advanced technical processes to evaluate, manage and shape IT infrastructure and teams.

You’ll explore the latest computer technologies in areas such as business intelligence, web programming and data security. You’ll take graduate business courses in management and information systems to understand how to implement new technologies while meeting performance goals and timelines. When you graduate, you’ll have both the technical background and the innovative knowledge to solve problems, implement solutions, streamline processes and increase productivity.

Master of Science in Computer Information Systems

Convenient Class Schedules:

The MS in Computer Information Systems is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of working professionals. Accelerated classes meet Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Students take three classes a term and typically complete the MSCIS in 16 months.


In the MS in Computer Information Systems program, you’ll study technology, management and business concepts in a global context. You’ll learn to solve complex IT problems, combining technical, financial, productivity, strategic and ethical practices into one solution. Collaborations about emerging technologies — such as wireless, radio-frequency identification (RFID) and cyber law — make the MS in Computer Information Systems at St. Edward’s University a unique program. The projects you complete are hands-on, not simulations, and are immediately applicable to your professional work.

Career paths for graduates lead to a wide range of management careers in the IT arena. For example, you could become a computer network administrator for an international retailer or a director of data security for a bank. Or you could head up cyber-terrorism analysis for a government agency or supervise IT staff for a green-energy company. Graduates also pursue positions as operations research or computer system analysts, computer systems administrators, and database administrators.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Graduate Bulletin (course catalog).

Prior to applying, the following prerequisites must be satisfied. Prerequisites for this program include: 1) completion of an undergraduate programming course, using an advanced programming language, or equivalent, earned with a grade of C or higher; and 2) an advanced-level undergraduate mathematics course such as Calculus II, Advanced Statistics, Vector Analysis, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, or equivalent, earned with a grade of C or higher.

• Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw
• Internet and Network Technologies
• Data Security Management

• Managing the Organization
• Database Systems
• Business Intelligence Methods

• Modern Methods in Software Engineering
• Project and Change Management
• Operating Systems

• Strategic and IT Management
• Special Topics in Information Systems
• Capstone: Final project that brings together all you’ve learned throughout your course of study and puts it into practice. You’ll work on a planning, design, implementation or re-engineering project for an organization that gives you a system-oriented view of the organization and its relationship with information technology.