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Master of Science - Computer Science and Information Systems

Computing is spreading everywhere! Social media. Smartphones. Artificial intelligence. It's a fascinating and fast-growing career field. The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems prepares students for careers in computing by offering two different undergraduate degrees, a graduate degree, and two minors--with the most up-to-date content available.  We teach using the latest technologies and software.  We research cutting edge technologies, including cybersecurity, machine learning, networking, and software engineering.  Small class sizes and accessible professors enable students to get individualized attention.  Paid co-op and internship jobs and research opportunities enable students to build their resumes with hands-on work experience and published research papers.  If you are looking for the perfect match of theory and application with solid academic programs that will enhance your future, find it right here in the CSIS Department at SVSU. 

  • Outstanding research: Our faculty are published in highly ranked journals and conferences in computing, including IEEE Transactions, and serve as lead author on IEEE whitepapers. Our faculty also advise and co-author with students to publish in IEEE and ACM conferences (Tubbs, Moorman, Arenas)
  • Outstanding extracurricular activities: Our faculty advise some of the most popular clubs and activities on campus: ACM/HSPC/ICPC, TEDxSVSU (TED Talks), Hour Of Code, Google IgniteCS. Our faculty have helped provide web and mobile app software for university organizations and activities like the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum, the HealthyU wellness program, the FIRST Robotics competition and the Moot Court competition. 
  • Students of Association of Computing Machinery (ACM): SVSU Chapter organizes community outreach programs, for instance, holding Michigan High School Programming Contest (HSPC) at SVSU, programming training for local high school teams to prepare them for a national robotics competition, invited tech talks with regional industries. Dr. Rahman the program coordinator is the advisor of this club.
  • Google IgniteCS: Funded by Google to outreach community middle school White Pine to teach computer science related technologies. Only one of two universities in Michigan to win a competitive bid against thousands of other applications to provide Google-funded outreach.
  • TEDxSVSU: is not specifically related to the CSIS department or MS-CSIS program though we have had tech-oriented speakers, like Elad Inbar, President of RobotLab, and Ben Champagne, meme expert. A CSIS faculty member is the licensed Organizer of TEDxSVSU, which is an educational asset to the entire university community. CSIS is interested not only in CS but also in broader issues locally and globally that affect not only the technology but human well-being
  • ICPC Programming: Our programming team “SVSU Cardinal” secured 51st position out of 130 teams in the prestigious 2015 International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Among the teams we defeated were the University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburg, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Akron. Dr. Rahman is the coach of SVSU teams.
  • Outstanding teaching: Our department has one of the highest (perhaps THE highest) teacher ratings of any Michigan CS department on RateMyProfessors. Our faculty innovates and collaborates, producing a crowd-sourcing-style lesson planning website and numerous YouTube videos. Most importantly, our faculty provides learning challenges and one-on-one support to ensure students get the most out of their academic experience.

MS CSIS Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems admits students with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Information Technology or a closely related field with an earned grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Conditional acceptance may be granted to candidates from other areas such as engineering, mathematics, physical science and business disciplines with the condition of having completed the necessary “ fast track ” courses at SVSU. The program coordinator would examine each candidate’s background to determine which fast track courses would be required to be completed. Exceptions to this policy would have to be discussed with the program coordinator to determine if conditional admission would be possible.

Disclaimer – Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission to this program. The program coordinator may turn down an application for any valid reason, e.g. the maximum enrollment capacity has been reached for a semester.  

If you have any questions about the admission and degree requirements, please contact the MS-CSIS Program Coordinator Dr. Khandaker A. Rahman at (989) 964-2528 or email

Admission Criteria for MS-CSIS Program

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in computer science, computer engineering, information systems, information technology, or a closely related field.
  • Preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher, in the most recent 60 credits. Students with GPAs lower than 3.0 may submit a statement of petition to be considered for admission.
  • Submission of completed online application
  • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation. This is waived for undergraduates of the SVSU Computer Science or Computer Information Systems programs.

International Requirements

International students must also provide:

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. A score of 550 or higher on the written TOEFL or a score of 79 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL OR an overall score of band 6.5 on the IELTS or a score of 56 or higher on PTE is required. 
  • Evidence of Financial Support
  • Passport 


Applicants without an earned bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, information systems, information technology or a closely related field will be subject to complete up to five fast track/foundation courses at SVSU. Fast track course(s) will prepare candidates from heterogeneous backgrounds for the MS-CSIS graduate courses.

