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How long will it take?

The degree requires completion of 120 credit hours. A student can expect to complete the degree in four years by taking 15 credit hours per semester (fall and spring).

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Atlanta Campus

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Computer Information Systems, B.B.A.

Alicia Gholar, administrative specialist – academic
agholar@gsu.edu
404-413-7398

For help with the admissions process, contact your admissions counselor.

Information technology is the driving force behind successful businesses. IT skills are among the most in-demand. There is an ongoing shortage of people who have both the IT skills and the business acumen to create a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The mission of the CIS major in Robinson’s B.B.A. program is to produce graduates able to fill this need. Students will learn how to combine their business knowledge and hands-on technology skills to create the computer systems that companies need to succeed. CIS majors prepare for careers in areas such as consulting, systems development, business process analysis, cybersecurity, IT project management, business intelligence, data analytics, process innovation, and programming.

Students pursuing a CIS major choose one or more areas of specialization.

Application Development Track

The application development track provides students with skills to program and maintain websites, computer applications, and mobile applications, and to build software applications using cloud computing services. Application development track students can start a career in application programming and software development. After several years of experience, students may have the skills to start their own IT consulting business.

Cybersecurity Track

The cybersecurity track teaches students to recognize the threats and vulnerabilities present in information systems. Students also learn how to manage the use of information assets securely and to support the goals and objectives of their organizations through effective information security governance, risk management, and regulatory compliance. Cybersecurity track students are likely to find jobs in network security, vulnerability assessment, data loss prevention, security information and event management, and security consulting, among other sectors.

Cybersecurity Is a National Priority

Leading tech companies across the country are making billion-dollar investments in cybersecurity. A huge piece of this is hiring talent who are skilled in this critical space. President Biden even refers to cybersecurity infrastructure as a “core national security challenge.” Through the cybersecurity track, you’ll gain the knowledge and tools needed to land a job in an exciting, rapidly growing field.

Data Analytics

The data analytics track covers technical and managerial subjects related to the acquisition, management, and analysis of large-scale data in modern business environments. It involves structured and unstructured data; introduces essential computational tools and techniques; and emphasizes critical concepts and hands-on programming skills for data visualization, machine learning, and database systems. The data analytics track prepares students for various in-demand career opportunities, such as business/marketing analyst and data analyst/engineer/scientist roles.

Process Innovation

The process innovation track teaches students how to model existing and proposed business processes, improve business processes using in-demand methodologies, use business process management platforms to design IT systems that can digitize business processes, and implement digital business process management solutions. Process innovation track students may find careers in management and technology consulting, as well as careers helping companies undergo digital business transformations. Typical entry-level jobs are business analyst, technology analyst, and consultant.

Hands-On Opportunities

For their capstone course, B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems students choose between two classes, both of which include real-world projects:

System Development Projects

CIS 4980 – In groups of three to six and under the supervision of a faculty member, students consult with real companies that need help solving a complex IT issue. Over the course of the semester, students evaluate the business’ IT processes and operations as well as security policies. As part of a team led by the client, students aid in developing and implementing the proposed solution.

Field Study in Computer Information Systems

CIS 4970 – Over the course of a semester-long internship or through work at a full-time or part-time job, students assist a company with the planning and/or implementation of IT projects. To receive field study credit, students will apply what they have learned in the CIS undergraduate program and demonstrate how their position is related to information systems. That is, the position needs to be involved in the information system side such as user requirement analysis, system design, data analysis and reporting, project management, database modeling and design, business process modeling for IT innovation, information system security, etc.

Program Highlights

Ranked 3rd in the World

for publications in premier information systems journals

Ranked 8th in the Nation

for best Undergraduate program by U.S. News & World Report.

Ranked among the most ethnically diverse

in the country as well as the only top 10 program nationwide with its primary source of diversity as African American. (Collegefactual.com)

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
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International students
International applicants are students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and will require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S., students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card, or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

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Transfer Students
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Required Major Courses

CIS 3001 – Managing Information Technology Projects
CIS 3260 – Introduction to Programming
CIS 3300 – Analyzing Business Systems (Systems Analysis)
CIS 3730 – Designing and Managing Data (Database Management Systems)

One of the following two courses:
CIS 4970 – Field Study in Information Systems (This can be completed as an internship within an IT organization, or as a part- or full-time industry job.)
CIS 4980 – Practicing Real-World IT Skills (Systems Development Projects)

At least three additional CIS courses, all as part of one track.

Recommended Elective Courses
Students must take three classes within one track. Students have the option to complete two tracks without adding an another semester of study or incurring additional fees.

Application Development Track:
CIS 3270 – Application Programming
CIS 4280 – Mobile Application Programming
CIS 4850 – Cloud Computing & Application Development

Cybersecurity Track:
CIS 4680 – Intro to Security
CIS 4688 – Protecting Business Systems and Networks
CIS 4690 – Information and Information Systems Security Risk Management

Data Analytics Track:
CIS 4730 – Unstructured Data Management
CIS 4920 – Data Programming
CIS 4930 – Big Data Analytics

Process Innovation Track:
CIS 4120 – Defining and Innovating Business Processes
CIS 4140 – Implementing IT-Enabled Business Processes
CIS 4190 – Digital Business Transformation

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Information technology is the driving force behind successful businesses. IT skills are among the most in-demand. There is an ongoing shortage of people who have both the IT skills and the business acumen to create a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The mission of the CIS major in Robinson’s B.B.A. program is to produce graduates able to fill this need.

Careers

Program graduates work for a variety of well-respected companies including Accenture, Amazon, BlackRock, Deloitte, EY, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, NCR, Onetrust, The Home Depot, UPS, and Warner Media.
VIEW SAMPLE JOB TITLES

associate technical architect

business consultant

business technology analyst

cyber defense analyst

IT systems specialist

senior software engineer

systems engineer

technology consultant

UI developer

Related Student Organizations

Students working at Georgia State University with notebooks and computers.

This organization leads the way for students, academics, and practitioners to be successful in the field of information systems.

The purpose of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is to create connections and a strong network, which are essential to finding employment after graduation.

Georgia State’s Women in Technology is an organization for female students in undergraduate and graduate programs related to STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics. We provide members with outreach and networking opportunities, promote awareness on issues that affect women in technology fields, and create opportunities for professional development and advancement. The primary goal of the organization is to empower women to succeed and thrive in technology fields.

Meet Some of Our Recent Graduates

Headshot of Angel Amadi

class of 2020
systems engineer, Dell Technologies

Headshot of Nisarg Bhatt

class of 2019
analyst, BlackRock

Headshot of Omar Byron

class of 2020
associate vice president, data scientist I, Truist Financial

Headshot of Thien Vo

class of 2018
senior technologist, Eli Lilly and Company

Contacts

For help with the admissions process, contact your admissions counselor.

Alicia Gholar, administrative specialist – academic
agholar@gsu.edu
404-413-7398

35 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303