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School of Computing

Bachelor of Computer Information Systems


Bachelor's degree

Four years

Software development, Systems and networking, Security

How to apply

Start date:

Abbotsford campus



  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid work experience in your field of study
  • Study abroad to gain a global education
  • Program eligible for financial aid


Program description

The Bachelor in Computer Information Systems at UFV will give you the skills to become a manager in information technology (IT). Your training will include a mix of theory and hands-on learning in well-equipped labs. By graduation, you'll be a digital problem-solver, armed with a versatile set of analytical and technical skills.

In years 1 and 2 of your program, you'll tackle foundational courses. These will give you a broad base of knowledge and skills so that you'll be ready to support single and networked systems.

In your final two years, you'll deepen your technical knowledge. You'll also learn key business management skills to prepare you for managerial roles.

You also have the option to specialize in one of three concentrations to refine your skill-set:

  • Software Development
  • Systems and Networking
  • Security

View the program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

Program delivery and curriculum

Your computing courses will include lectures, labs, workshops, and projects. You will experience a mix of in-person, online, and blended delivery formats.

Computer Information Systems vs Computing Science

The School of Computing also offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Computing Science. Not sure which program is the best fit for you?

Learn more about CIS vs CS

Career-boosting learning opportunities

Join co-op

As a co-op student, you'll switch between study semesters and full-time paid work terms in a CIS-focused role.

Learn more about UFV Co-op

Study abroad

Spend a semester in a different country! Build global connections and cultural knowledge to get ready for the global marketplace.

Learn more about UFV's Study Abroad program.


When you embark on an IT career, you have many career options. You could focus on software development, systems analysis and design, or UX/UI design. You could become a web designer, database developer, or IT project manager. Other career avenues include computer security, network design and administration, end-user support, or technology management.

Wondering which roles are in the highest demand? The BC Labour Market Outlook identifies several IT professions as high opportunity occupations. These roles project excellent employment rates and strong wages:

  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Web designers and developers
  • Computer engineers
  • Computer network technicians

The IT marketplace is always changing. To make sure students graduate with in-demand skills, the School of Computing meets with an advisory committee. This diverse committee includes industry experts from both the private and public sectors. Their expertise helps shape courses and programs to keep them timely and innovative.


View the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems in the UFV Academic Calendar.


This program is open for international students


Apply to Qualifying Studies if you do not currently meet the BCIS entry requirements in order to upgrade your qualifications for future admissions.

The entrance requirements to all CIS programs include minimum grades in Mathematics and English courses.

Upgrading Math courses

Upgrading options for Math include

  • MATH 094 and MATH 095 at a C grade or higher in both courses
  • MATH 096 at a C grade or higher
  • MATH 110 at a C grade or higher

Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about additional options.

Upgrading English courses

There are several options to upgrade your English, including UFV CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with a grade of C or better, UFV ENGL 081 or 091 with a grade of C+ or better, or UFV ESL WG84 with a grade of C+ or better. Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about additional options.


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