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:  AS, BS, & Post Bac in CIS
Offered in Augusta, Bangor, at sites statewide and online



About the Program



The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program at the University of Maine at Augusta offers associate, bachelor, and post-baccalaureate degrees that focus on developing and maintaining effective computer/management information systems. 

     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 traditonal learning, you become part of an online community that communicates and engages with program faculty and other students.  Students and faculty find 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 mean 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 skillsets in another discipline.  Enhance your program major by adding IT competency to your knowledge base acquired in your major field of study.  A minor will document professional competence in information technology and give you a competitive edge when job searching in your selected field.


  1. Computer Information Systems
  2. Networking
  3. Information System Security
  4. Web Design and Development



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


Skills You'll Acquire



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:



Designing web pages
Maintaining databases
Using spreadsheet applications
Writing computer programs
Thinking logically
Performing calculations
Solving quantitative problems
Understanding complex problems
Evaluating software/systems





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



Careers You Can Seek



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

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