Best Computer Information Systems Schools: List of Top Schools

Instructor: Chiara Del Piccolo
Learn about three of the best schools offering computer information systems degree programs in the US. Read on for school information and rankings, degree titles, and program curriculum.

Students may choose to complete formal education programs in computer information systems that lead to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Some programs that provide training in the field are offered under other titles, such as computer science.

Schools Overview

Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered by the three notable schools profiled below. Each has been nationally or regionally been ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

School Highlight: The University of Pennsylvania was ranked eighth on the 2017 U.S. News & World Report list of the best national universities.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the computer sciences. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Science is a liberal arts degree that teaches the foundations of computer science, software, and information systems. Coursework includes math, statistics, programming languages, information systems design, and database development.

A Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Computer and Information Science offers concentrations in such areas as telecommunications, computational linguistics, and biomedical systems. Classes include network architectures, distributed computing, and systems security. Since the MSE program requires strong math and computer skills, an undergraduate degree in a computer science is recommended, though non-technical applicants could pursue a Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT).

A Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science is available for students who plan to teach at the college level or pursue academic research. Research options often include topics in artificial intelligence, synchronous computing, and programming with interdisciplinary studies in genetics, mathematics or linguistics.

Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky

School Highlight: Bellarmine University was named the 12th best school in the South by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

At the undergraduate level, the school offers two bachelor's degree programs in the computer sciences. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Information Systems and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Computer Science. These programs cover coursework in object-oriented programming, data structures, and logic design.

Boston University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: The Master of Science (MS) in Computer Information Systems offers seven concentrations, and is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global.

At Boston University, students in the MS in Computer Information Systems program can focus their studies on computer networks, data analytics, database management & business intelligence, health informatics, IT project management, security or web application development. They can also choose between on-campus, online, and blended format options. The online program can be completed in as few as 18 months. For 2017, BU was ranked #39 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Top Schools with Computer Information Systems Programs

Here are some more well-regarded universities with offerings in computer information systems:

  • Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, was tied for the #1 graduate computer science program for 2017, per U.S. News & World Report, with a #4 ranking in the systems specialty.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, was tied for the #1 graduate computer science program for 2017, per U.S. News & World Report, with a #2 ranking in the systems specialty.
  • The University of California - Berkeley was tied for the #1 graduate computer science program for 2017, per U.S. News & World Report, with a #1 ranking in the systems specialty.|
  • At the University of Maryland in College Park, the Master of Information Management (MIM) is available online.

Undergraduates who are interested in computer information systems can find relevant bachelor's degree programs in computer science. Trained IT specialists can find strong master's degree programs in the field at top universities.

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