The Boston University (BU) Department of Computer Science offers an online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) program with two concentrations: data analytics and business intelligence. The MSCIS concentration in Data Analytics targets tools and training in data collection, processing, and analysis. This includes applied probability and statistics, visualization and modeling software, and web, text, and data mining. The MSCIS concentration in Database Management & Business Intelligence (BI) focuses on the technologies used by BI professionals to design and implement operational database systems, including SQL programming and advanced database management systems. Both degrees require the completion of 40 credits of coursework, or the equivalent of ten classes. The programs can be completed in 18-24 months through part-time enrollment. BU’s MSCIS degrees do not require any campus visits.
BU’s MSCIS program is designed to provide rigorous yet flexible training for working professionals. It utilizes asynchronous instruction through an online learning management system (LMS) that allows students to access live and recorded lectures on-demand. Other course materials and support services are also available 24/7 through the LMS. Some courses may also incorporate synchronous elements in the form of occasional live lectures and presentations.
The curriculum for BU’s MSCIS degree concentrations, including the Data Analytics and the Database Management & Business Intelligence concentrations, rests on a foundation of five core courses in information systems technology. These courses cover Business Data Communication and Networks; Database Design and Implementation for Business; Information Systems Analysis and Design; and IT Strategy and Management. In addition, students can choose between a programming class in Information Structures with Java or Information Structures with Python. Together, this accounts for 20 of the degree’s 40 total credits.
Students working toward a degree in Data Analytics then enroll in five required concentration classes, which provide the mathematical and practical proficiencies necessary to effectively make data-driven business decisions. These courses include: Foundations of Analytics; Quantitative Methods for Information Systems; Data Analysis and Visualization; Web Analytics and Mining; and Data Mining.
Students in the Database Management & Business Intelligence concentration must also take the Quantitative Methods for Information Systems and Data Mining classes. However, there are two concentration requirements that differ from Data Analytics. These are Database Security and Advanced Database Management. The Database Management & Business Intelligence degree then has an elective component, which allows students to choose one class in a specialized subject area. Options include: Health Informatics; Web Application Development; Network Security; Digital Forensics and Investigations; and Enterprise Architecture. Neither degree has a capstone course or independent research requirement.
Boston University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).