Computer Information Systems FAQ

What is the difference between Computer Science, Networking, and Computer Information Systems?

All are excellent choices for a technical career. The difference is: Computer Science is concerned with solutions within a computer; Networking is concerned with solutions within a network; and Computer Information Systems is concerned with solutions within organizations. The CIS degree is broader and has a more varied field of study. Students who choose this major apply the appropriate technical solution to problems affecting organizations.

What kinds of courses will I be taking?

In addition to the English, Science and General Education courses that all Wentworth students take, you will be taking business courses to ground yourself in business theory and understand how organizations operate; economics and accounting to understand how finances work; math courses to help you understand the foundations of how businesses and networks operate; and technical courses in systems analysis and design, databases and networks. You will also have four free electives within Management and Computer Science to either broaden or focus your area of interest.

What kinds of jobs will I be able to get?

The CIS major has a wide range of job openings available to those who hold it. Systems analysts, programmers, database developers, database administrators, network administrators, computer support specialists, web developers, project managers, e-commerce specialists, information systems managers, management analysts, information security specialists, data warehouse specialists, and bioinformatics. Businesses are growing increasingly reliant on technology to maintain their competitive edge, and new job categories, such as business analytics, are being created all the time.

What is the concentration for?

While no concentration is required, a concentration can be used to focus your interests and get additional education in a more specific area. We have concentrations in Project Management, Entrepreneurship (which is automatically a Minor in Business Management), and Finance. More are being designed. You can also create your own concentration if you wish with the permission of the department chair.

How can I apply and/or find out more information?

There are a number of ways to get more information. You can request a brochure by going to and indicating which program that you are interested in. We also encourage prospective students to explore the website, particularly the individual majors at We also recommend students to attend a tour or an on-campus event by going to The application can be accessed at We also accept the Common Application and the Universal Application which can be accessed at their individual websites. 

How can I check the status of my application?

To check the status of your application, you may call the Admissions Office at 617-989-4000 or contact your individual Admissions Counselor.

How does Co-Op work?

Cooperative education is an educational strategy that integrates work experience with classroom and lab experience. Students work full-time for a semester for an employer of their choice. During that time students reflect on their work experience integrating what they learned in the classroom with what is learned in the workplace. Additionally, students receive feedback from their supervisor on their performance in the workplace.

Where can I work on co-op?

Students work for an employer of their choice. Many students choose to work in the greater Boston area, but a student can choose to work anywhere in the world

Does Wentworth help students locate Co-Ops?

Every student is assigned a co-op advisor with a specialty in working with students on setting co-op goals, career advising and job searching. They work with students individually and in small groups so that not only is your co-op searching a success, but also your experience in the workplace is a success.

What is a hybrid course? What is an online course?

 As institutions of higher education begin to broaden their existing programs and introduce new ones, online learning provides opportunities to reach a wider audience of potential students. More importantly, it offers faculty the opportunity to engage and interact with students in an entirely new way. This table from the Sloan-C document "Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States, 2009" identifies different delivery formats.

Online-Hybrid Chart