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Computer Information Systems, BSBA (Area 2: Cloud Computing, Networking and Security)

CIS Degree - Cloud Computing, Networking, and Security Area

Enter the workforce with strong technical skills and an edge for business leadership with a degree from the University of Central Missouri’s Computer Information Systems BSBA - Cloud Computing, Networking and Security area.

Our system administrator degree is accredited by AACSB and ABET — one of the few programs in the country with that dual distinction. This speaks to the program’s focus on blending theory and practice in courses that build your business knowledge as much as they do your computer networking skills.

Our caring faculty in the Computer Information Systems program have significant research, industry and teaching experience. Their specialties cover a range of key topics in the CIS field, including:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cloud computing
  • Enterprise resource systems
  • Managing databases
  • Security
  • Systems administration

Over the years, they’ve kept up to date on the latest best practices — as well as how to build that knowledge in our CIS majors. Benefit from their dedication to ensure you get the support you need to excel after graduation and in jobs with a CIS degree.

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Both AACSB & ABET accredited

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Ranked #1 value in Missouri

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100% job & grad school placement rate

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Top 15% in U.S. ranking for CIS programs

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Student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1

What you will study

Pair technical knowledge with business skills in UCM’s CIS – Cloud Computing, Networking and Security area degree program. Most universities only give students the hard skills you need to succeed. The University of Central Missouri also gives you the business knowledge that prepares you for leadership jobs with a CIS degree. This ensures you know how to do your job well — and understand how your work fits within the larger context of an organization. 

You’ll start the program with core coursework for a Computer Information Systems degree program, including Business Statistics, Database Management Systems, Organizational Policy and Strategy, Principles of Finance and Programming With Visual C#. Then you’ll dive deep into classes exclusive to students in the Cloud Computing, Networking and Security area degree concentration:

  • Cloud Computing and Data Communication Technologies
  • Network and System Administration
  • Data Communication and Distributed Data Processing
  • Cloud and Network: Planning, Design and Security


Excellence in Computer Information Systems Networking

  • Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). We’re 1 of only 13 computer networking degree programs in the U.S. with this dual accreditation.
  • Top 4%: Most Focused Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences (College Factual, 2022)
  • #1: Most Popular Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Best Value College for Computer & Information Sciences (College Factual, 2021)
  • Best Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Networking (, 2021)
  • A Best in Missouri Offering Cloud Computing Programs (Plexuss Global, 2021)
  • A Best in Missouri Offering Network & System Administration Program (Plexuss Global, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in the Computer Information Systems Networking degree program

UCM gives you and your classmates in the CIS Network Engineer degree many opportunities to put learning into practice — inside and outside the classroom:

  • Internships: Take advantage of opportunities available in the Kansas City metro area by participating in an internship. Get real-world experience in jobs with a CIS degree. Past students have interned at, for example, T-Mobile, Cerner and Evergreen.
  • Capstone project: Collaborate with students pursuing a degree in CIS in another concentration area. Together, use your CIS specialties to develop an end-to-end system that solves a business problem. Along the way, learn how your skills complement each other to create an integrated system. You’ll also benefit from the guidance of local professionals who provide feedback on your project. 
  • Career coaching: Work with our CIS advisory group to develop your five-year CIS degree plan. Partner with these leading technology experts to ensure you’re taking the right classes, setting achievable goals and moving in the right direction to meet your career ambitions.
  • Student life: Complement your coursework with lectures from visiting technology experts. Leaders from companies such as Microsoft come to speak on data mining, the education technology field and its future and more. Join the CISAO student group for additional networking.


What can you do with a Computer Networking degree from UCM?

While earning your CIS degree in Computer Networking, you’ll have access to professionals in UCM’s Career and Life Design Center who will work with you to prepare you for the job market. In fact, UCM alumni with a bachelor’s degree in CIS have a 100% job or graduate school placement within six months of graduation.

Graduates with the CIS Networking and System Administrator degree work in the Kansas City area and beyond at companies such as Cerner, Hallmark, H&R Block and T-Mobile.

If you choose to enter graduate school before the workforce, we make it easy to stay at UCM to earn your MS in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology.

Jobs with a CIS degree

In addition to providing information about employment trends, the tool below gives you insight related to jobs with a CIS degree, computer networking salary information and other career data.




Financial assistance options for your CIS degree

The University of Central Missouri makes it easy for you to afford your education. In addition to being cost-competitive, we offer a variety of ways for you to get financial assistance to pay for your undergraduate degree in CIS Networking. Financial aid options include loans, grants and scholarships. 

Some scholarships are set aside exclusively for students pursuing a Computer Networking degree, including: 

  • Alexander Gladkov Memorial Scholarship
  • Boeing Company Scholarship for Computer Information Systems
  • Chelsoft Solutions Company – CIS & IT Scholarship
  • Computer Information Systems & Analytics Scholarship Fund
  • Helen Louise Campbell Richards Memorial Scholarship
  • Pennzoil Student Scholarship
  • Richard and Gertrude Innes Scholarship
  • Trevor Shoemaker CIS Memorial Scholarship

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

Students who major in Computer Networking often continue their studies at UCM in one of our related master’s programs. These master’s degrees deepen your technical knowledge and make you more competitive for leadership positions throughout your career:

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Make yourself more marketable.

Adding a minor can enhance your undergraduate education and make you more competitive in the job market:

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Explore programs related to computer networking.

You may also want to consider the following undergraduate programs related to the CIS Networking and System Administration degree at UCM:


CIS Program Mission

Program Mission Statement:

The primary mission of the program is to offer outcomes-based, assessment driven, academic programs to prepare students for careers in information systems and information technology.  The program also serves the community by providing technology-related service courses to fulfill the needs of the 21st century workforce.

Accreditation: It Means Quality

Accreditation means an external agency has found that the program meets rigorous standards and has processes in place which will ensure its continued quality. The Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies is accredited in Business and Accounting by AACSB International. 

In addition, the CIS program is accredited in Information Systems by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,  

Only a dozen IS programs in the United States are so dually accredited. 


 Through your CIS classes, you will have access to many information technology resources including:
  • 120+ computers in six dedicated labs
  • a user experience design testing lab
  • numerous Cisco® networking components
  • Wired and wireless access to the campus high-speed Internet
  • Access to software through the Microsoft® Imagine, EMC® Academic Alliance and Oracle Academy programs

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Computer Information Systems (CIS) are expected to:

  1. Successfully apply their analytical and problem-solving skills to develop technical solutions in a variety of domains.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate leadership using workplace professional and ethical expectations.
  3. Update their knowledge and skills for professional growth and to meet the needs of industry.

Adopted 12/31/2021 

CIS Program Student Outcomes

CIS Program Student Outcomes

Adopted March 2, 2018
Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.

2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.

3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts. 

4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.

5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline

6. Support the delivery, use, and management of information systems within an information systems (IS) environment. 

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Program Acreditation 

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The BSBA in Computer Information Systems - Networking, System Administration and Security option is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.


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