Master of Science Degree

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree

The MS degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework; up to 10 hours can be transferred from other accredited graduate programs. Each new student is assigned a faculty member to serve as an Academic Advisor. The Academic Advisor helps the student select courses and reviews the student's progress until a Major Professor is selected.
Must include one course from each of the following areas:
  • Implementation
  • Languages
  • Systems
  • Structures
  • Theory
  • Specialization
Please see the "Guidelines For the Master of Science Degree" for course details. Students must receive a grade of "B" or better for each course used to satisfy the above requirements.
Program Options
Non-Thesis/Report Option: Write a major paper, for example, as part of a CIS 8XX course.  This option requires 33 credit hours of CIS coursework for a MS degree.

Report Option: Undertake a project that culminates in a written report; 1 credit hour of CIS 897 and 2 credit hours of CIS 898 are awarded for the work.  Project work from CIS 690 can be applied to the project, subject to the approval of the Major Professor.  This option requires 30 credit hours for a MS degree.

Thesis Option: Perform original research that culminates in a written thesis; 6 credit hours of CIS 899 are awarded for the work.  This option requires 30 credit hours for a MS degree.
Program of Study (POS)

The Graduate School requires all Graduate Students to file a Program of Study. This a formal list of courses the student intends to take to fulfill the degree requirements.

Deadline to submit POS:

Full-time students- end of 2nd semester
Part-time students- upon completion of 9 credit hours

CIS Graduate Students must submit a Program of Study Checklist along with their POS. Both forms can be found under the forms section of our website.

Once your POS has been filled out and signed by your Major Professor and Supervisory Committee members please submit the POS and checklist to the CIS Program Coordinator, 234D Nichols Hall.


Graduate School Handbook
CIS Forms
Additional forms from the Graduate School


Not a current CIS Graduate Student? Click here for information on how to APPLY!