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. 

Ghasem (David) Alijani, Ph.D., Chair
Business & Public Administration Building, Room 110

Professors: Ghasem (David) Alijani, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Obyung Kwun, Ph.D., Muhammed Miah, Ph.D
Assistant Professors: 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

Ethics: Student will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of ethics and its application in the decision-making process.
  • Objective: Student is able to differentiate between what is ethical and what is unethical.
Communication: Student is able to apply effective communication skills in a professional environment.
  • Oral Communication Objective: Student is able to prepare and deliver an effective business presentation.
  • Written Communication Objective: Student is able to produce well-written documents.
Technology: Student is able to demonstrate technological proficiency and to manage information technology projects to develop information systems that support an organization's needs.
  • Objective A: Student is able to apply methodologies to develop a system that supports an organizations' needs.
  • Objective B: Student is able to understand project management skills in support of organization's needs.

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 working 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. 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, if business foundational courses are not required.

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
BADM301 Principles of Finance
MGNT 362 Principles of Management
MKTG 370 Principles of Marketing
CISP 426 Applications of Object Oriented Technology

Curriculum in Computer Information Systems
Master of Science
Hrs. Hrs.
Course Credit Course Credit
CISP 501 (Strategic Info Sys. Mgmt.) 3 CISP 503 (Sup. Ch. Mgmt. Sys.) 3
CISP 502 (Financial Mgmt.) 3 CISP 506 (Applied Marketing) 3
CISP 510 (Object-Orient Sys. & Dev.) 3 CISP 603 (Sys. Anal. & Des.) 3
9 CISP 605 (Website Des./Mgmt.) 3
Hrs. Hrs.
Course Credit Course Credit
CISP 633 (Applied Project Mgmt.) 3 CISP 660 (Adv. Database Mgmt.) 3
CISP 650 (Adv. Data Com. Sys.) 3 CISP 685 (Info. Sec. Found) 3
CISP Elective 3 CISP 698 (Res. & App. Dev. In CIS) 3
9 9
Total 39 Credit Hours

MS-Computer Information Systems Staff

Ghasem (David) Alijani, Department Chair & Professor
Ph.D., Wayne State University
Office: CBA 110
Phone: 504-286-5142
Fax: 504-286-5304
Teaching Areas: E-Commerce, Supply Chain, System Analysis, Web Design, Database Management Systems, Network Communication and Security
Research Interests: Integrated Information Systems Design, E-Medicine, Decision-Support Systems, E-Commerce, Adaptive Resource Management, Real-Time Systems and Critical Missions

Nabie Y. Conteh, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Office: CBA 108
Phone: 504-286-5319
Fax: 504-286-5304
Teaching areas: Strategic Management Information Systems, E-Commerce and Web Design, Data Structures and Algorithm Design, System Analysis and Design, Decision Support Systems, Web Design and Introduction to Information Systems
Research Interests: E-Commerce and Web Design, Foundations of Information Systems, Cyberspace and Cybersecurity, Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning, Decision Support Systems, Systems Modeling and Simulation, Systems Analysis and Design

Robert A. Elliott Sr., Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Mississippi State University
Office: CBA 206
Phone: 504-286-5137
Fax: 504-286-5304
Teaching areas: Web Design, Computer Applications, Project Management, Computer Programming
Research Interests: Ontology Engineering, Software Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Systems Analysis, Software Metrics, Software Architecture, Distributed System Design

Samuel O. Eweni, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Southern University and A&M College
Office: CBA 208
Fax: 504-286-5304
Teaching areas: Introduction to Information Systems, Management Information Systems, E-Business, Data Communications and Network Security Management
Research Interests: E-Learning, E-Business, Electronic Commerce, Computer Security

Obyung Kwun, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Mississippi
Office: CBA 204
Phone: 504-286-5137
Fax: 504-286-5304
Teaching Areas: Systems Analysis, Project Management, Database, E-Commerce, Programming and Management Information Systems
Research Interest: Systems Development, E-Learning and E-Commerce

Muhammed Miah, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington
Office: CBA 207
Phone: 504-286-5144
Fax: 504-286-5304
Teaching Areas: Database Systems, Data Mining, Information Systems, Programming and Algorithms
Research Interests: Database Systems, Data Mining, Information Retrieval, E-Commerce, E-Business, Bioinformatics and Technology Changes

Yanjun Yu, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Washington State University
Office: CBA 206
Phone: 504-286-5169
Fax: 504-286-5304
Teaching areas: Introduction to Information Systems, Microsoft Applications, Fundamentals of Information Systems, Data Communications and Networking Security Management
Research Interests: Global Software Outsourcing, Communications, Cross-Cultural Study, Virtual Teams, Knowledge Management, Electronic Commerce and Mobile Commerce.


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