School and Ranking Information
The majority of schools in the Arlington area offering programs related to computer information systems are private, for-profit schools. Based on available programs, affordability and rankings, the following school is one of the top schools in the area for computer information systems degrees:
- Winner : Marymount University is a nationally ranked private, Catholic university in Arlington. The university offers a bachelor's and master's degree in information technology (IT). It also offers a graduate certificate in information technology.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||Tied for #37th in Regional Universities (South)*|
|School Type||4 year, Private not-for-profit|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$27,470*|
|Computer Information Systems Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's**|
|Computer Information Systems Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||49**|
|Most Popular Computer Information Systems Degree Level in 2013||Master's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||58%**|
|Noteworthy||Ambitious students can apply to a combined bachelor's and master's degree program in information technology***|
Sources: *US News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Marymount University
- Information technology students can take special higher level courses to conduct independent and original research
- Students are required to complete an internship; common internship sites include nearby government agencies and national news organizations
- Opportunities for information technology courses and job experience in areas like Prague and Rome
Marymount University (MU) was founded in Arlington, VA, in 1950. It has a student population of approximately 3,500 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. MU is accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university includes two campuses in Arlington, VA, and one in Reston, VA. The main campus in Arlington is composed of four academic schools and colleges, including the School of Business Administration.
Marymount University's School of Business Administration offers a bachelor's and master's degree in information technology. The bachelor's degree offers students several specialties, including information systems. The master's degree program allows students to choose from four specialties, including computer security. Individuals who choose this track earn a Master of Science in Information Technology and a Computer Security and Information Assurance certificate. The certificate in Information Technology is an 18-credit hour program that requires students to complete courses in computer security, systems engineering and information technology management. Students must have a bachelor's degree and proof of experience in information systems or information technology to apply.