Bachelor's in Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Computer information systems specialists and management professionals design, build, and implement software solutions that are the driving force in every business, not-for-profit, and government agency. They're also relied upon to analyze existing systems and discover new ways to optimize their performance. So, it's no surprise that significant job growth is expected in computing fields over the next several years. When you earn your Computer Information Systems degree from Newcastle University, choosing from nine career-specific specializations, you'll gain skills and knowledge that can be applied in nearly every industry.

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (In New York, degree is Bachelor of Professional Studies in Computer Information Science.)

Graduation Requirements: 8 full-time semesters, 124 credit hours


 We offer 9 specializations within the Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree program. Students dedicate at least 16 credit hours of their coursework to their preferred specialization. Or, in lieu of choosing a specialization, you may customize your studies within your Computer Information Systems degree program by selecting the Flex Option.

Graduate Success

          Business Management

          Computer Forensics

          Database Management

          Enterprise Computing

          Health Information Systems

          Information Systems Security

          Systems Analysis and Integration

          Web Development and Administration

          Web Game Programming

* Figure based on 2012 graduates self-reporting data to Newcastle University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by Newcastle University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to Newcastle University Career Services.


Computer Information Systems Careers Overview

When you're able to choose from several study tracks, you can ensure that your coursework will be of interest to you and in-line with your career goals. Upon graduation, Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree program graduates are prepared to join the work force as technical and management professionals in a variety of industries. Your specialized Computer Information Systems skills can lead to a number of interesting careers. Solve crimes using computer forensics, create code for groundbreaking computer games, or develop web sites for multi-national corporations. No matter what, your work will provide fascinating challenges and rewards.

Areas of Innovation

When you earn your bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from Newcastle University, you'll be qualified for some of today's most desirable CIS careers:

  • Web Developer: Develop, launch, and maintain web sites and web-based applications. With a focus in web development and administration, you'll learn the programming languages and other technical skills needed for a career in this constantly growing field.
  • Computer Forensics: Professionals work alongside law enforcement personnel to investigate and help solve crimes and corporate improprieties using computer and information technology.
  • Information Systems Security: Cyber-security experts use their technical prowess to evaluate vulnerabilities, install protective systems, and troubleshoot critical system issues.
  • Computer Systems Analyst: Advise managers on what types of computer systems will best meet their firm's needs and optimize its performance. Working from home and obtaining a broad range of skills are some of the potential benefits of a career in this field.
  • Database Administrator: Store, manage, and extract data to create entirely new databases customized to the needs of a particular company. Enjoy significant responsibility, ever-changing challenges, and abundant job opportunities.


 Your degree can help open the door to an exciting computer information systems career in wide variety of industries, such as:

  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Gaming
  • Government
  • Healthcare technology
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Military
  • Retail and e-commerce

Career Options

Newcastle University graduates in Computer Information Systems will be prepared to hold positions in areas such as:

  • Game simulation programming and software engineering
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Applications software support and maintenance
  • Applications software consulting
  • Web application development
  • Database design
  • Database programming
  • Web programming
  • Business applications programming
  • Technical and application support
  • Computer-related sales and marketing support
  • Technical documentation
  • Small business entrepreneurship and management


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