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Computer Information Systems and Information Technology, MS

IT Master’s Degree

Are you interested in unearthing and pursuing the latest technological innovations? Do you aspire to tackle the technological challenges of today — and those yet to be discovered?

At the University of Central Missouri, our Information Technology and Computer Information Systems master’s degree will provide you with diverse knowledge and skills in e-commerce and internet technologies, programming and web development to prepare you for an ever-changing field. You’ll be equipped with the tools and techniques to find solutions to a variety of practical problems.

Two tracks for an IT and CIS MS degree

Our MS in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology degree is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). CIS and IT master’s degree program coursework is offered in person at our Lee’s Summit campus, just a 30-minute drive from Kansas City, and features two tracks:

  • E-commerce and Internet Technologies
  • Software Engineering

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Affordable IT and CIS MS tuition

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AACSB-accredited

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Two tracks available for IT and CIS MS

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17:1 student-to-faculty ratio

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Nearly 100% job placement rate

What you will study

Gain the know-how you need to lead and succeed in solving complex technological problems in both computer information systems and information technology.

At the University of Central Missouri, our graduate program in Information Technology and Computer Information Systems starts with core classes in project management, software engineering and information systems. From there, you have the choice to personalize your CIS and IT master’s degree in a way that works for you. 

MS in Information Technology and Computer Information Systems program options:

  • Software Engineering track: Gain a greater understanding of systems architecture, systems design and development strategies, and active directory design, installation and configuration. 
  • E-commerce and Internet Technologies track: Learn how to develop content following a strong web design philosophy and how to manage web server resources with consideration for organizational and technical issues. 

No matter which track you choose, UCM’s MS in Information Technology and Computer Information Systems will give you the skills to succeed in your career.

 

National Rankings

  • #1: Most Focused Colleges for Information Technology in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • #36: Top 100 Best Affordable Colleges to earn your Software Engineering Degree (University HQ, 2022)
  • #79: Top 100 Best Affordable Information Technology Degrees (University HQ, 2022)
  • Top 10%: Most Popular Colleges for Information Technology (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value Master’s Degree College for Information Technology (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Most Focused Master’s Degree College for Information Technology (College Factual, 2022)

 

Unique learning opportunities in the CIS and IT master’s degree program

Throughout UCM’s graduate program in Information Technology and Computer Information Systems, you’ll benefit from hands-on experiences at every step along the way:

  • Internships: Toward the end of our Information Technology and Computer Information Systems master’s degree program, you’ll put your learning into action and gain practical experience through an internship. Our faculty have numerous industry connections in the Kansas City area and beyond, helping students gain internships with companies such as Cerner, Amazon and Evergy (formerly Kansas City Power and Light).
  • Master’s projects: Complete various projects on your own or in a group within our IT and Computer Information Systems master’s degree program. The graduate program culminates in a technology-related capstone project — the Advanced Systems Project — requiring students to analyze, design, develop and implement an IT business solution.

 

What can you do with an MS in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology from UCM?

No matter whether you’re a recent undergraduate or experienced professional looking to advance in your IT career or change professions, UCM’s graduate program in Information Technology and Computer Systems will prepare you for a career that can span many industries.

Recent CIS and IT master’s degree graduates are working at Apple, Amazon, Tesla, Boeing, Cisco, Edward Jones, Facebook, Google, H&R Block, Microsoft and other Fortune 500 companies. 

Discover a rewarding career in tech

With an MS in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology, you can become a specialist in the profession. Learn about job outlooks, salary expectations and more using the interactive tool below.

 

 
 


 

Financial assistance options for your Information Technology and Computer Information Systems master’s degree

The University of Central Missouri’s graduate program in Information Technology and Computer Information Systems is one of the most affordable advanced degrees in Missouri. We also offer several ways for you to finance your college education.

