Master of Computer Information Systems from Colorado State University

MCIS program provides the best of business management and IT in as little as 18 months

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The Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, US. The Master of Computer Information Systems (MCIS) program by Colorado State University, US, is an 18-month STEM-designated master’s degree that provides the best learnings in business management and information technology.

The course is taught by the same faculty that teaches the regular course in the US. The program is delivered in collaboration with Colorado State University’s College of Business and includes one semester in India and the final two semesters on campus in Colorado, US. The curriculum offers a challenging study for individuals with technical credentials while simultaneously bringing newcomers up to speed.

Students can supplement their degrees with credentials in cybersecurity, application development, IT project management, business intelligence, and business information systems.

The program is delivered in a hybrid format - 1 semester online + 2 semesters on campus in the US
It has three semesters and 33 credits, consisting of 15 core credits and 18 electives
AACSB-accredited program is one of the first established in the US
Students earn a degree tied to a mission of using business to create a better world.
To add new CIS skill sets that empower students to advance or to switch career paths.
Acquire the know-how to earn higher salaries and career placement or advancement.
Cost reduction by almost INR 19 lakhs on tuition fee with the Leap Advantage-CSU pathway program
The tuition rates are subject to change.
India edition | Semester 1 | Online
USA edition | Semester 2 & 3 | On Campus
Tuition Fees
~$7,054 (~INR 5.71 lakhs*) + $32 ( INR 2417* ) University technology fees
~$29,459 tuition (~INR 24 lakhs*) + ~$2,685 (~INR 2.17 lakhs*) University technology fees
Career opportunities

At CSU, business is a force to affect real change and address challenging problems globally.

Computer information systems careers include IT management, systems analysis, database administration, software development, and web development.

Graduates with a Master's degree in CIS can pursue high-demand jobs such as:

IT Project Manager

Business Systems Analyst

Database Administrator

Cloud Solutions Architect

Data Scientist

Cybersecurity Analyst

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

DevOps Engineer

Mobile application Developer

Information Technology Consultant

India Edition | Semester 1 | Online

Admission process starts in India

1st semester, study online in India

Academic mentoring, pedagogy and coursework by CSU faculty and staff

Non-academic support provided by Leap, including visa counselling, mentorship and soft skills training

Students continue to work part-time in India, while they earn their first semester course credits online

Networking, internship and employment access in USA

US Edition | Semester 2 & 3 | On Campus

Students transfer out to the US

2nd & 3rd semester, learn on campus in Fort Collins, Colorado

Students will have opportunity to participate in campus assistantships & internships, just like other full-time students

They will graduate with a degree from the US university and receive the benefit of a post-study work visa that is Optional Practical Training (OPT) for 3 years, similar to a full-time international student

Eligibility for MCIS Pathway Program

Students with all academic backgrounds can apply

An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited academic institution in any field with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. However, if your undergraduate or graduate cumulative GPA is below 3.0, please explain the circumstances relating to your past academic performance in your online application.

English Proficiency test: IELTS- 6.5 or higher, TOEFL (iBT) - 86 or higher, PTE - 58

GRE/GMAT waiver available

USA Edition | Semester 2 & 3 | On Campus

3 recommendation letters

Official Transcripts (students can submit an application with an unofficial transcript and an official transcript will be required no later than July 1st for fall applicants and no later than October 1st for spring applicant.

Resume (Max - 2 Pages)

Statement of Purpose:
1) Why you chose our program?
2) What do you hope to achieve with the knowledge and skills learned?
3) What value you and your background would bring to the program?

For the first 6 months of the online component in India of your MCIS degree, we can support you with getting loans approved with different NBFCs in India that specialise in student loans which will enable fast-tracking your career.

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The professors were always supportive and shared invaluable advice whenever I had questions.
Sooraj Reddy Lankala
The Career Management Center of CSU is a great resource. Fort Collins is a beautiful city, and CSU has an amazing campus. 
Ankit Kaul
The MCIS program gives you an IT background and a business background, so it really balances my skills. 
Jason Bennet

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What is the Leap Advantage-CSU pathway program?

We have partnered with Colorado State University to provide its Master of Computer Information Systems (MCIS) program in a hybrid mode to students in India. CSU is among the Top 100 Public Universities in the US. In 2023, US News & World Report ranked the online program No.1 in Colorado for five consecutive years, No.9 nationwide among public institutions and AACSB-accredited - a status achieved by less than 5% of business schools worldwide.

What are the eligibility criteria for this program?

The minimum eligibility requirement is an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in any field with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Students with both technical and non-technical backgrounds can apply for the program. Please read more in the eligibility section for details. The GRE requirement is waived if you have 2+ years of work experience.

What are the English proficiency requirements for admission and visa?

English proficiency is required as a part of the student’s online and on-campus application. The minimum score requirements are IELTS - 6.5, TOEFL (iBT) - 86, and PTE - 58.

What is the application deadline for the CSU-MCIS program?

The deadlines are:

For Fall - 1st July (Classes start in August)
For Spring - 1st December (Classes begin in January)

In an online program, how will my doubts and questions be addressed?

For academic queries, students will have a dedicated Academic Advisor to help answer any questions while in the MCIS program. Non-academic support is provided by Leap, including visa counselling, student support, coaching and mentorship.

Can students work during their studies in the US?

Yes, international students on an F-1 visa can work up to 20 hours per week on-campus during the academic semesters. Specific immigration regulations and information will be provided during international student orientation.

What are STEM and OPT?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. International MCIS students can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows them to work for 12 months in the US after completing the program. The STEM designation of the MCIS program makes students eligible for an additional 24-month OPT extension. With up to 36 months more time to work and network in the US, international students can build valuable professional skills and contacts to help them with their career endeavours.

Are there any scholarships or loans available for the program?

All students can apply for graduate assistantships and /or scholarships. These options are limited and competitive, but they are available. Students must be admitted to apply, and most opportunities require an application by February 1 or March 1 to begin in August.

What type of online learning experience should I expect?

Students in the online MCIS program can join lectures live with the on-campus MCIS students or watch the recorded lectures (available by the next day) to participate in online learning. Courses are taught by CSU faculty. Some of the MCIS classrooms are equipped with our transformational engagement platform, Mosaic, where students in the online class can choose to participate with their webcam and microphone like they are in the actual class! Check out the Mosaic Informational Video.

Do you accept a 15-year education from India?

Yes, students with 15 years of education with relevant grades and experience are eligible for this program, but it’s at the university's discretion. The profile of the applicant will be evaluated thoroughly.

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