Master of Science in Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics (MS CISBA)

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U.S. News & World Report - Best Online Grad Computer Information  Technology 2020

The Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics (MS CISBA) program prepares the next generation of computing leaders to meet the challenge of harnessing and analyzing data to enhance business decisions and achieve business success in today's technology-centric business environment. The program ranking for 2020 is #8 by U.S. News & World Report and #3 by for online database management graduate programs. Visit the Engler College of Business Rankings and Recognition page for additional information.  

The program is designed to provide students with the analytical skills, business acumen, cyber-security awareness, computing strategies and other tools to transform business organizations into a more competitive enterprise and derive optimal results. Classes combine lectures, cases, individual and team projects, and participant presentations. Many projects may be directly applicable to the student participant's employer. The program is designed for students who want to improve their understanding of computer applications in the following areas:

  1. Quantitative analysis;
  2. Data analytics;
  3. Computing and data mining;
  4. Web and mobile development;
  5. Business integration and cybersecurity;
  6. Technology planning and project management.

The MS CISBA degree program is a STEM program available completely online and/or on campus. Due to visa regulations, International Students with non-immigrant F1 visa status can only count one online class toward the required 9 credit hours full time class load per semester.

Program Details

The MS CISBA program is available to all applicants with a four year bachelor degree in computer programming or a related field from a regionally accredited university, or two or more years of hands on experience in computer programming or a related field. The 36 hour program is available as 100% online asynchronous courses to meet the degree requirements. Students that do not want to complete their entire program online are welcome to complete some courses on campus in addition to the online mode.

Our MS CISBA program is designed for full time employed professionals allowing up to six years for completion to complement your work-life balance, however most students complete the program in a two year period. Students can choose their course load each semester within five semesters each year:

  • Fall - Last week of August through the end of November, 14 weeks
  • Winter Intersession - Mid-December to beginning of January, 4 weeks
  • Spring - Mid-January through the end of April, 14 weeks
  • Summer 1 - Beginning of June through the first week of July
  • Summer 2 - Second week of July through the third week of August

Degree Requirements

Students seeking a MS CISBA degree must first establish proficiency in Computer Information Systems and Statistics. This proficiency may be established by courses taken in an undergraduate program, by completing advanced standing examinations in these areas, documented applied professional experience, or by taking foundation courses identified by the faculty advisor. 


Courses in the MS CISBA Core will cover the following topics: 

  • Quantitative Analysis in Business
  • Data Analytics
  • Computing and Data Mining
  • Web and Mobile Development
  • Business Integration and Cybersecurity
  • Technology Planning and Project Management


Upon MSFE coursework completion, degree candidates are required to pass a comprehensive exam. See details below.  

Receive Your Personalized Plan of Study

For more information about specific courses you would be taking, request a Personalized Plan of Study by e-mailing your resume/cv and your unofficial transcripts/mark sheets to the Graduate Business Office, The unofficial transcripts/mark sheets must show university name, GPA, and conferred degree.

If your transcripts are from a foreign university, please send official evaluated transcripts via one of the listed Foreign Credential Evaluation Services, or contact the WTAMU International Student Office for more information regarding international student admissions.

Course Introductory Videos

You can view course introductory videos for some of our graduate courses on our Graduate Course Schedule Page.

Learning Objectives for the MS CISBA Program

The College of Business at West Texas A&M University seeks to prepare students in the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics (MS CISBA) degree program for careers in business and to foster their professional growth and advancement via the key learning goals. The key learning goals for the MS CISBA are as follows.

Goal 1: Professional Communication  
Goal 2: Critical Thinking  
Goal 3: Business Environment  
Goal 4: Computer Information Systems Integration  

Comprehensive Exam

Students in the MS CISBA Program are required to pass a comprehensive exam to earn their degree. This exam will be offered the first Friday during finals week at the end of each semester.­  The comprehensive exam covers MS goals 2, 3, and 4 with an explicit focus on objective 4.1 and an implicit focus on objectives 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, and 4.2.­­ 

For comprehensive exam questions, please contact: Dr. Jeffry Babb, Professor of Computer Information Systems, at

MS CISBA Program Faculty for 2019-2020


Faculty Degree Institution
Amjad Abdullat Ed.D. Pepperdine University
Jeffry Babb Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University
Anne-Christine Barthel Ph.D. University of Kansas
Sharon Burnett Ph.D. Oklahoma State University
Liang Chen Ph.D. University of Kentucky
De'Arno De'Armond Ph.D. Texas Tech University
John Francois Ph.D. University of Kansas
Karyn Friske Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Eric Hoffmann Ph.D. University of Kansas
Gahangir Hossain Ph.D. University of Memphis
Sean Humpherys Ph.D. University of Arizona
Ibrahim Lazrig Ph.D. Colorado State University
Shan Lei Ph.D. University of Missouri
Xiaolin Lin Ph.D. Washington State University
Anne Macy Ph.D. Texas Tech University
Ryan Mattson Ph.D. University of Kansas
Neil Meredith Ph.D. University of Georgia
James Owens Ph.D. Harvard University
Rex Pjesky Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
Leslie Ramos Salazar Ph.D. Arizona State University
Bin Shao Ph.D. University of Illinois
Lee Stitzel Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
Huabing Wang Ph.D. University of Alabama


Apply Now

Go to our Graduate Application Process page for more information about how to apply.

Contact Information

Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business
Office of Graduate Business Programs
Phone: (806) 651-2500

Classroom Center 216 | West Texas A&M University | WTAMU Box 60768 | Canyon, Texas 79016 | (806) 651-2530