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John C. Turchek M.Ed., M.S.
Department Head, Computer and
Information Systems
Computer and Information Systems
Wheatley Center 309

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Department of Computer and Information Systems

Newest Initiative in Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems Department has just created a series of Enterprise Systems Programs. This series of programs is aimed at computing on large IBM mainframes, and is associated with our membership in the IBM Academic Initiative.


The department offers four degree programs at the undergraduate level.  In addition, a CIS minor is available for any undergraduate student in other major programs at RMU.  The department also participates in the interdisciplinary program, BS in Professional Communications and Information Systems.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems allows students to combine a degree in information systems with the foundations of business knowledge.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences is intended to allow students to apply their computer courses to a specific area of interest, such as sport information systems, Human Resource Information Systems, Accounting, Hospitality Management, or Software Engineering, Mathematics, etc.

    Both the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and the Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences are accredited by ABET- Computing Accreditation Commission.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Forensics and Information Security program combines the disciplines of technology, business, organizational behavior, and law to uniquely prepare information professionals for an increasingly dangerous cyber world!

  • To meet the competitive needs of business and intelligence needs of the government, the Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics combines 10 prescribed computer courses including operating systems, web development, systems analysis, network technology, network security, database management, project management and competitive intelligence. Students then select four courses in more specialized areas such as cyber-law, data warehousing, data mining, knowledge management, strategic planning, risk mitigation, and threat and vulnerability analysis.
  • The Computer and Information Systems minor is designed to allow students in majors other than Information Sciences or Computer Information Systems to understand core computer concepts and decision support tools which complement their understanding of their own major field to apply computer related decision concepts to that field.

Students develop professional experience through internships and cooperative education in Fortune 500 companies, non-profit and health care organizations, and with small businesses. The supervised work experience provides the student with hands-on experience in hardware and software technology, applications, and organizational operations.

The Computer and Information Systems Department offers a total of five Master's degrees and one doctoral degree. The degrees offered include:

For students who need more technical courses, but still want to focus on integrating technology and management and strategy, the M.S. in Information Systems Management program focuses on systems analysis, data communication, and business information systems strategy and change management. Within this program there are 9 credits in a career track, which could be programming courses.

Students who desire a more technically oriented degree should choose the M.S. in Internet Information Systems which has much less of a business focus and instead concentrates on the computer-related courses. This has as prerequisite computer literacy and one programming language.

Robert Morris University's M.S. in Information Technology Project Management is the first graduate degree program in the nation to focus specifically on IT project management. The program is designed for IT professionals and practitioners who work as mid-level (or higher) technical managers, and those who currently work as IT project managers.

The focus of the M.S. in Competitive Intelligence Systems degree program at Robert Morris University is to prepare students to be successful competitive intelligence professionals in today's global business economy. It extends the concepts in systems analysis and information systems management to the tools, concepts and processes used to collect, analyze, store and support organizational decisions from external information sources.

The M.S. in Cyber Security and Information Assurance degree program at Robert Morris University prepares information technology professionals to recognize and combat information systems threats and vulnerabilities. The degree cultivates an appropriate knowledge of computer security, increasing the likelihood that the next generation of IT workers will have the background needed to design and develop systems that are engineered to be reliable and secure.

The Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications degree program (D.Sc.) addresses the expanding needs of professionals who manage information resources; solve information, communication and technology-related problems in businesses and other organizations; or educate and/or train others in fields related to the applications of information systems and communications. An interdisciplinary degree designed to be delivered in an executive education format, the Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications incorporates the latest international guidelines adopted by information systems and information sciences organizations for the education of professionals who solve problems in a competitive and changing work environment.

New Certificate in Mobile Forensics and Security
The Computer and Information Systems department has developed a certificate program in Mobile Forensics and Security (MFS). The MFS certificate program will be offered online in order to build upon the existing program and reach a larger audience. This certificate program proposal is part of a Mobile Security Project grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Karen Paullet is the Principal Investigator for the project, and Dr. Sushma Mishra and Dr. Jamie Pinchot are Co-Principal Investigators. Dr. Fred Kohun is a consultant on the project. All of these faculty members were involved in the development of this online certificate program. 
Outcomes of the Program:
  • Demonstrate the use of various computer and mobile forensic software tools and techniques as well as follow proper legal procedures for obtaining, analyzing, and reporting digital forensic evidence from computers and mobile phones 
  • Properly report the findings of a cyber forensic investigation in both written form (using proper grammar, writing style, and citation) and in oral form (i.e. within the context of a trial, hearing, or deposition) 
  • Identify and analyze legal issues within technology, such as: online contracts, computer crime, fraud, privacy, defamation, hate speech, indecency, obscenity, cyber-squatting, and intellectual property 
  • Demonstrate various techniques for preventing unauthorized attacks to computer networks and mobile devices and apply measures for minimizing the damage caused by intruders 
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