Graduate FAQs

All master’s programs consist of three parts: 1) a foundation sequence of courses; 2) a core sequence of courses; and 3) electives or specialization. Both the MBA and MS programs have similar foundation and electives. The main difference between the two is in the core sequence. For the MBA program, the student takes a series of courses offered by the college of business. For the MS program, the core consists of all CIS courses (CIS 8000 through CIS 8050). Thus, the MS program provides the student with twice as many CIS course hours when completed.
No. The majority of our graduate students work in the technology field. As an accredited institution, we are not allowed to give students credit for experience unless there is a validated method for testing the level of that experience. At the present time, the CIS Department does not have such a test.
Upon acceptance into the MBA or MS program, you are assigned an advisor. The MBA student is assigned an advisor from the Office of Graduate Recruiting and Student Services. The MS student is assigned an advisor from the faculty of the CIS Department.
At the start of your master’s program, you will be asked to contact your advisor. The two of you will determine your Program of Study. This document is designed to give the student direction in her master’s program. It may be updated at any time. If you are in the MS IS program, consult with your advisor to construct a Program of Study.
While the CIS Department considers prerequisites essential to maintaining a world-class degree program, the department is willing to entertain waiving certain prerequisites with sufficient and documented industry experience and knowledge. The department needs at least one month prior to the start of a semester to verify the validity of the documentation presented by the student. Waiver of a prerequisite does not constitute a reduction in the credit hours necessary for graduation. A prerequisite waiver request with related documentation must be submitted to the associate chair of the CIS Department.
Check with the course instructor. Typically prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better before taking any course that requires that prerequisite.
There are course descriptions and sample syllabi for each course in the Academic Programs section of this website. View sample syllabi »
Yes. One of the reasons all of the University Systems of Georgia switched to the semester system was to allow for such activities. Cross registration is now allowed with any accredited university in Georgia. (Learn more about cross registration at the Atlanta Regional Council of Higher Education -ARCHE- website.) In the Atlanta area, these include: Emory, Georgia Tech, Oglethorpe and UGA. To take advantage of this, the student must have a syllabus from the course he/she wishes to apply toward their GSU degree program approved by the CIS Department academic program director at least three weeks prior to Phase I registration.
For a full-time student who has an undergraduate business degree, the program is designed to take two years to finish. If the student’s undergraduate degree is NOT in business, then he/she may need to take further courses to finish the "Foundation" sequence of courses. See the specific information for your program under the Academic Programs section of this website.
Faculty at ALL universities work under academic year contracts. This is for fall and spring semesters ONLY. Teaching for the summer semester is on a volunteer basis. Most faculty work on their research during the summer months. Thus, the summer schedule of classes is always minimal. Core courses are generally the only courses that we guarantee over the summer session. A student should NOT plan to take electives during this time…chances are they will not be offered.
The MBA program has no programming course requirement, while the MS program requires two programming courses. The concern is with your programming knowledge, so if you have experience, the requirements could be waived. Speak with your CIS advisor. However, both master’s programs are designed for the student to take on a management position within a company. Some IS jobs require stronger management skills, with less emphasis on the technology. For these positions, a strong programming background is not necessary.
Computer science discovers new ways to compute. E.g., the Java programming language, the World Wide Web, the Pentium III chip, Windows xx, and the next version of your word processor were all invented by computer scientists. Computer information systems applies the inventions of the computer scientist to the business world. Thus, it is the CIS person who writes a Java application for Coca Cola’s Internet customers.
The number of GRA positions available varies. To apply, fill out the application and submit your completed application to the college's GRA coordinator.
See the GRA website for more information »