Systems analysts need to have a strong knowledge of numerous types of hardware, operating systems and programming languages in order to know what will work best for a client. Students may find schools that offer majors in the field, but relevant studies may also be included within broader information technology programs. Prospective students may wish to research what kinds of technological facilities and computer labs the school has to ensure the program meets their career needs.
Schools with System Analyst Programs
The table below lists a few of the schools that offer programs that may train aspiring systems analysts. It also provides information regarding the school's location, offered programs and tuition.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Program's Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's & Master's||$10,158 (in-state, undergraduate), $10,610 (in-state, graduate)|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's & Bachelor's||$2,834 (in-state), $9,661 (out-of-state)|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Certificate & Associate's||$2,805 (in-state), $9,450 (out-of-state)|
|University of Houston||Houston, TX||4-year, Public||Certificate, Bachelor's & Master's||$8,759 (in-state), $20,519 (out-of-state)|
|Valencia Community College||Orlando, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate & Associate's||$2,474 (in-state), $9,383 (out-of-state)|
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,974 (in-state), $8,610 (out-of-state)|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||2-year, Public||Bachelor's||$2,753 (in-state), $8,875 (out-of-state)|
|St Petersburg College||Clearwater, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's||$3,352 (in-state), $11,607 (out-of-state)|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's & Bachelor's||$2,830 (in-state), $9,944 (out-of-state)|
|Palm Beach Community College||Lake Worth, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's & Bachelor's||$2,444 (in-state), $8,732 (out-of-state)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
It's important to consider the following when choosing a systems analysis program:
- Students can choose between focused systems analyst degrees and broader information technology or business degrees based on their academic interests and career goals.
- Prospective students may wish to research what kinds of technological facilities and computer labs the school has to ensure that they will gain experience with the latest hardware and software.
- If the program includes an internship, prospective students may want to find out where it takes place in order to be sure that they will gain real-world experience with in the type of setting where they would like to get a job in the future.
- Individuals who are considering certificates or associate's degrees may want to find out if credits are transferable to higher level programs in the future.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs provide an introduction to the fundamentals of information technology, including computer programming, operating systems and networking. Students may also prepare for professional success with courses in business and communications. Prior to graduation, students in these two-year programs must fulfill general education requirements.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
In Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) programs in systems analysis, information technology and closely related subjects, students learn how to evaluate, design, implement and maintain information systems. Some programs may emphasize the applications of information systems in business contexts. Through both theoretical coursework and hands-on lab training, students are prepared for a wide range of IT careers, including work as a systems analyst.
Master's Degree Programs
Master of Science (MS) in Information Technology programs give experienced IT professionals the chance to boost their expertise by taking advanced courses in systems and network development, communications security and information organization. Prior to graduation, students are expected to submit a final project on a specific topic of interest, such as computer and network systems. While MS programs usually take two years of full-time study to complete, there are also schools that offer five-year accelerated BS/MS programs.
Certificate programs in systems analysis, information technology and closely related fields are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate certificate programs typically consist of a few introductory courses in basic subjects like computer programming. At some schools, they may be applied toward associate's degrees upon completion. At the graduate level, certificates offer advanced training in many computer science topics. Aspiring and experienced systems analysts may benefit from graduate certificates in topics such as data analytics, information security, IT project management and applied business analytics.
Aspiring systems analysts have a number of options to choose from when it comes to what types of programs and hardware they will work with. While school and college programs may offer a wide variety of training to meet a student's broad education needs, they may also offer some specialization as well.