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Computer Information Systems

Program Overview

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Program has a curriculum that embraces the major areas of structured programming, data structures, and algorithms. You may also enroll in the cybersecurity concentration or select a custom set of courses.

The CIS Program offers the opportunity for you to develop knowledge and skills in analysis and design of business information systems, database development, software development, and networking.

This program prepares you for professional careers in the rapidly changing field of computer information systems. You'll develop good communication skills and the ability for teamwork and leadership roles in your professional career.

All CIS majors are encouraged to seek a minor in Business Administration. The program also provides an excellent preparation for graduate school and the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam.

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solutions to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the computer science disciple
  • Support the delivery, use, and management of information systems within an information systems environment
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn after leaving the University
  • Demonstrate proficiency in data communication and networking

Program Objectives

  • Apply what you have learned about the basic components of computer information systems including hardware, software, databases, data communications, and networking
  • Apply what you have learned about the relationships between computer information systems and the organizational functions they support
  • Apply the skills you have learned to design, implement and document information systems solutions to practical problems
  • Apply what you have learned about the legal and ethical issues involved in the applications of computer information systems
  • Apply communication skills including oral and written presentations
  • Collaborate in group projects
  • Continue learning after graduation

Career Opportunities

If finding employment or being accepted to graduate school is the criterion of success, then graduates of our Computer Information Systems program have been very successful indeed. Over the last five years, the job placement rate of our graduates has exceeded 95 percent. These students share one important trait: they possess among the most sought-after skills for the 21st century.


The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Enrollment and degree productivity data is available in the Fitchburg State University Fact Book (PDF).

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How to Apply

For more information and to apply, go to admissions.