Bachelor's in information systems management
Think about it. You live in the digital age. Every time you go to a concert, buy food and clothes, vote in an election, donate blood or put gas in your car, the information generated from that transaction is collected, analyzed and used by private (business) and public (government) sector organizations to provide the goods and services that you need or desire every day.
Information systems management fuses business management with contemporary information systems to collect, track, store, organize, interpret and apply information to provide support and direction for an organization. Information systems management professionals are needed to help their organizations be more productive and profitable, gain competitive advantage, reach more customers and improve service to existing customers, provide data security, spot trends, maintain inventory, understand client base and identify potential new markets. Business professionals who can make sound decisions when choosing, implementing and using these systems are invaluable.
Designed for students with an aptitude for understanding the complexities of information technology, the information systems management major in the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business emphasizes a managerial approach to information systems.
Here, information system management majors learn about the capabilities of computer-based information systems, including:
- Artificial intelligence
- Electronic data interchange
- Virtual reality
- Users' role in creating and designing systems
With the flexibility of multiple campuses and online courses, you can personally tailor your educational experience. As an information systems management major, you can complete your major requirements at WSU's main campus in Midtown Detroit or at any WSU extension center offering the required classes.
Highly qualified information systems management majors are eligible to participate in the Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program. AGRADE students can cut substantial time and as much as one-third off the total cost of a WSU graduate business degree program by applying up to 12 credits toward both their undergraduate information systems management degree and M.B.A. or other graduate business degree.
Current Mike Ilitch School of Business students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher may enroll in courses with an honors component assignment option and complete the 15 required credits to qualify for an honors distinction on their transcript and diploma at graduation. Review departmental honors eligibility and requirements.
Study abroad programs organized by the Ilitch School are offered in Brazil, China, Italy and Central Europe. These opportunities are led by faculty and involve visits with the foreign operations of Detroit-area companies and various cultural sites. Students majoring in global supply chain management, marketing, management and information systems management, as well as graduate students, are strongly encouraged to fulfill some of their program requirements via an Ilitch School study abroad program. For undergraduate majors in accounting or finance, a study abroad course could be applied toward Free Elective credit hours. Please check with your academic advisor for guidance before pursuing the study abroad option.
Information systems management careers
The field of information systems management is expected to experience continued growth as the demand for professionals who can maintain and upgrade computer systems play a vital role in the economy. Students with internship experience traditionally receive the most job opportunities upon graduation.
Information systems management career titles can include:
- Business analyst
- Database and data warehousing administrator
- Database developer
- Computer support specialist
- Electronic commerce manager
- Information security analyst
- IT project manager
- Network support specialist
- SAP consultant
- Systems analyst
- Web designer/ developer
Additional information systems management career information from the U.S. Department of Labor:
- Business intelligence analysts
- Computer and information systems managers
- Database administrators
- Database architects
- IT project managers