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School of Computing

Computer Information Systems diploma



Four semesters

How to apply

Start date:
April, January, September 

Abbotsford campus



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


Businesses in every sector rely on information technology (IT) professionals to compete. Prepare to meet that demand with UFV's intensive, two-year Computer Information Systems (CIS) diploma. You'll gain the skills you need to work within the IT sector supporting single and networked systems.

Your courses will introduce you to a range of key areas, helping you become both versatile and valuable. You'll learn network and database administration, web design. You'll also explore network security, information systems management, and programming. Courses in business and communications will ensure you have soft skills to help you succeed.

View the program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar.

Program delivery and curriculum

Expect a strong mix of theoretical groundwork and specific skill development. You'll grow your skills through hands-on work in UFV's well-equipped computer labs.

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

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

Ladder into the CIS degree

Take your skills further by continuing your studies. The CIS diploma ladders seamlessly into the degree program. See more info on the UFV Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree.


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 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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