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Program Overview

Are you interested in helping organizations streamline their data processes and discovering available solutions for management and security of information? National University’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems is designed to provide you with the tools necessary to become a leader in the construction of managerial tools and organizational systems and architectures. By earning a master’s degree in the growing technology field, you’ll be equipped for job opportunities in multiple sectors, such as business, finance, government agencies, education, healthcare, and more.

The MS in Computer Information Systems program follows curriculum recommendations provided by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Association for Information Systems (AIS), following eight core-competency areas of study. In this program, you will also conduct research on a current topic and earn credit for its subsequent scholarly publication.

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Course Details

Course Listing

Core Requirements

  • 12 courses; 50.5 quarter units

Course Name

Overview of information systems with emphasis on establishing a firm foundation for the further study of the core components of the information systems field. This includes the exploration of the interaction of Information Systems with legal, ethical, cultural, human resources, business philosophies and organizational structures.

PrerequisiteCIS 601 with a minimum grade of B. The grade in CIS 601 must be at least a B as that is the required grade for completion of a Graduate Program. CIS 601 is the broad introduction to the program and must be completed before progressing to any other course.

The design of information systems and services, including the design of how humans interact with and how they experience information technology artifacts. Additionally, this course includes systems implementation and the deployment of systems in organizations.

PrerequisiteCIS 601 with a minimum grade of B. This is the minimum acceptable grade for proper completion of a graduate course. CIS 601 is the broad introduction to the program and must be completed before any other courses.

Development, use, and selection of the means to provide data, information, and content management in processes that improve an organization’s ability to achieve its goals using structured and unstructured data and information effectively.

PrerequisiteCIS 601 with a minimum grade of B. The grade in CIS 601 must be at least a B as that is the required grade for completion of a Graduate Program. CIS 601 is the broad introduction to the program and must be completed before progressing to any other course.

This course includes a careful analysis of the hardware, software and organization needed to provide IT to a domain (organization) with particular emphasis on networks. It is intended that graduates will be better able to contribute to needs analysis for and design and implementation of effective, technically correct IT infrastructure solutions.

PrerequisiteCIS 641 with a minimum grade of B. The grade in CIS 641 must be at least a B as that is the required grade for completion of a Graduate Program.

Focuses on the capability to develop, maintain, and consistently improve domain (organizational) performance while providing appropriate information systems, services, and infrastructure. The external view is on creating value for the domain (organization) and the internal view is on IS staff motivation, performance, and accountability.

PrerequisiteCIS 650 with a minimum grade of B. The grade in CIS 650 must be at least a B as that is the required grade for completion of a Graduate Program.

Examination of managing the complexity of information systems and aligning these systems with the domain’s (organization’s) strategy. Enables the thoughtful participation in planning, building, using, maintaining, and evaluating the architectures.

PrerequisiteCIS 650 with a minimum grade of B. The grade in CIS 650 must be at least a B as that is the required grade for completion of a Graduate Program.

Focuses on employing current and upcoming technologies to address existing and new business opportunities, using information technologies to improve those business activities. Development of the ability to understand and to intervene in different forms of domain (organizational) activities (e.g., work units, work teams, processes, organizations, markets, society setting).

PrerequisiteCIS 650 with a minimum grade of B. The grade in CIS 650 must be at least a B as that is the required grade for completion of a Graduate Program.

Examines the continuity, auditing, and assurance of information systems. Covers areas of risk avoidance, security management, and quality auditing. Tactical and strategic to technical and operational levels of the domain (organization) are included. Processes considered range from management, such as policy and standard setting, to hands-on skills, such as system contingency and recovery planning.

PrerequisiteCIS 650 with a minimum grade of B. The grade in CIS 650 must be at least a B as that is the required grade for completion of a Graduate Program.

The creation and implementation of long-term plans for designing, delivering, and using organizational information systems to achieve strategic domain (organization) goals and objectives. Additionally, monitoring and controlling organizational IS resources to ensure alignment with and achievement of domain (organization) strategies, goals, and objectives.

PrerequisiteCIS 650 with a minimum grade of B. The grade in CIS 650 must be at least a B as that is the required grade for completion of a Graduate Program.

Exploration of a current topic not otherwise covered in the curriculum. Previous offering of this course does not predict future availability; new courses may replace these. Topic varies by term and instructor.

PrerequisiteAll other program requirements must be complete prior to taking this course.

While this course is the final station on a journey to earn an MSCIS, the purpose of the course is to celebrate the journey while carefully considering the next steps that are possible. To that end this course is intended to be similar to an advanced graduate seminar focusing on the area of philosophy most closely related to MSCIS, the Philosophy of Information.

PrerequisiteCIS 650 with a minimum grade of B. The grade in CIS 650 must be at least a B as that is the required grade for completion of a Graduate Program.

The purpose of this course is to enable students to participate as student-scholars in Information Systems. They will submit, secure acceptance, and present a student paper at an academic conference. They may work with up to one other student as co-authors.

Elective Option

Students who wish to participate in additional scholarly research opportunities may enroll in the following course. Please contact the Program Lead for approval.

Course Name

PrerequisiteCIS 650 with a minimum grade of B. The grade in CIS 650 must be at least a B as that is the required grade for completion of a Graduate Program.

The purpose of this course is to enable students to participate as scholars in Information Systems. They will submit, secure acceptance, and present a paper at an academic conference. They may work with up to one other co-authors.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, student must complete 50.5 quarter units of graduate coursework. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate work completed at another regionally accredited institution may be transferred to meet stated requirements in the program provided those units were not used in earning another advanced degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the Philosophy of Information.
  • Analyze and apply ethical constructs to issues in Information Systems.
  • Analyze the technology environment that domains (organizations) and Information Systems are within.
  • Apply systematic means for the analysis and improvement of needs assessment.
  • Create and operate managerial tools and systems for applying information systems to domains (organizations).
  • Create Information Systems tools, systems and architectures.

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