M.S. degree program in information systems
HEGIS code 0702
NYS SED program code 89058

The M.S. in information systems is designed for students who elect to focus on the use of computer systems to manage business and administrative operations and issues.

The program provides preparation for a wide variety of positions within the constantly expanding fields of information systems and technology, including computer systems software engineer, computer applications software engineer, computer systems analyst, database administrator, and network systems and data communication analyst. All of these positions appear in the ten top salaried jobs in the Bureau of Labor Statistics list of the thirty fastest growing jobs, projected through 2014. The program also prepares students for doctoral studies or research work in the field.

A student whose first degree was in an area other than computer science area can take undergraduate prerequisite courses at Brooklyn College to prepare for the master's program. All graduate courses are offered in the evening, making it convenient to combine work with study. A wide variety of courses are available in such fields as information systems, artificial intelligence, networks, multimedia, database systems, algorithms and problem solving, and many others. Our faculty members have published widely in all of these fields, and many are recognized experts in their areas.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Whitlock, Paula Graduate Deputy 718.951.5000 x2069 1212 Ingersoll Hall whitlock @ brooklyn.cuny.edu call/email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Computer And Information Science
Fall Application Deadline March 1st
Spring Application Deadline November 1st
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions: official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, two letters of recommendation.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 525, 195, 70


Matriculation requirements

Applicants are expected to have the equivalent of at least 18 credits in computer and information science and related areas, including all of the following: knowledge of a high-level computer language (preferably C++ or Java), knowledge of assembly language and computer architecture, a course in discrete structures, a course in data structures, a course in calculus, and a course in probability and statistics. Students who do not have all of these requirements can be accepted with the condition that they complete these courses at the undergraduate level.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

Degree requirements
Thirty-six credits are required for the degree. Students must maintain at least a B (3.00) average.

Students must complete all of the following:
(a) Computer and Information Science 7300X or 7310X, 7500X, 7510X, 7530X, 7520X, and 7540X.
Students who have completed an undergraduate course in the area of one or more of these courses may, with the permission of the department, substitute another 7000-level course in the department for each such course.
(b) Two courses chosen from among Computer and Information Science 7100X, 7124X, 7132X, 7354X, 7410X, 7412X, 7414X, 7512X, and 7610X.
Students who take the thesis option (see "f" below) may, with permission of the department, present a maximum of 3 credits in the courses 7990G, 7992G, and/or 7994G as a substitute for one of these courses.
(c) One of Computer and Information Science 7330X, 7332X or 7334X.
(d) Two courses chosen from among Computer and Information Science 7522X, 7532X, 7534X.
(e) Three additional credits in courses numbered 7000 or above in the department; with the permission of the department; these credits may be in other departments (e.g., economics, mathematics, or psychology).
(f) Students must do one of the following:
(1) complete Computer and Information Science 7990G, Thesis Research, and a thesis acceptable to the department; or
(2) pass a written comprehensive examination.

As an exception to the general college rule, the comprehensive examination in the Department of Computer and Information Science may be taken in the term preceding the one in which the student will complete all course requirements for the degree. However, all other college regulations concerning the comprehensive examination still apply. Students are strongly advised to take advantage of this exception and to take the comprehensive examination in the earlier semester.