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Master of Science in Computer Information Science
Students choose their curriculum track based on their educational and career interests. Course content includes use of software such as VB.NET 2010, Flash CS5, Fireworks CS5, Director 11, Java, C++, C#, ASP.net and content such as interactive multimedia, data communications, network security, Oracle, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and software engineering. Most classes are held in the evenings or on Saturday mornings in Fairfield, with some IT courses offered in Stamford and a few courses offered during the day. This structure accommodates working full-time students as well as those who may wish to participate in internships during the day.

Three Track Options:
1. Computer Gaming and Development
2. Computer Science (CS)
3. Information Technology (IT)

Required Application Material
- Apply Online
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions. Sacred Heart University students and alumni may authorize the Office of Graduate Admissions to obtain their official SHU transcripts on their behalf. Contact the Graduate Admissions office for an authorization form. International students may need to have a transcript evaluation completed by World Education Services
- $60 Non-refundable application fee
- 2 Letters of recommendation
- Professional resume
- TOEFL or IELTS score for International students
- International applicants must provide a copy of their passport, a sponsor letter, and a bank letter in order to promptly receive an I-20.

1. Computer Gaming Design and Development
This track in the MSCIS program is designed for the student who has:
- already completed an undergraduate track in Computer Gaming OR
- has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science OR
- has completed the graduate Gaming Design and Development certificate.
‌The objective of the track is to take the student beyond the rudiments of game design and development into more advanced Gaming or areas such as 3-D Game design and Game Design for mobile devices. It is intended that this track be structured for students who have pursued a CS track OR who have sufficient mathematical and programming credentials to successfully complete the required courses.

2. Computer Science
Sacred Heart University offers both a Graduate Certificate and a Master of Science degree in this traditional track. This concentration is ideal for those who wish to pursue advanced study in areas of programming, data structures and fundamental computer language design.
This track requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate-level course work to complete. Students may be required to complete additional 13 credit hours of prerequisite course work. Students with an undergraduate degree in Computer or Information Science may receive waivers for some courses. Course waivers are not granted for work experience.
A thesis is not required, however for those students in the scientific track who elect to complete a thesis, they must enroll in CS 690 and CS 691 (Thesis I and Thesis 11). Those who do not elect to complete a thesis, must complete at least three credits of CS 670 (Research Project Seminar). A degree will be granted upon satisfactory completion of all course work and a favorable recommendation of the faculty responsible for CS 690-691 or CS 670.

3. Information Technology
The Information Technology (IT) track is a new, innovative program offering designed specifically to accommodate the dynamic demands of the contemporary marketplace. With the exponential growth of the Internet, and the wide ranging ramifications of the accompanying technologies, the IT track will prepare individuals for careers that utilize, or are affected by the latest technological advances and methods of modern business and industry.
This track requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate-level course work to complete. Students may be required to complete additional 6 credit hours of prerequisite course work. However, students with an undergraduate degree in Computer or Information Science may receive waivers for some courses. Course waivers are not granted for work experience.

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