Computer Science and Information Systems

Computer Science? Information Systems?

Do you like working with computers? Help people be more productive? Discover new business ideas by mining data? Create web and mobile apps for games? Or just plain communication? Design electronic circuitry and microchips to improve machinery?

You are at the right place for all of the above except the last one - that would come under electronics and engineering. This is for those interested in the world of software - the ability to provide clear and unambiguous instructions to computers so they can accomplish the assigned task quickly and accurately. 


Opportunities to tap into


Graduate (all STEM programs)


  Accrediting body; AACSB - International Murray State is one of only 800 institutions in over 55 countries that meet the stringent standards for this prestigious recognition. That's less then 5% of institutions offering business education. Both the CIS and MSIS programs come under this recognition. 


Our faculty are highly qualified and drawn from both academia and industry. They are also nationally recognized for their research in a wide variety of areas including style of learning, women in computer science, decision support, computer security, knowledge management and robotics. Almost all hold a doctorate in their discipline.

Your experience?

The learning environment and curricula are structured to give students the theoretical background and practical experience necessary to successfully pursue a variety of technical and professional careers in various computing fields. Students are attached to advisors who help plan their curriculum, recommend options for electives, guide them in making sound career choices and assist in procurement of internships or even jobs.


Micrsoft Academic Alliance

SAP University Alliance Teradata University Alliance

Students have access to modern well-equipped computer laboratories with an extensive collection of state-of-the-art software from Microsoft and SAP as well as the open source world. We partner with bigger institutions like the University Of Arkansas Walton College to access large datasets and powerful hardware and software from leaders  like IBM (Z, DB/2), Microsoft (SQL Server, Data Tools), SAP (HANA), and Teradata (Enterprise Data Warehousing)

Besides corporate resources and  labs, the department also has strong ties with industry leaders - many of whom are alumni - who come down from around the country for an annual meeting to review our academic offerings and suggest ways to improve our curriculum. In addition to this support, they also have funded several awards that are handed out each Spring.

Our alumni

Those who graduated from our programs have nothing but praise for what they received - small classes, great facilities, plenty of learning opportunities, new friends, and a well-rounded education. Our graduates have found great success in a wide range of career tracks with titles such as software engineer, systems analyst, information security engineer, database administrator, project manager, independent consultant, chief information officer, network architects, voice over IP (VOIP) architects, at small, medium, and large businesses as well as non-profit organizations.

Next steps?