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Computer Information Systems (Computer Networks), M.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #98 (QS) Online
The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in Computer Networks offers a broad foundation in information technology.

About

BU’s online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) is designed for working professionals who seek to advance their careers in the IT field.

  • An in-depth exploration of computer data communication and modern networking
  • A comprehensive examination of network design and implementation, network performance analysis and management, network security, and the latest networking technology
  • Extensive hands-on experience, enabling students to analyze, design, procure, manage, and implement cutting-edge computer networking solutions and technologies

Students who complete the Computer Information Systems master’s degree concentration in Computer Networks will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge in the analysis and documentation of requirements for architecture, design, and implementation of computer applications systems.
  • Proficiency in software and computing skills as they pertain to the design and implementation of database systems, data communications, systems analysis, and design.
  • Competence sufficient to identify current and emerging information technologies that may have strategic value for enterprise; assess where those technologies have value; and manage the implementation of those technologies in the enterprise.
  • Advanced knowledge of data communication protocols and networks; of issues involved in multi-access media, including wired and wireless; performance analysis of networks; and management of large networks.
  • Proficiency in data communication protocols and networks, including error control and flow control, distributed synchronization, error detection and correction, and forwarding and techniques to implement it.
  • Competence sufficient to design, specify, and develop data transfer protocols for specific purposes; design, specify, plan, and define networks of any size; and analyze, evaluate, and select network technologies.

Accreditation

Boston University Online is a unique collaboration between the Office of Distance Education and faculty members throughout the many Schools and Colleges that comprise Boston University.

As part of Boston University Extended Education , the office consists of a team of instructional designers, video producers, and support staff who specialize in online education. The Office serves as a resource for Schools and Colleges that seek to develop online programs, and works closely with faculty to ensure that the Boston University Online experience is of the high caliber for which Boston University is regarded throughout the world.

The faculty and staff who design and create Boston University Online programs share a philosophy that your computer is a unique and powerful educational tool. We seek to maximize the capabilities of today’s technologies in order to engage the full learning potential of each student. To do so, we strive to create an exciting and interactive online instructional environment that incorporates simulations, video, audio, multimedia, and group activities such as discussion boards.

An online degree from Boston University represents achievement of a high academic standard. Our programs are accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., one of six nationally recognized accrediting agencies.

In addition to academic rigor, a vital component of all Boston University Online programs is the availability of outstanding Student Services. The Office of Distance Education assures that Boston University Online students receive prompt and attentive assistance throughout their learning experience, from application and registration to technical support to graduation details.

Boston University is proud to be a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six regional accrediting organizations in the United States, and has been accredited by NEASC since 1929. More information on BU’s accreditation can be found here .

Boston University Online is an active member in the online education community. We are member of, and participate regularly with, the following associations:

  • Educause
  • European Association for International Education
  • University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
  • The Sloan Consortium
  • United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Business Data Communication and Networks
  • Database Design and Implementation for Business
  • Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • IT Strategy and Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    40 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Self-paced
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    84

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • A completed Application for Graduate Admission
  • Three letters of recommendation. It is required that one be an academic reference if you graduated or engaged in post-graduate education in the past three years
  • You must supply the name and email address of your recommenders in order to submit your application. 
  • A self-evaluation
  • A current résumé
  • Transcript(s) from each college and graduate school attended. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to your application. Official transcripts will be required upon matriculation.
    • A nonrefundable $85 application fee
    In addition to completing an Application for Graduate Admission, international applicants must submit proof of English proficiency. 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    880 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 880 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    880 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 880 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Courses Numbered 100–599: $465 per credit for 1–12 credits

Courses Numbered 600–999: $880 per credit for 1–11.5 credits

Funding

The following programmes may provide loans, scholarships, and grants to Boston University Online students.

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  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education
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  • Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

In addition, Student Accounting Services offers assistance with:

  • Payment plans
  • Payment options
  • Agency sponsorship
  • Loans
  • Refund requests
  • Tuition invoices
  • Payment deadlines

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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