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BU’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems online program offers a suite of in-demand concentrations designed for aspiring IT professionals. The Department of Computer Science at Metropolitan College is the longest-running computer science department at BU and has a reputation for maintaining its leading-edge relevance by attracting top-notch students and innovative educators. You can be sure the faculty sets a high bar for acceptance.

Admissions Requirements

We welcome applications throughout the year. Admission to the College’s degree programs is highly competitive, and each candidate is assessed by the admissions committee based on a range of criteria, including resume, professional experience, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation and/or references, and a personal statement. Admission decisions are made after a full evaluation of each candidate’s application materials.

The requirements for a complete application are:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university
  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • Nonrefundable $85 application fee
  • Professional portfolio, including:
    • Current resume
    • Statement of purpose (short essay discussing your motivation for study)
    • Three letters of recommendation

Please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-672-4748 to further discuss your academic history.

Standardized Tests

While standardized test scores are not required for admission to programs at Metropolitan College, candidates can strengthen their applications by submitting results of the GRE or GMAT.

  • GRE scores are accepted by all Metropolitan College graduate programs. Use institutional code 3087.
  • GMAT scores are accepted by Computer Science, Administrative Sciences, and Arts Administration programs at Metropolitan College. Select Boston University, then the program to which you are applying.

For International Applicants

We value the diversity of perspectives and experience that international students bring to our programs, helping to prepare all students for our increasingly global IT arena. Scores from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required for international applicants who do not have English as a native language and who did not graduate from an institution where English is the language of instruction.

Minimum exam scores accepted are:

  • Paper Based TOEFL (PBT):550
  • Computer Based TOEFL (CBT):215
  • Internet Based TOEFL (iBT):
    • Listening:18 (max of 30)
    • Reading:21 (max of 30)
    • Speaking:23 (max of 30)
    • Writing:22 (max of 30)
    • More information about these tests can be found at
  • IELTS:6.5

If you are submitting a transcript from an international university that is not known to our Admissions Committee, we may request that you obtain an evaluation of the transcript by a professional credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Please contact your Enrollment Advisor to determine if a transcript evaluation is required.

Academic Calendar

The MSCIS program is designed with working professionals in mind. With six convenient start dates and applications accepted all year, you won’t have to wait long to begin. What’s even more exciting is that once you get started, you can complete the program in as few as 18 months.

Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2 Fall 1
Registration Deadline 2/28/2017 4/25/2017 6/21/2017 9/05/2017
Classes Begin 3/14/2017 5/09/2017 7/05/2017 10/23/2017

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

The opportunity to maximize your potential is priceless.

Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 Tuition and Fees

Tuition Rates Fees
Application Fee*
Master of Science in Computer Information Systems
Cost per Course
Cost per course is based on the cost per credit and differs depending on course level
Course level
Courses numbered 100-599
Courses numbered 600-799
Cost per credit
Cost per Course
Student Services Fee
Total student services fees based on taking 2 courses per semester or 5 semesters to complete 10 courses (summer counts as 2 semesters)
$60 per semester
6 x $60 = $360
Technology Fee
Total technology fees based on ten 4-credit courses
$60 per credit hour
10 x 4 x $60 = $2,400
Tuition Cost Range/Fees
Tuition cost range basd on ten 4-credit courses and 2017-2018 rates
$27,840-31,120 $2,845
Total tuition & fees for 10-course degree based on 2017-2018 rates = $30,685-33,965

* Application fee for a Graduate Certificate is $25.
* Application fee for a MSCIS Degree and a Certificate is $110.

Other costs, such as for textbooks, are not included in the tuition and fees listed here. Please note the $60 student services fee is non-refundable, and a technology fee is assessed for most online courses at Boston University. It is used to help support the technology associated with the online course environment.

Tuition and fees are subject to change annually by action of the Boston University Board of Trustees.

Financial Assistance

Boston University’s Metropolitan College offers comprehensive financial assistance services to help you meet your educational goals. We also provide information to help students make thoughtful decisions about options for financing a Boston University education.

For some additional guidance on personal money management and loan repayment, including workshops and online resources, we encourage you to visit Boston University’s Smart Money 101 website.

There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income.

To learn more about applying for financial assistance, please visit us online or contact:

Boston University Metropolitan College Graduate Financial Assistance
755 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-358-4072
Fax: 617-353-4190

Eligibility Criteria

Federal regulations require that students applying for federal loan assistance must meet certain eligibility criteria whether or not they previously received aid. For graduate students (except doctorate and medical students), this policy applies to Federal Direct Stafford Loans, as well as some other loan types.

In order for you to (continue to) receive loan money, you must meet all eligibility criteria as detailed on our graduate loan information pages linked here.

Important Loan Information

As with any loan, make sure you fully understand the interest rates, repayment terms, and tax implications. Find out if interest charges are variable or fixed, if the loan has forgiveness or deferment provisions, if you can consolidate the loan with other loans, and if the loan carries prepayment penalties.

Borrow only what you need. Remember that loans must be repaid even if you do not finish school. Your education is a substantial investment. It’s one of the most important decisions you can make for your future. Take time to learn all of your financial aid options before you make any decision.

Computer Requirements

All of Boston University’s online programs run on the Blackboard Learn platform. If your computer does not have the proper hardware or software, Blackboard Learn may run slowly or not at all.

We want to ensure you have the best possible online learning experience. Take a moment to check your current system configuration prior to using Blackboard Learn on your computer.

If you need assistance finding your system configuration, please check out the minimum hardware and software requirements.

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