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You Can Be in Demand… Let CIS Help You Network Toward Your Future

The computer information systems (CIS) programs are the ideal preparation for careers in the rapidly expanding information technology industry. Our CIS programs emphasize state-of-the-art technology along with the most popular object-oriented programming languages and software.

This program might be for you if:

  • You enjoy working with computers and technology.
  • You like to be a part of a team, even as a decision-maker or IT manager.
  • You are interested in information technology support.
  • You would like to learn more about how to use new technologies to maximize business productivity.
  • You are interested in computer forensics and the investigation and prevention of computer crimes.

CIS majors choose from seven areas of degree concentration: network engineer; network manager; software development; help desk and user support; Web development and programming; Microsoft security specialist; and cyber investigation technology.

Through the program’s use of leading edge, competency-based models designed to build critical skills to compete in the job market, our graduates are well equipped to advance in a variety of technical fields.

Certificate Programs

One-year Technical Certificate

Cyber Investigation

Students will learn computer network protection, maintenance and usage of computer hardware and software, management of networks and operating systems, and criminal and constitutional law and IT criminal investigation, which includes evidence procedures and computer forensics.

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Data Analytics

This certificate prepares students for entry-level data analytics positions requiring knowledge, setup and usage of business intelligence and data analysis solutions. Data analytics is expanding in businesses, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations, enabling them to make better decisions utilizing appropriate data and information. Students will have the ability to structure data and prepare reports in a way that is meaningful to business, government agency and not-for-profit organization users. Course work will include database concepts, data modeling, SQL, data analysis, data mining tools, mathematical and statistical techniques, project management and systems analysis. Emphasis is placed on strong communication skills necessary to interact with key users and understand their requirements.

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Short-term Technical Certificate

Business Operations Systems Support

Students completing this certificate will have the written and oral communication skills, as well as the computer skills, needed to effectively support computer operations for small, medium or large companies. These skills apply equally well to an entry-level help desk support position. Technical course work emphasizes operating systems and troubleshooting skills.

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Fast Track Programming

This certificate assures that individuals are equipped with current software development skills. It is intended either for experienced programmers looking to update their skill set or for people wishing to make a career change into the Information Technology field. The certificate focuses on the latest software development languages and approaches, object-oriented concepts and database theory.

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Geospatial Technology Programming Specialist

Students learn advanced applications in geographical information system software, ArcGIS; C++ software programming skills; how to design and implement websites for internet delivery of data; design and administer relational databases; query databases using SQL.

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Information Systems Security

This certificate will help prepare students and working professionals to perform effectively in the Information Assurance area of Information Technology. The courses required for this certificate have been reviewed and validated by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), an agency of the United States Government, to fully meet the CNSS 4011 standard. Students completing the courses outlined here will receive the 4011 Certificate jointly issued by Sinclair Community College and the CNSS.

Because the specified content in these six courses has been approved, course credit earned by articulated or proficiency cannot be accepted.

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Linux Security & Network Essentials

The Linux Security and Network Essentials Short-Term Certificate is an information technology certificate concentrating on teaching specific skills pertaining to the fundamentals of the Linux operating system, Linux security and network and data communications.

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Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate

This certificate and the associated courses will help students prepare for the certification exams needed to earn the designation of Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA). This credential and the technical competence, as demonstrated by the certification exams, will help students earn employment in the areas of Network Management, Network Administration and System Administration.

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Network Engineering Associate

This certificate program will provide the student with state-of-the-art networking skills taught via the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum. The curriculum includes all aspects for an introductory network engineering position. This program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to understand and participate in basic networking design, installation, configuration and troubleshooting corporate network infrastructure. Included in this program are networking theory, Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, networking media, physical and logical design, maintaining networking equipment, designing and implementing internet protocol schemas, the basics of all current internal routing protocols, beginning security information and safety.

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Web Programming

The Web Programming certificate is designed to provide an individual with current web development skills. It focuses on techniques for developing web-based distributed applications using standard languages and protocols such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, XML, PHP and ASP.NET. It is designed for experienced software developers to update their skills and for individuals wishing to make a career change into the Information Technology field. The certificate focuses on web application development in a client/server networked environment.

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Degree Programs

Computer Information Systems/Microsoft Security Specialist - Associate of Applied Science

Students are prepared in logical problem solving, designing and documenting programs, network administration, network and operating systems and hardware, with an emphasis on system and network security. Security concepts that are vendor independent and are applicable to all aspects of security are stressed.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Academic Advising at academicadvising@sinclair.edu .

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Program Accreditation Information
This degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a specialized accreditation recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Computer Information Systems/Network Engineering - Associate of Applied Science

Students learn Cisco routing protocols, troubleshooting the routing protocols, components, methods and technologies required for network and Internet communications, operation of IP addressing services, network security threats and functions of common security appliances and applications, wireless network standards and components, basic switching concepts, operation of Cisco switches, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) to create logically separate networks. Sinclair is a Regional Cisco Academy.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Academic Advising at academicadvising@sinclair.edu .

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Computer Information Systems/Network Manager - Associate of Applied Science

Students are prepared in logical problem solving, designing and documenting programs, network administration, microcomputer and network operating systems, network security. Students learn to manage and configure computers using both client and server operating systems including Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name Service (DNS) and Active Directory.

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Program Accreditation Information
This degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a specialized accreditation recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Computer Information Systems/Software Development - Associate of Applied Science

Students learn software programming and system design for entry-level software development positions. Students are prepared in logical problem solving, designing and documenting programs, network administration, microcomputer and network operating systems and business applications using current computer languages.

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Program Accreditation Information
This degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a specialized accreditation recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Computer Information Systems/User Support - Associate of Applied Science

Students learn hardware and software troubleshooting, personal computer and system maintenance, documentation and are prepared in logical problem solving, designing and documenting programs, computer and network operating systems and business applications using current computer languages.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Academic Advising at academicadvising@sinclair.edu .

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Program Accreditation Information
This degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a specialized accreditation recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Computer Information Systems/Web Development - Associate of Applied Science

Students design and develop websites and web applications and are prepared in logical problem solving, designing and documenting programs, microcomputer and network operating systems and business applications using current computer languages.

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Program Accreditation Information
This degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a specialized accreditation recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Cyber Investigation Technology - Associate of Applied Science

The Cyber Investigation Technology degree will prepare students for careers and transfer degrees in the areas of computer network protection, managing networks and operating systems, and IT criminal investigation, which includes evidence procedures and computer forensics. The degree incorporates preparation for industry-recognized certifications, articulated credit for Law Enforcement and Corrections entities, and transfer students for four-year degree transfer opportunities.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Academic Advising at academicadvising@sinclair.edu .

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Program Accreditation Information
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Health Information Technology - Associate of Technical Studies

The Health Information Technology degree will prepare students for careers in management of health information, securing systems and information, troubleshooting hardware, operating systems, and network components, hospital administration. This degree is part of a 2 + 2 with Miami University Regional’s Health Information Technology bachelors.

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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Computer Information Systems Agreements

Sinclair Community College has worked to develop program-specific agreements to assist you in a more seamless process when transferring from a specific Sinclair degree program to a bachelor’s degree program in the same area of study.

Programs & Articulation Agreements

Computer Information Systems, A.A.S.

Articulation agreements are in place for transfer to:

  • Wright State University (Computer Science)

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including those in computer information systems, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

View articulation agreements »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module…

Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the computer information system programs, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: