Online Master of Computer Information Systems

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Graduate Program Mission Statement

The mission of the graduate program is to provide graduate students skillsets to compete in the global marketplace as skilled IT professionals and business leaders.

Message from the President

As president of the oldest private HBCU in the state of Alabama, I am pleased to announce that Talladega College was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission On Colleges [SACSCOC] in June 2018 to offer an Online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) degree with two areas of concentration (1) Cybersecurity and (2) Health Informatics. The MSCIS is a 30-credit-hour program offered by the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Computer Science. The MSCIS degree will further enhance the offerings the College has for our students and provide a viable career opportunity upon completion of the program.

As you well know, cybersecurity becomes more critical every day as major corporate and government systems face security breaches. Malware and other cybersecurity attacks can target and disable the critical infrastructure such as the main power grid. Innovative technology, imbedded in self-driving cars, takes this vulnerability to a whole new level. There is also an increased need for strong leaders to be trained to secure information systems and privacy in the healthcare industry. Additionally, the curriculum aligns with many recognized industry professional certifications in cybersecurity and health informatics, such as Security+, CISSP, PMP, CySA+, and CISM.

The new Master of Computer Science degree will increase enrollment and take the College to the next level in supporting the students of Talladega College. As a four-year liberal arts college, the new Master of Science degree is set to advance Talladega College in the world of academia as the students enrolled at Talladega College pursue educational excellence. I am pleased to congratulate the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Lisa E. Long and her team, for attaining this unique milestone as we offer Talladega College's very first Online Master of Science degree for our students!


Billy C. Hawkins, PhD


Application Due Date: December 20, 2018
Class start Date: January 3, 2019

Dr. Syed Raza, Chair
Computer Science
Phone: 256-761-6313

Dr. Zibusiso Ncube Nikiwane
Ph.D., Capella University- Organization Management, Information Technology
Full Time Faculty, Associate Professor
Phone: 256-761-6313

Dr. Ryan Leon Averback
Ph.D., Northcentral University- Business Administration, computer and Information Security
Part-Time Faculty

Dr. Ada Adjunwa
Ph.D., Northcentral University –Business Administration
Specialization in Management Information Systems
Part-Time Faculty

Dr. Heng Wu
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX Parallel Computing, High-Performance Computing Optimization, Large Scale Computing, Data Intensive Computing
Part-Time Faculty

Office of Admissions
Phone: 256-761-6235 or 1-866-540-3956
Fax: 256-761-6280

Headen, Director of Financial Aid
Office Phone: 256-761-6236
Fax: 256-761-6462



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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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