Everybody – organizations, business, government agencies and individuals – uses information to make decisions. The Information Systems major uses the power of computers and information technology tools as instruments to generate, process and distribute information so that businesses or organizations achieve their objectives in an effective, efficient way.
The 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.
The IS 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 h4 quantitative skills to meet the technical demands of the discipline.
The program draws on a wide range of Carnegie Mellon’s strengths, and its flexible nature encourages students to explore their own interests in a contemporary content area such as professional communications, organizations, global systems, business or economics.
Career paths & potential employers
Students are encouraged to complete internships with local employers. These are an extremely valuable method of applying course material in the ‘real world’ and seeing the many ways in which businesses and organizations use Information Systems. Examples of past internships include database designer for Deloitte & Touche Qatar; project management assistant for Shell Qatar; business analyst for iHorizons; and security assistant for Qatar Petroleum.
Typical career fields for new IS graduates include systems analysis and design, web development, software design, project management, consulting and entrepreneurial careers. Graduates of the IS program are recruited by a wide range of employers including Accenture, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, KPMG and McKinsey and Co.
Graduates can also pursue careers at leading software organizations such as Microsoft, IBM Consulting, Oracle, Google, Yahoo and Amazon. Banks such as Credit Suisse, HSBC and Citigroup, and various government organizations including hospitals and government agencies also are traditional employers for IS graduates.
Apply for admission by submitting all required documents and tests by the application deadline,