Stevenson University Online’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) program is designed for working adult students interested in pursuing or advancing their technical career in support of organizations. Employers are seeking highly-skilled professionals who know how to utilize technology to improve the organization’s competitive edge. The program consists of core courses in applied programming, network, and database design followed by an in-depth career-focused track in software design or network design. The in-depth practical application of computer technology prepares graduates to succeed in the workplace as a well-versed technology professional. Many graduates of this bachelor’s degree program elect to continue their education at the graduate level by pursuing a Master's in Business and Technology Management or in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics. CIS students will develop a portfolio of essential skills valued by employers. They will become problem solvers who know how to think analytically, assess business problems, and design the best technology solutions.
Organizations today depend on complex multi-vendor technology infrastructures and highly skilled technical staff to support day-to-day operations. The CIS network design track prepares graduates with a blend of experience in leading Microsoft, UNIX, Linux, and Cisco technologies. Students take courses in Windows, UNIX, and Linux server administration, network security, e-mail server and web server administration, Cisco routing, wireless networks, and mobile communication systems. There are essential technology skills for the IT network professional.
Software applications are developed for commercial off-the-shelf use or to solve specific internal organizational problems. The process consists of requirements analysis, data gathering, software design, coding, testing, and maintenance. The CIS software design track prepares graduates with end-to-end practical experience in the design, development, and deployment of software solutions for the workplace. Students take courses in leading programming languages including C#, JAVA, ASP.NET, and Python, using high value systems development tools such as Microsoft’s Visual Studio. This is a high-growth IT career field for those skilled in these cutting-edge technologies.
Many CIS graduates elect to continue their education at the graduate level at Stevenson University Online by pursuing a Master's in Business and Technology Management or in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics.
Through Stevenson University’s Credit for Prior Learning Program, undergraduate students are eligible to earn up to 30 credits for what they have learned through their previous work and life experiences. Stevenson University Online offers several options for assessing and awarding college credit for prior learning. For more information, visit our Credit for Prior Learning page.