Information Systems students learn to design, deliver, and use information and communication technologies to solve problems for companies, governments, and society. The mission of the Information Systems Program is to educate men and women to lead change at the interfaces of technological, organizational, and societal systems.

As an Information Systems student, you will build a solid foundation in computing, communications, and software development. You will also study social sciences and organizational theory to develop critical thinking and understand the human impacts of technological change.

The curriculum includes:

  • Humanities and social sciences core
  • Information systems core
  • Information systems breadth
  • IS concentration

The flexible nature of the program means you can explore your interests and shape your degree according to your specific goals.

Through two semester-long, team-based projects, students gain the experience of working with a real-word client and developing a mobile app, technology solution or systems idea.

Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon

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 operate, design new ways to address challenges, and implement transformative innovations that improve productivity and competitiveness.

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.

Content Areas

Content Areas provide students with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding in an IS field of their interest. It requires a student to complete 27 units from one Content Area (generally 3 courses) of which at least one full course (9 units) must be an IS elective in that area.  No Content Area course may also be used to fulfill a Disciplinary Core or Professional Core requirement (no double count).

Computing and Information Systems & Technology

In the technology content area, students acquire a deeper understanding and proficiency in developing and administering information systems and their components such as software, hardware, networks, etc. Courses in this area include advanced programming, networks and security, web application development, and information systems auditing.

Social & Global Systems

The social and global systems content area enables students to understand information systems adoption and utilization in various organizational and societal contexts and cultures. The content area covers strategies, implications, and benefits of using modern information systems in a global context. Courses in this area include global systems, digital transformation, and information systems and sustainability.

User-Centered Information Design

In the user-centered design content area, students develop a wide perspective on how people interact with information technology and the broader environment. Courses in this area incorporate usability and interaction design, application design, document design, data design, and design thinking.

Applied Informatics

The content area of applied informatics provides students with an understanding of how different types of information systems are used by organizations for managing their information and processes effectively. Courses in this area include enterprise systems, business process modeling, geographic information systems, and electronic business.




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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.

Careers for information systems graduates

  • Data analyst
  • Innovation entrepreneur
  • IT consultant
  • Software designer
  • Web developer
  • Project manager
  • Systems analyst
  • E-commerce coordinator
  • Information security specialist

Where do graduates work?

Qatar Airways
Qatar Central Bank
Qatar Petroleum
Qatar Shell
Procter & Gamble
Sidra Medical and Research Center
Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Where do CMU-Q information systems alumni pursue graduate studies?

Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell Tech Campus
Duke University
Kelly School of Business
McMaster University
University of California – Los Angeles
University of Liverpool
University of Michigan
University of Oxford

Abdulaziz Al-Haddad

“I did two internships and I found I had to apply what I learned in university if I wanted to succeed. These internships made me confident that Carnegie Mellon is preparing me well for my future career.”

Abdulaziz Al-Haddad, Class of 2019

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:February 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

Chadi Aoun

Chadi Aoun

Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Houda Bouamor

Houda Bouamor

Assistant Teaching Professor of Information Systems
Anis Charfi

Anis Charfi

Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Susan M. Hagan

Susan M. Hagan

Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Divakaran Liginlal

Divakaran Liginlal

Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Selma Limam Mansar

Selma Limam Mansar

Senior Associate Dean, Education
Area Head, Information Systems
Full Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Daniel C. Phelps

Daniel C. Phelps

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

Nui Vatanasakdakul

Associate Teaching Professor in Information Systems