Computer Information Systems

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Computer Information Systems (CIS) is an ever-expanding field that builds skills in information technology (IT) and computer science. Additionally, CIS covers a wide range of business topics. Therefore, you will have the flexibility to work for businesses in any industry or geographical region from anywhere in the world.

Businesses rely on data and technology to run daily operations, manage information, make key decisions and communicate with stakeholders. Skilled IT professionals in cloud and on-premise platforms, such as application developers, network security professionals, database administrators, systems analysts and administrators are in high demand.

If you decide to study computer information systems at Western Michigan University, you will learn the critical skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful IT professional in both cloud and on-premise platforms. Your studies will be experiential, with focus on design, development, implementation, troubleshooting, management and use of computer-based information systems.

Nine of 10 computer information systems graduates are employed or in graduate school within three months of graduation.

Career outcomes

Beyond the classroom

If you're interested in hearing about the latest trends in technology straight from industry leaders, you'll want to attend WMU's annual information technology forum. In the past, this on-campus event has featured high-profile speakers from Google, Kellogg, Pfizer, LinkedIn, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Stryker, GM, Quicken Loans, Borgess Hospitals, Bronson Health, Spectrum and Thompson Reuters among others.

As a CIS student at WMU, you will be eligible to apply for scholarships available through the Department of Business Information Systems. To qualify, you will need to submit an online scholarship application.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in computer information systems are working as:

  • Application developers
  • Business analysts
  • Chief information officers
  • Chief technology officers
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Customer relationship software consultants
  • Database administrators
  • End user technician
  • Entrepreneurs
  • ERP consultants
  • Information systems managers
  • Internet developers
  • Management analysts
  • Microcomputer/workstation managers
  • Network and security analysts
  • Software support technicians
  • Software testers
  • Systems analysts
  • Systems administrators
  • Systems technical managers
  • Technical sales representatives
  • Technology consultants

Among the companies they work for are:

  • Auto Owners Insurance
  • Baker Tilly
  • Borgess Medical Center
  • BlueGranite
  • Bronson Health
  • Cisco Systems
  • Eaton Corporation
  • General Motors
  • Microsoft
  • Penske Corporation
  • Steelcase
  • Stryker
  • Spectrum Health

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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