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Computer Information Systems – Mobile

A Top Field for Proven Growth

The computer information systems (CIS) major, a requirement for many information systems (IS) positions, is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers, such as programmers, network managers, management information systems directors, and systems project leaders for applications in business, industry, and government. Even in a difficult economy, careers in information systems (IS) are ranked among the top fields for expected growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that several careers in the computer field requiring a bachelor’s degree will grow faster, through 2016, than other occupations requiring the same level of education.

Online Program

The CIS-Mobile program is for non-traditional students or working professionals interested in expanding their skill set. Degree or certificate options are available. Students can complete the 42 credit hour CIS major in the comfort of their own home or office. Courses are not cohort-based, allowing students to take just one class or complete the major requirements in as few as five semesters or at their own pace. No previous college experience is required to begin the CIS-major.

CIS-M courses, which follow the ACM Curricular Model, mirror those available to traditional, on-site students at Milligan. The major encompasses all aspects of the CIS discipline, from programming to networking to systems analysis and software development. The program uses MP3s, podcasting, and simulations for fundamental, hands-on labs.

On-site and online CIS courses are taught simultaneously within each 15-week semester. Courses are delivered to the student via Milligan’s Internet course management system and the technology development lab, using a server dedicated to facilitate student access to software supplied by Milligan’s Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Alliance to enrolled students.

Faculty

Milligan’s faculty are qualified and experienced professors. Most importantly, they are excellent teachers and caring mentors.

Credibility

Milligan College has earned the respect of employers locally and throughout the U.S. Our graduates are leaders in many Tri-Cities corporations and organizations. In Milligan’s program, you’ll learn from experienced faculty who are respected and caring Christian scholars committed to scholarship, excellence in teaching, and the faith development of their students.

Admission

Students must meet the college’s admissions requirements, but no previous college courses are needed. To earn a bachelor’s degree, students must also complete the college’s general education requirements. Call today to learn more!

Admission

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How to Apply

Students must meet the college’s admissions requirements, but no previous college courses are needed.

Transfer Students

Milligan College maintains articulation agreements with many regional community colleges to help insure that your credits transfer smoothly into Milligan’s bachelor’s degree program. If you are a community college graduate, Milligan will develop a degree plan sheet showing you exactly how your existing college credits will transfer. Call us today to set up a meeting with our academic advisor, and find out how close you are to earning your bachelor’s degree!

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Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles of Milligan College. We at Milligan adopt specific rules on the basis of our belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Specifically, the Milligan College adult student agrees to abide by a lifestyle commitment in which he or she refrains from illegal drugs, pornography, profanity, dishonesty, sexual immorality, unethical conduct, vandalism, and immodest dress. Students are expected to seek to serve Christ in an atmosphere of trust, encouragement, and respect for one another.

Curriculum

The CIS online major is for working professionals and/or non-degree seeking students. (Non-degree seeking students who complete the major requirements will receive a Certificate in Computer Information Systems.) CIS-M courses are offered with on-site and online courses being taught simultaneously each term.

CIS-M courses follow the ACM Curricular Model and mirror those available to traditional on-site students at Milligan. Courses are delivered to the student via Milligan’s Internet course management system and the technology development lab using a server dedicated to facilitate student access to software supplied by Milligan’s Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) agreement to enrolled students.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Banton.

Scheduling

Students can take just one course at a time or complete the major in as few as four semesters/terms.

Earning a Bachelor’s Degree

In addition to completing the CIS-M major requirements, students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems must complete the college’s general education requirements. Send us your transcripts by email or fax (423.461.8789), and we’ll evaluate them to see what you might already have completed!

  1. English Composition I and II (6 hrs total)
  2. Humanities Courses in all three of the following areas: Literature (3-6 hrs); History (3-6 hrs); Fine Arts or Philosophy (3-6 hrs) (15 hrs total)
  3. Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey (6 hrs total)
  4. Christ and Culture (BIBL 471, must be taken at Milligan) (3 hrs total)
  5. Social Learning (3 hrs total)
  6. Mathematics (3 hrs total)
  7. Ethnic Studies (3 hrs total)
  8. Health and Fitness (0-1 hrs total)
  9. Lab Science (one four-hour lab science AND either GNSC 101 or a second four-hour lab science )(6 hrs total)

* Other electives as needed to complete Milligan’s 128 hour graduation requirement.

