Secure a job managing systems and IT personnel with a bachelor's degree in information systems management.
Information systems management is a critical part of the strategic decision-making process in virtually all of today's public and private organizations. That means managers who can lead the teams that integrate information systems with general business processes are in high demand.
Developed by chief information officers and other high-level IT professionals, the bachelor's degree program in information systems management at UMGC is well suited for those looking to move into a management position and bridge the gap between an organization's functional users and technical developers.
This major will help prepare you to pursue a career as an information systems manager or supervisor, system analyst, functional lead or liaison, IT project manager, or information assurance manager.
This program is also available as a minor.
Your Coursework in Information Systems Management
In the information systems management major, coursework will teach you how to conceptualize, implement, and manage high-quality, secure information systems. The curriculum, which is kept updated, relevant, and accurate with input from IT employers, focuses on the methods, concepts, and practical applications of information systems in the workplace. You'll acquire an integrated skill set that includes a deep understanding of how technology fits within a company or organization.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Evaluate, select, and apply analytical and measurement methods/tools and system development lifecycle methodologies to meet organizational needs
- Research, assess, recommend, select, and implement information technology that aligns with organizational needs, provides continuity, and meets business objectives
- Communicate effectively orally, visually, and in writing to determine stakeholders' business requirements, explain how the requirements will be met, and provide ongoing information
- Protect organizations' critical information and assets responsibly by integrating cybersecurity best practices and risk management throughout global enterprises
- Plan, execute, and evaluate technology solutions to achieve strategic goals by managing high-performing teams and projects
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Identify business processes that would benefit from implementation of an information technology solution
- Demonstrate how IT could improve the process, productivity, and competitive positioning of a given organization
- Build a full IT business case for an IT solution, including justifications and portfolio management
- Conduct a cost-benefit analysis to justify organizational expenditures for IT systems
A degree with a major in information systems management requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.
Courses in the Major (33 Credits)
- Information Systems in Organizations (3 Credits, IFSM 300)
- Foundations of Information Systems Management (3 Credits, IFSM 301)
- Ethics in Information Technology (3 Credits, IFSM 304)
- Software and Hardware Infrastructure Concepts (3 Credits, IFSM 310)
- Relational Database Concepts and Applications (3 Credits, CMIS 320)
- Enterprise Architecture (3 Credits, IFSM 311)
- Telecommunications in Information Systems (3 Credits, IFSM 370)
- Information Systems Project Management (3 Credits, IFSM 438)
- Systems Analysis and Design (3 Credits, IFSM 461)
- Business Continuity Planning (3 Credits, IFSM 432)
- Trends and Practical Applications in Information Systems Management (3 Credits, IFSM 495)
General Education Courses (41 Credits)
Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).
Introduction to Research (1 Credit, LIBS 150) (to be taken in first 6 credits)
- Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101)
or Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101S)
- Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 291)
or other writing course
- Foundations of Oral Communication (3 Credits, SPCH 100)
or Military Communication and Writing (3 Credits, COMM 200)
or other communication, writing, or speech course
- Advanced Technical Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 393)
or other advanced upper-level writing course
Arts and Humanities Courses
- Western Civilization II (3 Credits, HIST 142)
or History of the United States Since 1865 (3 Credits, HIST 157)
or other historical perspective course
- Contemporary Moral Issues (3 Credits, PHIL 140)
or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course (discipline must differ from first)
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
- Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 201)
or Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 203)
or other behavorial and social science course
- American Government (3 Credits, GVPT 170)
or other behavioral and social science course (discipline must differ from first)
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
- Concepts of Biology (3 Credits, BIOL 101) and Laboratory in Biology (1 Credits, BIOL 102)
or other science lecture and laboratory course(s)
- Introduction to Physical Science (3 Credits, NSCI 100)
or Human Biology (3 Credits, BIOL 160)
or other science lecture course
College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other 3-credit MATH course at or above the level of college algebra
- Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3 Credits, IFSM 201) (prerequisite to later course)
- Introduction to Problem Solving and Design (CMIS 102) (related requirement for the major)
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- Career mapping
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- Resources to find job opportunities
- Strategies for the federal job search
- Interview preparation
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