Department of Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics

Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States
Information Systems


Located in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, JMU is a highly selective, diverse, regional, comprehensive, student-oriented institution with a growing national reputation.  The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, and over 900 full-time instructional faculty.  JMU offers strong liberal arts and professional programs in a variety of disciplines. The university is committed to innovation, superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the quality of its academic programs and has been repeatedly identified as a best buy for students. U.S. News & World Report recognizes JMU as the #2 public university in the south as well as the #2 most innovative regional university. In 2019, the Wall Street Journal recognized JMU as the #1 most recommended university in the U.S.

The AACSB-accredited College of Business includes nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs.  In 2017, Poets & Quants rated JMU the #1 business school with the best ROI. In 2019, the Information Security MBA was recognized as #34 in the nation for the Best Online MBA Programs and #15 in the Princeton Review’s list of the top 25 Online MBA Programs.  The College includes the Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Economic Education, Center for Professional Sales, Small Business Development Center, Institute of Certified Professional Managers, Capital Markets Lab, Madison Consulting, and other programs focused on outreach and engagement with the business community. Our very successful alumni hold C-suite positions at major corporations including SAP, Fidelity, Northrup Grumman, Bank of America, IBM, California Pizza Kitchen, McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, KPMG, and other Fortune 500 companies and readily engage with the College. The faculty are teacher-scholars who are collaborative and supportive colleagues. The College has over 4,000 students in the AACSB programs and is highly regarded across the JMU campus community.

Our juniors spend a semester in an integrated course: COB 300 that's team-taught by professors from every business discipline. This unique synthesis prepares them to understand the interrelations of business systems, an incredible advantage over students from other schools. Our students learn to excel in group work because we know that employers demand it.

Bachelor Programs

Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems (CIS) is offered as a major through the Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics in the College of Business at JMU. This program prepares business students for careers as information systems professionals. The program of study focuses on the development and management of information systems in a business environment. Students develop the technical skills and organizational insights required to analyze, design, implement and administer information systems. The CIS curriculum includes hands-on projects, laboratory exercises, case analysis and business simulations to build strong technical and analytical skills, effective oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work independently and in team-oriented environments.  Students are offered the opportunity to gain practical technical experience through internships and co-op programs.  


For over forty years, the undergraduate Computer Information Systems (CIS) program at James Madison University has successfully prepared young people for careers in IT management. CIS graduates are thriving in senior and mid-level management positions built on a foundation of solid technical skills, integrative business knowledge, and a professional network of loyal JMU alumni. The Computer Information Systems (CIS) curriculum is designed to prepare business students for careers as information systems professionals. 


The CIS program was ranked number 5 out of 347 CIS programs nationwide, and number 1 in Virginia by College Factual, spring 2019.  It was recognized as Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association’s (ITERA) 2016 Program of the Year.

  • Program Accreditation: ABET – IS program accreditation; AACSB – College of Business accreditation.
  • Largest employers: Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG, Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, Freddie Mac, Capital One, CapTech, and EY (Ernst & Young).
  • Minors offered: Business Analytics Minor; CIS Minor


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