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Use technology to drive crucial business strategies with the online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Information Systems program at Southern New Hampshire University.
A CIS degree will help you gain the authority you need to bridge the gap between IT and business. You'll take an active role in helping support your organization's strategic goals through technology.
If you've completed your associate degree in business or IT, this program is especially well-suited for you. With 18 free electives, you'll have the power to finish your program faster – saving you time and money along the way.
In this online CIS major, you'll learn how to:
Plus, with 3 concentrations to choose from, you can earn the specialized degree you need to stand out to employers.
Help drive business decisions through data with the online BS in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Data Validation and Decision Making program.
This online CIS concentration program offers a foundational overview of essential data analysis concepts. You'll gain exposure to areas such as emerging technologies, big data, ethics and privacy.
Big Data plays a prominent role in business today. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it's one of the top reasons that computer and IT occupations are projected to add about 546,200 new jobs through 2028.1
Upon completing these concentration courses, you'll gain the skills you need to apply data to a variety of different business environments. Using industry best practices, you'll learn how to assess the quality of data sets and make ethically-informed, legally-sound strategic decisions.
You'll also explore how today's systems and technologies – such as the cloud, AI and machine learning – are impacting the field of data analytics.
Understanding data can help distinguish you in your career. Whether you're looking to break into education, healthcare, software development or finance, your degree can help you get where you want to go.
If you're interested in a career in big data or business analytics, you may also want to check out our full online data analytics degree program.
Courses may include:
Pair business and tech savvy with a foundation in cyber security with the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Networking and Security program.
This online cyber security concentration program will help you build a foundation in cyber security policies, procedures and best practices. You'll learn how to design basic and secure networked computer environments. Finally, you'll gain valuable troubleshooting and problem-solving skills related to the field.
Information security is crucial for employers today. With more sensitive information to protect – such as medical or financial records – cyber attacks are increasingly common. This enhances the need for professionals who can help design and build secure computer systems.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for information security analysts are set to grow 32% through 2028 – far faster than the national average for all occupations.1 Professionals in this field have a typical entry-level education of a bachelor's in computer science or a related field.1
In these courses, you'll identify common operating systems and learn how to troubleshoot solutions to typical organizational challenges. You'll design a secure computing environment, complete with a network, server, client system and firewall.
Finally, you'll examine the fundamentals of cyber security. This includes concepts critical to forming an organizational information security plan.
If you're interested in a career in this fighting cyber crime, you may also want to checkout our full online cyber security degree program.
Learn how to manage complex projects from ideation to completion with the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Project Management program.
The project management concentration will enable you to grow the knowledge and skills you need to keep projects on task, on time and on budget. You'll explore theories and real-world practices that can be applied to a number of different industries.
Organizations face a competitive market. Operations move fast, which means strategic initiatives need to meet progressively quick turnarounds. A project manager helps keep all the moving parts on track – whether by facilitating conversations, planning scope or negotiating budget.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, project management specialist and business operation specialist occupations comprised 1,279,390 jobs in May 2019.1 Median annual salary for that same time period was $73,570.1
Upon completing this project management concentration, you'll learn how to use a basic project management framework. The project life-cycle will be broken into several stages, including organizing, planning, monitoring and controlling. You'll also explore the methodologies and tools necessary at each stage, with special consideration to time, cost, quality, risk and resources.
The Project Management for CAPM Certification is designed to help prepare you to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification exam. Coursework will focus on the 5 process groups and 9 knowledge areas described in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) of the Project Management Institute (PMI®).
By combining CIS and project management principles, you'll take courses that help build the skills needed to succeed in industries as vast as marketing, financial services, business administration, information technology, international trade, health sciences, government, construction and more.
Lightning-fast access to information is no longer a "nice to have" – it's essential for any business to thrive.
For this reason, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that demand for computer information systems managers will grow 11% through 2028 – much faster than the national average for all occupations.1 What's more, the BLS reports that typical entry-level education for these roles is a bachelor's.1
Therein lies the need for an educated workforce to step out into the field.
