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Master of Science in
Computer and Information Science at Southern Arkansas University
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$ 100
Average savings per semester compared to graduate tuition in neighboring states

Our programs are routinely recognized as the best value programs nationally. SAU offers out-of-state tuition waivers to students from Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

About the MCIS program

Master of Computer and Information Science

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 6163 Computer Networking
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 6123 Decision Science
MCIS 6133 User Interface Design
MCIS 6153 Software Engineering
MCIS 6183 Special Topics
MCIS 6201-6 Special Topics Seminar
MCIS 6213 Applied Cryptography
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 6263 Big Data
MCIS 6273 Data Mining
MCIS 6283 Machine Learning
MCIS 6983 Internship in Computer and Information Science
MCIS 6911-6 Thesis



Mathematics & Computer Science / College of Science & Engineering

Hours Required: 30
Categories: Graduate
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.

Undergraduate requirements

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.

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About SAU

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.

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