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Doctor’s Degrees in Computer Information Systems

806 Yearly Graduations
$99,500 Median Salary
$102,224 Median Debt
A doctor's degree in CIS is offered at 94 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 65.3% of CIS graduates were international students.

Education Levels of CIS Majors

In 2018-2019, 806 doctor's degrees were awarded to CIS majors. This earns it the #2 spot on the list of the most popular doctor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in CIS at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 36,674
Master’s Degree 15,812
Basic Certificate 10,889
Associate’s Degree 10,195
Undergraduate Certificate 1,569
Doctor’s Degree 806
Graduate Certificate 537

Earnings of CIS Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in CIS is $99,500. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $99,500 and the high is $99,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in CIS is $102,224. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $102,224 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $102,224.

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The median monthly payment of a CIS graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $1,191.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue doctor's degrees in CIS. About 77.7% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 626
Women 180
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in CIS

The racial-ethnic distribution of CIS doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 38
Black or African American 23
Hispanic or Latino 14
White 172
International Students 526
Other Races/Ethnicities 33
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CIS Doctor's Degree Students

There are 94 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in CIS. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

42 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for CIS students seekinga doctor's degree is University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Roughly 47,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 people received their doctor's degree in CIS from UW Seattle. Of these students, 29% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#1

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
42 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for CIS students seekinga doctor's degree is Carnegie Mellon University. Each year, around 14,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,037 per year.

The CIS program at Carnegie Mellon University awarded 42 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 17% were women.

34 Yearly Graduations
18% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in CIS. Each year, around 32,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,258 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,064 per year.

The CIS program at Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus awarded 34 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 18% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
31 Yearly Graduations
16% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University at Buffalo is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in CIS. Roughly 31,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 31 doctor's degrees were handed out to CIS majors at University at Buffalo. Of these students, 16% were women and 3% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
27 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Capella University. Each year, around 37,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

The CIS program at Capella University awarded 27 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 37% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
21 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of North Texas. Roughly 38,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,295 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,900 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their doctor's degree in CIS from UNT. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#6

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
21 Yearly Graduations
5% Women

The 6th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Wisconsin - Madison. Each year, around 43,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

The CIS program at University of Wisconsin - Madison awarded 21 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#6

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
21 Yearly Graduations
24% Women

Virginia Tech is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in CIS. Roughly 34,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,701 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 doctor's degrees were handed out to CIS majors at Virginia Tech.

#6

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
21 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Central Florida. Each year, around 68,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 doctor's degrees were handed out to CIS majors at UCF. Of these students, 29% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

New York University

New York, New York
20 Yearly Graduations
10% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in CIS. Roughly 51,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

The CIS program at New York University awarded 20 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 10% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
20 Yearly Graduations
45% Women

University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in CIS. Roughly 29,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,812 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,337 per year.

The CIS program at University of North Carolina at Charlotte awarded 20 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

20 Yearly Graduations
5% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The University of Texas at Austin. Roughly 51,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 people received their doctor's degree in CIS from UT Austin. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 5% were women.

#13

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
19 Yearly Graduations
5% Women

The 13th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Stony Brook University. Roughly 26,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

The CIS program at Stony Brook University awarded 19 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#13

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
19 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in CIS. Each year, around 37,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their doctor's degree in CIS from GMU. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 26% were women.

#15

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
18 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pennsylvania is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in CIS. Each year, around 25,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,156 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,254 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 doctor's degrees were handed out to CIS majors at UPenn. Of these students, 17% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
18 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in CIS. Roughly 26,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their doctor's degree in CIS from Johns Hopkins. Of these students, 17% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
17 Yearly Graduations
12% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in CIS. Roughly 50,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their doctor's degree in CIS from Rutgers New Brunswick. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 12% were women.

#18

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
16 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for CIS majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The University of Texas at Dallas. Roughly 28,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their doctor's degree in CIS from UT Dallas. About 25% of this group were women, and 6% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Rice University

Houston, Texas
13 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rice University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in CIS. Each year, around 7,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,330 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,791 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 doctor's degrees were handed out to CIS majors at Rice. Of these students, 23% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
13 Yearly Graduations
15% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Houston is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in CIS. Roughly 46,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,219 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,370 per year.

The CIS program at University of Houston awarded 13 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 15% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

CIS Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Computer Science 655
Information Technology 70
Artificial Intelligence 46
Informatics 26
Other Computer Sciences 9

Below are some popular majors that are similar to CIS that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Computer Science 1,182
Information Science 166
Information Technology 62
Other Computer Sciences 12
Computer Systems Analysis 4

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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