The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems is designed for students seeking to combine the development of technical competence in information systems with gaining knowledge and furthering skills in managerial and organizational areas. Graduates of this program will be able to work in a variety of fields to maximize state of the art information system tools and techniques to promote organizational success.
The Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) requires that students complete a core track of study that provides a broad overview of topics relevant to information technology and computer science. Beyond this core track, the program offers specialized concentrations that allow students the opportunity to explore detailed and in-depth aspects of one general area of computer technology.
These concentrations provide CIS students with real-world experience in a chosen area of specialization. Currently, the CIS program offers the following specialized concentrations:
Data Modeling and Analytics
Pegasystems (one of 20 universities worldwide to offer this)
Dual Degree Option
Degree candidates in the MS in Computer Information Systems may apply for 12 credits from this degree toward a second degree in the MBA program with a CIS concentration, thereby reducing coursework towards the MBA by three courses. Students must be accepted into both programs, but application materials will be forwarded from the first program to the second and thus the student does not need to resubmit them. Interested students should contact the MS-CIS Program Director or the Associate Dean of the Management Division.
Internship Track and Curricular Practical Training (CPT/Internships)
The Internship Track allows for the student to overlay the academic and theoretical study of Computer Information Systems with practical experience in the field. Students have the means to apply academic concepts to solve real-world business problems. The Internship is designed for students to better understand the work expectations and individual organizational culture. Students who take this Track will have greater insight into a wide variety of operational issues that influence IT managers. Students and their Internship organization must be approved by the MS-CIS Program Director prior to the start of the internship, and take an Internship course or courses. Internship courses have variable credit and are CT 5901 through CT5904. Internship credits that are earned are applied towards the 36 credits that are required for the MS-CIS Program.
Students with F-1 visa status who wish to take part in the Internship Track should work closely with their International Student Advisors regarding the use of Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT authorization can only be issued after an internship agreement is completed, and this authorization is an important step to be sure that all off-campus employment is authorized and well-documented. Please contact your International Student Advisor with any questions.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete New England College’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems will be able to:
Apply communication, teamwork, and leadership skills to translate technical information that will help align computer information systems and tools with organizational goals.
Analyze technical aspects of IT projects and apply project management strategies to meet business needs and organizational goals.
Apply IT methods and tools to the development of applications and administration of computing systems, as well as to the adoption of new technologies in the organization.
Identify information tools and technologies that have strategic value for the organization, and manage the implementation of those technologies.