CIS: Frequently Asked Questions

A student may earn an Associate, Bachelor of Post-baccalaureate degree in Computer Information Systems "at a distance". The term "at a distance" refers to a variety of instructional modalalities that do not require the student to attend face-to-face classes. These include compressed video, interactive television (ITV), video capture of face-to-face classes, and web-based instruction.

Not all classes are offered in all modalities and some elective courses are offered only face to face, but there are adequate IT electives offered at a distance to earn an academic credential. Some instructors require proctored exams, which may require the student to seek a proctor at another institution and make arrangements with the instructor.
The post-baccalaureate in CIS is an option for students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree in a non-CIS discipline from UMA or another regionally accredited college or university and would like to pursue a second bachelor's degree.

A post-baccalaureate can help you make the transition to an entirely new career field or enhance your current bachelor's degree with up-to-date technology skills that can improve your marketability in the job market. This is also a popular option for students who want to pursue an advanced degree in Computer Science but do not have the academic credentials to apply for graduate school.

Yes, UMA participates in the College Level Examinatioin Program (CLEP) for college credit. UMA is an open test center, which means that if someone wants to take the CLEP exam at UMA, the results may be sent to any CLEP participating institution.

To register, check testing dates, and review the payment process, visit Prior Learning Assessment on the UMA Website.

The role of the coordinator is fundamentally the chair of the department, and as such, is responsible for coordinating the course schedule and faculty assignments for academic classes. The coordinator also does department advising for students and checksheet verification.
The University of Maine at Augusta provides access to computers and study areas at both of their campuses plus Centers Statewide Students are provided with access to computers and printers, however no files may be saved once the student is logged out of the system. It is advisable to have a thumb drive for your data.
Some instructors require you to attend the class during the time it is provided live. The benefit is that students can interact in real time with the professor. Most instructors leave class attendance up to the student as long as the work is completed satisfactorily. Make sure to check with your professor for attendance requirements.
No! There are some math requirements that you need to pass, however much of what you need to know you will learn in your courses. The technology is advancing so fast, everyone is learning something new all the time. This is a great time to enter IT and grow with the field.
The CIS280 Internship Experience is an elective CIS offering at the associate-degree level, but the CIS380 Internship Experience a required component of the Bachelor Science degrees in Computer Information Systems and Cybersecurity. If you are a IT professional currently working in the your degree field, with permission of your advisor you may substitute an approved 300+-level CIS or ISS course.
An embedded class steward works with the course instructor to create guidelines for communication, understand course requirements, and establish expectations. Before the semester begins, the class steward may check prerequisites to ensure that the student has the background to succeed. During the start of the semester, the class steward monitors Blackboard attendance and contacts those who are not actively participating. Throughout the semester, the class steward, responds promptly and appropriately to any general emails and makes appropriate referrals.