Business Information Systems at CMU
The goals of the department are (1) to provide a quality undergraduate programs to prepare students for business careers in business and information systems and (2) to provide excellence in a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Information Systems as well as graduate coursework in information systems for the Master in Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in SAP.
The technology-intensive courses support all degree programs within the College of Business Administration and provide opportunities for all Central Michigan University students to acquire information systems expertise. The information systems programs follow the Association of Information Technology Professional’s model curriculum.
What is Information Systems?
Information Systems (IS) is the study of how organizations use people, processes, and technology to effectively manage information. IS majors learn business management and problem-solving skills that are highly valued by employers in a variety of industries
Why Major in Information Systems (IS)?
IS graduates perform a wide variety of functions within an organization. For example, they analyze business processes, manage projects, and provide technical training. IS graduates provide a critical link between an organization’s business functions and its technical support staff. As such, IS graduates work in almost every type of organization, small and large, public and private. Specific reasons to major in IS at CMU include the following:
- One hundred percent of the Information Systems graduates received employment offers before or immediately following graduation. First-year salaries were among the highest received by the College of Business Administration graduates.
- First-year salaries were among the highest received by the College of Business Administration graduates.
- Internship opportunities with organizations such as Dow Chemical, Dow Corning Corporation, Eli Lilly, State Farm Insurance, Auto Owners Insurance, and Howmet Corporation.
- Modern lab facilities in the College of Business Administration with up-to-date software.
- SAP®, the world’s leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.
Why Minor in Applied Business Practices (ABP)?
The Applied Business Practices (ABP) minor prepares students with the critical abilities employers value most: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. The ABP minor focuses on the following areas to help students become “job ready”:
- Effective communication in a global business setting
- Social media in business
- Visual communication and digital media
- Client projects and real-world problem solving
- Professional portfolios, with evidence of student learning, proficiencies, and accomplishments
Students from any major can benefit from the critical skills developed with the ABP minor: applying technology to solve actual problems, using social media in the workplace, and developing effective communication and professional literacy skills.