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Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MCIS) - GSCIS is no longer accepting applications for this program.

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The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems is a 36 credit-hour program. Offered online and on-campus, the degree focuses on the information technology foundations of computer information systems, including areas such as database systems, human-computer interaction, data and computer communications, artificial intelligence, information security, computer graphics, and software engineering. The master’s degree is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the field and to provide an enduring foundation for future professional growth. The program blends theory and practice into a learning experience that develops skills applicable to complex real-world problems.

In addition, students have the option to earn the M.S. in Computer Information Systems with Concentration in Information Security, which requires a total of 42 credit hours (14 courses).

This program is recognized by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As a result of this recognition federal agencies may sponsor civilian and military personnel to take the school’s certified graduate courses, and the school is authorized to issue certificates to students who complete such courses. Individuals may apply to take one or more certified information security courses as non-degree students.

Graduates with the M.S. in Computer Information Systems are able to (1) communicate computer information systems concepts, designs, and solutions effectively and professionally; (2) apply knowledge of computer information systems to produce effective designs and solutions for specific problems; (3) identify, analyze, and synthesize scholarly literature relating to the field of computer information systems; and (4) use software development tools, software systems, and modern computing platforms.

Curriculum for the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems

Core courses and electives are listed below. Students must take all ten core course and two electives. If the thesis option is elected, students must take all ten core courses plus six thesis credits. Students who wish to take an additional elective must request approval from the program office prior to registration. Plans for the thesis option must be made with and approved by the program office.

Core Courses  (three credits each)


Electives (three credits each)


Curriculum for the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with Concentration in Information Security

Required Courses  (three credits each)


Option for Early Admission into the Ph.D. Program

This option provides the opportunity for master’s students in computer information systems to earn the Ph.D. in computer information systems or information systems in a shorter time. In addition to the requirements specified in the section Early Admission into the Ph.D. Program, the student must have completed CISC 610 Programming Languages, CISC 640 Operating Systems, MCIS 630 Database Systems, CISC 680 Software Engineering, and CISC 650 Computer Networks.

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School Overview


Since the introduction of the graduate computer science program in 1975, the school has been a pioneer in computing research and education. The school began offering online programs in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985. In 1989 the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) was formed.

Today, NSU is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification.