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Computer Information Systems

Immerse yourself in core courses that provide the basic technology skills that will prepare you for more advanced theory and technology training in programming, database administration, systems analysis, networking, and Web design and development.

Degrees Offered:  Associates of Science, Bachelor of Science, & Post-Baccalaureate
Available on the Augusta and Bangor campuses, online and at sites statewide.



Marcia Moore Computer Information Systems ’11

The CIS program is an active participant of OnlineMaine, a University-wide initiative to provide academic degrees through online technologies.  Engage yourself in a multi-media classroom and embrace a wide varity of delivery styles:  face-to-face, online, ITV, video streaming, and class captures.  With this blended delivery style, which combines e-learning and traditional learning, you become integral part of an online community that communicates and engages with program faculty and other students.  Students and faculty explore innovative ways to bridge the distance gap through audio/visual media and screen-to-screen interaction.

Through a wide selection of technology offerings, the program blends theory and hands-on application to prepare students for careers in the exciting fields of software systems development, network and security administration, database management, systems analysis, and e-commerce.

This does not imply that the CIS program is abandoning its face-to-face delivery — it is simply making its popular computer-related offerings accessible to a larger audience through enhanced delivery modes.  Many upper-level face-to-face classes with tape delay are offered in the 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. timeframe to accommodate the working professional.


In addition to the degree options, you may elect to enroll in one of four CIS minors that provide theory and hands-on technology skills required by non-CIS professionals who need to leverage IT technologies to enhance professional skill sets in another discipline.  Enhance your program major by adding IT competency to the knowledge base acquired in your major field of study.  A minor will document professional competence in information technology and give you a competitive edge in the marketplace when searching for a position in your selected field.

  1. Computer Information Systems
  2. Networking
  3. Cyber Security
  4. Web Applications


Fast track to a rewarding career in Computer Information Systems, Digital ForensicsHealth Informatics, or Web Development.  Earn a Certificate while learning marketable CIS skills.  Complete your academic requirements on a flexible schedule — completely online.

Students who are enrolled in an academic program which requires an internship as a part of the curriculum requirements must know that certain states do not allow students enrolled in an out-of-state university to participate in an internship within their state borders.  If you reside outside the State of Maine, or wish to enroll in classes and/or an internship outside of Maine, please contact your UMA faculty advisor or the UMA Advising Office to be sure that your state of domicile allows you to enroll in classes or perform an internship sponsored by UMA, or your program has an alternate capstone option.  The list of reciprocal states changes frequently.  It is incumbent  upon  students to understand their home state’s policies as UMA must work within the legal framework of  that states’ regulations.

The Computer Information Systems curriculum will provide you with  technical theory, applied skills, and workplace experience that will prepare you to launch an exciting career in information technology or pursue a higher academic credential.  After you have completed the core requirements, you will have an opportunity to select courses that meet your individual career goals.

The program offers hands-on training in both proprietary and open-source applications that are widely used in the professional field.  Many of our part-time faculty are employed full time in the area in which they instruct and bring to the class an unparalleled industry perspective.

Here are some other critical skills you’ll acquire:

Technical Analytical
Designing web pages
Maintaining databases
Using spreadsheet applications
Writing computer programs
Thinking logically
Performing calculations
Solving quantitative problems
Understanding complex problems
Evaluating software/systems
Communication Organization
Writing instructions
Creating graphs/charts
Writing documentation
Creating reports
Using technical vocabulary
Assessing needs
Categorizing data
Managing databases
Defining a problem
Coordinating tasks
Setting priorities
Providing accuracy

According to a February 7, 2013, article from Project>Login, only about 39% of the current job openings in information technology can be filled with the state’s current rate of IT graduates.  The associate, baccalaureate, and post-baccalaureate degrees offered at UMA will help to satisfy the growing need for information systems technology education in Maine and mitigate the shortage of trained IT professionals.

The career titles fall into six generalized categories:  Networking, Systems Analysts, Computer Programmers, Web Developers, Database Administrators, and System Security Administrators.

These careers targeted by degree program provide a basis on which to modernize our core and provide areas of specialization in the targeted areas.  In our fall 2014 check sheet, the 45-credit hour core is now consistent among the associate, bachelor, and post-baccalaureate degrees.  Our new check sheets now have concentrations in Networking, Programming, Web Design and Development, Database, Systems Security, as well as a “no concentration” option.

Here’s just a partial list of the type of careers you will find in the field.

Network Systems Interactive Media
Network Manager
Web Developer
GIS/Computer Mapper
Programming &
Software Development
Support & Services
Program Analyst
Project Manager
Web Designer
Database Manager
Data Communications Analyst
Systems Analyst
Database Administrator

Graduates will have the following IS skills and related knowledge:

  • individual and team/interpersonal skills
    • personal and interpersonal communication
    • legal and ethical aspects of information systems
  • systems analysis and design
    • approaches to systems development
    • information and business systems analysis
    • systems development tools and techniques
  • software/web development
    • advanced programming languages
    • systems implementation
    • computer technology and science
  • business fundamentals
    • organizational theory
    • accounting principles
  • database
    • database theory and practice
  • project management
    • project management theory and practice
  • systems integration
    • IS management
    • telecommunications and networks
  • mathematics
    • analytical and critical thinking
    • problem solving/algorithms/proofs
  • security
    • information systems security
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