Information technology continues to be a fast-growing sector of the economy, and demand for skilled computer systems analysts is projected to grow by 25% by 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.*
Walden’s BS in Computer Information Systems program is designed to provide you with the technical and business skills you need to help people and organizations as you advance your career and prepare to change your world and the world of those around you.
This bachelor’s degree program explores strategies for working collaboratively within your organization to analyze and evaluate information processing needs and then construct solutions from an ever-changing set of technologies.
In addition, your degree in computer information systems expertly blends academic theory with hands-on experience so that you can:
- Acquire the skill set most sought after by today’s information technology managers, including the interdisciplinary skills least likely to be outsourced.
- Gain experience in group analysis and design projects; in communicating effectively with co-workers, employers, and other professionals; and in using specialized information technology tools.
- Work in collaborative distributed teams, the work style of the future.
- Translate your distance-learning experience into the workplace and improve your ability to work across organizational, disciplinary, and geographic boundaries.
As a further mark of quality, Walden has been designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through the year 2019. This designation means that you can:
- Apply for federal scholarships and grants.
- Attend a university with a national reputation for academic excellence in cyber security education.
- Prepare for more opportunities nationwide in government, education, and private sectors.
- Participate in the NSA DAY OF CYBER, which is an interactive, self-guided and fully automated cybersecurity career experience and is free for all students for one year. Students can learn more about careers and roles of cyber security professionals, see what “a day in the life” is like for six NSA Cyber leaders, create a cyber-security resume, and apply for internships and careers.
As a Walden BS in Computer Information Systems student, you will have the opportunity to:
- Participate in a convenient online learning experience that includes multimedia content, systems design and development tools, and online collaboration tools, many of which can be accessed on your home computer or on the road.
- Take more than 70% of your courses in business and computer information systems to gain a competitive edge.
- Complete general education courses while you take courses in your major, giving you the opportunity to focus on your interests early in your studies and apply what you learn to your workplace.
- Develop a broad understanding of information systems and strong problem-solving and analytical skills as you build your ability to think creatively and logically.
- Enjoy a more successful experience with our proactive Student Support Team that helps you balance your educational, personal, and professional goals.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
- Apply the fundamental concepts of computing and mathematics to organizational and societal priorities.
- Apply business and system analysis methods to identify and define the computing requirements of organizations.
- Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system or program that meets the needs of organizational stakeholders.
- Work collaboratively with others to implement new processes and systems in an organization.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical, legal, security, and social dimensions of your work.
- Communicate effectively with information system stakeholders.
- Analyze the impact of information system solutions on individuals, organizations, and global society.
- Create a professional development plan based on recognition of its need and value.
- Apply current techniques and tools to manage information systems projects.
- Demonstrate knowledge of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a business environment.
Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,” on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm(viewed online March 31, 2014). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.