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CIS Department
Simon B. Elliott Hall
Mansfield, PA 16933

Jaesung Sim, Chairperson
Arlene Brown, Secretary

Phone: 570-662-4481
Fax: 570-662-4137

Computer Information Science

What Can I Study?

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Information Science at Mansfield University offers two Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Information Science (CIS), an Associate of Science in Information Systems, and several options for those considering a minor in CIS.

Why should I pursue a CIS degree?

Many reports have been released that place a wide variety of Computer and Information Science careers as the best careers a person could pursue [1]. In addition, they have also been found to be among the most recession-proof careers out there [2]. In a report from Money Magazine and titled, "Best Jobs in America," the position of Software Engineer was placed at the very top of their list, with Computer/IT analyst appearing in position 7 [1]. These positions are needed in virtually every part of the economy, as are the majority of careers in this field. As of 2006, many careers in this field had entry-level positions with average starting salaries at $60,000+ nationwide, with compensation for experienced professionals being $80,000-$90,000 or better [3, 4].

See the section on careers for more information about careers in CIS.

Why pursue a CIS degree at MU?

MU's CIS degree helps you develop a well-rounded computing background that meets the educational requirement for the majority of jobs available in computer and information science. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take elective courses that will allow you to specialize in your area of interest. Our students have opportunities to pursue internships that are routinely made available to us through regional and national companies. Taking advantage of these opportunities will allow you to gain valuable experience that will set you apart from the average undergraduate in this field.

Some common CIS job titles include: Systems Analyst, System Administrator, Database Administrator, Game Designer, Network Analyst, Network Engineer, Network Programmer, Network Security Specialist, Webmaster, Information Analyst, Programmer, Software Engineer, Software Tester, Computer Scientist, Computer Researcher, Software Manager, Software Architect, Technology Trainer, User Interface Designer, IT Consultant, IT Manager, and Information Architect.

For more information on our CIS program or CIS careers please email Dr. Sim at