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Evangel University launches two new online computer programs

Published on Apr 24, 2018 by Paul K. Logsdon

Computer Information Systems degree and Cybersecurity Certificate

Evangel University has introduced two new online tech programs designed for adult learners, with classes scheduled to start with the Fall 2018 semester.

A new online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree is the newest addition to the University’s popular adult studies/degree completion programs.

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Dallas Nash ’95 represents the caliber of alumni our students are exposed to while enrolled at Evangel. He leads the DellEMC team that supports the security needs of the Department of Defense. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The major is designed to prepare adult learners to enter a career as an Information System (IS) professional, while maintaining their current employment and family obligations.

In addition, Evangel has launched a new, accelerated online Cybersecurity Certificate Program starting this fall. The Cybersecurity Certificate is made up of four, five-week online courses with the first course to begin Sept. 26, 2018.

Both of Evangel’s new programs are being offered through its College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

The new programs were introduced to more than 100 local IT and business professionals and students on Saturday, April 21, during Evangel’s highly successful Cybersecurity and Ethics Symposium. Attendees discussed trends and topics related to cybersecurity and the ethical use of technology.

The inaugural half-day symposium was sponsored by Dell Technology, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Gartner, and Evangel University.

Bachelor’s degree in CIS

“Information Systems professionals work with information technology and must have a sound knowledge of computers, communications and software,” said Dr. Jeremy Harris, associate professor of Computer Information Systems at Evangel.

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Dr. Jeremy Harris introduced the CIS degree program to a receptive crowd of IT professionals and students who gathered recently at Evangel University. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

“CIS graduates have been some of the most sought-after individuals by companies utilizing digital information technology,” he said.

Since these professionals operate within organizations, students will gain understanding of the concepts and processes of achieving goals with information technology within those business models.

This degree will prepare students for careers in information technology (IT) management, database administration, programmer/software engineer, software/requirements analyst, systems analyst and systems programmer.

Focus on Cybersecurity

The online Cybersecurity Certificate is designed to be taken as a standalone set of classes by those already working in the profession.

“However, as a part of the new online adult studies B.S. in Computer Information Systems major at Evangel, students will be exposed to the latest issues and solutions related to cybersecurity,” said Dr. Harris. “Our CIS degree program can be structured to include Evangel’s new Cybersecurity Certificate.”

According to Harris, there are four primary roles in the data center related to security: Developer, Administrator, Security Professional, and Manager.

“Each role has a different perspective, but fundamentally, they share a need for security integration and knowledge. Exposure to each of these roles and their views will provide a well-rounded and relevant certificate program for prospective students,” he said.

Preparation for the CISSP exam

The content of Evangel’s new Certificate Program highlights the recommended content for the national Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Cybersecurity Certificate from ISC2.

“While the exam itself will not be provided as part of the Evangel certification program, the content covered will provide students with the knowledge to successfully attempt the national exam,” said Harris. “One of our objectives is to prepare the students for that test.”

The accelerated Cybersecurity Certificate from Evangel is a 12-credit hour program at $285/credit hour. The total cost is $3,420.

For more information on each of these programs, contact Dr. Harris at or call (417) 865-2811 ext. 8332.

For information on any of the other adult studies/degree completion programs, contact Dr. Lisa Tyson, director of adult and graduate studies, at or call (417) 865-2811 ext. 8260.