As a student in our Information Technology and Computer Information Systems graduate program, you can apply for paid opportunities to work as a graduate assistant. You may qualify for program-specific scholarships such as:

  • Chelsoft Solutions Company Scholarship - CIS & IT and Computer Science Scholarship 
  • Harold and Marjorie Cooper Scholarship - Computer Science

Learn more about program scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.

 

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Make yourself more marketable.
 

In addition to our two unique tracks, you can further specialize your MS in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology with a graduate certificate:

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Explore programs related to CIS and IT.
 

With more than 50 master’s degrees, UCM has a graduate program for you. We also offer:

 

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 Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology (MS CIS & IT)

MS CIS & IT Admission Requirements

Admission is granted on the basis of person's academic aptitude and potential evaluated through academic record, work experience, and test scores. Courses completed prior to receipt of an undergraduate degree cannot be used toward the CIS & IT degree.

  1. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5.
  2. GRE/GMAT is optional with 2.5+ years of work experience in IT field.
  3. GRE/GMAT is optional for people with degree in CIS/IT from AACSB accredited program with high GPA.
  4. A minimum GRE score of 290 or GMAT score of 500. Exception may be made on a case-by-case.
  5. Acceptance into the CIS & IT program is limited and highly competitive.

MS CIS & IT Degree Requirements

MS CIS & IT is a 30-hour program. At least 15 hours must be taken at 5000/6000 level. For more information contact Dr. Sam Ramanujan at (660) 441-0496 or via email.

Graduate Core (15 hrs)

 

Course #  Course Title Credit Hours
CIS 5755 Software Engineering 3
CIS 5675 Project Management 3
CIS 5690 Advanced Systems Project 3
CIS 5650 Managing Information Security in Organizations 3
CIS 5660 Legal Environment of Information Systems 3
  Total Hours 15

Students must complete all requirements in one of the following tracks.  Concentration (12 hrs)

 

Software Engineering Track (any 4) 

Course #  Course Title  Credit Hours
CIS 5760 Applications Development Using Java 3
CIS 5765 Data Com. & Dist. Data Proc. 3
CIS 5606 Advanced Application Development Using Visual C# 3
CIS 5656 Mobile Computing with iOS and Android 3
CIS 5661 Advanced Analysis & Design of CIS 3

 

e-Commerce/Internet Technology Track (any 4) 

 

Course #  Course Title Credit Hours
CIS 5610 Internet for the Enterprise 3
CIS 5611 Client-side Internet Resources 3
CIS 5612 Server-side Internet Resources 3
CIS 5765 Data Com. & Dist. Data Proc. 3
CIS 5669 Telecommunications Management 3

 

MS in CIS & IT Graduate Electives (3 hrs)

Any graduate level CIS course approved by the advisor.

Course #  Course Title  Credit Hours
CIS 5686 Business Application of Machine and Deep Learning 3
CIS 5760 Applications Development Using Java 3
CIS 5780 Data Resource Managment 3
CIS 5606 Advanced Application Development Using Visual C# 3
CIS 5607 Telecommunications & Local Area Networking 3
CIS 5610 Internet for the Enterprise 3
CIS 5670 Internship in Computer Information Systems 3
CIS 5681 Big Data Solutions for Business 3
CIS 6610 Readings in Computer Information Systems 3

 

A student is expected to take CIS 5670 - Internship in CIS to meet the elective requirements. If the student does not receive a paid internship, any other graduate level CIS elective course approved by the adviser, may be taken.

Required Undergraduate Background Courses (0-15 hrs)

The following undergraduate courses (or equivalents) are required. Some of the requirements may be waived for the Computer Information area. Undergraduate work already completed may be used to satisfy undergraduate background requirements.

Course #  Course Title Credit Hours
CIS 1625 Programming in Visual C# 3
CIS 2665 Principles of Data Comm. & Local Area Networking 3
CIS 3625 Bus. app dev with Java 3
CIS 3650 Database Management Systems 3
CIS 3660 Analysis & Design of CIS 3

 

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