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Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems

15,812 Yearly Graduations
$69,650 Median Salary
$39,861 Median Debt
A master's degree in CIS is offered at 334 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 17 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 59.0% of CIS graduates were international students.

Education Levels of CIS Majors

In 2018-2019, 15,812 master's degree were awarded to CIS majors. This makes it the 1st most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in CIS at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 36,674
Master’s Degree 15,812
Basic Certificate 10,889
Associate’s Degree 10,195
Undergraduate Certificate 1,569
Doctor’s Degree 806
Graduate Certificate 537

Earnings of CIS Majors With Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in CIS is $69,650. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $59,700 to a high of $89,900.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in CIS is $39,861. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $51,205 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $33,188.

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The median monthly payment of a CIS graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $464.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degree in CIS. About 66.5% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 10,515
Women 5,297
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in CIS

The racial-ethnic distribution of CIS master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,226
Black or African American 786
Hispanic or Latino 537
White 3,215
International Students 9,334
Other Races/Ethnicities 714
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CIS Master's Degree Students

There are 334 colleges that offer a master’s degree in CIS. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

1,114 Yearly Graduations
16% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for CIS students seekinga master's degree is Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus. Each year, around 29,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,258 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,064 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,114 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at Georgia Tech. Of these students, 16% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
682 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Carnegie Mellon University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in CIS. Roughly 13,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,037 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 682 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at Carnegie Mellon. About 44% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

New York University

New York, New York
582 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. Each year, around 51,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 582 people received their master's degree in CIS from NYU. About 33% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

400 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is The University of Texas at Dallas. Roughly 27,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

The CIS program at The University of Texas at Dallas awarded 400 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 32% of this group were women, and 4% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
354 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. Each year, around 90,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 354 people received their master's degree in CIS from SNHU. About 36% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
343 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. Roughly 83,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

The CIS program at Grand Canyon University awarded 343 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 76% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
310 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeastern University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in CIS. Each year, around 21,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,793 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 310 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at Northeastern. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 23% were women.

#8

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
299 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stony Brook University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in CIS. Each year, around 25,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 299 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at SUNY Stony Brook. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#9

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
279 Yearly Graduations
15% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Governors University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in CIS. Each year, around 98,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 279 people received their master's degree in CIS from WGU. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 15% were women.

277 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Columbia University in the City of New York. Each year, around 30,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 277 people received their master's degree in CIS from Columbia. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

260 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. Each year, around 46,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,474 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 260 people received their master's degree in CIS from UT Arlington. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#12

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
257 Yearly Graduations
19% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Johns Hopkins University. Roughly 25,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 257 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at Johns Hopkins. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 19% were women.

#13

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
255 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pennsylvania comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. Each year, around 25,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,156 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,254 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 255 people received their master's degree in CIS from UPenn. Of these students, 28% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, New Jersey
250 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is New Jersey Institute of Technology. Roughly 11,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,448 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,624 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 250 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at NJIT. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

240 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 37,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 240 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at Cincinnati. About 29% of this group were women, and 3% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

232 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Each year, around 46,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 232 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at UW Seattle. About 35% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
216 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is University at Buffalo. Roughly 30,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

The CIS program at University at Buffalo awarded 216 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 25% of this group were women, and 1% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
213 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Syracuse University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in CIS. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,880 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 213 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at Syracuse. About 32% of this group were women, and 6% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

200 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network. Roughly 11,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,298 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,933 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 200 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network. Around 6% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 38% were women.

#20

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey
191 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - Newark is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in CIS. Each year, around 12,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 191 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at Rutgers Newark. Around 3% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 44% were women.

CIS Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Computer Science 9,768
Information Technology 4,956
Informatics 611
Artificial Intelligence 261
Other Computer Sciences 216

Below are some popular majors that are similar to CIS that offer master’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Computer Science 11,600
Information Technology 7,824
Information Science 6,516
Computer Software Applications 2,495
Computer Systems Networking 645

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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