Learn how to manage 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 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
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
This program is designed to help prepare you for the following certification exams:
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
- PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
Information Systems Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements
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. You must also complete all related required coursework, which may be applied to general education or elective requirements, as part of the 120 credits required for the degree. 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
- 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)
- Enterprise Architecture (3 Credits, IFSM 311)
- Telecommunications in Information Systems (3 Credits, IFSM 370)
- Business Continuity Planning (3 Credits, IFSM 432)
- Information Systems Project Management (3 Credits, IFSM 438)
- Systems Analysis and Design (3 Credits, IFSM 461)
- Trends and Practical Applications in Information Systems Management (3 Credits, 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.
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
- Program and Career Explorations for the Military Community (3 Credits, PACE 111M)
or Program and Career Exploration in Technology (3 Credits, PACE 111T)
or other PACE 111 course
(to be taken in first 6 credits)
- Introduction to Research (1 Credits, LIBS 150)
or Career Planning Management (1 Credits, CAPL 398A)
or other general education elective
- Introduction to Problem Solving and Algorithm Design (3 Credits, CMIS 102)
(related requirement for the major)
- Academic Writing I (3 Credits, WRTG 111)
or Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 291)
or other writing course
- Academic Writing II (3 Credits, WRTG 112)
- Foundations of Oral Communication (3 Credits, SPCH 100)
or other communication, writing, or speech course
- Advanced Technical Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 393)
or other advanced upper-level writing course
- College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other approved math or statistics 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 arts and humanities course
- Film and American Culture Studies (3 Credits, ARTH 204)
or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
- Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 201)
or Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits, PSYC 100)
or other behavioral and social science course
- American Government (3 Credits, GVPT 170)
or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
The bachelor's degree in information systems management requires 46 credits in minor and/or elective coursework.
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.
Alumna Amanda Phillips describes the synchronicity between her coursework and her daily work at the National Archives.