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Undergraduate

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Professional Communications and Information Systems program prepares graduates to work in areas of technology or in positions that require a high level of interaction through technology and communications. These can be information technology applications, interfaces with human users, support software, communication problems and strategies, and the design of information for a variety of users and contexts.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) predicts there will be over 65,000 new jobs for "Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Network Architects" by 2020.

Careers in this particular area of study include: application developer, communications coordinator, copywriter, database administrator, editor, instructional technology specialist, media relations representative, network administrator, operational technical manager, programmer, project leader, systems analyst, technical instructor/trainer, technical support staff, technical writer, Web designer or Web master.

2010 national mean bachelor-level entry-level salaries:
(information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)

By type of employer

By job function

Aerospace

$57,000

Computer Programming

$49,780

Banking (Investment)

$56,667

Consulting

$53,875

Computer Systems Design/Consulting/Programming

$47,000

Investment Banking (Sales/Trading)

$57,000

Consulting Services

$59,250

Network Administration

$53,333

Financial Services

$59,700

Software Design and Development

$49,333

Government (State and Local)

$40,000

Systems Analysis and Design

$56,667

Insurance

$69,500

Other Computer Related

$52,356

Software Publishers

$55,000

2009 RMU Salary Survey

Mean:

Range:

Computer Information Systems

$67,500

$50,000 - $85,000

Information Sciences

$58,200

$44,600 - $75,000

Information Systems Management

$40,167

$25,000 - $70,000

Below is a typical four-year course of study for professional communications and information systems students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests.

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Reading and Writing Strategies Intro. to Decision Support Systems
Survey of Economics General Psychology
History elective Principles of Sociology
Humanities: Art and Music Argument & Research
Elective Science elective
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Statistics Operating Systems Concepts
Interpersonal Communication Intro to Web Development
Intro. to Human Communication Business Professional Communication
Public Speaking and Persuasion  Elective
Elective English Lit. elective
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Strategic Writing Professional Writing
Systems Analysis and Design Media Management
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Decision Support Systems Telecommmunications
Organizational Communication Database Management Systems
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective


Students develop professional experience through internships and cooperative education in Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit and health care organizations, and with small businesses. The supervised work experience provides the student with hands-on experience in hardware and software technology, applications, and organizational operations.

There is always a strong demand for computing internships in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Even as the recession hit, this demand remained steady. Just about every organization that hires our graduates for full-time positions is also regularly looking to hire interns. As a result, the number of internships available usually exceeds the number of candidates, which is an advantage for our students. In fact, a large number of our undergraduate majors have jobs in the field once they complete their second year of study. 

The Computer and Information Systems Department also offers a five-year, integrated B.S. and M.S. degree for all six of its master's degree programs. For most students, the program requires 150 credits.

School computing facilities include both PCs and Macs, geographic information systems and business intelligence software, the university's VMware View and remote access to five servers for web pages, database, and security programs.

The Wheatley Center 
The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in the Wheatley Center. This soaring, 50,000 square-foot complex, glowing with colored LED accents, includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café. The new building also provides access to geographic information systems software and business intelligence software.

Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding, and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study. Faculty members encourage students to engage in scholarly pursuits, including participation in academic conferences and professional organizations. Our faculty members hail from seven countries on four continents, helping to broaden students’ global understanding. Many lead study abroad trips and international student exchanges in Europe, South America, and Asia. Finally, SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace. 

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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