Information Systems (IS) arranges people, data, processes, communications, and information technology to support and improve operations in a business. IS has contributed to changes in industry structure, led to dramatic increases in the productivity of firms, made markets more efficient, and transformed the competition structure in several industries. More than $2 trillion is invested in IT worldwide each year, which is over 50% of all capital expenditures.
Based on an analytical framework, a set of methodologies, and computing and software technology, the IS program at the UW Foster School of Business focuses on all areas of information systems. Students acquire a broad foundation in traditional business areas, as well as a technical background.
Prospective students may apply for a formal Information Systems Option when applying to the UW Foster School of Business undergraduate program. The option emphasizes technical tools, as well as development, use, and management of information technology in support of core business functions. Career and job areas:
- Information technology consultant or project manager
- Business and systems analyst
- Business applications developer/analyst
The training in both business fundamentals and cutting-edge technology allows our students to more quickly become leaders who leverage information technology for creating business value. Graduates are equipped to act as liaisons between user groups and systems groups, or to specialize in systems design, database administration, or management of computer facilities. IS is also an ideal second option for students in accounting, finance, or marketing who desire to better understand the role of technology in their core disciplines.
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Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)
The MSIS Program is a one year accelerated degree program with classes offered weeknights and some Saturdays. The program provides the tools to bridge the gap between business and technology. Students graduating with an IS Option are fully prepared to apply. See the Program website for complete information.
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IS courses at the MBA level are designed to provide the manager with a general framework for leveraging and managing information technology and systems within an organizational setting. Students learn how information technology can be a part of a broad organizational strategy and a source of lasting competitive advantage.
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The doctoral program in IS includes the study of the design, development, use, and management of computer-based business information systems, with a focus on creating business value.
Students admitted into the IS doctoral program are expected to gain a solid understanding of the technical, organizational, and economic aspects of information systems. They develop in-depth knowledge in related reference disciplines such as economics, statistics, operations research, and computer science for skills needed in conducting research. The doctoral program prepares students for both academic and industrial jobs, though graduates usually choose the academic path.
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