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Computer Information Systems Degree Online CIS Major

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Register By: August 28 Classes Start: August 30

Earn a CIS Degree Online

  • $320/credit (120 credits)
  • Learn how to serve as intermediary between IT and business units
  • Develop information systems that support organizational goals
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Get hands-on experience with a variety of business intelligence applications
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required

Online Information Systems Degree Program Overview

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 knowledge and skills 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 an AS in 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.

Learn how to:

  • Use business intelligence applications to analyze the data models
  • Analyze existing business information systems and identify new ones
  • Develop communication strategies
  • Apply learned concepts to develop and implement systems that support an organization’s goals

You also have the option to enroll in the general track or in one of 2 career-focused concentrations.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

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 and information systems managers will grow 10% through 2029 – 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.

Ann Marie Moynihan with the text Ann Marie Moynihan"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:

  • Computer systems analysis and design
  • Computer and information systems management
  • Information technology
  • Project management
  • Data analysis

If it's a more business-focused career you seek, you may also be interested in studying management information systems (MIS) through our online bachelor's in business administration, which offers an MIS degree concentration.

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:

  • National Cyber League (NCL) spring and summer competitions. Ever wonder what it's like to disarm a real cyber threat? The NCL offers a virtual training ground to do just that. You'll join a team to face practical cybersecurity challenges, such as pen testing vulnerable websites, recovering from ransomware attacks and more. Our students have made several top 10 placements. Additionally, the first-ever all-women team to compete was comprised of SNHU students.
  • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women made up only 25.2% of all computer and mathematical occupations in 2020.1 Billed as the largest gathering for women technologists, the Grace Hopper Celebration aims to change that. Each event is jam-packed with keynote speakers, job fairs and opportunities to connect with some of the leading names in tech today.
  • Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) conference. Similar to Grace Hopper, WiCyS is a networking event dedicated to correcting the gender imbalance in a male-dominated industry. Attendees can access a number of career-building activities, including workshops, walk-in resume reviews and job fairs. As Moynihan points out: "WiCyS is an important conference for SNHU learners because it provides extraordinary networking opportunities with women in cyber security from academia, research and industry."
  • Association for Computing Machinery student chapter: Join peers in our student chapter for ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Computer Information Systems Degree

Courses & Curriculum

"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.

  • General education courses: All online bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Save time and tuition: Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment with our Pathways to Math Success assessments.

Earn Credits for What You Already Know 

  • Earn transfer credits for IT certifications and credentials: If you've earned IT certifications through organizations like CompTIA, Google or Amazon Web Services (AWS), you may be eligible to receive credit toward your degree program. Or If you’re seeking certification, some IT and computer science courses can help you prepare for specific exams.
  • Earn credits for work and life experience: Did you know certain work and life experiences - like industry-recognized certifications, law enforcement training and math knowledge - could save you time and money at SNHU? Learn how you could get credit for work or life experience.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation—and haven't raised our costs in a decade.

We also 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.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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