Best online grad IT program, public universities, U.S. News & World Report


Half our students start the program with limited technology backgrounds


Median annual wage for CIS managers in 2020

According to a 2020 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report

The Master of Computer Information Systems at CSU's College of Business is a 33-credit program offered both on campus and online. The program provides a rigorous education for those with technical backgrounds, while also accommodating an extended learning cycle for those new to the field. In both cases, this technical degree will complement your drive to achieve more and give you the tools to get ahead and stay ahead.

Our graduates find success industry wide and the program has a 99 percent job placement record. The demand for skilled professionals in technology and leadership is outpacing the supply in the market, and that gap is expected to increase. The labor market for computer information systems managers in particular is expected to grow 10 percent by 2029, which is faster than average for all occupations.

Masters of Computer Information Systems


A computer information systems degree will build upon your technical know-how and instill the best practices in programs like Linux, Java, SAP and more. You’ll also learn what it takes to lead and gain a strong foundation of the fundamental concepts and trends in IT and programming.

U.S. News & World Report released its 2021 rankings and our Online Master of Computer Information Systems achieved No. 21 among public universities, No. 31 overall and is No. 1 in Colorado. Our veterans continue to rank our Online MCIS program well and according to U.S. News & World report ranked the program No. 8 among public schools and No. 14 nationwide. Whether online or on campus, you’ll learn from top business and IT faculty under an AACSB-accredited curriculum – a credential achieved by less than five percent of business schools worldwide.

Program at a Glance
Delivery: Face to face or online (all classes are recorded for on-campus and online students to view)
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, or anywhere
Length: Three semesters (full time) or up to five years (part time)
Start Dates: August and January
Schedule: On-Campus: Classes two to five days a week, Monday-Friday
Online: Self-paced lectures in step with class assignments
Credits: 33 (15 core, 18 elective)
Degree awarded:

On diploma: Master of Computer Information Systems
On transcript: Master of Computer Information Systems, major in Computer Information Systems

New Cybersecurity Center and Courses on the Horizon

The College of Business is responding to market demand for cutting-edge research and educational needs in cybersecurity and data privacy. A new law in Colorado has allocated funding to establish education around issues of cybersecurity and blockchain. The College of Business is collaborating with other CSU colleges to create a future cybersecurity center. The center will provide education for both on- and off-campus students around cybersecurity and data encryption issues, including the addition of a cybersecurity data analytics course.

Courses for the Real World

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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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Learn by Doing

“I didn't have to spend time driving to the college and attending the lecture when it was happening. It was on-demand content.”

Deepak Mirani, Online Master of Computer Information Systems graduate

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Important Dates

8/10/2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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8/20/2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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