Secure a job managing systems and IT personnel with a bachelor's degree in information systems management.

Information systems management is a critical part of the strategic decision-making process in virtually all of today's public and private organizations. That means managers who can lead the teams that integrate information systems with general business processes are in high demand.

Developed by chief information officers and other high-level IT professionals, the Bachelor of Science in information systems management program at University of Maryland University College is well-suited for those looking to bridge the gap between an organization's functional users and technical developers.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Information Systems Management Bachelor's Degree

In the information systems management degree, coursework will teach you how to conceptualize, implement, and manage high-quality, secure information systems. The curriculum, which is kept updated, relevant, and accurate with input from IT employers, focuses on the methods, concepts, and practical applications of information systems in the workplace. You'll acquire an integrated skill set that includes a deep understanding of how technology fits within a company or organization.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Evaluate, select, and apply analytical and measurement methods/tools and system development lifecycle methodologies to meet organizational needs
  • Research, assess, recommend, select, and implement information technology that aligns with organizational needs, provides continuity, and meets business objectives
  • Effectively communicate verbally, visually, and in writing to determine stakeholders' business requirements, explain how the requirements will be met, and provide ongoing information
  • Protect organizations' critical information and assets responsibly by integrating cyber security best practices and risk management throughout global enterprises
  • Plan, execute, and evaluate technology solutions to achieve strategic goals by managing high-performing teams and projects

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Identify business processes that would benefit from implementation of an information technology solution
  • Demonstrate how IT could improve the process, productivity, and competitive positioning of a given organization
  • Build a full IT business case for an IT solution, including justifications and portfolio management
  • Conduct a cost-benefit analysis to justify organizational expenditures for IT systems

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams

Information Systems Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • IFSM 300
  • IFSM 301
  • IFSM 304
  • IFSM 310
  • CMIS 320
  • IFSM 311
  • IFSM 370
  • IFSM 438
  • IFSM 461
  • IFSM 432
  • IFSM 495

Electives

The bachelor's degree in information systems management requires 46 credits in minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses 

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 393 or other advanced upper-level writing course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course 

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Courses

  • IFSM 201
    (prerequisite to later course)
  • CMIS 102
    (related requirement for the major)

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to move into a management position working in information systems management, systems analysis, information technology project management, and information assurance.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Computing Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The Computing Club allows its student members to share experiences and offer each other guidance on academic major and career options. Club events provide opportunities for professional socialization and networking, and members are privy to club resources that will help them further their education and careers.

Cyber Padawans

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The Cyber Padawans represent UMUC at various cybersecurity events and highly competitive tournaments nationwide. Being a member of the team allows students to develop their cybersecurity skills and to network with other students with similar interests.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Type: Honor society
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines. Formed in 1967, the purpose of Upsilon Pi Epsilon is to promote the computing and information sciences and to encourage the enhancement of knowledge in the field. Upsilon Pi Epsilon is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in the computing and information disciplines.