Business Information Systems at CMU
The goals of the department are to provide quality undergraduate programs to prepare students for careers in business and
Information Systems and 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:
- Nearly 100 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.
- 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 Applied Business Communication (ABC)?
Applied Business Communication (ABC) prepares students with the critical abilities that employers value most: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. ABC 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 ABC: applying technology to solve actual problems, using social media in the workplace, and developing effective communication and professional literacy skills.