School and Ranking Information
The vast majority of schools in the Braintree area that offer degrees in information systems are private, not-for-profit institutions - including our top picks. We selected the following schools as the top two in the area because of their rankings, flexible coursework and types of degrees awarded.
- Winner: Boston University is the number one choice in the area because its master's program is extremely flexible and it offers a variety of concentrations for interested students.
- Runner Up #1: Northeastern University offers bachelor's, master's and PhD programs related to computer information systems. The College of Computer and Information Science has several high-tech research labs for students.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Boston University||Northeastern University|
|Rankings||#42 in National Universities (2015); #3 in Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (2014)*||#42 in National Universities (2015); #60 in Best Computer Science Graduate Programs (2014)*|
|Location||Boston, MA||Boston, MA|
|School Type||4-year; private; not-for-profit||4-year; private; not-for-profit|
|Tuition (2013-2014)||Graduate: $43,970**||Graduate: $30,384**|
|Computer and Information Sciences Degrees Offered||Master's||Bachelor's; Master's; Doctorate|
|Computer and Information Sciences Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||5**||213**|
|Most Popular Computer and Information Sciences Degree Level Awarded in 2013||N/A||Master's (119 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||84%**||83%**|
|Noteworthy||The master's program is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center***||The National Security Agency has named Northeastern a National Center of Academic Excellence****|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Boston University, ****Northeastern University
Winner: Boston University
- The computer information systems program is available in several formats, including on-campus, online and blended options
- Students enrolled in the on-campus or blended option may complete a thesis option in a chosen area of study
- The blended option gives students the opportunity to declare more than one concentration
Within the master's of computer information systems program, students may choose from one of several concentration options, although concentration options vary based on the format. Concentration options can include subjects like computer networks, security, IT project management, health informatics and database management. Core coursework for students in all formats includes subjects like IT management, data communication and systems analysis.
Runner Up #1: Northeastern University
- Courses are held during the day, at night and online to accommodate students' work schedules
- Students can perform research at the Institute of Information Assurance or the International Secure Systems Lab
- The college has been awarded research grants from the Center for Naval Research and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
The Bachelor of Science in Information Science program offers information systems-related coursework that covers software design, system development and resource management. The program is focused on finding solutions to specific computer-related issues for businesses.
This master's degree program in information assurance can be useful to individuals who want to pursue careers in CIS and to current professionals in the field who want to further their careers. Students don't need to have a computer-related technology degree to apply for this program, but if they don't have technical backgrounds, students may need to take extra courses. Core courses offered within the program include computer system security, cryptography, information assurance and network security.
Graduates of the doctoral program in information assurance learn how to deal with global threats to cyberspace as well as how to implement specific security measures after adhering to certain laws and policies. Core courses cover information assurance policy, computer networks, local area networks and computer security. Before they graduate, students must also complete and present a dissertation.