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.
MS in Computer Information Systems students take courses from these groups:
Students complete core courses that include Intellectual Property and Cyber Law, Modern Methods in Software Engineering, and Internet and Network Technologies.
Students take advanced courses that include Data Security Management, Operating Systems and Business Intelligence Methods.
Your final course, a Capstone, combines knowledge and skills learned throughout the program. You’ll team up with students from the MBA program on a strategic management project for a business, nonprofit or government agency — and create a solid résumé builder. You’ll provide IT consultation support to the organization, designing a new solution or re-engineering an existing project with an evaluation of strategies, which may take place in another country with an international IT component.
Past Capstone projects have included developing a business plan for a start-up software company, performing market research and cost analysis for radio-frequency identification (RFID), and designing a business infrastructure for a large building manufacturer.
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems.