Programs in computer systems analysis can lead to an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer or information science, computer engineering or management information systems. Three of the top schools for this specialized area of study include the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California in San Diego and University of Wisconsin in Madison. Once enrolled, students learn how to design and create new systems or re-configure existing systems to meet certain requirements.
1. Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta
|School Highlight: Ranked #6 for Best Computer Systems Programs.|
The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is a 4-year public school that placed 36th among national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015. USN&WR also ranked the university's undergraduate business school #7 for its management information systems program and #30 for its graduate business school program for the same year. As of 2015, the university's graduate computer science program ranked #6 on USN&WR's list of best computer systems programs.
The B.S. (Bachelor of Science) in Computer Science program has an optional information Internetworks thread that teaches students how to capture and organize data that can be used to make decisions. Alternatively, undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in information technology management. For graduate students, there is a Master of Science in Computer Science program with a specialization in systems or Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management Technology.
2. University of California in San Diego
|School Highlight: #17 Computer Systems Programs nationwide.|
In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California in San Diego 17th in the country for its computer systems program. For the same year, the university also made the Washington Monthly list of best national universities.
Undergraduate students interested in computer systems analysis can major in computer science and complete a cluster of courses leading to a specialization in security, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence or software engineering, among other areas. Graduate students can pursue a concentration in database and information retrieval, embedded systems and software, storage systems or software engineering. Additional programs include a minor in business.
3. University of Wisconsin in Madison
|School Highlight: Ranked #19 among national universities.|
The University of Wisconsin in Madison (UW) is a 4-year public school with a computer systems program that placed #15 on the U.S. News & Report survey of computer science schools in 2015. As of 2015, Washington Monthly ranked UW 19th among national universities.
Undergraduates interested in computer systems analysis can enroll in the Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Technology program, as well as a bachelor's degree program in computer science with optional courses in business fundamentals. Graduates can pursue an M.S. (Master of Science) in Computer Science or an MBA with a specialization in operations and technology management. Faculty research groups focus on systems research, optimization, database systems and performance analysis, among other areas.
Top Computer Systems Analysis Schools
|Carnegie Mellon University||In 2015, the undergraduate business program ranked #2 for management information systems by U.S. News & World Report||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Columbia University||Ranked #14th on U.S. News & World Report's survey of computer systems programs in 2015||New York, NY|
|Cornell University||Information science department offers a program that integrates social studies of computing, human/computer interaction and information systems||Ithaca, NY|
|Princeton University||Ranked 12th on U.S. News & World Report's survey of computer systems programs in 2015||Princeton, NJ|
|University of California - Berkeley||In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked #1 in Computer Engineering schools||Berkeley, CA|
|University of Maryland - College Park||Faculty research areas include database systems, computer systems and human-computer interaction||College Park, MD|
|University of Washington||Department of Computer Science and Engineering hosts annual Summer Institutes with Microsoft Research||Seattle, WA|