"With job growth on the rise, a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems will help graduates as they seek employment and meet workforce needs," said Ann Marie Moynihan, associate dean at SNHU.
Graduates of the computer information systems degree program may pursue a number of different careers, including but not limited to those in:
At SNHU, we know how important networking and experience can be in helping you get your foot in the door. That's why we offer CIS students multiple opportunities to participate in national events and competitions each year. Highlights include:
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.2 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
"The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems prepares graduates to implement effective solutions in support of organizational needs," said Ann Marie Moynihan, associate dean at SNHU.
The curriculum helps accomplish this goal by exploring key tech concepts like systems thinking, scripting, database environments, application development and object-oriented analysis and design. You'll think about these ideas in a business context, with courses that cover client systems and support, enterprise information systems and business intelligence and reporting.
You'll also apply what you've learned through a culminating capstone experience.
"The capstone course offers an opportunity to work on a CIS project-based design where you can work with a team to generate a plan in support of business needs," Moynihan said.
Using practical, real-world situations as a launchpad, you'll apply what you've learned throughout the program.
"The knowledge, skills and principles of systems analysis and design, project management, quality assurance and resource management are applied as the team works to formulate and recommend solutions."
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis and Applied Statistics for STEM are dictated courses for the General Education Program.
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Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
CIS stands for "computer information systems."
The study of computer information systems refers to the practical use of technology in a business context. This is especially relevant in a world where data is king for organizations across industries.
All kinds of fields, from healthcare to finance, manufacturing to software, rely heavily on information systems and data to drive better business decisions.
While there may be crossover between CIS, computer science and IT, there are differences between these 3 disciplines.
Generally speaking, CIS is computer science through a business lens. While many of the same fundamental concepts apply – such as scripting, systems design and data structures – computer science lacks the business core of CIS. With a greater emphasis on coding, computer science is also more math-intensive.
Many of the courses in our bachelor's in CIS program actually have more in common with IT. Courses in areas like application development, object analysis and design, structured database environments and introduction to scripting are just as relevant to an IT and CIS professional alike.
Both CIS and IT professionals also act as intermediaries in their organizations. CIS professionals are liaisons for a company's top decision makers. IT professionals, on the other hand, work across the organization to assist with tech-related issues.
That depends on your skill set and your interests. If computers and technology come naturally to you, then you probably have what it takes to earn your CIS degree.
Students entering the program will be required to take some math courses, such as Introduction to Qualitative Analysis and Applied Statistics for STEM. The program also requires a business core, which includes courses in accounting.
That said, we also offer Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment, saving you time and money.
It's important to note, too, that while the content of the coursework may be challenging, our community of advisors, instructors and peers are here to give you the support you need to complete your program.
As a CIS professional, you'll stand at the critical intersection of technology and business. Your expertise can help drive better, higher-impact strategic decisions. You could even play the part of trusted right-hand person for executive leadership – or better yet, become a high-level leader yourself.
CIS is crucial to the success of businesses across industries. In banking and finance, for example, account management systems host massive databases of sensitive client information. In manufacturing, information systems can improve supply chains by connecting manufacturers with their customers, suppliers, service providers and more.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest employers of computer and information systems managers were:1
All of this to say that in terms of industry, a CIS degree can take you just about anywhere you want to go.
The amount you can make upon earning your CIS degree depends on many factors – including your job title, previous experience, industry and geographic location.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that computer and information systems managers earned a median annual salary of $146,360 in 2019, with the lowest 10% earning less than $87,480.1 By comparison, the median annual wage for all workers in that same time period was $39,810.1
That's for you to decide. The right computer information systems degree could position you for success in your field. In addition to well-above-average salary projections, the BLS also predicts that 46,800 new jobs will be added for computer and information systems managers through 2028.1
But there are other factors to consider, too – like cost, reputability, curriculum and more. Here are just a few things that make the CIS degree at SNHU stand out:
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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2 According to a survey responses from over 9,200 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2019.