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The fast-paced world of computer information systems welcomes professionals with the drive and skills to navigate change and technological advancements. This 33-credit hour Master of Computer Information Systems prepares students – with or without a technology background – to thrive in IT function and IT project management roles. Graduates find success industry-wide and the program has a 99 percent job placement record.

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CIS600 Information Technology and Project Management

Strategic role in and management of information technology and software development projects

CIS601 Enterprise Computing and Systems Integration

Integrated extended enterprise planning and execution systems concepts including ERP, CRM, SCM, MRP II, business processes, front/back office systems

CIS655 Business Database Systems

Database analysis, design, administration; data modeling; data sublanguages, query facilities; distributed database systems

CIS570 Business Intelligence

Harnessing vast data stores to solve problems, enhance decision-making, discover new business opportunities, and to derive additional benefits

CIS670 Advanced IT Project Management

Advanced tools, techniques and skills for advanced risk management, change movement, and performance/control measures in cross-functional projects

CIS675 Agile Management and Product Development

Business model process optimization; managing rapid product development; incorporating constituent feedback throughout the product life cycle

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jennifer.ivan@colostate.edu
(970) 491-1184
The Master of Computer Information Systems is offered by the College of Business Department of Computer Information Systems.
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Important Dates
10/1/2016
For international applicants, on-campus program, spring admission
10/12/2016, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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No matter your academic degree or experience, we can help you develop the knowledge and technical skills needed to succeed in this in-demand profession.

Colorado State University's Master of Computer Information Systems is a 33-credit program offered on campus and online that provides a challenging education for those with technical backgrounds, while also creating an inviting environment for those new to the field.AACSB Accredited

If you have a curiosity for information systems – no matter your academic degree or experience – we can help you develop the knowledge and technical skills needed to succeed in this in-demand profession. 

Program at a Glance
Delivery: Face to face or online
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, or anywhere
Length: One year (full time) or up to five years (part time)
Start Dates: August and January
Schedule: Face-to-face: Classes two to five days a week, Monday-Friday
Online: self-paced lectures
Credits: 33 (27 core, 6 elective)

Common Schedules

Here are some examples of common schedules. Once you're admitted to the program, your advising team will help you customize a schedule that fits your goals.

On-Campus Program

Online Program

Courses

The courses below reflect the 2016-2017 Colorado State University catalog, published in August 2016 for students enrolling during the 2016-2017 academic year. Courses listed are updated each summer for incoming students.

Core Courses
CIS 600
Information Technology and Project Management
Credits3
CIS 601/MGT 601
Enterprise Computing and Systems Integration
Credits3
CIS 605
Business Visual Application Development
Credits3
CIS 606
Application Software Infrastructure
Credits3
CIS 610
Software Development Methodology
Credits3
CIS 611
Object-Oriented Systems
Credits3
CIS 620
IT Communications Infrastructure
Credits3
CIS 655
Business Database Systems
Credits3
CIS 665
E-Business Application Technologies
Credits3
Selected Courses
Select a minimum of two courses from the following:
Credits6
BUS 690C
Contemporary Issues: Info Systems
CIS 570
Business Intelligence
CIS 575
Applied Data Mining and Analytics in Business
CIS 670
Advanced IT Project Management
CIS 695
Independent Study
Program Total Credits
Credits33

A minimum of 33 credits are required to complete this program.

This course listing is provided through the Colorado State University catalog and is updated each summer. New or modified courses offered for spring or summer may not be included, but you can find complete course information via the class schedule on RAMweb. Offerings are subject to change, and the University reserves the right to make changes in catalog information when necessary and to correct errors.

Every student is different. Your tuition and fees will reflect your student type and academic path.

We do our best to give you accurate estimates, but please email the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@colostate.edu to get the most precise information about your cost of attendance.

Amounts displayed are intended as an estimate only, and should not be used for billing purposes.

Estimated 2016-2017 Tuition and Fees

On-Campus Program

Master of Computer Information Systems, 33 credits

Resident full time   Resident part time   Nonresident full time   Nonresident part time 

Resident full time (typically 12 credits per semester)
  Semester1 Program2 (3 semesters)
Base tuition $4,814 $14,586
Graduate differential tuition3 $3,648 $10,122
General fees $832 $2,496
University facility fee $249 $684
University technology fee $25 $75
College technology fee $103 $309
Total $9,671 $28,272

Resident part time (typically 6 credits per semester)
  Semester1 Program2 (6 semesters)
Base tuition $3,209 $18,137
Graduate differential tuition3 $1,824 $10,296
General fees $832 $4,316
University facility fee $125 $687
University technology fee $25 $150
College technology fee $103 $618
Total $6,118 $34,204

Nonresident full time (typically 12 credits per semester)
  Semester1 Program2 (3 semesters)
Base tuition $11,802 $35,760
Graduate differential tuition3 $3,648 $10,122
General fees $832 $2,496
University facility fee $249 $684
University technology fee $25 $75
College technology fee $103 $309
Total $16,659 $49,446

Nonresident part time (typically 6 credits per semester)
  Semester1 Program2 (6 semesters)
Base tuition $7,868 $44,464
Graduate differential tuition3 $1,824 $10,296
General fees $832 $4,316
University facility fee $125 $687
University technology fee $25 $150
College technology fee $103 $618
Total $10,777 $60,531
1. Semester tuition estimates are based on typical fall and spring semesters.
2. Program tuition estimates account for a projected annual increase and fewer credits in summer.
3. Graduate differential tuition is $304 per credit hour and is subject to annual increases.

