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Master of Computing and Information Systems
at Youngstown State University

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Why choose the C&IS program at YSU?

Applied computing focus

The C&IS program has a unique focus in applied computing and information systems. Rather than concentrating on theoretical computing (as many computer science programs do) or being limited to simple administration of information systems (as most MIS programs are), this program concentrates on the key applications of computing in the real world. This includes:

  • Large-scale design of information systems
  • Database design
  • Computer networking
  • Web development
  • Data mining
  • Cloud computing
  • Application development
  • Computer security

Graduates of the C&IS program have obtained employment at a wide variety of organizations, from local companies including Turning Technologies and Perkins Communications, to international firms including AOL and ESPN.

More details about the Curriculum may be found here. In addition, the schedule links on the left list the courses that have been/will be taught in the last year.

Outstanding research faculty

Graduate students in the C&IS program have the opportunity to work with faculty performing research in cutting-edge areas of computing. Many students have co-authored refereed publications with faculty, and several have continued their research at the Ph.D. level.

Current areas of faculty research and publication include:


We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 semester, with a deadline of July 15 for domestic students and April 15 for international students. See the School of Graduate Studies and Research for on-line application forms.

Aside from the requirements listed on the form, the C&IS department also requires:

Follow this link for more details about the Admissions process.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator:

Dr. Alina Lazar, Graduate Program Director
Computer Science and Information Systems Department
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
(330) 941-2981
alazar@ysu dot edu

Current News

  • The Fall 2017 schedule has been posted. See the link on the left. If you have any questions about courses, you should speak with the graduate coordinator as soon as possible. You might also want to contact the instructor of a course, particularly if you are not sure about the course contents or prerequisites.