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Computer Science Mercy advantage

Computer Information Systems Overview

Computer Information Systems students study the way that computers are used to solve business problems in organizations. Students learn to design computerized information system solutions to fulfill organizational needs and solve business information problems by creating an effective database and application. 

Our comprehensive curriculum will prepare students to write efficient and functional programs, articulate the usage of software applications and functionality of the developed prototype, and analyze various aspects of information technology infrastructure design. 

Learn about Computer Science Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Our graduates pursue a variety of career paths in rapidly growing industries, such as mathematics, information technology, computer information systems, computer science, information assurance and security. There is a constant need for innovative minds to devise solutions and address problems in these fields. Representative job titles include: 

  • Programmer 
  • Web administrator 
  • Helpdesk specialist 
  • Systems analyst 
  • Database administrator 
  • Network engineer 

16% Growth

Career Outcomes
Salary expected to rise
16% through 2028* 

$134K Salary

Average Pay
For computer and information
research scientists 

120 Credits 

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree 
Classes in artificial Intelligence, web-site 
administration & cybersecurity

What We Offer
The Mercy Advantage

  •  Full-time or part-time enrollment, and evening and weekend classes allow for flexible scheduling. Small class sizes allow for meaningful academic advising from qualified faculty. 
  • SAT & ACT optional
  • Some courses completely online.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step in the admissions process?

Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.

What is the difference between Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Computer Science (CS)?

A CIS major will devote time studying the way computers are used to solve business problems, whereas CS majors will analyze how computers work and how to design programs. So when it comes to jobs, a CIS major would probably be hired by a company that uses computers to keep track of their business, whereas a CS major would be of interest to a company whose products are computers, software or computer services.

How long does earning a degree take?

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Is this program offered online?


Are department faculty available for academic advising?

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

Are the Computer Information Systems and Computer Science programs approved/accredited?

Yes, by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in programming by writing programs that are functional, easy to use (user interface), and efficient

  • Demonstrate the ability to quickly and effectively recognize the requirements of different programming languages / IDEs / platforms and solve problems by writing programs on the different platforms /IDEs

  • Create an effective database and application to solve a business information problem

  • Analyze the business information needs of an organization or a business unit in the organization

  • Design, develop, and (describe the implementation of) a computerized information system solution to fulfill organizational needs using structured systems analysis and design methods

  • Develop sample project schedules to monitor project progress

  • Demonstrate the ability to orally communicate to laypeople about the usage of software applications

  • Function effectively in a team to complete a programming /computer information systems project spanning an entire semester

  • Present the findings of the project analysis to an audience

  • Analyze various aspects of information technology infrastructure design, including organization, security and business community

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Major Concentration
Computer Information Systems & Related Courses: 45 Credits
Open Electives: 15 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.

Academic Program Sequence Map