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Computer Information Systems | Career Education | College of Marin

Career Options

  • A wide range of business-related and administrative positions
  • Computer Sales Representative
  • Help Desk Technician
  • IT Technical Support

Advanced education in CIS can lead to positions such as Business Analyst, Data Analyst, and Project Manager.

Career Profile

A certificate or degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) allows you to work in just about any aspect of business in virtually any industry. If a business relies on technology for its success it relies on the expertise and creativity of CIS professionals.

A certificate in CIS is best viewed as a complementary program to whatever you are doing (e.g. marketing, nursing administration) or enough to get into an entry-level business position — or an excellent start to transfer into a 4-year program.

CIS workers:

  • Continually adapt to a changing environment.
  • Contribute to a team objective.
  • Are very comfortable using computers applications.
  • Are problem solvers.

Plan your Education

View the classes you need to take to complete your certificate in Computer Information Systems at College of Marin.

Available Certificates and Degrees

Associate Degree, Computer Information Systems – 41 units (21 units CIS plus 20 units general education)

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 3-4 semesters.

Skills Certificates

  • Microsoft Access Database – 4.5 units
  • Microsoft Access Database Specialist – 6 units

Why College of Marin?

  • Microsoft Office: COM emphasizes MS Office in its CIS programming, which is the industry standard for businesses.
  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents. Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
  • High-Quality Instruction for High Wage Industries: Our graduates enter the workforce having the ability to be innovative, critical thinkers and with the comprehensive work skills needed to be connected directly to real-world needs. Our instructors are highly experienced industry professionals who are recognized as experts in their respective fields and who understand their industry’s needs and trends.
  • Small Class Size: Most classes have 10-22 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.
  • Location & Scheduling Convenience: COM has two campuses in Kentfield and Novato. Evening, weekend, and online classes are available for a wide range of scheduling needs, with the ability to earn your certificate online.
  • Microsoft Certification: Ability to earn Microsoft Office Specialist certification via exam.


Questions? Contact Counseling:

  • (415) 485-9432
  • (415) 485-9430

Computer Information Systems Dept.

  • Main number (415) 457-8811 x7610
  • A Joe Ritchie (415) 457-8811 x7598


Students who successfully complete the coursework in an MS Office application will have the opportunity to take the corresponding MS Office Specialist certification exam for FREE.

Gainful Employment
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to earn the certificate?

You can complete the Certificate of Achievement in as little as 2 semesters.
Skills Certificates can be completed in 1-2 semesters.

Are there any pre-requisites?

No, there are no requirements or prerequisites. However, good working English is essential.

Can I take classes in the evening?

Yes, classes are available in the evenings, great for working students!

If I study CIS, what kind of job will I get?

A wide range of job options are available, since this prepares you for the MS Suite, it prepares you for a job in a business setting. Office skills are fundamental in most jobs and growing job opportunities! Studying Computer Information Systems (CIS) will leverage your future opportunities.

How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)