Computer Information Systems

College of Business and Technology
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General CIS Concentration

Network Management Concentration

Computer Information Systems Minor

Degree Concentrations

  • B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems, General CIS Concentration
  • B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems, Network Management Concentration
  • Minor in Computer Information Systems

Who Would be Interested in Computer Information Systems?

To be successful in CIS, you need:

  • The ability to understand logic
  • A commitment to ethical professional standards
  • An ability to work well with others
  • Business-world experience

Why Computer Information Systems?

Degree Benefits

  • Computer Information Systems is distinguished from computer science (which is a department in the College of Arts & Sciences) in that it is more business-focused. Computer scientists focus more on computer hardware, computer languages, and specialized systems software.
  • CIS offers courses in both forensic computing and data mining, which are among "The 5 Hardest Jobs to Fill" according to
  • All EKU School of Business degree programs, including CIS, are accredited by AACSB International.
  • CIS students build a foundation that prepares them to pursue either a business career with an understanding of how technology helps a business achieve its objectives or a technology career with an understanding of how business objectives drive work with information systems toward achieving business goals.

Internship Opportunities

Paid co-ops and internships are available. Recent student positions were with:

  • Cycom Data Systems
  • Ashland, Inc.
  • YUM Brands
  • Link Belt

Career Opportunities

  • CIS majors will hold the 3 of the top 8 growth jobs over the next 8 years (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • CIS majors will enter careers with strong salaries (careers in information systems and Hot CIS Jobs).
  • CIS majors are an integral part of an environment lead by an internationally recognized CIS department that maintains strong relationships with the business community.
  • CIS majors have leading edge tools and techniques in their grasp (MSDNAA, Rational Suite Enterprise, IBM products, and Oracle).

CIS offers a long-term career with good pay:

  • shows the salary of an IT consultant varies based on years of experience. A new consultant fresh out of college can expect to earn between $48,189 and $60,384, whereas someone with more than 20 years of experience can earn between $83,558 and $120,898.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, in May of 2008, the average salary of a software publisher was $87,710.
  • In March, 2010, listed the average salary for a network security specialist at $62,000.
  • The Princeton Review's "Guide to College Majors" lists the average salary of a webmaster between $40,000 and $50,000 a year.
  • Read more: CIS Jobs & Average Salaries |

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select Computer Information Systems upon applying to the university.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Associate Network Consulting Engineer, CISCO Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • Information Technology Associate, Bechtel Parsons
  • Network Test Engineer, Lexmark

How Do I Get More Information?
Contact Cy Lin, CIS Program Coordinator