What is information systems?

From programming to project management to creating new ventures, the field of information systems uses technological tools to generate, process and distribute information in an effective, efficient way.

Information systems professionals analyze how organizations are operating, design new ways to address problems and challenges, and implement ideas that improve productivity and efficiency.

What will I study?

The Information Systems program requires its students to complete a minimum of 27 units of a content area. The following content areas are offered at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar:

  • Computing and information systems and technology
  • Social and global systems
  • User-centered information design
  • Applied informatics

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

The Information Systems program is based on professional core courses that teach students to analyze, design, implement and test information systems using current and emerging organizational and technological practices. Two of these courses are project-based, in which small groups develop solutions to clients’ real information problems.

The program exposes students to four areas fundamental to understanding 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.

The flexible nature of the program encourages students to explore their interests. Students may specialize in social and global aspects of technology; technology and applications development; applications of technology to business; or user experience in design.

Areas of study

Information Systems majors first develop a foundation in mathematics and statistics, computer programming and data structures. This is supplemented with courses in communication, organizations and quantitative research. The core courses include the study of databases, application design and development, project management and innovation.

Beyond the foundation and core courses, students develop depth of understanding in one of four content areas.

Computing and Information Systems and Technology

In the technology content area, students develop a deeper understanding of computers and related systems and how they are implemented and managed. Courses include networks and security, information systems auditing and mobile web development.

Social and Global Systems

The social and global systems content area introduces students to the benefits and challenges of using modern information systems in the global community. This requires a foundation course in global systems that is supplemented by electives that include issues such as cross cultural business and information systems and sustainability.

User-Centered Information Design

In the design content area, students develop a broad perspective on how humans interact with technology and the environment. Courses in this area include issues of usability and interaction design, application design, document design and data design.

Applied Informatics

The content area in applied informatics provides students with the theory, methods, and techniques to create, manage and use information in organizations and businesses. Courses include business process management, enterprise systems, geographic information systems and decision analysis and decision support systems.

Projects that make a difference

In the project-based courses, information systems students work with outside organizations to identify, articulate, scope and develop a solution to real world problems. Students learn to assess client needs, create solutions and evaluate their work, which is excellent preparation for the professional practice of information systems.

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What will I do with my degree?

Typical career fields for new information systems graduates include project managers, IT and risk management consultants, entrepreneurial ventures, business analysts, web and mobile application developers, application designers and user experience testing.

Information systems grads are across Qatar and around the world

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“Being part of CMU-Q was a defining moment in my life. As a student, I was constantly encouraged to seek knowledge from various disciplines beyond my own. The skills I gained at university helped me become more innovative and technology-focused.”

Maryam Al-Naemi, Class of 2018, Senior Systems Engineer, Qatar Petroleum, Founder of Kaffeinated Festival

Program at a Glance

Top ranked

#1 Management Information Systems

U.S. News and World Report, 2019


Standard completion time

4 Years


Minimum units required for degree:

360 units

Computer Science: 32; Mathematics and Statistics: 29; Professional Core: 57; Disciplinary Core, 27; Content Area: 27; Electives 188


Admission requirements
All applicants are required to meet the following academic and subject prerequisites.


Application deadline
Fall Semester: March 1


Competitions and hackathons

Competitions and hackathons

Information systems (IS) students practice interdisciplinary methods from day one, making CMU-Q IS students very competitive at hackathons and innovation competitions.

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Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment

Information Systems students at CMU-Q can choose from an extensive slate of academic enrichment opportunities that enhance their work in the classroom.

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General Education

General Education

General Education includes mandatory and elective classes in a wide range of academic areas, including Arabic, architecture, chemistry, design, English, history, math and physics.

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What will your day look like?

What will your day look like?

Take a look at a day in the life of a student at Carnegie Mellon Qatar.

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Meet the Faculty

Mohammad Aazam

Mohammad Aazam

Assistant Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Chadi Aoun

Chadi Aoun

Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Houda Bouamor

Houda Bouamor

Associate Area Head, Information Systems
Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Anis Charfi

Anis Charfi

Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Susan M. Hagan

Susan M. Hagan

Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Selma Limam Mansar

Selma Limam Mansar

Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Research
Full Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Daniel C. Phelps

Daniel C. Phelps

Area Head, Information Systems
Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Nui Vatanasakdakul

Nui Vatanasakdakul

Associate Teaching Professor in Information Systems