A Strayer Associate in Arts in Information Systems degree gives you the foundational computing skills to support information systems in organizations ranging from tech to health care to law enforcement. You’ll also develop your communication and critical-thinking skills to enhance your employability.
Online Associate in Arts in Information Systems
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We know Strayer isn’t your only option for an online associate degree. But, we can offer you an education based on the highest academic standards, a strong return on your investment, and the supports to maintain a school-work-life balance. Our flexible programs let you earn your degree while keeping your commitments to your family, friends, and career.
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Cost should never prohibit an education. We help you start from the best possible financial place for you.
- Financial aid advice – videos & in-person support
- Potential savings through eligible transfer and experiential learning credits
- Guidance when seeking financial aid
Key Courses in the Online Associate in Arts in Information Systems Degree
CIS 109 - Introduction to Management Information Systems
Get an introduction to contemporary information systems and learn how these systems are used throughout the organization. Focus on the key components of information system: people, software, hardware, data and communication technologies, and how these components are developed, acquired and integrated to create a competitive advantage.
CIS 111 - Introduction to Relational Database Management Systems
Get an introduction to the theory and applied concepts of database design, database management and information management. Focus on identifying organizational information requirements, express those requirements using conceptual data modeling techniques, verify the structural characteristics with normalization techniques and convert conceptual data models into physical database models.
CIS 175 - Introduction to Networking
Discover the fundamentals of networking technology. Focus on networking protocols, topologies, hardware and operating systems. Topics include data communications, telecommunications, infrastructure security, inter/internetworking and the application of networking to multimedia, information storage and distribution.
CIS 210 - Systems Analysis and Development
This course presents the processes, methods, techniques and tools that organizations use to effectively architect computer-based technologies. Topics include a fundamental review of project management and data design followed by the processes required to gather and articulate business requirements. Students will acquire skills to procure, evaluate, test and systematically build systems for integration into an organization.
CIS 333 - Networking Security Fundamentals
Study computer information system security principles, challenges, vulnerabilities and countermeasure strategies. Topics include definition of security terms, concepts, elements, and goals. Explore industry standards and practices that focus on the availability, integrity and confidentiality aspects of information systems security.
CIS 336 - Enterprise Architecture
Explore the design, selection, implementation and management of enterprise IT solutions. Topics include frameworks and strategies for infrastructure management, system administration, data/information architecture, content management, distributed computing, middleware, legacy system integration, system consolidation, software selection, total cost of ownership calculation, IT investment analysis and emerging technologies.
CIS 348 - Information Technology Project Management
Examine the processes, methods, techniques and tools that organizations use to manage their information technology projects in accordance with the Project Management Institutes Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Focus on the methodology and project management software for initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing technology projects. Topics include various types of technologies to support group collaboration and the use of resources from within the firm as well as contracted from outside the organization.
CIS 349 - Information Technology Audit and Control
Cover the principles, approaches and methodologies in auditing information systems to ensure the processes and procedures are in compliance with pertinent laws and regulatory provisions especially in the context of information systems security (ISS). Topics include the processes used to protect and secure business and consumer privacy data, an explanation of compliancy laws, and the process and legal requirements for conducting IT infrastructure compliance audits.
MAKE YOUR MARK IN THE INFORMATION AGE
Doors to a successful career begin to open when you earn Strayer University’s associate’s degree in information systems.
The crucial first step in your online Associate in Arts in Information Systems studies is an understanding of the important components that impact the information system: people, data, hardware and software. Your understanding of these pieces, their role and value, and how they work together gives you a competitive advantage.
You’ll explore foundational components like developing hard and soft skills to make you marketable to future employers.
A practical understanding of network technologies, protocols and operating systems will give you the tools you need to build information systems specific to your employer, helping them solve real business problems in a timely fashion.
Your associate’s degree in information systems from Strayer University will prepare you for a rewarding career in a wide variety of industries. If you thrive on new technology, big data, and powerful computer systems, this program is meant for you.
Making it all possible
Financial Assistance & Tools
We can help you identify, understand and qualify for a variety of financial aid options.
The financial assistance that may be available to you includes:
- Federal financial aid programs
- Military education benefits
- Selected state grant programs
- Tuition benefit programs
Admission to a Strayer Associate Program
To qualify for admission to an associate degree program at Strayer, you’ll need to submit an application and documentation of a high school graduation or its equivalent.
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- We continually update our online resources to keep up with the latest technology and facilitate a better student experience.
- We also have a campus near you, full of resources available to you whenever you might need them.