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In today’s tech-saturated global marketplace, businesses can’t survive without a strong team of computer information systems experts. That means jobs in this field are some of the fastest growing positions in management, and provide attractive salaries for new and experienced professionals. In fact, "Money Magazine" consistently ranks this major as one of the hottest degree fields in America based on employment growth, job independence, and job security.

But a degree in computer information systems isn’t just about the money. As a highly skilled technology professional, you can expect to become an invaluable contributor by helping companies understand and harness technology to stay competitive in the marketplace. You’ll be responsible for planning, developing, and managing computer technologies that supportall business functions.

This major suits you if you are passionate about cutting-edge technologies and seeking management opportunities. The computer information systems major focuses on business firms and their operations. It considers technology as a strategic tool to empower business success.

Skills You Will Learn

  • network management
  • information systems security
  • organizational controls
  • problem analysis
  • critical thinking/problem solving
  • written and oral communication
  • teamwork and collaboration

Major Requirements

As a computer information systems major, you’ll gain real-world skills in a variety of areas, including systems analysis and design, database design, and network management. This major is organized into four groups of courses:

  • University Core Curriculum
  • 14 undergraduate business foundation courses
  • specialized computer information systems coursework
  • nine credits of electives

Your degree path begins your freshman and sophomore year as a pre-business major before declaring as a computer information systems major your junior year.




A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Business Systems Application Development
  • Project Management
  • Computer Networks for Business
  • Information Systems Security
  • Business Process Analysis and Design

For a complete list of all classes and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Computer Information Systems?

The career of computer information systems is considered by many as "recession proof,” with more jobs than graduates. Companies have a constant, high demand for computer information systems professionals who can help them better utilize computer technologies to enhance business operations and achieve improved performance.

Positions include:

  • systems analyst
  • network/LAN administrator
  • database administrator
  • network systems and data communications analyst
  • database administrator
  • computer support specialist
  • business analyst
  • project manager 

Paying for Your Education

College Scholarships

About four of every five students receive some kind of merit- or need-based assistance with their tuition and fees. On top of the dozens of options our university offers its students, Miller College of Business gives several awards every year to its own students. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

With high earning potential, strong projected job growth, and a constantly evolving atmosphere that always keeps things interesting, information systems and operations management is a smart career choice. Start the journey today with Ball State by applying below.

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