Computer Information Systems – Mobile

(c) Milligan College CIS Online

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Online Program

computerscienceonlineThe 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. Hands-on labs use virtual simulations and collaborative software.

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.

Other Options

Nationally Ranked

Milligan’s online Computer Information Systems (CIS-Mobile) program was ranked No. 16 in the nation by, a website devoted to help those seeking a future in the tech industry. Milligan’s CIS-M program was evaluated on a number of criteria and metrics including online tuition cost compared to other programs, student-faculty ratio, six-year graduation rate, percentage of students receiving financial aid, academic and career counseling services, and the college’s number of online computer science-related bachelor’s programs.


Tuition for the program is one of the most economical programs in our region and is even priced below the local state university rate. Students in this program are eligible to apply for state and federal tuition assistance programs and for employer reimbursement when applicable. Read more about cost and financial aid here »

External Scholarship Opportunities for Computer Science »


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.


Teaching you is more than a job to our faculty — it’s a mission. They are dedicated teachers, experienced professionals, and trusted mentors who invest time, energy, and ideas to inspire you and help you reach your highest potential. It’s not just a degree. It’s your future.

Milligan also offers you a “support team” in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies that is experienced and ready to help. We care about your success. We’ll work with you from your first question to graduation. We’ll help you develop a degree plan that makes the most of your time and money. We provide an orientation to our campus and to the program prior to your first class. We do our best to make your life easier.

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 than other occupations requiring the same level of education.

Early Acceptance Program: MSIS

The Early Acceptance Program (EAP) provides Milligan College undergraduate students with a unique financial and academic opportunity to apply and commit early to the MSIS in order to receive lower tuition rates and secure their spot early in the program.  Learn more »


START DATEs:  fall, spring, summer



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 us today at 423.461.8662  to learn more!

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!


A character reference and an employer reference will be requested from within the online application.

International Students

International students whose native language is not English or do not hold a bachelor’s degree completed in residency in the U.S. must also provide proof of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 79 or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.5. International students should click here for information on the immigration/visa process »

Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles at Milligan College. Milligan College adopts specific rules on the basis of the belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Therefore, behavior that conflicts with Scripture is unacceptable. Historically, communities also have developed guidelines that help put into practice basic moral and social principles. Such standards serve as a guide toward worthwhile goals relevant to one’s academic, spiritual, social, and physical well-being.

Students should consult the Student Handbook for further guidance regarding acceptable personal lifestyle and conduct while enrolled at Milligan College. A student’s matriculation and enrollment at Milligan College is their pledge to uphold the policies and expectations outlined in the Student Handbook and Catalog.


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.


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.


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.




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.


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.

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Dr. David Campbell

David Campbell

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

Phone: 423.461.8674
Contact via email
Office: Price Business Center, 005


Dr. Carolyn Carter

Carolyn Carter

Associate Dean of the William B. Greene, Jr. School of Business and Technology; Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Administration; Don and Clarinda Jeanes Chair of Servant Leadership

Phone: 423.461.8670
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Office: Derthick Hall, 300B


Dr. Bill Greer

Bill Greer

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

Phone: 423.461.8710
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Office: Little Hartland


Dr. Shannon Hogan

Shannon Hogan

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Phone: 423.461.8491
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Office: Price Business Center Office #002


Dr. Brad Ward

Brad Ward

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Phone: 423.794.3082
Contact via email
Office: Price Business Center 014