MS in Computer and Information Science

About the Program

The Computer and Information Science master's degree program is designed to prepare students for professional practice, as well as further studies and research in the computing field. The program offers a 30-credit hour curriculum consisting of required core courses and technical electives.

The department schedules all CIS courses during late afternoons or evenings to enable students to earn their master's degree through part-time study. The program may be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.

All courses have access to a wide variety of computing resources: local area networks, as well as the Game and Multimedia Environment Laboratory.

Depending on the option chosen, the program requires students to take four courses from two of the seven following specialization areas: computer graphics, geometric modeling and game design; computer networks and security; database management and analytics; software engineering; systems software; and web computing.

Students with an interest in pursuing doctoral studies or working in a research and development environment are encouraged to elect the thesis option.

For general program information and questions please contact the Program Coordinator: Kimberly LaPere ([email protected]). For specific curriculum questions, please contact the program director:  Dr. Jinhua Guo (jinhua@ If you have questions about the application process, deadlines, tuition, scholarships and assistantships, and other questions please contact the Office of Graduate Studies ([email protected] ).

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MS Computer and Information Science
The flexibility of the program is phenomenal. Almost every course is offered after work hours so you can attend even if you're working full time.

Program Details


To satisfy the requirements for the MS degree in Computer and Information Science, all students admitted to the program are expected to complete thirty semester hours of graduate coursework, with a cumulative grade point average of B or better. The program of study consists of core courses, electives, and the coursework/project/thesis option.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Please contact the Computer and Information Science Department about the policy on the minimum grade for a course to satisfy graduation requirements.

The 30 semester hours of required coursework are distributed as follows:

Computer and Information Science

105 - Computer and Information Science Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-436-9145
Fax: 313-593-4256

Office Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed