Information technology continues to be a fast-growing sector of the economy, and demand for skilled computer systems analysts is projected to grow by 9% by 2026, as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.*

Walden’s online 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.

NSA and NCEA logosAs a further mark of quality, Walden has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 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, an interactive, self-guided, cyber career exploration experience that is free for all students for one year. Students can explore the vast number of careers in cyber security, test drive “a day in the life” of six NSA cyber professionals, and apply for internships and jobs.

Highlights

As a Walden BS in Computer Information Systems student, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in an 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, which helps you balance your educational, personal, and professional goals.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Career Impact

Rapid technological advances, continuing development of computer applications, and increasing emphasis on information security are helping to fuel job growth in the information technology industry. With a BS in Computer Information Systems from Walden, you can quickly take charge of your career and expand your future career options.

A Growth Industry

  • Information technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Some 620,000 computer systems analysts and database administrators were employed in 2006, and that number is expected to grow by 29% by 2016.
  • Network and computer systems administrator positions are anticipated to increase by 27% by 2016, up from 310,000 in 2006. (Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment Projections,” on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/emp/emptabapp.htm, Spring 2008)
  • The number of computer and information systems managers, at 264,000 in 2006, is predicted to rise by 16% by 2016. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)
  • The position of systems analyst has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of its “31 Careers with a Bright Future,” based on criteria that include job satisfaction, prestige, job outlook, and pay. (Best Careers 2008, U.S. News & World Report, December 19, 2007)

Increase Your Earnings Potential

With your Walden degree in hand, you may expect to dramatically raise your earnings potential over the course of your career. The earnings gap between those who have four-year college degrees and those who do not has widened throughout the last four decades.

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults with bachelor’s degrees earned an average of $54,689 in 2005, while those with high school diplomas earned $29,448.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, based on median weekly earnings, individuals who have bachelor’s degrees earn 62% more than those with high school diplomas, 43% more than those with some college, and 33% more than those with associate degrees.

Stay Competitive

To remain competitive in the job market of the future, a bachelor’s degree is critical as more and more individuals pursue higher education.

  • In 2003–04, about 69% of high school seniors expected to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, with 35% of those students expecting to continue on to graduate school. In 1980, only 35% of high school students expected to attain a bachelor’s degree.
  • The number of students enrolling in college immediately after high school increased from 49% in 1972 to 67% in 2004.

(The Condition of Education 2006, U.S. Department of Education)

Reach Your Potential

With a bachelor’s degree from Walden, you’ll have the tools you need to succeed. Take this first step in your career path and prepare yourself for additional study that can lead to a master’s and then a doctoral degree.

Develop skills for success in:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Leadership

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, 2016–26 Edition, on the internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

 

Highlights

Beyond The Classroom

When you pursue your bachelor’s degree at Walden, you can translate your coursework into practice by participating in an optional field experience, service learning project, or study abroad program.

Accelerate into Master's (AIM) Program

The AIM program allows you to complete your master’s program with up to 50% fewer credits, since you begin the coursework while earning your bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate Pathways

Undergraduate Pathways offers options for increasing your course load to reduce your degree completion time.
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