The Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University has been around since 1986. This program is unlike any other graduate program offered at Ball State, as well as other universities around the United States. It is designed to complete within a mere 11 months, whereas other graduate programs are typically two years to completion. I believe that this program offers great leadership and social learning skills, while also obtaining the knowledge to excel in the technology industry. Most technology related graduate programs throughout the United States are geared towards students that have an undergraduate degree in technology, such as Computer Technology, or Computer Science; however, CICS strives for diversity. In my experience beginning this program, I have quickly learned that there are more students with degrees outside the tech realm. For me, this program was a great fit because I have a Bachelors in Business Administration, but did not want to obtain an MBA. I felt that this program would allow me to diversify myself from others with the business background and hopefully would make finding a job after graduation much easier.
As stated on the CICS webpage at Ball State, “We have a placement rate of 90 percent, and our alumni report significant increases in salary after graduation” (http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/cics/why-cics). Companies all over the world strive to recruit graduates from CICS because it is such a well-known program that prepares us for the real world in a significant way. CICS also states that “Companies such as AT&T, Cisco, IBM, and Accenture continue to recruit our graduates because they know that we prepare students like you to lead and serve in challenging and progressive environments” (http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/cics). This program also allows you to work on groups projects related to specific companies, such as the Accenture Challenge.
Please click the following link to see the vast list of companies that look to recruit specifically from CICS: http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/cics/why-cics/recruiting. I have also heard from previous graduates that CICS will also assist you in getting placed in a job within the scope or work you are looking for. I truly believe that you would not find another program like this in the world.