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Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems

15,812 Yearly Graduations
$69,650 Median Salary
$39,861 Median Debt
There are 334 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in CIS. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 17% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 59.0% of CIS graduates were international students.

Education Levels of CIS Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 15,812 students earned their master's degree in CIS. This earns it the #11 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

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. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,114 people received their master's degree in CIS from Georgia Tech. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 16% were women.

#2

Carnegie Mellon University

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

The 2nd most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Carnegie Mellon University. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 682 people received their master's degree in CIS from Carnegie Mellon. Of these students, 44% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

New York University

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

New York University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a 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.

The CIS program at New York University awarded 582 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 33% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

The University of Texas at Dallas comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 400 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at UT Dallas. Of these students, 32% were women and 4% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Southern New Hampshire University

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

Southern New Hampshire University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a 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.

The CIS program at Southern New Hampshire University awarded 354 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 36% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Grand Canyon University

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

Grand Canyon University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 343 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at Grand Canyon University. Around 55% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#7

Northeastern University

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

The 7th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Northeastern University. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 310 people received their master's degree in CIS from Northeastern. About 23% of this group were women, and 4% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Stony Brook University

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

The 8th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Stony Brook University. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 299 people received their master's degree in CIS from SUNY Stony Brook. About 25% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Western Governors University

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

The 9th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Western Governors University. 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.

The CIS program at Western Governors University awarded 279 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 15% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. 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.

The CIS program at Columbia University in the City of New York awarded 277 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 65% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

The University of Texas at Arlington is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a 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.

The CIS program at The University of Texas at Arlington awarded 260 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 33% of this group were women, and 5% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Johns Hopkins University

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

Johns Hopkins University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 257 people received their master's degree in CIS from Johns Hopkins. About 19% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

University of Pennsylvania

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

University of Pennsylvania is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a 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.

The CIS program at University of Pennsylvania awarded 255 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 28% were women.

#14

New Jersey Institute of Technology

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

New Jersey Institute of Technology comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 250 people received their master's degree in CIS from NJIT. About 25% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 240 people received their master's degree in CIS from Cincinnati. Of these students, 29% were women and 3% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 232 people received their master's degree in CIS from UW Seattle. Of these students, 35% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

University at Buffalo

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

University at Buffalo comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 216 master's degree were handed out to CIS majors at University at Buffalo. Of these students, 25% were women and 1% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Syracuse University

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

The 18th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Syracuse University. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 213 people received their master's degree in CIS from Syracuse. Of these students, 32% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in CIS. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 200 people received their master's degree in CIS from Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network. About 38% of this group were women, and 6% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Rutgers University - Newark

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

The 20th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Rutgers University - Newark. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 191 people received their master's degree in CIS from Rutgers Newark. About 44% of this group were women, and 3% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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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