Computer and Information Science at Southern Arkansas University
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About the MCIS program
Master of Science in Computer and Information Science (General)
Each candidate for the Master of Science in Computer and Information Science degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework that includes 12 hours of core courses and minimum 18 hours of electives.
12 hours of core courses (mandatory):
|MCIS||5103||Advanced Programming Concepts|
|MCIS||5133||Data Base Management Systems|
|MCIS||6173||Information & Networking Security|
18 hours of electives to be selected from the following:
|MCIS||5003||Survey of Information Technology|
|MCIS||5013||UNIX Operating System|
|MCIS||5113||Web Programming: Client Side|
|MCIS||5413||Web Programming: Server Side|
|MCIS||6133||User Interface Design|
|MCIS||6201-6||Special Topics Seminar|
|MCIS||6214||Data structures and Algorithms|
|MCIS||6223||Vulnerability and Risk Assessment|
|MCIS||6233||Traceable systems and Computer Forensics|
|MCIS||6243||Wireless and Mobile Security|
|MCIS||6253||Privacy Compliant Systems Design|
|MCIS||6983||Internship in Computer and Information Science|
|Completion Time:||2 years *|
* Based on 2 classes per semester including summer
The Master of Science in Computer and Information Science (MCIS) program at the Southern Arkansas University is one of the largest, most affordable and highly attractive computer science graduate programs in the USA. The program offers a wide spectrum of online and onsite courses that are carefully designed to train the students in both theories and applications. The curriculum is constantly reviewed and updated to reflect the ongoing changes in the computer science field. The faculty members are highly qualified — many with extensive industry experience.
Students in the MCIS program can either study general topics in computer science or, based on their background and interest, pursue one of the following focus areas:
- Information Technology
- Data Science
- Cyber Security & Privacy
The MCIS program will provide a solid foundation in computer systems and software, and instill project/team management skills. Possible career options include: software developer, database administrator, information technology manager, data analyst, security/privacy analyst, or pursuing doctoral studies.
Students should have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field. Students with a bachelor’s degree in other areas will be considered but will be REQUIRED to complete to MCIS5023 and MCIS5033 as prerequisites. No credit is awarded towards the MCIS degree for the completion of these prerequisite courses.
Southern Arkansas University offers personalized tour visits, faculty and staff who care about student success, and a caring campus community. SAU also offers traditional and unique academic degree programs that are ranked nationally for quality and affordability.
Nestled in a quiet and beautiful part of south Arkansas, SAU is a great place to call home and to study a broad range of academic programs, including some unique offerings to the state and region. Along with boasting a complete college experience on campus, the University is a short drive from outdoor activities and is central to many regional hubs, such as Texarkana, Shreveport, Little Rock, etc.
Established in 1909, SAU has built on its dedication to student achievement and continues to grow, both on campus and online, with more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies.