Available as a Major, Minor or Certificate
On Campus, Online and Hybrid


A major or minor in Information Systems and Technology (IST) emphasizes the application of computing technology in today's workplace, and focuses on developing a combination of technical and business skills. 

Curriculum and Coursework

We will challenge you through coursework in programming, database and system design and project management.  At the same time, we will provide you with instruction in business areas such as financial information systems and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

Minor in Information Systems & Technology

Combined BIS/MS

Villanova's College of Professional Studies also offers a major in Computer Science and a combined BIS/MS in Software Engineering.

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Villanova allows students to transfer up to 90 credits from other regionally accredited institutions. Find out more about transfer credits and community college agreements.




Track A available On Campus.
Track B available Online or Hybrid.

Villanova’s College of Professional Studies offers a certificate in Information Systems and Technology designed to help you acquire information technology and technology management skills through a broad selection of coursework in one of two tracks. A certificate in Information Systems will provide you with the background you need to excel in today's information age and global economy.

Since this certificate does not require a bachelor's degree, many students who aren't sure if they want to commit to a full degree program opt to work toward a certificate first to build their expertise and earn the certificate credential. They can then decide to continue on to an associate's or bachelor's degree and apply the credits they have already earned through the certificate.

To earn a Certificate in Information Systems and Technology from Villanova University, students will choose one of two tracks. Track A is 14 credits and aligns with prerequisites for Software Engineering graduate programs (Please note: Admission to the Software Engineering graduate program requires a bachelor’s degree). Track B is 12 credits and is more generally focused, for students interested in options related to leadership and management in business.

View the Track A and Track B Information Systems and Technology Certificate Curriculum within the Undergraduate Catalog.

The Catalog will change to the updated curriculum below as of May 2023:

Track A (14 credits):
CSC 1051, CSC 1052, CSC 1300, and CSC 2400

Track B (12 credits):
CSC 1010, CSC 1035, ISYT 1000, and ISYT 1100

Note: You are required to have completed the prerequisites for any course for which you register, as indicated in Villanova's Undergraduate Catalog.

Visit the Admissions webpage to view all admissions requirements and to apply. Once you have reviewed the process and requirements, you may apply to your program of interest.

College of Professional Studies

800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 103
Villanova, PA 19085

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Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

Read the Notices for Distance Education Students

BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.