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"Robert Morris University is a wonderful establishment with great individuals and a vast amount of resources. The faculty was able to provide me with the skills and establishing myself in a new, exciting and up-and-coming career." — Andrew P. Hornyak M'12

Modern business organizations must leverage vast quantities of information in order to make effective decisions and achieve a strategic competitive advantage. Competitive intelligence embodies a systematic and ethical program for gathering, analyzing, and managing external information that can affect an organization's plans, decisions, and operations.

With a B.S. in Competitive Intelligence Systems, future business and information systems professionals will be able to:

  • Create and manage information systems in ways that promote effective decision making, increased employee productivity and optimal service of an organization's information needs
  • Effectively leverage information to gain the best return on investment from an organization's information systems
  • Gain a strategic competitive advantage by using information to make better business decisions 

The business and open elective components of the curriculum make it an ideal choice for transfer students, especially those with a business background.

Graduates of the program can expect to support data warehousing, data mining, and geographic information systems to aid in marketing research and segmentation, corporate strategic planning, facility location, and product design and distribution.
2010 national mean bachelor-level entry-level salaries:
(information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)
By type of employerBy job function
Aerospace$57,000Computer Programming$49,780
Banking (Investment)$56,667Consulting$53,875
Computer Systems Design/Consulting/Programming$47,000Investment Banking (Sales/Trading)$57,000
Consulting Services$59,250Network Administration$53,333
Financial Services$59,700Software Design and Development$49,333
Government (State and Local)$40,000Systems Analysis and Design$56,667
Insurance$69,500Other Computer Related$52,356
Software Publishers$55,000
2009 RMU Salary SurveyMean: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 competitive intelligence 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
Management Theory and Practice Competitive Intelligence elective
Intro. to Web Development and E-Commerce Business Professional Communication
Public Speaking and Persuasion  Principles of Marketing
Elective English Lit. elective
  Elective
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Intro. to Financial Accounting Managerial Accounting
Business Law Competitive Intelligence Systems
Network Technology and Management Database Management Systems
Systems Analysis Finite Math and Applied Calculus
Competitive Intelligence elective Computer and Network Security
  Elective
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Global, Economic, and Social Issues in Computing Project Management
Competitive Intelligence elective Elective
Competitive Intelligence 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 VMware View Server, 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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