M.S. in Computer Information Systems

Bridge the gap between information technology and business management.

The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems is an interdisciplinary degree offered jointly by the Department of Business Administration and Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Graduates develop a unique combination of business expertise and technical competence, positioning them for leadership roles in almost any organization.

Students update their knowledge and develop new skill sets. The ability to understand and develop a shared language between IT and business professionals provides a unique advantage to those aspiring to key IT management positions.

Our faculty members are professionals working in global corporations, computing research laboratories and technology industries; their research and work experience keeps them current with business trends and emerging technologies. Classes are offered in face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats, using Learn Linc™ software for synchronized web browsing, application sharing, and more.

Courses are offered in 7-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters).

Facilities and resources 

Rivier partners with Dell and Microsoft to provide up-to-date technology in the Academic Computing Center laboratories and electronic classrooms. Students have access to a high-speed local area network and Windows, Linux, and Unix operating systems. Lab and classroom computers provide programming development environments for C++, Java, Perl, Scheme, and Prolog, among other languages. Students also have access to specialty software packages for computer graphics, architecture simulation, software engineering, networking technologies, and intelligent systems.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects between 8% and 37% growth in job opportunities from 2012 to 2022 for computer information and systems positions.  

Department of Computer Science
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Computer Science.


Rivier M.S. in Computer Information Systems graduates can pursue leadership roles as:

  • Management information systems directors
  • Information technology project managers
  • Systems architects
  • Integrated systems designers
  • Quality assurance analysts
  • Chief information officers
  • Many other business and technology positions

Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with career and resume development, internship options, and job search information. For a complete list of CDC resources, .