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See Both Sides – and Solve the Problem – with an Information Systems Major

While being in the middle sometimes gets a bad rap, information systems (IS) experts consider it the ideal place to be. IS comes to life at the intersection of technology and business. By choosing information systems, you’ll make a big impact by keeping technology projects on schedule and within budget, communicating how a company’s investment in technology translates to operational efficiencies, and even troubleshooting network problems.

IS is an exciting field because things are always changing and information systems experts can be found in practically every industry from technology and healthcare to insurance and banking. 

Prepare for an Information Systems Career with a Bachelor’s Degree

Majoring in information systems (IS) prepares you for a career as a valued liaison between business operations and technology. Through your business foundation courses – accounting, management, finance, human resources, economics and marketing – you’ll understand the how and why of business operations. Your technology courses let you dive into programming, analytics, technical communications and database management, so that you will be able to identify innovative uses of technology.

Central to your success on both sides of the equation, are your general education courses that enable you to communicate effectively, think critically and work as part of a team to solve complex issues facing organizations. You can also count on your professors, who will add insight gathered from their own experiences to fuel your success. 


Make Your Mark in the Growing Field of Information Systems

As more industries expand their online capabilities, demand for mangement information systems (MIS) professionals will continue to grow. As an MIS major, you’ll learn key skills to launch a career as an information systems specialist. Systems specialists work as part of a technology team to maintain and troubleshoot computer and information systems. They also help to identify hardware, software and data needs and make recommendations to business stakeholders for more informed decision making.

Other jobs in the information systems field include data analyst, requirements analyst, business analyst, systems analyst and technical liaison. 

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply management information systems technology principles and tools to derive business strategies and outcomes.

  2. Recognize and translate business needs into executable projects.

  3. Evaluate current and emerging technology to continuously meet business needs.

  4. Perform qualitative and quantitative data analysis to drive business decisions.

  5. Apply technology and systems principles to industry-specific scenarios.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate or bachelor's degree must present evidence of high school completion in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicants academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests. Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for first-time freshmen. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum standardized test scores used for placement in University courses may be required to undergo placement testing.

Undergraduate admission requirements and materials:

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:

  • Has provided official documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (see documentation required below), or
  • Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation

Documentation required:

1. Documentation of high school graduation or equivalence is required for applicants who are transferring fewer than 24 semester hours that apply towards a degree.

2. If the student has transferable hours of 24 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, then they will not have to provide a high school diploma or equivalence. Acceptable forms of documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalence for undergraduate admission must include one of the following:

  • Official high school transcript listing the date of graduation
  • Official GED certificate
  • Official documentation of having passed a State High School Equivalency examination
  • Official documentation of a home school completion certificate/transcript
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions (college, universities, professional schools, etc.) attended

3. Any applicant seeking to be a first-time freshman undergraduate degree-seeking students at Urbana University must supply standardized test scores (ACT SAT) to be used for placement in courses., to determine athletic eligibility, and/or determine institutional scholarship qualification.

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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