At the ten largest colleges and universities in New York State that offer programs in computer information systems, students will find degrees at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Programs may consist of various concentration areas and could offer flexible scheduling. Students could complete internships or apprenticeships, and they might fulfill thesis or design project requirements. Below are brief overviews of these associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctoral degree and graduate certificate programs, along with an at-a-glance table that includes tuition information. Students will find programs of study in Computer Information Systems, Information and Communications Systems, Information Science, Computer Science, and Technology in Computer Systems.
Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY)
Based in New York City, the Borough of Manhattan Community College is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. At the college, students can earn an Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information Systems and receive training in computer and Web programming. In addition to a general education core, the curriculum includes courses in accounting, business, and database technology. Aspiring professionals may also be interested in joining the E-Commerce and the Computer Technology clubs.
Brooklyn College (CUNY)
This Brooklyn school is also part of the CUNY network and offers both a bachelor's and a master's degree in information systems. Through the undergraduate program, students learn how to work with database systems, software applications, and data structures. They also take business courses in accounting and economics.
Graduate students can earn a Master of Science in Information Systems, and the curriculum includes topics in programming, project management, software methodology, and requirements modeling. Master's degree candidates may choose between a thesis or a comprehensive written test.
Ithaca-based Cornell University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in information science that emphasize the relationship between society and technology. The undergraduate program leads to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science, and students also complete primary and secondary tracks in human-centered, information, or social systems. Course topics may include those in computational linguistics, machine learning, and system security.
Through the Master of Professional Studies program, graduate students can pursue an information systems track with courses in information retrieval, artificial intelligence, and computer graphics. Additional degree requirements include a research paper based on independent study.
A concentration in information systems is also available through the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, a course of study that culminates in an exam, a design project, and a thesis. In addition to learning about the relationship between information technology and behavior, students take courses in social systems analysis and computational research methods.
Fordham University offers computer information systems programs at its campuses in the Bronx, Westchester, and Manhattan. Undergraduate minors and degree programs in information science, available at both the Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx and the Lincoln Center Campus in Manhattan, provide students with training in data mining and analysis, computer science, informatics, and Web programming.
The Computer and Information Sciences Department at all three campuses offers a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts and a minor in computer science. Specialized topics include those in C++ or UNIX programming, computer graphics, information retrieval, and software engineering.
Through the Gabelli School of Business, students can also earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Information Science. In addition to systems analysis and design, the curriculum covers topics in object-based programming, information management, and telecommunications.
New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
Located in Brooklyn, the New York City College of Technology offers both an associate and a bachelor's degree program in computer information systems. The Associate of Applied Science includes an introduction to networking, programming, and operating systems. To fulfill the elective requirements, future professionals can learn how to administer LINUX/UNIX or Windows systems or participate in an internship. An alternative program for working professionals is also available, with classes meeting on Friday evenings and weekends.
The associate degree is transferable to the school's Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems program, which includes seven specialized modules in, among other areas, programming or systems design, local area networks, or information technology. Students must also complete an information systems project or an internship.
New York University
New York University in Manhattan awards degrees in information systems at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Through the Stern School of Business, undergraduates can pursue a Bachelor of Science program that includes the study of financial information and trading systems, e-commerce, and mobile app development.
Stern also offers a 39-credit Master of Science in Information Systems, with courses in business, computer science, digital firm management, and web system design. Students also participate in a team-based, capstone course that provides them with real-life experience in project management and software engineering.
The 5-year, PhD program includes three tracks in behavior and management, economics, or technology. Beginning in the third year, doctoral students participate in a research apprenticeship and work on a thesis.
Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in a related area may also be interested in the certificate program in information systems administration.
Stony Brook University
The state university in Stony Brook offers both a bachelor's and a master's degree in information systems, as well as a 21-credit minor. The Bachelor of Science program allows for specializations in business and economics or technological systems management, and undergraduates can plan their own concentration under advisement. To fulfill the elective requirements, they can also complete a teaching practicum and assist faculty members in a lab or classroom setting.
At the graduate level, Stony Brook offers a Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering program, with an executive track for working students. Areas of specialization include software engineering, telecommunications, and systems engineering. Students also complete core coursework in data communications and management, design and modeling, hardware technology, and programming.
Suffolk County Community College
Suffolk County Community College has campuses in Riverhead, Selden, and Brentwood, all of which offer Associate of Applied Science programs in information technology (computer information systems emphasis). Beginning in the second semester, students learn how to configure and install a LINUX/UNIX or a Windows operating system. They also take courses in technical writing and receive training in Java computing and CISCO systems networking. Additional program features include a 3-4-credit business or information technology internship.
In addition to the 2-year program, the college offers a 31-credit information technology certificate program, with a concentration option in computer information systems.
At the School of Information Studies at this major Syracuse university, undergraduates can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Systems and Information Science. Degree requirements include 29 credits of core courses in computing and information management. Students also complete a 6-credit technical specialization in, among other areas, Web design or security management, networking, artificial intelligence, or database management. Additional requirements include 18 credits of focused coursework in the student's area of expertise.
Syracuse University also awards a graduate certificate of advanced study in information systems and telecommunications. The certificate requires 15 credits to complete, and the courses may be applied towards the Master of Science programs in information or telecommunications management.
Westchester Community College (SUNY)
Located in Valhalla, Westchester Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems. In addition to general education and math courses, the curriculum covers topics in database management and PC operating systems, information security, and networking. Students also take classes in accounting and business.
Additional school features include a cooperative education and internship program and a Career and Transfer Center that can help students with academic and work decisions. The college also offers employment and internship fairs, job placement assistance, on-campus recruiting services, and resume-writing workshops.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Computer Information Systems Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY)||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information Systems||$5,170 in-state, $8,050 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Brooklyn College (CUNY)||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Science in Information Systems,
Master of Science in Information Systems
|$7,240 in-state, $14,910 out-of-state (undergraduate); $11,202 in-state, $20,352 out-of-state (graduate)*|
|Cornell University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Information Science,
Bachelor of Science in Information Science,
Master of Professional Studies in Information Science,
PhD in Information Science
|$55,188 (undergraduate); $29,584 (graduate)*|
|Fordham University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Minor in Information Science,
Minor in Computer Science,
Bachelor of Arts in Information Science,
Bachelor of Science in Information Science,
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science,
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
|New York City College of Technology (CUNY)||4-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information Systems,
Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems
|$7,120 in-state, $14,790 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|New York University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management,
Master of Science in Information Systems,
PhD in Information Systems
|$51,828 (undergraduate); $45,426 (graduate)*|
|Stony Brook University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Minor in Information Systems,
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems,
Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering
|$9,625 in-state, $27,295 out-of-state (undergraduate); $13,007 in-state, $24,567 out-of-state (graduate)*|
|Suffolk County Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology (Computer Information Systems),
Certificate in Information Technology
|$5,792 in-state, $11,012 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Syracuse University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Systems and Information Science,
Graduate Certificate in Information Systems and Telecommunications Management
|$51,853 (undergraduate); $38,708 (graduate)*|
|Westchester Community College (SUNY)||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems||$4,836 in-state, $12,226 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.