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The Master of Science (M.S.) in Competitive Intelligence Systems degree program is designed to educate business and information systems professionals in the concepts, activities and issues related to business intelligence systems.

Modern business organizations must leverage the vast quantities of collected information to make effective decisions and achieve a strategic competitive advantage. Competitive intelligence embodies a systematic and ethical program for gathering, analyzing and managing internal and external information that can affect an organization's plans, decisions, and operations.

Graduates of the program can expect to support data warehousing, data mining, and geographic information systems to aid in marketing research and segmentation, corporate strategic planning, facility location, and product design and distribution.

U.S. News & World Report named the Master of Science (M.S.) in Competitive Intelligence Systems (Business Intelligence) degree program in its Top Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs Ranking.


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The M.S. in Competitive Intelligence Systems is a 30-credit degree program comprised of seven required courses (21 credits) and three elective courses (9 credits).

Required Courses - 21 credits
INFS6010    Decision Support Systems Analysis and Design 
INFS6240    Database Management System 
INFS6630    Geographic Information Systems 
INFS6490    Computer Network Security 
INFS6510    Competitive Intelligence Systems 
INFS6720    Data Mining 
INFS6730    Data Warehousing

Elective Courses - 9 credits
Choose three graduate-level courses from selected communications and information systems offerings.

Designed for working professionals, this 30-credit program can be completed in approximately two and a half years or less while you continue to work full time. The degree is offered on campus or fully online.

About 77 percent of CI professionals work in corporations, while 17 percent are consultants. The top five industries utilizing CI professionals are consulting, communications, chemical/pharmaceutical, information and defense/aerospace. 

The average salary of Class of 2009 graduates from RMU's M.S. programs in computer and information systems fields is $63,203.

Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems (SCIS) are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study.

The Wheatley Center 
The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in the Wheatley Center. This soaring, 50,000 square-foot complex, glowing with colored LED accents, includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café. The new building also provides access to geographic information systems software and business intelligence software.