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2021 Best Computer Information Systems Master's Degree Schools

210 Colleges
$75,650 Avg Salary
$41,425 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Information Systems Master's Degree School for You

Computer Information Systems is the #14 most popular major in the country with 76,482 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Computer Information Systems Master's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 210 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best master's degree programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Computer Information Systems Master's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in CIS

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Our analysis found Yale University to be the best school for computer information systems students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Rice University

Houston, TX

The excellent master’s degree programs at Rice University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer information systems schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

The excellent master’s degree programs at Harvard University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer information systems schools in the United States. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great place for computer information systems students working on their master’s degree. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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#5

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Johns Hopkins University is a great place for computer information systems students working on their master’s degree. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore.

After completing their Master's Degree, CIS graduates from Johns Hopkins carry an average student debtload of $33,927. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $367.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Atlanta.

After completing their Master's Degree, CIS graduates from Georgia Tech carry an average student debtload of $32,496. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $324.

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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

With a ranking of #7, University of Pennsylvania did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer information systems students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at UPenn take out while working on their Master's Degree is $52,936. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $478.

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#8

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools list. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

After completing their Master's Degree, CIS graduates from Carnegie Mellon carry an average student debtload of $57,731. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $703.

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#9

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech ranked #9 on this year’s Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools list. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

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#10

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

With a ranking of #10, University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer information systems students working on their master’s degree. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network ranked #11 on this year’s Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools list. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

After completing their Master's Degree, CIS graduates from Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network carry an average student debtload of $35,098. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $419.

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#12

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Master's Degree, CIS majors at Cornell accumulate an average of around $42,140 in student debt.

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University of Washington - Tacoma Campus came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Tacoma, University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus take out while working on their Master's Degree is $36,884. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $380.

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#14

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #14, Northeastern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer information systems students working on their master’s degree. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

CIS majors at Northeastern take out an average of $35,098 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $419.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer information systems students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the large city of Seattle.

On average, CIS graduates from UW Seattle take out $36,884 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $380.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute ranked #16 on this year’s Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools list. WPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Worcester.

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With a ranking of #17, Washington University in St Louis did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer information systems students working on their master’s degree. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

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#18

New York University

New York, NY

New York University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer information systems students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Master's Degree, CIS graduates from NYU carry an average student debtload of $63,005. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $646.

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With a ranking of #19, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer information systems students working on their master’s degree. RPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Troy.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of California - San Diego did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer information systems students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. UCSD is a very large public school located in the large city of La Jolla.

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#22

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#23

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Columbia University in the City of New York ranked #24 on this year’s Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools list. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at Columbia take out while working on their Master's Degree is $63,801. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $805, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #25, University of Maryland - College Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer information systems students working on their master’s degree. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

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Rest of the Top Best Computer Information Systems Master's Degree Schools

#28

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#29

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#31

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Computer Information Systems students that almost earned our Best Computer Information Systems Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
32 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
33 Villanova University Villanova, PA
34 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
35 Emory University Atlanta, GA
36 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
37 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
38 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
39 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
40 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
41 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
42 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY

Computer Information Systems by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Computer Information Systems is one of 10 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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