The Master in Computer and Information Science (MCIS) is a professional degree program that is designed to combine a thorough education in computer science, with applications in the areas of business, engineering, mathematics, or other relevant fields. The program emphasizes advanced programming using the latest technologies. At one end, it focuses on the theoretical capabilities of computing including problem solving and algorithms. At the other end, the MCIS program deals with techniques and design of advanced computing applications in various areas. Graduates of the program will be prepared for immediate employment in business, industry and government, or pursue higher studies in the discipline.
In addition to meeting the Admission Requirements for the Graduate College, applicants to the MCIS program must meet the following requirements:
Applications are accepted and process throughout the year. Domestic applicants, to be eligible for that semester, must submit complete application materials at least six weeks before the start of a semester.
For international students, complete application packages, including a completed application form, transcripts for all college-level work, and appropriate GRE/GMAT and TOEFL scores, must be received by the application deadline:
Although the CIS Department makes every effort to honor students’ requested dates of admission, this is not always possible. In some cases, it may be necessary to delay the admission date because of the schedule of required courses.
Students who have completed a three-year science or engineering degree from institutions outside the U.S. may be eligible for the College of Business Administration "Bridge" Program for the MCIS degree. The bridge program requires students to complete an additional twenty-four credits of courses in the field. The bridge courses should be selected after consulting with the program advisor. In general, these courses may be taken at the beginning of the program of study.
For more information about the bridge program, please call the Graduate Business Programs Advising Office at (216) 687-3730. The office is located in BU 219.
A non-degree student is allowed to take a maximum of twelve credit hours. More information...
The MCIS program consists of 31 semester hours if a student completes a graduate thesis, or 33 semester hours otherwise. In addition, there is a preparatory program designed for students with an insufficient background in computer science. The preparatory program is designed to prepare students for graduate coursework. Any CIS course taken without prior satisfactory completion of all catalog prerequisite courses will not be counted towards fulfillment of graduation requirements.
Students whose native language is not English must take ESL 415 if their verbal score on the GRE or GMAT is between the 5th and 20th percentile. ESL 415 must be completed in the first semester after enrolling in the MCIS program. Students may register for ESL 415 through CampusNet or by contacting the Continuing Education Center directly.
Students whose scores in the quantitative section of the GRE or GMAT are below the 25th percentile must take OSM 500, regardless of mathematics courses previously completed.
A preparatory program is available for students without adequate background in Computer and Information Science.
Eleven credit hours of computer science courses are required from Group 1 for all MCIS students.
If CIS 600, 606, 620, or 650 is waived based on prior graduate course work, an advanced course in the same area must be taken in its place. CIS 601 may not be transferred or waived.
A student must complete a minimum of six credit hours (two or more courses) from the following list:
A student may choose a maximum of two courses from the following list and may apply those credits to the MCIS degree:
MCIS students will be required to take 14-16 credit hours of MCIS electives beyond the preparatory program. The exact number depends on whether the Thesis Option is chosen:
Students applying to the MCIS program apply to the College of Graduate Studies, will be required to take either the GRE or GMAT exam and submit results before being considered for admission. Most College of Business graduate applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation.
Applicants should note that GRE/GMAT test registration forms and fees must be received by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at least three weeks before the selected testing day. The GRE/GMAT test is given continuously throughout the year. Information and applications may be obtained from the CSU Testing Center, room RT 1237, (216) 687-2272. Alternatively, you may contact GRE/GMAT at 1-800-717-GMAT or visit their web site at http://www.mba.com/mba/TaketheGMAT.
The faculty in the department have a wide range of research interests and offer students the opportunity to work closely with them on research projects. Faculty publications over the past few years have been in the areas of multimedia computing, database analysis and design, numerical analysis, optimization, performance measurement and evaluation, operating system design, data communications and network design, artificial intelligence, new computing paradigms, simulation, object-oriented systems analysis and design, object-oriented programming, and decision-support systems evaluation and selection. Many CIS faculty members are also active in professional organizations.
The College of Business Administration has a limited number of tuition grants and graduate assistantships available each year. These grants and assistantships are competitive and are based on students' undergraduate performance as well as GRE/GMAT scores. Tuition grants require 10 hours of service per week to the College. Graduate assistantships require a nine- to 12-credit-hour course load, and 20 hours of service per week. Application forms may be obtained in the Academic Advising Office, BU 219.