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Computer Information Systems

Saint Louis University’s online Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (CIS) can prepare you for advanced studies or employment in the ever-changing field of computer science and information technology.

Major in Computer Information Systems

Offered through our School for Professional Studies, SLU’s computer information systems courses are presented in an accelerated format designed for working professionals, with online classes available in eight-week terms.

Students who earn a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from SLU develop the knowledge and skills required to work in the dynamic and diverse technology-based organizations of today.

SLU’s online Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (CIS) requires 120 credit hours. Students can choose to specialize in one of three tracks:

Data Analytics

Prepare for a career as a market research analyst, data analyst or in business intelligence. Learn how to collect, analyze, interpret and present information obtained from data drawn from multiple, often disparate sources of organizational data.

Data analytics professionals plan and coordinate all technology-related activity for a business and work alongside managers of a company to meet the technological needs of the organization. Information systems professionals specialize in software, network security and Internet processes.

Employment for data analytics professionals looks strong thanks to emerging technology and the increasing need for sophisticated computer networks within organizations.

Core Courses
  • CIS 3850: Analytics and Modeling
  • CIS 4150: Cyber Security and Governance of Data
  • CIS 4720: Enterprise Application Development
  • CIS 4750: Data Mining

Information Security and Assurance

Prepare for a career as an information security analyst, web developer, computer network architect or information assurance engineer. Gain the skills needed to secure information assets of an organization and ensure that data can be created, accessed and modified by only those with the requisite privileges. Upon completion of the information security and assurance CIS degree, students will be prepared for employment opportunities in a variety of businesses and organizations.

Students who pursue the computer programming training should be able to think logically and creatively, and should have strong math and technical skills. Attention to detail and the ability to multitask are essential to this profession as computer scientists regularly deal with a number of jobs at one time.

Core Courses
  • CIS 4100: Enterprise Architecture
  • CIS 4300: Fundamentals of Computer Forensics
  • CIS 4600: Information Assurance and Security
  • CIS 4720: Enterprise Application Development

Health Care Information Systems

Prepare for a career as a medical or health services manager. Graduates leave with the knowledge of information technologies that meet the organizational needs of health care organizations.

Students should have knowledge and experience of computers and possess strong problem-solving skills. They should be able to think logically, multitask and pay attention to detail.

Job opportunities for individuals in the health care information systems program are promising.

Core Courses
  • CIS 3850: Analytics and Modeling
  • CIS 4100: Enterprise Architecture
  • CIS 4150: Cyber Security and Governance of Data
  • CIS 4400: Systems in Healthcare Organizations

Each degree plan blends theoretical concepts with practical lab work, providing our graduates with skills grounded in design and analysis, as well as practical application and implementation.

Minor in Computer Information Systems

Students who are already pursuing a degree within SLU’s School for Professional Studies may combine their major with this 18-credit hour program for a minor in computer information systems.

Computer Information Systems Certificate

If you've already obtained a bachelor's degree or higher, or if you meet the prerequisites, SLU offers a stand-alone certificate in computer information systems that can be pursued entirely online. Gainful Employment Disclosure

Curriculum for B.S.

Core Curriculum: 48 credit hours

CIS Foundation Courses: 33 credit hours

  • CIS 1300: Information Systems and Technology
  • CIS 1600: Introduction to Programming
  • CIS 2700: Discrete Methods and Models
  • CIS 3000: Software Engineering
  • CIS 3100: Principles of Object-Oriented Programming
  • CIS 3150: Workplace Ethics
  • CIS 3300: Database Analysis and Design
  • CIS 3600: Networking and Telecommunications I
  • PMGT 4030: Project Management Integrative Study
  • CIS 4900: CIS Capstone Experience

Select one of the tracks above (data analytics, information security and assurance or healthcare information systems): 12 credit hours

General electives: 27 credit hours

Total hours for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems: 120


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the computer science and database industry is expected to grow by 12 percent through the year 2024, adding 488,500 new jobs. Job opportunities within this field have a broad range of salaries.

  • John Buerck, Ph.D.
  • Srikanth Mudigonda, Ph.D.
  • Claudia Dicken
  • Jo Gardner
  • Rick Gilley
  • Matthew Grawitch, Ph.D.
  • Keith Hacke
  • Richard Harvey, Ph.D.
  • Mark Henderson
  • Doug Hill
  • Stephen Hussey
  • Nelson Kogbara
  • Julie Lintner
  • Lawrence McClain
  • Fairouz Medjahed, Ph.D.
  • Alan Paradise
  • Shannon Parker
  • Jay Pursell
  • Jeff Robertson
  • Ella Sachs
  • Emily Seitz
  • Lori Smith
  • Carrie Beth Stewart
  • Tim Toennies
  • Sam Young, Ph.D.
Tuition and Fees

$640/ Credit Hour

$25.00 Technology Fee

View a List of Tuition and Fees for 2017-18

Learning Outcomes
  1. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  2. An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the discipline.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences about technical information.
  4. An ability to make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk and produce deliverables.

Applicant Criteria

Students interested in studying computer information systems at SLU must apply directly to the School for Professional Studies. Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply for admission at least one month before the beginning of the term in which they wish to enroll.

To be eligible for admission, School for Professional Studies students must be at least 22 years old (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis). Students must have a high school diploma or a GED composite score of at least 2250, and have at least three years of work experience or the equivalent. Students must also successfully complete an admission meeting with a SPS admissions counselor.

Distance Learning

Convenient Format

This degree program can be completed entirely online. Start your free online application to get started today!