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Computer Information Systems, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gary, IN, United States
The Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) offers several degrees for those individuals interested in employment in the Information Technology field. The CIS degrees are designed to provide students with a foundation in computer skills along with a strong theoretical base. This foundation enables graduates to enter the job market as programmer/analysts or information systems analysts.
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Program Highlights

CIS students work with state-of-the-art software packages, and all students have access to IU Northwest’s network of personal computer workstations and online resources, including a networking lab which educates students on hardware requirements and the latest trends in network systems administration. CIS students also have access to free or greatly discounted software packages through IUWare and the campus bookstore.

The CIS faculty has a wide range of experience and expertise. All associate faculty members are currently employed or self-employed in the field of Information Technology (IT). Additionally, all full-time faculty members have past work experience in IT-related fields such as computer graphics, computer networking systems, office systems, computer security, computer programming, systems development, and database modeling and design.

The CIS program offers both day and evening classes, and a wide variety of classes are available online. The CIS program also offers classes that meet one night per week for three hours in order to help students obtain the widest variety of scheduling options.

Career Opportunities

Recent advances in computer technology, including the growth of Internet services, networks, and the development of sophisticated database tools, provide new employment opportunities in the 21st century. CIS graduates typically find employment as systems and database analysts, network administrators, and web developers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Group I: English Composition, Communication, and Mathematics.
  • English: W131 Elementary Composition and Speech S121
  • Mathematics: M118 or M119

Group II: Intensive Writing (6 cr.).

Group III: Distribution
  • IIIB: Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • IIIC: Humanities.
  • IIIB/C:Course distribution between Groups III-B and III-C 

Group IV: Culture Studies.

  • May be satisfied by successful completion of one course in the cultures of minorities in the United States, Latin America or Non-Western cultures. 

Group V: Requirements for the Major - Computer Information Systems Core (45 cr.)

  • C106, D150, A106, A285, (A201 and A302) or (A210 and A346) or (C201 and C307) or (C203 and C320), A247, (C445 and C446) or (D330 and D446), D345, D350
  • Students must select a minor in any area. General Business is recommended. 

Group VII: Electives and Internship

  • Each student will be required to gain sufficient elective or internship credit (A maximum of 6 credit hours )

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All students who are interested in IU need to be aware of the high school prerequisites before applying to IU. Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in high school. We focus mainly on the academic performance and preparation of the applicant throughout high school.

You can share standards, but only Admissions staff members can assess a student’s admissibility. Though we will consider additional factors, our admissions decisions are primarily based on academics.

  • Class rank
  • Academic program
  • Grade trends
  • Personal statements
  • Essays
  • Letters of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    220 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 220 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gary

  • 956 - 1550 USD/month
    Living Costs

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