Best online grad IT program, public universities
U.S. News & World Report, 2023
Median annual wage for CIS managers in 2021
According to a 2021 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report
The 33-credit STEM-designated Master of IT program is designed for those interested in developing and managing the technology driving modern business. Offered online and on campus, this degree provides a balance of in-demand technical skills and business management essentials and can be completed in as few as 18 months or taken part-time over three to five years. The program provides a rigorous education for those with technical backgrounds while also bringing those new to the field up-to-speed. Students can customize their degree with additional specialized certificates, including cybersecurity, application development, IT project management, business intelligence and business information systems.
- Flexibility with you in mind: Whether you want to start in fall or spring, learn online or on campus or extend your degree with additional certificates, we offer you flexibility and choices to customize your experience.
- In-demand skills to keep pace with progress: With the labor market for computer information systems managers and other IT roles expected to grow 10% by 2029, this degree provides you with the business savvy and systems-thinking and expertise needed to run today’s IT operations. You’ll learn Linux, Java, SAP and more to have a wide range of abilities to effectively lead large-scale web and IT systems operations to consulting on business intelligence issues, operations, product development, technology strategy and more. Our graduates find success industry-wide with domestic students consistently achieving over a 90% job placement rate.
- Credentials that matter: As an AACSB-accredited college, a status achieved by less than 5% of business schools worldwide, you can have confidence that you’re learning from the best. Our faculty are immersed in leading edge research and the latest business and IT practices to provide you with the business and technical grounding needed to advance in this fast-paced field.
- Ranked among the best: In 2023, U.S. News & World Report ranked our online IT program No. 1 in Colorado for five consecutive years, No. 6 among vets and No. 9 nationwide among public institutions. These rankings are externally surveyed and based on student engagement with faculty and their peers, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion and the quality of services and technology.
Program at a Glance
||Face to face or online (all classes are recorded for on-campus and online students to view)
||Fort Collins, Colorado, or anywhere
||Three semesters (full time) or up to five years (part time)
||August and January
||On-Campus: Classes two to five days a week, Monday-Friday
Online: Self-paced lectures in step with class assignments
||33 (15 core, 18 elective)
On diploma: Master of Computer Information Systems
On transcript: Master of Computer Information Systems, major in Computer Information Systems
Cybersecurity Center and Graduate Certificates
The College of Business is responding to market demand for cutting-edge research and educational needs in cybersecurity and data privacy. In collaboration with other CSU colleges, the College of Business supports the Cybersecurity Center. The center provides education for both on- and off-campus students around cybersecurity and data encryption issues and helps prepare students to join a rapidly growing career field.
In addition to the core MCIS curriculum, the program offers an online graduate certificate in cybersecurity that teaches you to identify, assess and manage the IT-related risks and vulnerabilities that businesses face. CSU has earned the designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency (NSA). The online cybersecurity certificate is an NSA-validated program.
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Landing a 'Dream Job' with the MCIS Degree
“The database systems course really helped me get through the on-site interviews ... I was able to explain the concepts much more clearly."
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