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School of Computing

Computer Information Systems diploma



Four semesters

How to apply

Start date:

Abbotsford campus



  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid work experience in your field of study
  • Program eligible for financial aid


In virtually every sector of the economy, businesses of all sizes rely on information technology (IT) professionals to remain competitive. In fact, according to a recent BC Stats Report, average weekly earnings for technology employees are 85% higher than for non-tech workers in British Columbia and the unemployment rate has reached an all-time low.

UFV's intensive, two-year Computer Information Systems (CIS) diploma provides you with the knowledge and experience you need to find employment in the IT sector and prepares you to support single and networked systems to meet the requirements placed by ongoing business demands.

Throughout your studies, you explore key topics such as network and database administration, web design, network security, information systems management, and programming, which allows you to take your career in a number of different directions.

The Computer Information Systems diploma program combines courses from the computing, business, and communications fields to ensure you have the practical skills needed to obtain a first job, as well as a broad base from which to expand your training.

The four-semester program provides theoretical groundwork and specific skill development courses, with major emphasis on practical, hands-on work in UFV's modern well-equipped computer labs.

View the program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar.

If you wish to continue your studies after two years, you can apply your course work to the requirements for a UFV Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree.

Additional opportunities

The Co-operative Education option offers students in the Computer Information Systems program the opportunity to obtain paid, career-related work experience in their field of study during their education at UFV. After completing their first year of study, Co-op students alternate between semesters of full-time study and full-time paid employment. See the Co-operative Education website for further details.


Rapid change and the increased use of outsourcing have made the IT workplace a very volatile one over the last few years. The School of Computing meets twice a year with an external advisory committee to track and predict change, and to keep our programs relevant to current and future organizational needs. Our diverse committee is peopled by members of industry and the public sector whose knowledge and experience is pertinent, timely and crucial to our decision-making processes.

Careers for information technology professionals fall into several categories, including but not limited to:

  • Software development
  • Systems analysis and design
  • User interface design and human factors
  • Web and database design and programming
  • Project management
  • Computer security
  • Network design and administration
  • System and database administration
  • End user support


View the Computer Information Systems Diploma in the UFV Academic Calendar.


This program is open for international students


Apply to Qualifying Studies if you do not currently meet the 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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