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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Aug 25, 2019
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Science in Computer Information Systems

Requirements for the M.S. in Computer Information Systems

Each candidate must complete either the capstone course, a project course, or the thesis option.

All candidates for the degree must complete a total of 33 credits, as indicated below:

 (Students not required to take this course must take an additional elective.)

Content Areas

Seven content areas are designed to provide sustained coverage of topics essential to the regional computing community.

Additional Elective Courses

Elective courses may be chosen from the five content areas not selected by the student or from the following list:

All master’s candidates must complete one of the following

This option may only be taken after all courses in the two content areas have been completed.

Capstone Course

The capstone course topic will vary each semester. Contact the School of CIS one semester before beginning CS 692.


Contact the School of CIS for detailed information one semester before beginning the project course.


The thesis option includes writing, presenting, and defending a master’s thesis. Contact the School of CIS for detailed information one semester before beginning CS 690. The two-course sequence for this option takes the place of either the project or the capstone course and one elective.

Certificate Program Requirements:

Each of the content areas in the Computer Information Systems’ Master of Science Degree Program constitutes a Certificate Program. A certificate in each of the areas of Biomedical Informatics, Database Management, Distributed Systems, Information Systems Management, Object-oriented Technology, Software Design and Development, or Software Engineering is awarded to a student who completes a content area. The last two courses in the content area must be completed at Grand Valley State University.

Admission criteria for a certificate program are identical to admission criteria for the master’s degree program. Certificate candidates enroll in the standard master’s degree program courses, with grading criteria being identical. Should a certificate candidate decide to change to the master’s degree program, all coursework taken toward the certificate will apply to his or her master’s degree program. The following certificates each require a 3-course sequence, which totals 9 credit hours:

Biomedical Informatics Certificate:

Database Management Certificate:

Distributed Computing Certificate:

Information Systems Management Certificate:

Object-Oriented Technology Certificate:

Software Design and Development Certificate:

Required Courses:

Select one:

Software Engineering Certificate:

Computer Information Systems Program Description

Click here for the program description.