Business Information Systems


Program Overview

Information technology, business software, mobile platforms—information systems are reinventing the way we do business. Computer-savvy people with programming and development skills are in demand in the business world. When your skill set includes training in business solution development, you’re a hot commodity.

Business Information Systems (BIS) is a two-year diploma program offered full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Moose Jaw Campus. It includes four academic semesters and a six-month paid co-operative education work term.

The Business Information Systems program starts with a solid foundation in business basics with a focus on information technology functions and learning how to use them to develop meaningful business solutions. This includes training in:

  • Software development languages (Visual Studio.NET, Java, COBOL);
  • Computer hardware, networking and operating systems (Windows, Unix and Linux);
  • Data gathering, modeling and database management systems (Oracle, SQL Server 2000);
  • Retrieval techniques of databases and programming languages (SQL, PLSQL, ADO.NET, JDBC); and
  • Target platforms, including Windows application development, networked software development, web application development (XHTML, JavaScript, ASP, Java).

You’ll use cutting edge technology in servers, programming and mobile apps. You’ll have opportunities to develop or enhance actual production applications, and build hands-on skills in systems analysis, design methodologies and project management.

Diploma to Degree

Graduates can apply to transfer into degree programs at the University of Regina's Paul Hill School of Business, the University of Regina's Computer Science department, the University of Lethbridge and Athabasca University.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

You’re job-ready at graduation. You could work as a software developer, systems analyst, programmer analyst, web/mobile app developer or help desk support. As you gain experience, explore opportunities in IT management or build specialized skills in database administration, advanced web development, project and network management. You could also build a name for yourself as a private consultant or independent contractor.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Business AnalystInformation Systems Analysts and Consultants (2171)$42,300 - $110,000
Software DeveloperComputer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (2174)$47,900 - $110,000
Web DeveloperWeb Designers and Developers (2175)$35,100 - $97,200

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 64 weeks: 

There is a mandatory six-month paid Co-operative Education work term between Semesters 2 and 3. Semesters and co-op work term time patterns are listed in Courses below.


  • Moose Jaw


Admission Requirements


  • Grade 12 with any 30-level mathematics course or with ICTC FIT (Information and Communication Technology Council Focus on IT) certificate
  • English Language Requirement

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 80 Arithmetic
  • 75 Elementary Algebra
  • 70 Reading
  • 70 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.


Year 1 - $6,800
Year 2 - $5,150

International Students

View tuition rates for international students.


The program follows this academic and co-operative education schedule. Courses are outlined below by semester.

  Sept - Dec Jan - Apr May - Oct
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work term
  May - Oct Nov - Feb Mar - Jun
Year 2 Work term Semester 3 Semester 4
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PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • advanced standing at most Canadian universities and colleges toward courses leading to various degrees, management certificates and/or professional accounting designations
  • admission to the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Science Program in Computer Science, University of Regina
  • direct entry to the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management program, University of Lethbridge
  • direct entry to the Bachelor of Commerce Degree Completion program, University Canada West

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

More about scholarships


Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Business Information Systems program has been accredited by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) since 1992. Accreditation lets you pursue the Information Systems Profession of Canada (ISP) designation.

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Part-Time Delivery

Some courses in this program might also be offered through part-time programming.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

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