Fast track courses:

  • Computer Programming I or equivalent: CS116
  • Computer Programming II or equivalent: CS216
  • Computer Networks or equivalent: CS401 or CIS301
  • Statistics or equivalent: CS245
  • College Algebra or higher: MATH120A or MATH120B

Fast track candidates must contact the program coordinator to examine previous coursework and background to determine which fast track courses will be required before potential admission to the MS-CSIS program.

Transfer Credit

Select graduate credits earned for coursework from a recognized institution may be able to be transferred to the program. A maximum of nine graduate credit hours would be allowed to be transferred from previous institutions. Transfer students should plan on meeting with the program coordinator to discuss potential credit transfers.


Program Requirements

The MS-CSIS program requires all graduate students have a final 3.00 GPA to graduate. Courses with a grade below a “C” will not count toward graduation.

Students may be dismissed from the program if their cumulative GPA falls below 3.00 after 12 credits have been earned at SVSU. The student may appeal the dismissal to the program coordinator. The program coordinator may grant the student a probationary period.

Core Courses (12 cr)

All MS-CSIS students must complete four of the following courses. If all courses in this category are taken, the fifth would be considered an elective.

Electives (12 cr)

Computer Science Concentration

Undergraduate Prerequisites:

MATH161 - Calculus I or higher and

CS316 - Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis or equivalent

Additional Electives

Students from one concentration may be allowed to take course(s) from another concentration upon advisor’s approval and satisfaction of course prerequisite(s).

A maximum of seven (7) credits of the following may count toward electives:

Thesis Track (6 cr)

A total of 6 credit hours of research or project works under an assigned supervisor is required, culminating in a written thesis approved by the faculty supervisor.

Course-Only Track (6 cr)

Students choosing not to pursue a thesis are considered course-only track students. Students in this track are required to take a minimum of 6 hours of additional elective courses and must meet with the program coordinator to discuss which elective courses fulfill this requirement.


SVSU's Master of Science in Computer Science offers working adults a flexible solution for earning a graduate degree in Computer Science from a highly ranked and nationally recognized program. With a CSIS degree, you can land a job like.

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers: 12% job growth and $142,530 median salaries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Software Developers: 24% job growth and $105,590 median salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists: 19% job growth and $118,370 median salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Security Engineer: $129,847 median salary, according to
  • Data Engineer: $116,591 median salary, according to


Michigan Resident 

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses


Non-Michigan Resident

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses


Mandatory Fees


General Service Fee (b)                                            $10.75/


(b) Parking Fee $1.70/
  Student Association Fee $0.60/
  Program Board Fee $0.25/
  Publication Fee- Valley Vanguard $0.17/
  Facility Debt Service Fee $7.70/
  Health Services $0.33/


Technology Fee                                                          $3.85/


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Harry E. Rappa Memorial Engineering Scholarship 

Candidates will have an undergraduate degree in engineering, and be employed engineers enrolled in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program; or, be enrolled in the Computer Science and Information Systems (MSCIS) with a preference for candidates with career experience in a manufacturing or engineering environment. Other requirements include scholastic achievement, character, and leadership. Financial circumstances may be considered but are not required.

Award: $1,625

Russell C. Will Memorial Scholarship

Candidates must be computer science or computer information systems majors with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given in the following priority: graduates of Midland High School, then graduates of any High School within Saginaw, Bay or Midland Counties.

Award: $300

Weinlander Fitzhugh Endowed Scholarship

Candidates must be full-time Accounting or Computer Science majors with a minimum 2.5 GPA. First preference will be given to members of the Weinlander Fitzhugh family in the following order: children of Weinlander Fitzhugh employees; grandchildren of Weinlander Fitzhugh employees. Next preference will be given to the first time in college students, then all other qualifying students.

Award: $1000

Apply to SVSU Private Scholarships through, Private Scholarships


Alumni Spotlights

 Zaiter, Abdulrahman CSIS student

Zaiter Abdulrahman

"My favorite aspect of the program is the research opportunities directly with the professors in every single course. Respectful faculty that allowed us as students to add to the value of the program. The small class sizes that allowed direct connection with professors. Very relative to the industry at its current days."

 Shah, Saloni CSIS student

Saloni Shah

"My favorite aspect of the program is the flexibility of picking classes, the convenience of schedule and accommodating faculty."

 Chippi, Bradley CSIS student

Bradley Chippi

"My favorite part about the CSIS program is the curriculum and faculty. The staff has a wide variety of knowledge in all areas of Computer Science and Information Systems. Additionally, the classes offered are a wide variety: mobile, cloud, security, machine learning, and so much more. Lastly, almost every class had students working on projects that put the theory learned in class into practice."


Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230

Khandaker Abir Rahman, Associate Professor of Computer Science & Information Systems
Science East 177

College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Pioneer 236