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 program is also available as a minor.

About the Information Systems Management Bachelor's Degree

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 life-cycle 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

Coursework Examples

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

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

Information Systems Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • IFSM 300
  • IFSM 301
  • IFSM 304
  • IFSM 310
  • IFSM 311
  • IFSM 370
  • IFSM 432
  • IFSM 438
  • IFSM 461
  • IFSM 495

Related required course

Note: The following related required courses for the major are listed under general education ourses and may be applied to general education or elective requirements.

  • CMIS 102

Electives

The bachelor's degree in information systems management requires 46 credits in minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

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).

Research and Computer Literacy Courses

  • PACE 111M
    or PACE 111T
    or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150
    or CAPL 398A
    or other general education elective
  • CMIS 102
    (related requirement for the major)

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 393
    or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

  • MATH 105
    or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 201
    or PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to move into a management position in information systems management, systems analysis, information technology, project management, or information assurance.

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