The Computer Information Systems program offers curricula leading to the the Bachelor of Science degree in CIS.  The program provides both theoretical and practical “hands-on” classes in Database, Networking, Programming and Systems Analysis & Design.

NSU Ranks in the Top 30

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is identified as one of the top 30 schools for an online computer science degree, according to Best Choice Schools. NSU is the only school in Louisiana to make their list.

Students Before Profits Award 2015

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is ranked by Nonprofit Colleges Online as the Best Online Bachelor’s in Information Technology!

NSU Ranks in the Top 10

Northwestern State University is recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Online Bachelor Computer Information Systems Degree Programs (the highest ranked public institution)!

  • To Access Career Opportunities
    • Per Bureau of Labor, IT and CIS careers are the top (or near the top) careers in growth opportunities, career satisfaction, and entry-level salaries
    • Per Bureau of Labor, 325,000 software developers, user support specialists, systems analysts, programmers, CIS managers, and network and computer systems administrators are needed between 2012 and 2022
    • US News and World Report Top Ten Jobs of 2015 Included Software Developer, Computer Systems Analyst, and Information Security Analyst
  • To Enter Into an Exciting and Ever-Changing Field
  • To Learn About the Technology of the Future
  • To pursue one of three exciting concentrations: (1) Application Development, (2) Networking and Systems Management, and (3) Web Development
  • To gain access to an exceptional program which has won 15 national championships at the Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference
  • To gain access to an industry-relevant program with ties to a number of industry-leading organizations (CSRA, State Farm, CenturyLink, WalMart, and others)
  • To learn from faculty in new areas, such as mobile applications development, cloud computing, and data analytics
  • To interact with a faculty who truly care about your success in the program and beyond
The Computer Information Systems program realizes students often have problems meeting the financial demands of attending a University. As such, we would like to offer some of the following options for you:

  • Students who apply to the University are eligible to receive scholarships and other financial aid through Northwestern State University. You also want to complete the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid. See https://www.nsula.edu/financialaid/ for more information.
  • Alumni and other third parties have also generously donate to the NSU Foundation/Alumni Association. These scholarships are set up with many different criteria. However, you never know for what you might be eligible if you do not apply. To apply for these scholarships, please see http://www.northwesternalumni.com/s/859/index.aspx?sid=859&gid=1&pgid=524.
  • Through the agreement between NSU, LED, and CSRA, the Computer Information Systems department is excited to have some scholarship funds available. For the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 academic years, the Computer Information Systems area will be awarding scholarships in the following manner:
    1. Some of the money is reserved for a high school graduate(s) from the following parishes: Bossier, Caddo, Catahoula, Concordia, DeSoto, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Vernon, and Winn. For the awarding of these scholarships, the Computer Information Systems area will review applicants who have applied to the University and indicated Computer Information Systems as their major. Applicants will be contacted by the Computer Information Systems area regarding this offer. Whether an applicant receives an offer and the amount offered will depend upon the number of applicants as well as the academic potential of the applicants. This scholarship will be a one-time award and is not recurring.
    2. Each fall and spring semester, a scholarship will be awarded to an incoming transfer student from Bossier Parish Community College. For the awarding of these scholarships, the Computer Information Systems area will review applicants who have applied to the University and indicated Computer Information Systems as their major. Applicants will be contacted by the Computer Information Systems area regarding this offer. Whether an applicant receives an offer and the amount offered will depend upon the number of applicants as well as the academic potential of the applicants. This scholarship will be a one-time award and is not recurring.
    3. Each fall and spring semester, a scholarship will be awarded to an incoming non-traditional student. For the awarding of these scholarships, the Computer Information Systems area will review applicants who have applied to the University and indicated Computer Information Systems as their major. Applicants will be contacted by the Computer Information Systems area regarding this offer. Whether an applicant receives an offer and the amount offered will depend upon the number of applicants as well as the academic potential of the applicants. This scholarship will be a one-time award and is not recurring.
    4. Depending upon funding, students who are already enrolled may be eligible for scholarship funding. If funds are available, the Computer Information Systems area will communicate with currently enrolled students about its availability and the application process.
  • A third-party has provided the following link to NSU: http://www.computerscienceonline.org/cs-scholarships/. NSU makes no guarantees of the validity and accuracy of this website. However, we did want to share the website with the caveat that we do not control this website.
On  November 30, 2015, Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University signed articulation agreements to ease the transition between the two institutions. Details of those agreements can be found below:

BPCC AAS in Business Administration and AALT with a Business Concentration

BPCC AAS in Cyber Technology

The Computer Information Systems area is a growing area with more faculty and more students. With this growth, we of course have more demand for resources whether it is faculty support or scholarships for students. As such, we certainly appreciate the support of our alumni and community partners who are willing to support us.

If you would like to give a general donation specifically for CIS, please write a check payable to the NSU Foundation and on the subject line, indicate it is for the CIS Enhancement Fund. The check can then be sent to Curtis Penrod and he will deliver it or the check could be sent directly to the NSU Foundation.

If you would like to give a general donation for any area of the School of Business, please write a check payable to the NSU Foundation and on the subject line, indicate it is for the School of Business Director’s Fund. The check can then be sent to Curtis Penrod and he will deliver it or the check could be sent directly to the NSU Foundation.

If you are interested in setting up a specific type of gift, such as an endowed scholarship or endowed professorship, please see the NSU Foundation page (link to http://www.northwesternalumni.com/s/859/index.aspx?sid=859&gid=1&pgid=302).

If you have any questions about the needs of the Computer Information Systems program, please let us know.

The Computer Information Systems program is offered both online and at the Natchitoches campus. Some courses are offered on a rotating basis between the two modes of delivery. Students should work carefully with their advisor to ensure they are able to enroll in all the needed classes.

In addition, the Computer Information Systems is exploring expanding our offerings to other campuses, such as Alexandria and Leesville. As these offerings are expanded, this page will be updated.

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