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2020 Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in Massachusetts

Computer Information Systems is a popular major and Massachusetts is the 17th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,652 of the 74,454 Computer Information Systems diplomas awarded last year were given by colleges in Massachusetts. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in Massachusetts ranking analyzed 11 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in computer information systems. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for Computer Information Systems students in Massachusetts.

Choosing a Great Computer Information Systems School

Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in Massachusetts The CIS program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality CIS program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A computer information systems degree from colleges on this list usually translates into higher than average salaries after graduation. Recent computer information systems graduates from Massachusetts schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $66,289 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Computer Information Systems students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other computer information systems students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized computer information systems related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Computer Information Systems students in Massachusetts.

Best Schools to Study Computer Information Systems in Massachusetts

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Computer Information Systems degree.

Top 10 Best CIS Colleges in Massachusetts

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$85,800 Median Starting Salary

Every student pursuing a degree in computer information systems needs to take a look at Northeastern University. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

For those interested in something more advanced, Northeastern also offers 2 different higher degree levels in computer information systems, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Computer Information Systems majors from Northeastern University earn a boost of around $20,086 above the typical income of computer information systems graduates.

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Bentley University

Waltham, MA
Master Highest Degree Type
$64,900 Median Starting Salary

Bentley University is among your top options if you want to study computer information systems. Located in the city Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Bentley also offers a Master's Degree in computer information systems. Soon after graduating, CIS students generally make about $64,900 in their early careers.

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Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
38.6% Growth in Graduates
$88,600 Median Starting Salary

It's difficult to beat Wellesley College if you want to study computer information systems. Located in the suburb Wellesley, Wellesley is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Graduates from the computer information systems degree program at Wellesley College make $22,886 more than the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA
15.4% Growth in Graduates

Every student who is interested in computer information systems needs to check out Fitchburg State University. Fitchburg State is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Fitchburg.

For those interested in shorter degree, Fitchburg State also offers a Award Taking Less Than 1 Year in computer information systems.

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Simmons University

Boston, MA
Master Highest Degree Type

Located in the city Boston, Simmons is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Simmons offers a Master's Degree in computer information systems.

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Master Highest Degree Type
6.5% Growth in Graduates
$50,900 Median Starting Salary

UMass Boston is a fairly large public school located in the city of Boston.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UMass Boston offers a Master's Degree in computer information systems. Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career wages of $50,900.

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Master Highest Degree Type
2.7% Growth in Graduates
$66,300 Median Starting Salary

Located in the medium-sized suburb North Dartmouth, UMass Dartmouth is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UMass Dartmouth offers a Master's Degree in computer information systems. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career income of $66,300.

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Worcester State University

Worcester, MA
$44,200 Median Starting Salary

Worcester State is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Worcester.

Graduates of the CIS program make an average of $44,200 in the first couple years of working.

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Elms College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Chicopee.More…

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Framingham State University

Framingham, MA
3.1% Growth in Graduates

Located in the small city Framingham, Framingham State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

For those interested in shorter degree, Framingham State also offers a Award Taking Less Than 1 Year in computer information systems.

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Best Computer Information Systems Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Computer Information Systems Schools in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Connecticut 250 668
New Hampshire 222 1,712
Maine 213 49
Rhode Island 203 131
Vermont 195 15

One of 10 majors within the Computer & Information Sciences area of study, Computer Information Systems has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 44,313
Information Technology 30,179
Information Science 17,384
Computer Systems Networking 13,791
Computer Software & Applications 11,900

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to U.S. Army graphic.

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