What do employers say about CIS at Central?

"CMSU's core curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today's business world, whether they choose to work in a mainframe or client/server environment."


Mark Felten
Director, Shared Services
Edward Jones
St. Louis

Focus areas of Central's CIS undergraduate program include:

  • PC/Object-Oriented Programming 
    • C/C++
    • Visual Basic
    • Java 
  • Mainframe Development 
    • COBOL 
    • JCL
    • ISAM, VSAM
    • CICS 
  • Client Server Computing 
    • Oracle
  • Data Communication 
    • Local Area Networking (LAN) 
    • Network Management 
  • Database Management Systems 
    • DL1, SQL/DB2 
    • SQL Server
  • Systems Analysis / Design 
    • CASE Tools:  Oracle
      Visible Analyst
    • Software Engineering 
  • Student Internships 


CIS Overview 

Information systems is a very dynamic and challenging career. Individuals and organizations of all types want timely information delivered in a useable format. Whether it is a simple report printed on paper or a vibrant, colorful display communicated around the world via the Internet, businesses and organizations demand information. Addressing this need requires both an understanding of computing technology and the ability to communicate with people. If you are interested in learning computer-related skills, applying those skills to real-world problems, and seeing the results of your efforts, then information systems is for you. 

We offer three degrees in CIS:

BS in Business Administration with a functional major in CIS (no minor required)

MBA with a CIS concentration

MS in Information Technology (MSIT)

The B.S.B.A with a functional major in CIS is a four year baccalaureate degree program which prepares graduates for an entry level position, such as, computer programmer, systems analyst, or network specialist. Graduates of Central's Computer Information Systems (CIS) program are well-tooled to begin a career in information systems. Students learn to develop systems on large mainframe computers and in client/server environments. The course offerings are in step with the needs of organizations in the region and taught by knowledgeable faculty. That is why the demand for Central's graduates is so high, even before they graduate. 

The graduate degrees facilitate study beyond the undergraduate level.  The MBA includes a CIS course core for those following a management path.  The MSIT has four different options and is designed for those pursuing a technical path. 

An exciting career field

A degree that is in demand

- That is CIS at Central - 

Information Technology Education at its Best!

As for the school, Central Missouri State University is conveniently located in Warrensburg, Missouri, just 50 miles southeast of Kansas City. At the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Missouri Highway 13, just 17 miles from Interstate 70, the town is easily accessible by car. Warrensburg, the county seat of Johnson county, is also served by Amtrak and Greyhound bus lines.

The town is a diverse community. Warrensburg is in an agricultural area, but several light industrial plants are also located here. Whiteman Air Force Base, home the 509th B-2 Bomb Wing, is nearby.

The community offers the warmth of small-town America.   Powell Botanical Gardens and Knob Noster State Park are close by. If life in Warrensburg seems a bit slow, all of the cultural offerings of Kansas City are just an hour-long drive away.  The Lake of the Ozarks  resort area is about an hour and a half drive.

Check out the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce