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.

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.

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

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  • Program at a Glance

    Minimum units required for degree:

    360 units

    Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science: 61
    Professional Core: 57
    Disciplinary Core: 27
    Content Area: 27
    Electives: 188

    See degree requirements in the CMU course catalog.


    Standard completion time

    4 Years

    See course descriptions in the CMU course catalog.


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


    Application deadline
    Fall Semester: March 1
    Spring Semester: May 1

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    Competitions and hackathons

    Competitions and hackathons

    Information systems students practice interdisciplinary methods from their first semester, qualities that make CMU-Q information systems students especially competitive at local 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 are graduates doing now?

    Information systems professionals are forward-looking people. They embrace new information technologies and guide businesses and governments so they are ahead of the curve.

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

    Graduates of the program in Qatar are recruited by a wide range of employers, including Siemens, KPMG, Shell, Ooredoo, Qatar Petroleum, General Electric and Qatar Airways.

     

    Meet the Faculty

    Chadi Aoun

    Chadi Aoun

    Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems

    Anis Charfi

    Anis Charfi

    Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems

    Divakaran Liginlal

    Divakaran Liginlal

    Full Teaching Professor,  Information Systems

    Selma Limam Mansar

    Selma Limam Mansar

    Associate Dean, Education, Teaching Professor, Information Systems

    Daniel Phelps

    Daniel Phelps

    Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems

    Ray Juiming Tsai

    Ray Juiming Tsai

    Professor of Practice, Information Systems