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Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Graduates of Bentley’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) programs are among the most highly sought-after business professionals in today’s job market. After all, companies are in constant need of specialists who are able to collaborate to transform business by applying rapidly evolving technologies and ensuring that the right people have the right information at the right time. CIS courses deliver a solid understanding of core information technologies and integrate that with a strong business foundation, key managerial skills and emerging competencies such as security and privacy.

Students have access to our CIS Sandbox: a collaborative, cutting-edge social learning space that has been described as a place for “building cool stuff with cool people using cool technology.” With a CIS degree, graduates are able to design, develop, and support integrated information systems across industries in varied roles such as business analyst, systems analyst, systems integrator, application developer, end-user support specialist and more.

Degree Programs


AI Bridge Workshop

Exploring the implications of AI

CIS faculty have been actively engaged in educating Bentley students and the broader community on the impact of AI. Mark Frydenberg, founding director of the CIS Sandbox, hosted AI Bridge (pictured), a two-day workshop on programming AI apps with Python. Monica Garfield opened “The Impact of AI: The Bentley-Gallup Report,” a panel discussion that also featured Mareike Möhlmann. And Art Ream III and Lincoln Matra participated in another panel discussion focused on AI, fintech and cybersecurity. 

E-Hub prepares new generation for innovation

“Entrepreneurship is more than just a course, a curriculum or a career — it’s a way of thinking and a way of acting,” says Trustee Professor Sandeep Purao. As director of Bentley’s new Entrepreneurship Hub (E-Hub), a university-wide initiative formally launched in September, he works with various departments and campus centers, as well as student clubs and external stakeholders, to provide “a comprehensive ecosystem that provides opportunities for students to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset.”   

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Purple gradient background with the following words in white text: Anita 2023 Grace Hopper Celebration

Students participate in Grace Hopper Celebration

The world's largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is an annual conference designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Named after computer scientist Grace Hopper, the event is organized by the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology. Twelve Bentley students — including Nicole Varela ’25 — participated in GHC 2023. “From networking with high-level executives to interviewing one-on-one with a recruiter, I was able to connect with so many outstanding women in the tech industry” she says.  

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CIS Sandbox

The CIS Sandbox is a social learning space where students prepare to succeed in their CIS courses and to thrive in a technology-driven business world.

As a campus destination for informal technology education, the CIS Sandbox distinguishes itself through its ability to:

  • Provide peer-led tutoring services and online resources for students in CIS and IT courses
  • Offer cutting-edge technology presentations and educational events for students and campus partners

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Monica Garfield
Professor and Department Chair
Smith Technology Center 420


Karen E. Hovsepian
Senior Academic Coordinator
Smith Technology Center 417