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The Department of Computer Information Systems strives to produce world-class undergraduate and graduate students by combining key business and technology skills that will enrich our students' experiences and provide ongoing employability (checkout what types of careers are available in the IS field). Our faculty maintain a dedication to our students that extends beyond their time on MTSU's campus.

If you are interested in learning more about our programs, please contact us and be sure to view the information provided in the links to the left.

We sincerely hope you will consider joining the Department of CIS at MTSU.

For information on the application process, deadlines, and filling out an application on-line, please visit the College of Graduate Studies.

 

   

 

What are the different technology majors?

What professionals in this field do:

Computer Information Systems

  • Information systems is where business meets technology. Individuals are exposed to a variety of opportunities that range from creating and managing web applications to projects involving the design and implementation of network environments. Individuals work in positions such as web developer, application developer, business or systems analyst, project manager, database analyst or administrator, network manager or network administrator, information systems auditor.

Computer Engineering Technology

  • Computer Engineers primarily focus on the hardware. Their job is to design and develop computer hardware from embedded systems to VLSI chips to peripheral devices.

Computer Science

  • Computer Scientists write computer programs. These could be anything from mobile apps to complex databases to websites to high performance scientific computing and more. While they frequently have to work in teams to develop these programs, they may also spend long hours working independently to debug and develop the software. 

Electronic Media Communication

  • The professional fields covered by the Electronic Media Communication department include: Video & Film Production, Multimedia Journalism, Animation (for TV, movies, games, etc.), and Media Management.

New Media Communication

  • The New Media Communication program helps prepare students to embrace the technology changes that are happening nearly every day. Are you wired into the landscape of social and mobile media, websites, blogs, and apps? Advances in hardware and software and new forms of distribution are causing the greatest explosion of creative activity in human history. Anyone can be a publisher today, and business is scrambling to find enough of the right people to fill the new jobs that are being created. Our New Media program is all about combining the fundamentals of effective communication with new techniques and technologies.

 

Typical attributes of professionals in this field:

Computer Information Systems

  • Information systems professionals work to solve the needs of organizations of all types and sizes. They are responsible for taking business needs and designing and creating solutions to those needs with the use of technology. These roles combine expectations of teamwork as no successful system can be designed in isolation. Individuals can take on the roles mentioned in the previous column. Expectations of the field in general are 1) to expect things to change and 2) to be motivated by that environment.

Computer Engineering Technology

  • Computer Engineers should have inquiring and inventive minds, be good with detail work, have good problem solving skills, and be good in math and science.

Computer Science

  • Computer Scientists are first and foremost problem solvers. While they must be able to work in teams, they must also be extremely capable of solving problems on their own and teaching themselves new technologies. While it is not a necessary attribute, it is interesting to note that many Computer Scientists are also accomplished musicians and/or mathematicians.

Electronic Media Communication

  • Professionals working in these diverse fields have a passion for working in and creating media. This is a highly collaborative arena with many specialized functions as exhibited by the extensive credits one can see in the credits for movies, TV shows, and video games. These fields are in a constant state of change, so the ability to adapt and continually learn new things is important.

New Media Communication

  • New Media Communication specialists focus on the human side of media; messaging, user experience, and communication strategy. Creation of media content; text, audio, video, graphics; for websites, social media, and mobile applications is a major part of the work done in this field. Graduates work in anything from a small boutique advertising firm or software startup to Fortune 500 corporate communications departments.

Desirable preparation for major

Computer Information Systems

  • Students should have knowledge of basic computer function and structure. They should understand the potential of systems and to do so requires creativity. Students should be able to articulate information clearly to others and have strong communications skills. Students are not expected to have the specific knowledge the program will provide: networking, database, web development, application development, etc., but a understanding is helpful. Students would also benefit from any business related classes in high school.

Computer Engineering Technology

  • Students should take as much math in high school as possible. If the high school offers a programming class, taking it would also be a good idea.

Computer Science

  • Students should take as much math in high school as possible. If the high school offers a programming class, taking it would also be a good idea.

Electronic Media Communication

  • Students benefit from a variety of skills and knowledge: Conceptual and critical thinking, Writing skills, Visual art & design, Video production, and Photography.

New Media Communication

Students benefit from a variety of skills and knowledge: Conceptual thinking, Writing, Visual design, Video production, Photography, Interactive design, and Familiarity with coding is beneficial but not required.