Master of Information System (MSCIS)

Faculty | Admission to program | Advancement to candidacy | Degree requirements | Two-year degree plan | Course descriptions 


FACULTY

  • Dr. Yonggao Yang
  • Dr. Sherri Frizell
  • Dr. Lin Li (Program coordinator)
  • Dr. Akhtar Lodgher
  • Dr. Yi Lu
  • Dr. Kiranmai Bellam
  • Mr. J.D. Oliver
  • Dr. Lei Huang

ADMISSION TO PROGRAM

Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Computer Science program:

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited higher education institution.
  2. A minimum GPA of  3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (for applicants whose native language is not English).
  4. A minimum GRE General Test score of 900 (combined verbal and quantitative).

Provisional Admission:

Students may be awarded provisional graduate degree status admission if they satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. Have a minimum GRE General Test score of 700 (combined verbal and quantitative).

Students must petition the Dean of Engineering for full status in the graduate program during the term in which the first 12 graduate semester credit hours will be completed. To be considered for full degree status provisional students must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses recommended by the faculty advisor and the head of the graduate program, and submit satisfactory official scores on the GRE examination to the Office of Graduate Programs.

Non-Degree Admission:

A student who has a bachelor’s degree (minimum GPA of 2.45) and wishes to take graduate courses without qualifying for a degree may be awarded non-degree status admission if they satisfy the requirements outlined in the catalog section “Types of Admission” under Admissions Information and Requirements.

Special Student Admission:

Applicants who wish to take graduate courses but who do not meet the minimum GPA for admission as degree, provisional, or non-degree status may apply for special student status admission to the University in order to enroll in the required computer information systems background courses. These students must have been highly recommended based upon evidence of scholarly potential.

A student with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than Computer Information Systems must possess a computer information systems background equivalent to the following PVAMU courses before being admitted to the MS in Computer Information Systems program:

  • COMP 1223 – Computer Science II
  • One from the following:
    • ACCT 5003 – Concepts of Accounting
    • MGMT 5003 - Concepts of Management
    • FINA5003 – Concepts of Finance
    • MRKT 5003 – Concepts of Marketing
    • ACCT 3213 Intermediate Accounting
    • MGMT 3103 – Principles of Management
    • FINA3103 – Principle of Finance
    • MRKT 3103 – Principles of Marketing
  • ECON 5003 Concepts of Economic Analysis or ECON 2113 – Microeconomics
  • MATH 1124 – Calculus I
  •  MGMT 5113 – Business Statistics or MATH 3023 – Statistics

ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY

The Application for Candidacy form must be approved by the head of the Computer Science department and submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval. The student’s advisory committee must approve the research project or thesis before the student applies for candidacy.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The curriculum for the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems has both a thesis and a non-thesis option.  A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course work is required for either option (including 6 semester hours of master’s thesis courses or 3 semester hours of master’s project courses). The 36 credit hours must be earned in courses numbered 5000 and above offered by the Computer Science Department.  Core course grade should be B and above.

TWO-YEAR DEGREE PLAN

SEMESTER-BY-SEMESTER CURRICULUM
(GENERAL TRACK, THESIS OPTION)

FIRST YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

SECOND SEMESTER

Course

Hours

Course

Hours

CINS 5013 Information Resource Management      

3

CINS  5003 Graduate Seminar and Project Research

3

CINS 5033 Database Management Systems

3

CINS  5043 Data Communications and Computer Networks

3

CINS 5063 Data Structures and Algorithms

3

CINS  5183 Software Engineering

3

Total

9

Total

9

 

SECOND YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

SECOND SEMESTER

Course

Hours

Course

Hours

CINS 5073 Information Technology

3

CINS Elective

3

CINS 5906 Master’s Thesis

6

CINS Elective

3

CINS Elective

3

Total

9

Total

9

SEMESTER-BY-SEMESTER CURRICULUM
(GENERAL TRACK, NON-THESIS OPTION)

FIRST YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

SECOND SEMESTER

Course

Hours

Course

Hours

CINS 5013 Information Resource Management      

3

CINS  5003 Graduate Seminar and Project Research

3

CINS 5033 Database Management Systems

3

CINS  5043 Data Communications and Computer Networks

3

CINS 5063 Data Structures and Algorithms 

3

CINS  5183 Software Engineering

3

Total

9

Total

9

 

SECOND YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

SECOND SEMESTER

Course

Hours

Course

Hours

CINS 5073 Information Technology

3

CINS Elective

3

CINS Elective

3

CINS Elective

3

CINS Elective

3

CINS 5913 Master’s Project

3

Total

9

Total

9

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