Graduate Program Information
The Master of Computer and Information Science (MS-CIS) Program can be pursued in three areas of concentration: Computer Science; Information Systems; or Software Engineering. An undergraduate academic background in the chosen area is required for entry into the graduate program. Grades of "B" or above are expected in any undergraduate preparatory course work taken at UNF. The MS-CIS program is designed to add breadth and depth to a typical bachelor's degree program in the chosen area. Students may pursue either a thesis option or a non-thesis option under each concentration. These options allow the student to demonstrate overall mastery of the discipline by either submitting a thesis or completing additional in-depth coursework. Specifically, the thesis option entails completion of 24 credit hours of coursework and at least 6 credit hours of thesis, for total of at least 30 credit hours; and the non-thesis option entails completion of 36 credit hours of coursework.
MS-CIS Computer Science Concentration
For the Computer Science concentration, breadth must be demonstrated in the areas of computer networks; operating systems; algorithms; and databases. Depth must be accomplished in the areas of graphics/interfaces; networks; advanced systems; and data/language paradigms.
Requirements for the MS-CIS Computer Science Thesis Option
Requirements for the MS-CIS Computer Science Non-Thesis Option
MS-CIS Information Systems Concentration
The Information Systems concentration is designed to build upon a bachelor's degree program in information systems that has substantial content in both software development and business practice. Technical core content provides hands-on software engineering that addresses software life-cycle, database engineering, and project management issues. Business core content is oriented towards e-commerce issues in management, marketing, and finance. Additional technical coursework in software engineering assures depth in one or more additional subject areas.
Requirements for the MS-CIS Information Systems Thesis Option
Requirements for the MS-CIS Information Systems Non-Thesis Option
MS-CIS Software Engineering Concentration
The Software Engineering concentration is designed to build upon a CIS bachelor's degree program, which has substantial content in software development. Core content for the program emphasizes hands-on software engineering as practiced in this day and time. Additional coursework in software engineering assures depth in one or more subject areas. Experience in the practice of software engineering is emphasized by participation in a "real-world" supervised group project.
Requirements for the MS-CIS Software Engineering Thesis Option
Requirements for the MS-CIS Software Engineering Non-Thesis Option
Student Outcomes (SOs)
- Demonstrate discipline specific content knowledge, by extending their knowledge and skills in one or more of computer science, software engineering, and information systems.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills, by conducting independent research designed to extend the body of knowledge encompassing computing.
- Demonstrate oral and written communication skills, by publishing and presenting the results of their research.