 

How We Calculate On-Campus Tuition and Fees

The College of Business follows the University's graduate tuition guide and additionally charges graduate differential tuition. Graduate differential tuition helps support the student experience by enhancing classroom technology through innovation, hiring highly qualified faculty, and providing advising support, scholarships, highly equipped computer labs, and comprehensive career services.

Charges will vary, depending on the student’s actual registration, residency, and course of study. Additional University fees also may apply. Try out the University tuition and fees calculator to better understand how tuition and fees can change.

CSU reserves the right to change tuition rates without notice. Tuition rates – based on academic years – are subject to increase on an annual basis and subject to Board of Governor approval. All prices refer to U.S. currency.

All full fee-paying resident‐instruction graduate students automatically will be enrolled in and billed for CSU student health insurance. Premium information and instructions on applying for a waiver to opt out of the insurance are available for domestic students (PFD) and international students (PDF).

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Online Program

Master of Computer Information Systems, 33 credits

Full Time   Part Time   

Full time (typically 12 credits per semester)
  Semester2 Program3 (3 semesters)
Tuition1 $9,516 $26,383
University technology fee $25 $75
Total $9,541 $26,458

 

Part time (typically 6 credits per semester)
  Semester2 Program3 (6 semesters)
Tuition1 $4,758 $26,889
University technology fee $25 $150
Total $4,783 $27,039
1. Tuition is charged at $793 per credit hour. 
2. Tuition estimates may change based on the number of credits you take each semester.
3. Program tuition estimates account for a projected annual increase and fewer credits in summer.

 

How We Calculate Online Tuition and Fees

Residency status is not a factor in determining online, distance, or off-campus tuition rates.

Charges will vary, depending on the student’s actual registration and course of study. Additional University fees also may apply.

CSU reserves the right to change tuition rates without notice. Tuition rates – based on academic years – are subject to increase on an annual basis and subject to Board of Governor approval. All prices refer to U.S. currency.

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Important Dates
10/1/2016
For international applicants, on-campus program, spring admission
10/12/2016, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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When you're ready to apply to the College of Business Master of Computer Information Systems, we're here to help. We want your application process to be smooth and successful, so please reach out to us.

Eligibility

Master of Computer Information Systems applicants generally must meet or exceed the following criteria:1

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution in any field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Satisfactory GMAT or GRE2
  • International applicants: Internet-based3 TOEFL score of 86 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, or a PTE score of 58 or higher
1. While we encourage our students to meet the minimum criteria, failure to meet one may be offset by strengths in other areas, as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.
2. A GMAT score of 550 or higher, or an equivalent GRE score is desired. Scores in the quantitative sections are especially significant. The test must have been taken within the past five years. You may request a waiver to the GMAT or GRE if you have 5+ years of full-time professional experience and a 3.0 GPA.
3. Other testing formats may be accepted. Please contact us for information.

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Application Deadlines

For fall admission:
May 1 for international applicants (on-campus program)
July 1 for U.S. applicants (on-campus program)
July 1 for all applicants (online program)

For spring admission:
Oct. 1 for international applicants (on-campus program)
Dec. 1 for U.S. applicants (on-campus program)
Dec. 1 for all applicants (online program)
Please be aware that financial aid deadlines may occur before the application for admission deadlines.
 


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Application Process

The time it takes to complete the application process mostly depends on how long it takes you to gather your materials. Completing your portion quickly will allow us to give you a decision sooner. The information below should help you with the application process, but please contact us if you have any questions.

We accept applications for fall and spring admission. We strongly suggest that you not wait until the deadline, but submit your application well in advance. Admissions are competitive and made on a rolling basis.

  1. Submit CSU Graduate School Application online
    • Visit gradadmissions.colostate.edu/apply to start your application.
    • Under "Select an application type," choose the term that you are applying to.
    • Under "Program," choose Computer Information Systems (M.C.I.S.) or Computer Information Systems (M.C.I.S.) - Distance.
    • Request/upload application materials directly to your online application and then submit.
      As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. You do not need to wait for recommendations, scores, or transcripts to move your application forward.
  2. Pay the application fee

    Use a credit card to pay your application fee ($60 for domestic applicants, $70 for international applicants).

  3. Submit the online applicant data sheet

    Use your CSU ID number to complete and submit the College of Business applicant data sheet. After you submit your application online, you will receive a CSU ID number in approximately two to three days, unless you already have one (alumni and current students).

  4. Check your status

    We know you are eager to hear about your application status, so you can check it any time to make sure your application is complete or to keep an eye on updates. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is complete.

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