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    With convenient online classes, now you can earn a degree in Computer Information Systems from Saint Louis University.

    The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) is designed to prepare career-minded professionals for advanced studies or employment in the challenging and ever-changing field of computer science and IT.

    Students earning a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems online develop the knowledge and skills required by the dynamic and diverse technology-based organizations of today.

    This Computer Information Systemsdegree program allows students to specialize in one of four tracks:

    • Information Security & Assurance
    • Data Analytics
    • Web Technologies
    • Healthcare Information Systems

    The curriculum in information security and assurance, data analytics, web technologies and healthcare information systems is integrated with fundamental technology courses. Each CIS degree plan blends theoretical concepts with practical lab work, providing graduates with skills well-grounded in design and analysis as well as practical application and implementation. Students interested in a computer information systems program, or looking at IT classes will find this CIS degree program an excellent option.

    Computer Information Systems courses offered through Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies are in an accelerated format designed for busy adults, with flexible online classes.

    Computer Information Systems Careers

    In today's marketplace, who doesn't rely on computers?

    Computers are vital to the success of all businesses and organizations. With a degree or certificate in computer information systems, you will be prepared for rewarding careers in information technology, one of today's dynamic and diverse career fields in the continually growing computer industry.

    The curriculum in our computer information systems degree program blends theoretical concepts with practical lab work, providing you with skills well-grounded in design and analysis as well as practical application and implementation.

    Specialize in one of four areas of concentration.

    At SLU, we realize that a computer information systems program must have options if it's going to serve your needs. Whether you require an emphasis in programming, meeting your organization's tactical and strategic goals, or answering complex questions and business intelligence issues, our four areas of concentration will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed. In each of the areas of concentration, the following job opportunities are expected to exist for our graduates:

    Information Security and Assurance: This area of concentration will help our graduates pursue careers in such roles as: information security analyst, web developer, computer network architect, information assurance engineer, etc. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs meeting these descriptions are projected to grow by about 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

    Data Analytics: Graduates with skills in this field can expect employment as market research analysts, data analysts, business intelligence, and other similar job roles. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects these jobs to expect a higher-than-average growth of about 25%.

    Web Technologies: Graduates with this area of concentration can expect employment in such roles as information security analysts, web developers and data architects. These jobs are projected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

    Healthcare Information Systems: Graduates with this area of concentration can expect to work in such roles as Medical and Health Services Managers. These jobs are expected to grow about 22% annually, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    The people who are most in demand in these fields are the ones who took the time to train for the right skills. We're here to help you.

    In any of these jobs, you can feel confident that you are entering a career field that is going to experience phenomenal growth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the computer science and database industry is expected to grow by 37 percent through the year 2016, which is much faster than average for overall job growth.

    The jobs within this field are broad, so the salaries are wide ranging from around $37, 000 to over $103, 000 per year. The people who are most in demand in this field are the ones who took the time to train for the right skills. We're ready to help you.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 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. Tuition fee Not specified Start date January,March,May,June,August,October 2015 Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode Online Educational variant Full-time Structure Semi-structured Student interaction Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

    Course Content

    Healthcare Information Systems Program Track

    With a Healthcare Information Systems degree at Saint Louis University, students will gain the foundational knowledge for the development and application of information technologies in meeting the organizational needs of healthcare organizations.

    As part of the computer information systems degree program, students will complete a capstone project as a means for assessing learning outcomes and enhancing personal and professional development.

    Students in our computer information systems healthcare information systems program should have knowledge and experience of computers and posses strong problem-solving skills. Students should be able to think logically, multitask and pay attention to detail.

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

    Information Security & Assurance Program Track

    In our Information Security & Assurance track, students will gain the knowledge and skills that are essential in securing the information assets of an organization and ensuring that data can only be created, accessed and modified by only those with the requisite privileges.

    As part of the Computer Information Systems (CIS) technology program at Saint Louis University, students will complete a capstone project as a means for assessing learning outcomes and enhancing personal and professional development.

    Upon completion of the Information Security & Assurance CIS degree at SLU, students will be prepared for employment opportunities in a variety of businesses and organizations. The increased use of information technology has caused the demand for highly-qualified information technology professionals to grow.

