Degree Accreditation

This degree program is accredited by the ABET-Computing  Accreditation Commission. This accreditation assures that the programs are in compliance with the latest national standards for information systems programs in the United States.

Program Overview

The Computer Information Systems degree program focuses on using technology as a tool to manage information in the context of managing a business. The program includes a core of courses focusing on business programming, systems analysis and design, operating systems concepts, database management systems, networks and data communications, and project management. Students choose a concentration area of information systems courses and are expected to take prescribed courses in the School of Business.

Program Educational Objectives

Five years after graduation the graduates should be:

  1. Contributing to the work force in their specialty such as but not limited to software development, networking data base administration or systems analysis
  2. Advancing their careers via continuous learning and professional development through the attainment of professional certification, professional study and research or graduate education
  3. Assuming positions of leadership within their organization
  4. Contributing to economic development and society through the development, maintenance and management of computer-based information systems for business, government, and other organizations

RMU Program Outcomes

  1. An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based information system, process, component, or program to meet desired business or organizational specifications
  2. An ability to apply knowledge of information systems, programming and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  3. An ability to demonstrate sufficient background knowledge in Operating Systems, Networking, Data Communication, Database Technology, Information Systems Planning, and Project Management
  4. An ability to analyze an information systems problem, define performance specifications to solve the problem and identify feasible solutions while recognizing the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams and to be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  6. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for information systems practices by recognizing the need for, and the ability to engage in, continuing professional development
  7. An ability to understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities

Advanced Electives

Students choose a concentration area in order to add depth to their computer and information systems background. Concentration courses are chosen in consultation with a CIS advisor. Concentrations studied previously include health care information systems, network administration, office information systems, security, software development, and web design.

The concentrations focus on applications of appropriate information technologies in areas such as network administration, security and assurance, business intelligence, and media arts.

Browse the checksheet and required courses under Concentrations (below).

Cooperative Education Program

Through the University's Cooperative Education Program, qualified students in the computer information systems degree program can gain valuable experience and earn up to $35,000 toward the cost of their education! Through this program, you'll alternate semesters of academic study with up to four semesters of employment in the information technology field. By completing multiple, progressive work experiences, typically with the same employer, you'll build on what you learn in the classroom and gain professional experience that will give you a competitive edge in the job market - and still graduate in four years.

Cooperative Education Check Sheet - Required Courses

Tuition

Tuition information can be found at Tuition Fees & Schedules.

Admission Criteria

The following are required for admission:

  • Robert Morris University application for admission - Apply Now!
  • Official transcripts from high school and any post-secondary institutions attended

Salary Information

Position TitlePosition Salary
Computer Programming
$49,547
Consulting
$54,143
Network Administration
$46,375
Software Design & Development
$52,864
Systems Analysis & Design
$51,753
Systems/Programming Engineering
$47,695
Technical/Computer Support
$47,500
The information in this chart is based off of 2006 nation mean salaries

Sample Positions for Bachelor-Level Graduates

Systems analyst, telecommunications analyst, application developer, client/server operations analyst, consultant, programmer, software engineer.

Bachelor-Level Internship Employers

Aetna; America's Promise; Comcast; Bayer; Carnegie Science Center; Corporate Consulting Group; Envirotrol; Fisher Scientific; Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania; J&L Specialty Steel; Krispy Kreme; Management Science Associates; McKesson; Mellon Financial; Pittsburgh Mercy Health Systems; PNC Bank; UPMC Health System; US Airways; U.S. Steel; Vevolution; World Vision.

Bachelor-Level Hiring Organizations

Allegheny County; Baker Installations; Bayer; Community College of Beaver County; Celebro Auto Chooser; Children's Institute of Pittsburgh; Concentria; Coventry Healthcare; CTR Systems; E-Profile; Envirotrol; FedEx Ground; Fiserv; Giant Eagle; GNC; Healthtec Software; Integrated Health Systems; J&L Specialty Steel; Management Science Associates; McKesson Automation; Mellon Financial; National City Corp.; Oncology Nursing Society; PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; PC Network Services; Pittsburgh Mercy Health Systems; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Pittsburgh Technical Institute; R/M Analytical Services; Southwest Behavioral Health Management; Target Resources; Tissue Informatics; Total Equipment; Union Switch & Signal; University of Pittsburgh; U.S. Steel; Wesco Distribution.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Number of Students20102011201220132014
Enrollment208197190190164
Graduates2943373849
The information in this chart is from Spring Term Enrollment.

Concentrations