School and Ranking Information
Students interested in studying computer information systems in Chicago, IL, can choose from about eight public schools within a 15-mile radius of the Windy City. Based on U.S. News & World Report rankings and the variety of programs they offer, the top three schools in Chicago with computer information systems programs are as follows:
- Winner : The Illinois Institute of Technology is the only one of the three schools to have a nationally ranked graduate computer science program. The 4-year private school offers bachelor's degrees related to computer information systems.
- Runner Up #1 : DePaul University is a 4-year private school. It offers bachelor's and master degree programs in computer and information systems, as well as several other computer-related programs. The national university is among the top 150 in the nation.
- Runner Up #2 : Loyola University offers a bachelor's and master's degree program in information technology. It has been named one of the top 150 national universities as well.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Illinois Institute of Technology||DePaul University||Loyola University|
|Rankings|| 109th among national universities in 2014*
110th for computer science graduate programs nationally in 2010*
|121st among national universities in 2014*||101st among national universities in 2014*|
|Location||Chicago, IL||Chicago, IL||Chicago, IL|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$37,969 (undergraduate)**||$32,295 (undergraduate)**||$34,578 (undergraduate)**|
|Computer Information Systems Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's degree||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's and master's degrees|
|Computer Information Systems Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||5**||83**||5**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time)for 2006 Entering Class||68%**||68%**||70%**|
|Noteworthy||Five campuses throughout the Chicago area||One of the nation's 10 largest private universities||Computer Science department has computer labs with state-of-the art equipment.|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator.
Winner: Illinois Institute of Technology
- Student-faculty ratio of 12:1 as of 2012, according to NCES
- College of Science and Letters has more than 10,000 alumni worldwide, according to the school
- Computer Science department at IIT offers online master's degrees nationally and internationally
The College of Science and Letters at IIT offers a computer information systems bachelor's degree program through its computer science department. Offering an interdisciplinary course of study, this program allows students to study computer science while focusing on another discipline, such as business or natural science. After completing introductory core courses, such as data structures and algorithms, introduction to programming, and discrete structures, students gain an understanding of computer science and move on to advanced courses.
Course topics may include distributed systems, database systems, software engineering and programming languages. To earn the degree in this 8-semester program, students must complete 127 credit hours. The computer information systems program offers the following areas of specializations: data science; distributed and cloud computing; information and knowledge management systems; and information security.
Runner-Up #1: DePaul University
- According to the school, 88% of the faculty has a PhD or the highest degree in their fields
- According to the school, 82% of bachelor's degree holders from DePaul are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation
- Most computing courses are supported through the Course Online system
The largest Catholic university in the nation, DePaul University is a research university that offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs. Academic offerings in DePaul's School of Computing include a bachelor's and a master's degree in information systems. Students learn through theory-based courses and hands-on training in specialized labs, and they study multimedia networking, visual computing and artificial intelligence.
The bachelor's degree program takes four years to complete and requires 192 credit hours; students take general education courses as well as the major-related courses. The information systems master's degree program offers nine areas of specialization, which are organized around the following orientations: IT management; mobile and Internet; analysis, design and development; data; and infrastructure. Students pursuing the information systems graduate degree must complete 53 credit hours.
Runner-Up #2: Loyola University
- Computer science faculty are involved in various research and development projects
- Loyola is the only Jesuit, Catholic university in Chicago
- Student-faculty ratio of 14:1 as of 2012, according to NCES
Loyola University, a private university with four campuses in the Chicago area and three international campuses, offers more than 210 certificates and degrees. Students seeking careers in computer information systems can choose from a bachelor's or master's degree in information technology. The 4-year bachelor's degree program includes both major-related and elective courses, with students completing a practicum course in the final year. Course topics include business statistics, database warehousing, database administration, introduction to computer systems, visual information processing and object-oriented programming.
The information technology graduate program offers the following tracks: enterprise information management, technology management, information assurance and enterprise networking. Students must take three courses from one of the tracks, as well as elective courses. In lieu of an internship, graduate students may choose independent study, which may be a research, programming or service-oriented project. Some graduate courses have prerequisites.