Information Systems graduates use the power of computers and technology tools to generate, process and distribute information so that organizations achieve their objectives in an effective, efficient way.
A Degree in Information Systems
The Information Systems program at Carnegie Mellon University is an internationally-recognized undergraduate major for students who want to design and implement effective solutions to meet organizational and management needs for information and decision support.
The ability to bring together people, processes and technology to yield effective results is a rare skill. Employers recognize the need for talented, visionary thinkers who can solve problems and imagine a better way.
An information systems degree will give you the skills you need to play a major role in shaping how organizations function in today’s—and tomorrow’s—information-based world.
What the Program Involves
The Information Systems program has its foundations in professional core courses in which students learn the basic skills necessary to analyze, design, implement and test information systems using current and emerging organizational and technological practices. Two of these courses are project-based experiences in which small groups develop and communicate solutions to real information problems for clients.
Students may specialize in social and global aspects of technology, in technology and applications development, in applications of technology to business, or in user experience in design. The program offers breadth by exposing students to four areas fundamental to understanding and solving problems in information systems: organizations, decision making, research methods and professional communications. Courses in mathematics, statistics and computer programming provide students with strong quantitative skills to meet the technical demands of the discipline.
Career Paths and Potential Employers
Information systems professionals are forward-looking people. They bring about changes in how firms and governments will do their business tomorrow. They embrace new information technologies and use them to transform how we do our work. They are always ahead of the curve.
Typical career fields for new information systems graduates include project managers, IT and risk management consultants, entrepreneurial careers, business analysts, web and mobile applications developers, applications designers, and user experience testing.
Graduates of the program in Qatar are recruited by a wide range of employers, including KPMG, Shell, Qatar Petroleum, RasGas, Doha Film Institute, ictQatar and Qatar Airways. In Pittsburgh, graduates have historically pursued careers at leading software organizations such as Microsoft, IBM Consulting, Oracle, Google, Yahoo and Amazon. Banks such as Credit Suisse, HSBC and Citigroup, various government organizations, and hospitals are also traditional employers for information systems graduates.
Professor Dan Phelps tells us more about what Information Systems is.