Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems

Ready for a career in tech? This is where it starts.

Learn the foundational skills you need to launch a career into the most in-demand fields in IT, networking, cybersecurity, and software development.

  • 100% flexible, online courses with virtual labs taught by certified expert instructors
  • In-demand industry certifications mapped to every technical course
  • No certification exam fees and unlimited attempts*
  • Personalized career coaching and job placement support
  • Graduate ready to step into your new career
 

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IT CIS Level: Beginner/Intermediate - CIAT
IT Level:
Beginner/Intermediate
Computer Information Systems Program Length
Program Length:
3.5 yrs
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# Of Courses:
33
Number of CIAT CIS Certifications
# Of Certifications:
14-19
An IT Degree will give you the skills and IT industry certifications that employers demand

CIAT offers a unique spin on what has been traditionally expected of a four-year degree. CIAT students earn in-demand industry IT certifications with each set of technical courses and graduates complete their programs positioned to compete for in-demand technology jobs in cybersecurity, cloud administration, networking, and more. CIAT’s custom designed curriculum positions certification exam preparation from CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Amazon, EC Council and IC2 at the core of the learning experience to ensure students are well prepared meet employer demands.

CIAT’s curriculum is designed to support career-oriented individuals and allows for students to begin working in tech positions in as little as 15 weeks. Our career and job support team ensures students are prepared to enter the workforce and practice their skills in real-time. 

CIAT delivers this degree using a stackable approach, enabling students to earn a Certificate and / or Associate Degree (or use their equivalent transferable Associates level credits) prior to taking upper division courses in the Bachelor’s program.

Program Eligibility
  • Prior industry experience needed: None – beginners welcome!
  • Prior industry certifications recommended: N/A
Choose between 3 concentrations depending on your career interests:

Build a promising career in cybersecurity with specialized cybersecurity certifications including CompTIA Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker, CISSP, AWS Security Specialty, Azure Security Engineer, and 12 more certifications across hardware, software, networking and cloud fundamentals.

Build a fast-track career in networking with the industry’s most demanded certifications including CompTIA Network+, Cisco CCNA, Cisco DevNet, and CCNP. From fundamental to advanced courses, students build confidence in network communications, with routers, switches, and firewalls, to push their career to the next level. 

Meet the industry’s growing needs for cloud administration experts with specialized cloud certifications from Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Students develop confidence in cloud in server administration, access control, user management, and virtualization configuration to land potential roles in cloud and IT administration. 

Degree + certifications = The best of both paths

Tackle both your short-term and long-term goals together. Build your technical skills, get certified, and start launch your new career quickly, all while working towards your degree. Our extensive IT curriculum covers 24 industry certifications that prove to employers that their skills go beyond the classroom, and open opportunities for career advancement.

We don’t rest until you’re certified.

We so strongly believe in the power of integrating career preparation into your learning experience, that we’ll stop at nothing to remove roadblocks for your success. All industry exam costs are on us. Plus — you have unlimited attempts* and personalized support from our industry-certified faculty until you are successfully certified. 

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No exam fees

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Unlimited exam attempts*

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Hands-on training through virtual labs

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Test preparation workshops

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CIAT Virtual Classroom

CIAT welcomes students across the nation to our innovative online programs. With our collaborative video conferencing tools, virtual labs, physical at-home kits, and desktop sharing with instructors, it’s easy to see why our online IT programs stand out from the rest.

Choose the learning style that fits you best! Live, synchronous online classes when you want it, asynchronous online classes when you don’t.

Live, synchronous online evening classes
2 days per week, 6:30pm – 10:00pm

BEST IF YOU:
Are a social butterfly
Desire immediate feedback
Need structure

Asynchronous online classes recordings (listen and learn on your own schedule)

BEST IF YOU:
Are a self-guided learner
Don’t want to be tied down to live lecture times
Need a flexible schedule

*Read how we’re supporting students through the COVID-19 pandemic.

All CIAT programs include:

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Video lectures & peer-to-peer discussions

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Hands-on training through interactive labs

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Small class sizes

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One-on-one tutoring and support

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Hands-on virtual labs

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Weekend certification exam preparation workshops

Personalized Career Support

Every CIAT student receives personalized career transition support – whether you’re starting a new career or trying to advance positions within your existing employer. Get help positioning your strengths, find the right job opportunities, preparing for your interviews, and more.

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Career Coaching
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Career Fairs
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Technology Workshops
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Job Placement Assistance
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Questions about our Career Services?

Our Career Services team will be happy to answer any questions you have about job placement support.

Wherever you are on your journey, we have financial support to help you achieve your academic goals.

We offer a variety of financial support options to help make your education affordable including: Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefits, Active Duty Tuition Assistance, federal grants and loans, private loans, scholarships, no-interest monthly payment plans, and more.

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Military Benefits
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Federal Grants & Loans
SallieMae Private Loans
Private Loans
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Scholarships
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No-Interest Options

CIAT is a military-friendly school and we believe that you deserve an education worthy of your service. Whether you’re advancing your career in the armed forces or transitioning back into civilian life, CIAT will make sure you’re prepared for everything. We proudly offer tuition benefits to service members in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Whether you’re a veteran or on active duty, our dedicated military support staff will help you maximize your benefits as you start out on your new path.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefits* & Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Active Duty Tuition Assistance
  • Military Spouse Funding (MyCAA)
  • Vocational Rehab & Employment

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Hear from our students

For over twelve years, CIAT has been providing innovative online learning environments to help students build technical skills, study for certification exams, and advance in their IT careers. With a long track-record of successfully supporting students both on-campus and online, there’s no better time to start. Our small class sizes, expert instructors, and unique curriculum will ensure you graduate career-ready. Hear what our students have to say!

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“I want to say that I owe my livelihood to this school. With their mentoring and tireless efforts to not let me give up, they provided me the tools I needed to pass [my certification] exam.”
– Mathew M, CIAT Graduate
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“I have to be honest [CIAT is] probably one [of] if not [thee] best places to pursue a career in the technology field.”
– Jason K, Active CIAT Student
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“I was able to land an entry level I.T. position at a super cool tech start-up in San Diego within three months of attending CIAT.”
– Anthony J, CIAT Graduate
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“Its been a great experience from day 1. They took 95% of my certifications and applied them as credit towards my degree plan.”
– Josh O., CIAT Graduate
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“One of the best school experiences I’ve had. If you’re looking for a school that will help you achieve a dream job in IT, this is it!!!. Their programs are awesome and the amount of certs you obtain are unbelievable.”
– David Z., CIAT Student
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Rethink Your Approach To Education

CIAT focuses on the real-world technical skills demanded in today’s workforce often left out of traditional four-year degrees. With small class sizes and expert instructors, we ensure you graduate confident in your new skills and prepared to excel in the workforce. Our unique curriculum approach delivers the ideal blend of industry certification preparation, hands-on training, and career transition support.

COVID-19: Learn On Your Own Terms & Your Own Schedule

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, California Institute of Arts & Technology remains fully operational and committed to pursuing our mission: help students successfully transition into the workforce through technical training, industry certifications, and career support.

Choose between on campus or online programs through our live online or flexible online courses. Learn on your terms and your schedule to reach your goals.

  • Collaborative video conferencing tools
  • Virtual labs
  • Physical at-home kits
  • Desktop sharing
  • Small group and one-on-one tutoring

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Fully Accredited School

Fully Accredited Technical College

We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

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Request an appointment with one of our IT expert Admissions Advisors for personalized guidance on building your education plan. You’ll be able to book an appointment instantly for a time that fits your schedule. 

Enrollment Deadline - July 24, 2023!

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