Program Director

Alina Lazar
307C Meshel Hall
(330) 941-2981
alazar@ysu.edu

Program Description

The Master of Computing and Information Systems is designed to emphasize important ap­plied areas of computing, providing background in the overall structure of information systems, in-depth knowledge in vital areas, such as databases and networking, and opportunities to learn a variety of other important, emergent, and current areas of computing, such as web design, application development, and computer security.

The program is designed to serve students with some background in computing (possibly work related) but who need additional deeper, more comprehensive, or more up-to-date knowl­edge of computing/information systems in order to make career advancements or to better utilize the technology that they are required to use on a daily basis.

Like most applications of information systems, the program is also interdisciplinary in nature to allow students with a background in areas other than information systems to learn how to ap­ply information systems to those areas. A number of interdisciplinary courses are supported, and students may take elective courses outside of the department.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum College of Graduate Studies admission require­ments, students must also have previous courses in or the equivalent of:

COURSETITLES.H.
CSIS 1590Survey of Computer Science and Information Systems (or equivalent of information systems courses)3
CSIS 2610Programming and Problem-Solving (or equivalent of computer programming)4
CSIS 3700Data Structures and Objects (or equivalent of computer programming)4
CSIS 3722Development of Databases (or equivalent of databases courses)3
CSIS 3723Networking Concepts and Administration (or equivalent of networking courses)3
or CSIS 3782 Cisco Networking Academy 1
INFO 3704Business Communication (or equivalent of technical communication skills courses)3

Equivalent employ­ment-related experience may be substituted for some of these requirements. The experience must be described in detail and reliably documented (in a letter of recommendation from an employer, for example).

Students are also required to submit a résumé, a written statement describing their past ex­perience in computing/information systems (both employment and academic), and their reasons and goals for applying to the program. The Graduate Record Examination (general test) is also required and students must obtain an acceptable score.

Students not satisfying all admission requirements may be admitted with provisional status subject to the approval of the graduate program director and the graduate dean. Such students will generally be required to take specified undergraduate and/or foundation courses, which will not count toward the master’s degree.

Abdurrahman Arslanyilmaz, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Computer-based learning design; hazard detection in traffic simulation; computer-based and case-based learning

Alina Lazar, Ph.D., Professor
Applied machine learning; database mining; agent-based simulations, and parallel programming

Bonita Sharif, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Software engineering and visualization; eye tracking evaluation of software artifacts; UML layout techniques and quality measurement

John R. Sullins, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Artificial intelligence; game design; neural networks and expert systems

Feng Yu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
NoSQL databases; big data systems; cloud computing

A minimum of 34 approved semester hours of credit (at least half of which must be at the 6900 level) is required for the Master of Computing and Information Systems.

Thesis Option

COURSETITLES.H.
Core
At least half of the semester hours must be at the 6900 level
CSCI 6901Principles of Computer Programming3
CSCI 6920Theory and Practice of Information Systems3
CSCI 6950Advanced Database Design and Administration3
CSCI 6997Seminar in Computer and Information Systems (take in the first semester if possible but no later than the second semester)1
Select one of the following:3
Strategic Project and Change Planning
Advanced Network Design and Administration
Data Warehousing and Data Mining
Electives
Select a minimum of 15 s.h. of electives consisting of approved graduate and/or swing courses. Up to 9 s.h. may be taken in departments other than Computer Science and Information Systems.15
Thesis
CSCI 6999Thesis6
Total Semester Hours34

Non-Thesis Option

COURSETITLES.H.
Core
At least half of the semester hours must be at the 6900 level
CSCI 6901Principles of Computer Programming3
CSCI 6920Theory and Practice of Information Systems3
CSCI 6950Advanced Database Design and Administration3
CSCI 6997Seminar in Computer and Information Systems (take in the first semester if possible but no later than the second semester)1
Select one of the following:3
Strategic Project and Change Planning
Advanced Network Design and Administration
Data Warehousing and Data Mining
Electives
Select a minimum of 18 s.h. of electives consisting of approved graduate and/or swing courses. Up to 9 s.h. may be taken in departments other than Computer Science and Information Systems.18
Capstone Project
This project is meant to explore and apply some area of computing and information systems and is subject to the approval of the major advisor.
CSCI 6990Computer Science Project3
Total Semester Hours34

The student’s course of study will be determined in conjunction with the student’s major advi­sor and, possibly, with an advisor from outside of the department, particularly if the student is interested in applying information systems to some other area. This course of study will be based on the student’s area of specialization, background interests, and career interests. It may also include graduate courses from other areas where appropriate. A cohesive individual curriculum program of approved elective courses will be developed in conjunction with the student’s major advisor after nine semester hours of core courses have been completed. Prior approval to carry more than 12 credit hours in any one semester must be obtained from the student’s major advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies. 

Learning Outcomes

The Master of Computing and Information systems program provides preparation for students to

  • design a large-scale information system to meet the goals of an organization, encompassing software, databases, networks, and people.
  • analyze the design, implementation, and maintenance of databases within a large organization.
  • compile knowledge in crucial are as of information systems, such as data mining, advanced network design , and project management.
  • design components and evaluate decisions related to information systems that interact with the outside world, including networking, security, and client-server web design
  • design, and implement a significant component of a large-scale information system