Top Computer Information Systems Schools

Read about some important considerations for selecting a school with a strong program in computer information systems. Explore three top-ranked schools with CIS programs, and find out what degrees you could pursue at each school. Review a list of ten additional nationally ranked schools offering bachelors and masters degrees in CIS. Schools offering Information Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are the Characteristics of Top Computer Information Systems Schools?

The field of CIS involves business concepts nearly as much as it involves computers, so you'll want to look for a program that covers a diverse range of topics, including communication, information technology and programming. The top CIS schools should also provide you with a number of opportunities to participate in business simulations and laboratory exercises so you can apply your classroom learning to real experiences.

Schools that have multiple computer- and business-related research institutions may give you an edge, since you can gain more hands-on experience than at ones that don't have research centers. The IT field is rapidly changing, so you'll also want to look for schools that keep up with the latest trends and have updated technology. The best CIS programs are typically approved by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

What Are Three Top Computer Information Systems Schools?

Arizona State University in Tempe

The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (ASU) was ranked 30th and 33rd for having the best undergraduate and graduate business programs, respectively, in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2019. ASU is accredited by AACSB and was placed on the Princeton Review's list of 'Best Western Colleges' for 2019. You'll have access to numerous research centers at ASU, such as the Center for Executive and Professional Development and the Center for Advanced Study in Economic Efficiency. ASU is also home to the Department of Information Sciences Club, which can give you opportunities to meet industry professionals.

The W.P. Carey School of Business has a program that can teach you how to use and maintain information systems in a business environment. Some of the topics covered in the program include data modeling, application development, project management and networks. Degrees you can earn at ASU include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Information Management
  • PhD in Business Administration with concentration in information systems

Boston University in MA

Boston University (BU) was ranked 42nd-best on the list of national universities compiled by U.S. News & World Report in 2019. BU is AACSB-approved and maintains memberships in a number of academic organizations. The Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science at BU is also designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the Department of Homeland Security. You'll also have access to a number of research centers, including the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security and the Center for Adaptive Systems.

BU offers you a variety of concentration options, including health informatics, IT project management, security, computer networks and database management. Regardless of your concentration choice, you'll get a broad education through core courses in business communications, IT management, information systems analysis and database design. Below is a partial listing of the more than 15 areas of concentration to choose from at BU:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with concentration in security
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in data analytics
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in health informatics
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in web application development

Clemson University in SC

Clemson University (CU) tied in 66th place among national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2019. Clemson is home to a number of research centers that may be of interest to you, including the Interpersonal Technologies Lab, the Network Lab and the Cyberinfrastructure Research Group. The Network Lab is sponsored by some well-known organizations, such as IBM, Cisco and the Department of Justice.

The School of Computing at CU combines computer science and business courses into one degree program. Internships are encouraged, and CU gives you resources to help you gain experience while you study. Some of the courses you may have the opportunity to take include software development, database systems, information systems, marketing principles and microeconomics. Clemson offers the following degrees in CIS:

  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems
  • B.A. in Computer Science
  • M.S. in Computer Science
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science
  • Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing

Top Computer Information Systems Schools

College/University Institution TypeLocationEstimated Undergraduate In-State Tuition*
New Jersey Institute of Technology4-year, PublicNewark, NJ$17,000
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus4-year, Public Atlanta, GA$12,000
California Institute of Technology4-year, Private Pasadena, CA$52,000
University of Pennsylvania4-year, Private Philadelphia, PA$56,000
Carnegie Mellon University4-year, PrivatePittsburgh, PA$55,000
James Madison University4-year, PublicHarrisonburg, VA$12,000
Bentley University 4-year, PrivateWaltham, MA$50,000
Duke University4-year, PrivateDurham, NC$56,000
Yale University4-year, PrivateNew Haven, CT$53,000
Regis University4-year, PrivateDenver, CO$37,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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