About Boston University
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multidisciplinary centers and institutes that are central to the University’s research and teaching mission.
Boston University is the fourth largest private university in the United States and was recently ranked by Times Higher Education as 50th in the world.
Boston University has become the most recent member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an elite organization of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada, founded in 1900. BU is the fourth university to be invited into the AAU since 2000. In the Boston area, only Harvard, MIT, and Brandeis are also members.
About Metropolitan College
Metropolitan College, one of Boston University’s 17 degree-granting schools and colleges, was established in 1965. The College demonstrates excellence in teaching and research, with over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, offered full time and part time in convenient evening, online, and blended formats. There are over 30,000 Metropolitan College alumni worldwide.
As part of Boston University, Metropolitan College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six nationally recognized accrediting agencies.
Information Security programs at Metropolitan College are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
Metropolitan College’s master’s degree program in Computer Information Systems is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
NSA & DHS
Boston University is also recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research.
Metropolitan College’s master’s degree programs in Administrative Studies, Computer Information Systems, and Project Management are accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
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Rankings & Honors
Boston University is an internationally respected university with a reputation for academic excellence and extensive research.
- BU MSCIS online program is ranked #4 by U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Program and Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans.
- The U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA) honored BU the 2016 21st Century Best Practices Award.
- Boston University’s Quantitative Methods for Information Systems course is awarded the 2015 Platinum award for Distance Learning Programming by the USDLA.
- Health Informatics concentration ranks #6 in “The 20 Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Informatics Degree Programs” by TheBestSchools.org.
- BU places 32nd in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 rankings of global universities.
- BU MSCIS online courses won the Blackboard Catalyst Awards for Exemplary Course Program (ECP) in 2011, 2012, and 2014
- The Washington Monthly ranked BU in the Top 10% of national universities in 2012.
- In 2012, Forbes ranked BU in the Top 15% on America’s Top Colleges list.
- The QS World University Rankings places BU in the Top 9% out of 700 universities.
- The U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA) honored BU in 2011 with the 21st Century Best Practices Award.
- BU received the award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education from the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan) in 2010.
Online Learning at BU
This program utilizes the highest level of distance learning technology available today. This stimulating online learning program is structured around four learning environments: Internet, Home, Small Groups, and Work.
The program's online learning space, Online Campus, is the center of the learning experience. Here, you will access course information, communicate with your instructor and fellow learners, take quizzes, post assignments, and view grades, all from the convenience of your home or office. This highly interactive educational platform uses the highest quality multi-media to make your learning experience as engaging as it is effective. Online Campus provides a framework for the highest quality of communication and interaction among you, your instructor, and your fellow learners.
Learning that fits your lifestyle
For your convenience, all printed materials and textbooks for the program are delivered to your home prior to the beginning of each course. Course materials, including textbooks, are ordered online. To ensure that you remain completely up to date, course schedules of upcoming classes are also made available online.
A small group Facilitator will successfully guide you through each of your classes in the program
In each class, you will be part of a small group of approximately 15 other professionals from around the world with whom you will participate in discussions and group-learning activities. Your group is also a valuable place to share ideas and network.
Practical knowledge for your future
The program blends professional experience with scholarly achievement to give you the knowledge and skills to set you apart. Your workplace will provide you with a source of research, case studies, and policy analysis. The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems program combines a comprehensive foundation in information technology and organization knowledge with the opportunity to explore specialized areas in depth through the concentrations. The MSCIS program is the integration of technology and the management of it.
Guidance from top industry experts
Course facilitators are integral to our students’ success. That’s why the BU faculty carefully selects only industry-experienced professionals to support you throughout your studies. Students are guided by chief technology officers, business systems analysts, and software engineers who have worked for companies including Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, and IBM. Our facilitators come from senior-level positions in critical areas of computer information systems. Many are graduates of this program and have continued on to pursue a PhD. Others hold industry certifications including CISSP, CCNA, CCNP, MCSE, CCDA, and CCDP.
BU facilitators have a passion for their area of expertise and understand the dedication required for academic success. They enrich your learning opportunities by infusing class discussions with their unique career experiences. Facilitators are an important resource and just one more reason why a BU education is unmatched.
Help Desk Support
Everyone needs a little help sometimes, and we are here to give it
Boston University technical support via email firstname.lastname@example.org, the support form, and phone (888-243-4596) is available from 8 AM to Midnight Eastern Time. For other times, you may still submit a support request via email, phone or the support form, but your question won't be responded to until the following day. If you aren't calling, it is highly recommended that you submit your support request via the technical support form at http://www.bu.edu/help/tech/learn as this provides the IS&T Help Center with the best information in order to resolve your issue as quickly as possible.
Boston University technical support via email email@example.com, the support form, and phone (888-243-4596) is available from 8 AM to Midnight Eastern Time. For other times, you may still submit a support request via email, phone or the support form, but your question won’t be responded to until the following day. If you aren’t calling, it is highly recommended that you submit your support request via the technical support form at http://www.bu.edu/help/tech/learn as this provides the IS&T Help Center with the best information in order to resolve your issue as quickly as possible.