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Computer Information Systems ,BS

Computer Information Systems, BS

Academic programs / Undergraduate degrees / Computer Information Systems

Accountancy, Analyst, Chief Information Officer, Computers, Cybersecurity, Information, Programmer, Software, Technology, Web, approved for STEM-OPT extension, computing, database, network, systems

Program description

Computer information systems are part of every business and organization. In this degree program, students learn about the exciting and innovative ways that information technology is used to help organizations succeed.

Dedicated faculty members teach students how to design, build and maintain information systems that support business operations and managerial decision-making. In particular, students learn about business intelligence for competitive advantage, business process for workflow redesign, data management for decision-making, distributed systems for collaboration and globalization, enterprise integration for synergy, project management and solution development for value creation.

STEM-OPT for international students on F-1 visas

This program may be eligible for an Optional Practical Training extension for up to 36 months. This OPT work authorization term may help international students gain skills and experience in the U.S. Those interested in an OPT extension should review ASU degrees that qualify for the STEM-OPT extension at ASU's International Students and Scholars Center website.

The OPT extension only applies to students on an F-1 visa and does not apply to students completing the degree through ASU Online.

At a glance
  • Additional program fee: Yes
  • Second language requirement: No
  • First required math course: MAT 210 - Brief Calculus
  • Math intensity: Moderateprogram math intensity moderate

Required courses (Major Map)
Concurrent program options
Students pursuing concurrent degrees (also known as a “double major”) earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. Working with their academic advisors, students can create their own concurrent degree combination. Some combinations are not possible due to high levels of overlap in curriculum.
Accelerated program options
This program allows students to choose a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor. Fast track options appear at the top of the major map.

This program also allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years. It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's plus master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. Students typically receive approval to pursue the accelerated master’s during the junior year of their bachelor's degree program. Interested students can learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Admission requirements

General university admission requirements:

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
First-year | Transfer | International | Readmission

Additional requirements:

First-year admission requirements: 1230 SAT Reasoning or 25 ACT score, or graduated in the top 8% of high school class, or have an overall high school GPA of 3.40 in ASU competency courses (scale is 4.00 = "A").

First-year applicants should select an additional major when applying for admission. Additional choices may include any of the W. P. Carey business BA programs or any other degree program outside of the W. P. Carey School of Business. Students who are not admissible to a W. P. Carey business BS major and who did not select a second major or are not admissible to their second major choice are placed in a business Bachelor of Arts program in the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Readmission requirements: Students must meet first-year admission requirements by way of high school GPA, test score or class rank and must have a transfer GPA of 3.00 (if applicable) and a cumulative ASU GPA of 3.00.

Transfer admission requirements:

Transfer admission requirements (30 or more credit hours after high school): transfer GPA of 3.00 and a score of 1160 (prior to March 2016) or 1230 SAT Reasoning (after March 2016) or 25 ACT score, or graduated in the top 8% of their high school class, or have an overall high school GPA of 3.40 in ASU competency courses (scale is 4.00 = "A").

Transfer students should select an additional major when applying for admission. Additional choices may include any of the school's Bachelor of Arts programs or any other business or other degree program outside the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Students who are admissible to the university but do not meet admission requirements for this degree and did not select a second major or are not admissible to their second major choice will be placed in a Bachelor of Arts program in the W. P. Carey School of Business. Students not interested in the degree or campus location may reach out to wpcareyug@asu.edu for assistance selecting another degree program.

Tuition information
When it comes to paying for higher education, everyone’s situation is different. Students can learn about ASU tuition and financial aid options to find out which will work best for them.
Change of Major requirements

Students should visit the W. P. Carey School of Business website to determine if they meet change of major requirements. Students ready to change their major should submit their request through the school's advising website.

Students should visit the Change of Major form for information about how to change a major to this program.

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ASU Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program’s ASU Online page for program descriptions and to request more information.

ASU Local

It is now possible to earn an ASU degree with ASU Local, an integrated college experience in which students take advantage of in-person success coaching and programming experiences on site while completing one of 130+ undergraduate online degree programs, all of which come with online faculty interaction and tutoring support.

Transfer options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use MyPath2ASU® to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and they help students save time and money in their college journey.

Global opportunities
Global experience

As globalization continues to impact the way people live and work, international experiences have become vital to success in every field of business. Through international study and internships, students gain valuable skills employers are looking for, including communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility, motivation, and a real-life perspective on business applications worldwide.

The W. P. Carey School of Business recommends these programs for students majoring in computer information systems.

Career opportunities

Currently, there is a shortage of information systems professionals, with many more jobs than qualified applicants. With a degree in computer information systems, career choices are limitless. A computer information systems degree offers job opportunities in a variety of industries, including:

  • education
  • entertainment
  • finance
  • health care
  • national defense
  • transportation

Information systems are key components in the success of other functional business areas such as accounting, supply chain management, finance and marketing. Entry-level information systems positions include:

  • computer forensics analyst
  • database administrator
  • information systems consultant
  • information technology security manager
  • network administrator
  • project manager
  • software or systems developer
  • systems administrator
  • systems analyst

Long-term career aspirations for a graduate with a computer information systems degree could include:

  • chief executive officer
  • chief information officer
  • chief knowledge officer
  • chief security officer
  • chief technology officer

Career example titles and salaries listed below are not necessarily entry level, and students should take into consideration how years of experience, geographical location, and required advanced degrees or certifications may affect pay scales.


Career *Growth *Median salary
35.2%
$103,500
2.5%
$90,520
-11.2%
$97,800
9.6%
$102,240
9.7%
$98,740
10.0%
$134,870
7.0%
$99,890
31.5%
$112,000
15.4%
$164,070
25.7%
$127,260
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Contact information
What are accelerated programs?
Accelerated programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor's degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

Accelerated master's

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies to earn a bachelor's plus a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. Students typically receive approval to pursue the accelerated master’s during the junior year of their bachelor's degree program. Interested students can learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply.
What are concurrent programs?
Concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests, earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor.
What are joint programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a new program?
ASU adds new programs to Degree Search frequently. Come back often and look for the “New Programs” option.
What are online programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See https://asuonline.asu.edu/ for more information.
What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

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