Computer Information Systems Graduate Program

The Computer Information Systems Department provides education and a degree in the Computer Information Systems that equip a predominantly urban student body, including those from the New Orleans metropolitan area, with knowledge and skills essential for careers in business and government, or for pursuing further studies. 

Adnan Omar, Ph.D. Chair
Business & Public Administration Building, Room 110

Professors: David Alijani, Ph.D., and Adnan Omar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Obyung Kwun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professors: Muhammed Miah, Ph.D., Yanjun Yu, Ph.D., Robert Elliot, Ph.D., Nabie Conteh, Ph.D.


The purpose of the Master of Science Program in Computer Information Systems (MS-CIS) is to integrate information technology with business management. The program is designed to provide students with a strong educational foundation thereby preparing them as Information Systems (IS) professionals. MS-CIS consists of a specifically designed curriculum that emphasizes conceptual, analytical, technical and interpersonal skills. 

The MS-CIS program blends theory and practice into a learning experience the develops skills applicable to complex real-world problems. It is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the field and to provide an enduring foundation for future professional growth. To be successful in the increasingly competitive global marketplace, most corporations are looking for employees that have comprehensive knowledge and training on aligning business management and the information systems function in ways consistent with organizational ethical principles. MS-CIS delivers exactly that. 
The CIS Department is housed in the College of Business and Public Administration (CBA), and has a mission that mirrors the aspirations of the business community. 

The MS-CIS curriculum is designed to accommodate both individuals  holding undergraduate-information-systems-related degrees and other professionals who may have baccalaureate degrees.

Learning Goals & Objectives

  1. Student is able to make an ethical decision in a business setting.
    • Student is able to identify ethical principles.
    • Student is able to evaluate the situation and justify his or her decisions.
  2. Student is able to apply effective communication skills in a professional environment.
    • Student is able to prepare and deliver and effective business presenation.
    • Student is able to produce well-written documents.
  3. Student is able to demonstrate technological and managerial aspects of an organization.
    • Student is able to apply technological solutions that supports an organization needs.
    • Student is able to be familiar with project management.
All students admitted into the program are assigned to a primary graduate program advisor. The graduate program advisor provides counseling about prerequisite courses, foundation courses, and core course scheduling. Students also have access to other faculty members as secondary advisors. All students with non-business-related degrees are required to complete a minimum of five undergraduate business foundation courses. Prerequisites and foundation courses can be completed at SUNO or elsewhere.

In order to accommodate part-time as well as full-time students, classes are scheduled in the evening, weekends and online. The MIS-CIS Program is a commuter friendly program because all classes meet only once a week.

Specific Requirements

Applicants must submit either the GRE or the GMAT test scores for evaluation. Students interested in pursuing post-graduate study as well as those who have a high probability of job transfers, which may interfere with their chance to complete the degree requirements at SUNO are strongly encouraged to take the GMAT as a majority of the MS-CIS degrees in the United States require the GMAT score. For admission into the MS-CIS Program, all applicants must provide the following: an acceptable GRE score (in some cases, a high GRE may be used to compensate for a low GPA) or an acceptable GMAT score. In addition, students need to provide a personal statement, three recommendation letters, and transcripts of previous course work. Students in the MS-CIS will be expected to complete 39 hours of CIS course work for graduation.

Foundation courses are for students who do not have at least 15 credit hours of core business courses in their earned undergraduate or graduate degrees. All classes in the MS-CIS Program require students to have a basic understanding of business processes. For example, students enrolled in the Systems Analysis course are expected to have some knowledge of a payroll system when they are asked to perform an analysis and design an updated system. Similarly, students enrolled in the Database Management course are expected to have some knowledge of supply chain systems when they are asked to develop the logical as well as physical schema to capture the needed data. All MS-CIS students should, therefore, have a working knowledge of the materials contained in the following set of business courses required for undergraduate CIS majors:

Foundation Courses

ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting
BADM 301 Principles of Finance
BADM 362 Principles of Management
BADM 370 Principles of Marketing
CISP 426 Applications of Object Oriented Technology

Students are recommended to first complete the foundation courses before taking core courses.

Primary Courses 


6 Hours 

 Course# Title   Hrs. Credit
 CISP 501 Strategic Information Systems Management  3
 CISP 603 Systems Analysis and Design   3

Management Approaches and Strategies


12 Hours

 Course#  Title  Hrs. Credit
 CISP 502  Financial Management  3
 CISP 503 Supply Chain Management Systems  3
 CISP 506 Applied Marketing  3
 CISP 633 Applied Project Management  3

Technological Infrastructure


18 Hours

 Course#  Title  Hrs. Credit
 CISP 510  Object-Oriented System Design & Development  3
 CISP 605  Web site Design & Management  3
 CISP 650  Advanced Data Communication Systems  3
 CISP 660  Database Management  3
 CISP 685  Information Security Foundations  3
 CISP 698  Research and Application Development  3



 3 Hours

 Course#  Title  Hrs. Credit
 CISP 604  Electronic Commerce  3
 CISP 671  Business Intelligence  3
   Total Credit Hours  39



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