Computer Information Systems
CIS Frequently Asked Questions
Q - Why would I want to go into this program when IT jobs are being globally outsourced?
A - The current outlook for IS jobs in Michigan is excellent, and IT is the fastest growing profession in the nation. Our program differentiates itself from others by adding value through knowledge of business functions, teamwork, project management, technical skills, and good people skills. Many employers say that our graduates "hit the ground running."
Q - What kinds of jobs and salaries can I expect after graduating from the CIS program?
A - Nationally, the average starting salary for CIS graduates was $41,414, as reported in the 2002 Salary Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The Bachelor of Science degree prepares students to be managers of computing systems by providing programming, systems analysis, network administration, and database management skills. Entry-level positions include such jobs as: systems analyst; systems integrator; systems architect; network administrator; applications programmer/analyst; software developer; computer support specialist; systems administrator; systems programmer; project leader; database administrator; and, business analyst.
Q - Is the CIS program difficult to complete?
A - The program is challenging and requires a significant commitment. If it weren't, the graduates wouldn't be in such demand. However, most people with good college grades and ACT scores can succeed. Just like any academic program, you should be prepared to work hard and invest the time that needed to succeed. The successful CIS student is not only bright but hardworking as well. Many full-time students also have jobs.
Q - Are internships required in the program, and are they necessary?
A - Students are required to have one internship experience to graduate with a CIS Bachelors degree, and getting a second internship is strongly recommended. Internships are necessary to give students job experience to make them more marketable after graduation. An internship also provides an opportunity to see the business application of information systems first-hand, and to experience how it relates to what is learned in the classroom. The College of Business' Internship Coordinator is dedicated to helping students find rewarding opportunities.
Q - Why do I have to take courses that are not related to the CIS major and might even be considered irrelevant to my degree?
A - Any technically qualified graduate must also have good communication skills, be able to work in a globally competitive environment, understand and appreciate cultural differences, and be a good team member. We have added a humanities course in ethics in response to employer needs and as a natural consequence of unethical conduct shown by members of our profession (Internet worms, etc.). No graduate can get along primarily on technical skills anymore! Those with good people skills will survive the outsourcing "craze" and always add value to an organization.