Online Computer Information Systems Degrees (Online CIS)

Our online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) is designed to give you valuable insight into the real-world applications of technology development and business management, all within a flexible format that fits your schedule. Take your career to new heights in this growing industry, while enjoying the freedom of attending class anytime and anywhere there’s an internet connection. McKendree’s online CIS students know their learning experience is the highest priority, and one-on-one support from a dedicated faculty member is only an email or phone call away.



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Why an Online CIS Degree?

With an online degree in CIS, you’ll take a blend of computing and business courses that show you how to apply management principles to a career in technology. You’ll discover how to combine business strategies in economics, accounting, and management with computer programming skills to excel in careers such as database administration, software development, and many more.

As one of the most in-demand career fields today, technology jobs are currently among the highest paid and quickest to hire. Your online CIS degree will ensure that you gain the real-world experience you need to succeed and adapt in this growing field.



Why McKendree?

McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Course Format

Courses are delivered entirely online using the course management system Brightspace. Unlike many online programs at other universities, we cap our online class sizes at 20 students, guaranteeing that you receive the personalized attention you expect and deserve, regardless of your location. Most courses for the online CIS program are offered over an eight-week period. You may choose to take two courses during each eight-week session if desired.



Skill Development

Earning your degree is about more than just a diploma. It means acquiring and perfecting certain skills that are highly marketable in a wide range of job positions. The online B.S. in Computer Information Systems gives you the knowledge and tools you need to grow your skill set in the following areas:

  • Database design

  • Software development

  • Project management

  • Requirements analysis

  • Problem solving

  • Management



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Career Opportunities

The CIS degree opens up a host of career possibilities that you’ll be fully prepared to begin right after graduation. Industries such as corporations, hospitals, universities, non-profits, and government entities are all seeking CIS majors for the following positions:

  • Computer programmer

  • Web developer

  • Engineer

  • Systems analyst

  • Information technology manager

  • Network administrator

  • Database administrator



Interesting Online Classes

  • Electronic Commerce

  • Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues of Computing

  • Systems Analysis and Design

  • Data Structures and Algorithms



Next Step

Contact your student services specialists and get details on the admission process, unofficial transcript evaluation, and our next start date.




Key Faculty


Photo of Ahed Elmsallati, Ph.D.Ahed Elmsallati, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computing
Clark Hall 201
(618) 537-6376



Photo of Mostafa Mostafa, Ph.DMostafa Mostafa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computing
Chair, Division of Computing
Clark Hall 300
(618) 537-6875

Kian PokornyKian Pokorny, Ph.D.

Professor of Computing
Clark Hall 200
(618) 537-6440


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