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 Tech with Applications1|
|MCIS||5013||UNIX Operating System|
|MCIS||6123||Decision Support Systems2|
|MCIS||6133||User Interface Implementation|
|MCIS||6201-6||Special Topics Seminar|
|MCIS||6214||Data structures and Algorithms|
|MCIS||6223||Vulnerability Analysis and Risk Assessment3|
|MCIS||6233||Traceable systems and Computer Forensics3|
|MCIS||6243||Wireless and Mobile Security3|
|MCIS||6253||Privacy Compliant Systems Design3|
|MCIS||6983||Internship in Computer and Information Science|
1Required for Information Technology option. 2Required for Data Science option. 3Required for Cyber Security and Privacy option
|Completion Time:||2 years *|
|Cost Per Year:||In state: $4,980 / Out of State: $7,005|
|Complete Program Cost:||In state: $9,960 / Out of State: $14,010|
|Delivery:||Hybrid, On-Campus, Online|
* 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 and may be required to take up to four undergraduate courses determined by the advisor. No graduate credit is given for the completion of undergraduate courses.