    IT professionals can expect a strong job outlook thanks to new developing technologies. The demand for increased efficiency in network technology, cloud computing, virtualization, computer speeds, software, and computer systems will continue to boost growth in this field. With experience, computer scientist can move into management and project leadership roles within a company. Most computer scientists are employed by software publishing firms, scientific research organizations, development organizations or educational facilities.

    Students who pursue our computer programming training should be able to think logically and creatively. Students should also 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.

    Data Analytics Program Track

    In the Data Analytics program, students will gain the knowledge and skills that are essential in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting information obtained from data drawn from multiple, often disparate sources of organizational data.

    This data analytics degree of study is designed for those seeking greater emphasis on studying informatics and business intelligence for today's organizations.

    As part of the data analytics degree program, students will complete a capstone project as a means for assessing learning outcomes and enhancing personal and professional development.

    In today's workplace, data analytics is essential to keeping an organization running smoothly. Many 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. Businesses must use efficient software and systems to stay competitive and rely on the expertise of information systems professionals to troubleshoot and fix problems quickly.

    Web Technologies Program Track

    With a Web Technologies degree at Saint Louis University, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for the creation and application of web-applications to meet the communication, product and/or service-related goals of an organization.

    Web Technologies is the multidimensional use of technology to translate information into knowledge, assisting the decision maker across a variety of academic disciplines and professional fields. It incorporates the study of ways data is collected, organized, represented and managed.

    As part of the computer information systems degree program, students will complete a capstone project as a means for assessing learning outcomes and enhancing personal and professional development.

    Students in our computer information systems web technologies program should have knowledge and experience of computers and posses strong problem-solving skills. Students should be able to think logically, multitask and pay attention to detail.

    Job opportunities for individuals in the web technologies program look strong thanks to the widespread use of the internet, cloud computing and virtualization for all aspects of business from internal and external communications to e-commerce.


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    Requirements

    Applicants to the School of Professional Studies should meet the following admission requirements to be eligible for admission:

    • Age: 22 years or older (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis).
    • Work Experience: at least 3 years or the equivalent.
    • Education: high school diploma or composite GED score of at least 2250.
    • Interview: successful completion of an admission meeting with an admissions counselor. This can be done over the phone or at one of our campus sites.
    • Grade Point Average: A minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.5 (unless qualified for conditional admittance).

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Technological Requirements

    • Windows users: Need a Pentium IV processor, 1 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM, running either Windows XP or Vista • Macintosh users: Need a G4 processor, 1 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM, running Mac OS 10.3 or higher • DSL connection or faster • Operable speakers should be connected • A Web browser, preferably Internet Explorer or Firefox • Java 2 Runtime Environment • Flash Player • Windows Media Player (Mac users can download the Flip4Mac player to view Windows Media files) • Real Player or an alternative • A word processing program, such as Microsoft Word • A presentation program, such as Microsoft PowerPoint • A spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel • Mac and Windows users can use Open Office as a free alternative to Microsoft Office

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Saint Louis University.

    Funding

    Scholarships & Financial Aid

    There are are two main ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

    • Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, talent, service, leadership and financial need.
    • Financial aid comes in the form of grants and loans, some of which will have to be repaid.

    Saint Louis University is committed to providing scholarship and financial aid programs to recognize academic excellence and to make a SLU education affordable for working adults.

    To determine eligibility for financial assistance, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early for maximum consideration. FAFSA forms are available in the University Office of Student Financial Services and online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    For additional financial aid and scholarship opportunities, click here.

    Accreditation

    Accreditation is extremely vital to a school because it assures the students that the school's curricula and student body performance either meet or exceed particular standards. Earning accreditation implies the institution has at least met the thorough requirements and teaches pertinent curricula based on verified data. It's also important to note that being regionally accredited is the most recognized type of accreditation in the United States.

    Saint Louis University's accredited adult degree programs in St. Louis, Missouri are reviewed and evaluated by the Higher Learning Committee of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC has been the continual accrediting body of Saint Louis University since 1916. Sharing a long history, part of the HLC's meticulous process to approve continued accreditation is that SLU must undergo and submit a comprehensive Self-Study every 10 years. SLU has been continuously accredited since 1916—most recently in 2012.

    The HLC's rigorous assessment and accreditation review acts as a major benefactor to Saint Louis University's reputation and curricula as a whole because it requires SLU to undertake and address any necessary improvements needed in its professional commitment to a mission of providing exceptional education to its students.

    Learn more about SLU's accreditation.

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