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Top Schools for Computer Systems Analysis Programs

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Computer Systems Analysis Schools

Programs in computer systems analysis can lead to an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer or information science, computer engineering, or management information systems. Relevant programs can be found at top-notch universities around the country.

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  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Systems Analysis
  • Data Entry Processing
  • Information Technology Management
  • Networking and Telecommunications
  • Software and Computer Media Applications

School Overviews

Four of the top schools for this specialized area of study include the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California in San Diego, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and Carnegie Mellon University. Each of these schools was nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. Once enrolled, students learn how to design and create new systems or re-configure existing systems to meet certain requirements.

Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia was ranked #6 for Best Computer Systems Programs in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report. The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is a 4-year public school that placed 34th among national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The same organization also ranked the university's undergraduate business school #9 for its management information systems program and #34 for its graduate business school program for the same year.

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.

University of California in San Diego, California was ranked #11 among all computer systems programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. For 2017 the university was ranked #44 among all national universities by U.S. News and World Report. 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.

The University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, is a 4-year public school with a computer systems program that placed #8 on the U.S. News and World Report survey of computer science schools offering computer systems programs in 2014. As of 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked it #44 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.

In 2017, the undergraduate business program specializing in management information systems at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was ranked #2 by U.S. News and World Report. The School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University offers a bachelor's degree in computer science, which can include an introduction to computer systems course. The department also offers a wide range of master's degrees related to the field, including Master of Science programs in computer science, software engineering, and intelligent information systems. Undergraduates may advance directly into graduate programs through a fifth year master's option. Carnegie Mellon was ranked #24 among national universities in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.

Top Computer Systems Analysis Schools

These schools also provide excellent education in computer systems analysis.

School Name Distinction Location
Columbia University Ranked #14 on U.S. News & World Report's survey of computer systems programs in 2014 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 2014 Princeton, NJ
University of California - Berkeley Was ranked #2 for its graduate computer engineering program by U.S. News & World Report for 2017 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

Even though computer systems analysis is not usually offered as a specific degree program, interested students can typically find relevant educational options through a university's computer science department or other closely related departments at some of the best institutions in the United States.

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