Careers

Careers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between 2008 and 2018, the largest segment of job growth in the United States will be in the area of Professional and Related Services. Positions in this category include various careers in management, financial, scientific, and consulting services. Furthermore, nearly half of the jobs expected to open during this time period will require at least a bachelor’s degree.*

Salaries and lifetime earning power for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree will continue significantly to outstrip the earning power of workers with less education, as seen in the chart below. Plus, a worker’s likelihood of being unemployed is directly related to his or her level of education. Bottom line: the most effective pathway to a more dependable financial future is to finish your college degree!

Note: Data are 2013 annual averages for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers. Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Note: Data are 2013 annual averages for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers. Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Furthermore, these additional benefits continue to accrue over a lifetime of work. Recent estimates are that, over a lifetime of work, the average holder of a bachelor’s degree will earn approximately two-thirds more in salary and benefits than a high school graduate working over the same period of time:

Recent estimates are that, over a lifetime of work, the average holder of a bachelor's degree will earn approximately two-thirds more in salary and benefits than a high school graduate working over the same period of time.

Employment

Recent graduates of Milligan’s adult degree completion program in business and its online CIS-Mobile program have been employed by Blackburn, Childers, and Steagall Accountants, Edward Jones, State Farm Insurance, Johnson City Federal Credit Union, Eastman Credit Union, Wellmont, Mountain States Health Alliance, Citi Group, Great Lakes Credit Union, and many others.

Salary Possibilities

While salaries for all positions vary by company and by geographical region, below are samples of salaries in industries in which recent Milligan graduates have found employment. Salaries for workers in various computer information systems fields continue to accelerate, since this is among the fastest growing industries in the nation.

Business Administration

  • Accounting – average salaries start around $34K with little experience, with a mid-range of 54K
  • Personal Finance – starting at 32K with a mid range salary of 66K
  • Insurance Underwriters – starting 32K to mid range salary of 52K
  • Human Resources – 26K to mid range salary of 52K
  • Credit Analyst – 32K to mid range of 52K
  • Loan Officers – 29K to mid range of 52K

Computer Information Systems

  • Programmers – 39K to mid range of 65K
  • Software Engineer – 50K to mid range of 80K
  • Computer Support Specialist – 25K to mid range 41K
  • Computer Systems Analyst – 43K to mid range 70K
  • Network Administrators – 39K with mid range of 62K
  • Ops Research Analyst – 39K to mid range 65K

Career Development

For more information about Milligan’s Career Development resources, click here.


* See http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ecopro.pdf

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Milligan is committed to keeping college affordable for our students. Our program is priced competitively, and our Student Financial Services Office will work with you individually every step of the way to help investigate all the options available for financing your education.

Application Fee (non-refundable) $30
Technology Access Fee ($90 per term) $360
Lifetime academic records fee
(charged one time at the beginning of term one, covers transcripts, graduation fees, etc.)
$75
Tuition (per semester hour) $285

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for degree completion students. Click here to learn more about the types of aid available and your payment options.

Faculty

Dr. David Campbell

David Campbell

Associate Professor of Economics; MBA Director; Area Chair of Business

Phone: 423.461.8674
Email: DACampbell@milligan.edu
Office: Price Business Center, 005

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Dr. Carolyn Carter

Carolyn Carter

Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Administration; Don and Clarinda Jeanes Chair of Servant Leadership

Phone: 423.461.8670
Email: CWCarter@milligan.edu
Office: Derthick Hall, 300B

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Dr. Bill Greer

Bill Greer

President; J. Henry Kegley Chair of Business and Economics; Professor of Business and Economics

Phone: 423.461.8710
Email: BGreer@milligan.edu
Office: Little Hartland

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